K-12 Technology News

Here you'll find the latest news from the education technology world, from the newest hardware and software releases to policy and funding updates to research reports to school and district tech initiatives. Looking for more in-depth coverage of important topics? Be sure to visit our Features page.


PBS Recognizes 52 Teachers as Digital Innovators

PBS is recognizing 52 teachers across the country for their integration of digital media in the classroom in the network’s fifth annual PBS Digital Innovators Program.

School Leaders Could Do Better at Using Evaluation Systems for PD Guidance

Just as Dorothy already had what she needed to return home from Oz, schools and districts are already equipped to help teachers identify areas for continuous professional growth; they just need to know how to use their resources — and specifically, their evaluation systems — more effectively.

NGSS Issues 'Lessons Learned' for Instructional Materials and PD

Start with a small cohort of teachers; provide professional learning opportunities to all teachers; include school leaders in the training. Those are some of the more obvious best practices tied to professional development for teachers learning how to teach to the Next Generation Science Standards, shared in a new guide published by NGSS.

PCs Buck Downward Trend, Inch Negligibly Upward in 1Q

While IDC acknowledged that a sub-percentage point increase in traditional PC shipments "was arguably flat," the IT market research firm said it was still noteworthy for being the first sign of expansion for PC sales in five years.

Reinventing the Right Curriculum Is Impossible — But Necessary!

Fixing the curriculum means replacing its current focus on English, math, history, science, etc. with content relevant to a future where 65% of today’s students will have jobs that don’t yet exist! This week’s guest blog by Jonathan Grudin explores making that "impossible" fix … possible.

Learning.com Partners with Codesters to Develop K-8 Coding Curriculum

Ed tech company Learning.com is partnering with Codesters, a platform for K–12 computer science instruction, to develop EasyCode Pillars, an online interactive curriculum that incorporates coding challenges and game design into the classroom to cultivate students’ coding skills.

Report: Tech Companies Are Spying on Children Through Devices and Software Used in Classroom

Technology companies are spying on school kids through devices and software used in classrooms. Those companies often collect and store children’s names, birth dates, browsing histories, location data and much more — often without adequate privacy protections or the awareness and consent of parents, according to a new report from the nonprofit Electronic Frontier Foundation.

CA Assemblyman Pulls Controversial Bill from Privacy Committee Hearing

California Assemblyman Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) has withdrawn AB-165 — a controversial bill that would have provided a student exclusion to the existing California Electronic Communications Privacy Act (CalECPA) — from a Privacy Committee scheduled for Tuesday, April 18.

Simi Valley, CA Innovator Uses Tech to Help Emotionally Challenged Kids

Jamie Reese, a kindergarten through third grade teacher at Mountain View Elementary School in Simi Valley, CA, holds the distinct honor of winning Teacher of the Year for Ventura County in 2016. She’s the first Simi Valley teacher to receive that award since 1977.

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