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.


Skills Deficit Will Imperil U.S. Economy by 2030

For all the talk of technologies such as artificial intelligence and robotics doing away with the human element in corporate life, well trained human beings are still an essential ingredient. In fact, if the current skills gap remains unplugged, by 2030 the world will see "tens of millions of unfilled jobs and trillions of dollars in unrealized revenue," according to a new study.

New Nonprofit Will Focus on Flipped and Active Learning

A new nonprofit has formed to focus on "identifying and supporting global standards for flipped learning and related active learning instruction." Known as the Academy of Active Learning Arts and Sciences, the organization was created out of the Flipped Learning Global Initiative's Global Standards Project, an effort to establish an international framework for flipped learning.

Sensory Room Provides Focus for Autistic Students

The room features a swing structure with multiple swings, a touch wall for tactile input, a squishy corner, multiple sensory bins, light-up bubble tubes and an outdoor garden area.

$14 million Chan Zuckerberg Grant Expands Personalized Learning in Chicago

Already, 120 of Chicago's schools have embedded personalized learning into the classroom. The latest investment will enable the school system to expand that through an opt-in application process that begins in the fall. Priority will be given to low-performing schools.

Shuttered Online Charter Being Sued by State of Ohio

The school was founded in 2000 and by 2015 had a student enrollment of 14,453, making it the Ohio's largest charter. By 2016, while ECOT had the "single-largest graduating high school class" in the country, it also had the worst failure rate.

Gen Z Prefers an App over an Actual Flashlight

Technologies such as typewriters, analog cameras and cassette tape players are fading from human awareness. A new report from YouGov, a consumer data firm, examined generational differences regarding technology and found that most Gen Zers — those born in this millennium — wouldn't know how to use a fax machine, rotary phone, floppy disk or beeper. For example, just 17 percent of young people said they were comfortable using a rotary phone; 15 percent said the same about fax machines; and just 7 percent said so about pagers.

High Teacher Stress Leads to Poorer Student Outcomes

High levels of job-related stress are more common among teachers than previously thought, according to a new study, and may be affecting student outcomes.

Emerald Release of D2L Updates Interface, Activity Feed, Parent Edition

D2L has updated its learning management system. The "Emerald Release" of Brightspace offers new analytics features, improvements to the user experience, functions to expedite use of the LMS by educators and updates to a parental version of the software.

Grants & Upcoming Events (Week of May 21, 2018)

The deadline for the $10,000 Innovative Educator Prize Program is about a week away!

Sony Intros 10-Inch Digital Paper Model

Sony today introduced a 10-inch version of its Digital Paper device. The new model is "notebook-sized," compared to the original 13-inch "letter-sized" model.

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