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.


Vernier Software & Technology Changes Name to Vernier Science Education

Vernier Software & Technology has changed its name to Vernier Science Education to more closely reflect the company’s focus on providing schools with hands-on, socially relevant STEM education tools and resources, according to a news release.

Expanded Imagine Learning Classroom Platform Combines Core ELA Math Curriculum Solutions

Imagine Learning, a top provider of digital curricula serving 15 million K–12 students nationwide, today launched a renovated and expanded platform for its core English Language Arts and mathematics solutions, called Imagine Learning Classroom, combining the resources formerly known as LearnZillion with Imagine Learning Illustrative Mathematics, Imagine Learning EL Education, Imagine Learning Odell Education, and Imagine Learning Guidebooks, the company told THE Journal in an exclusive interview.

Community Brands Acquires BigSIS

Community Brands (CB), which offers an online software and payment program to charitable nonprofits and K–12 schools, announced this week it has acquired BigSIS, creator of the School Management Information System platform.

Capstone Increases E-Book Accessibility for K–5 Classrooms, Libraries, and at Home

Capstone, a publisher of interactive e-books, has announced enhancements to its platform to make it easier to use for K–5 students who have vision, cognitive, physical, and hearing disabilities, the company announced this week.

Way Beyond Virtual Field Trips: The Surprising & Incredible Ways Educators Are Using ClassVR Virtual Reality in Schools

Educators and instructional technology experts Michael Jaber and Charley Suter describe the “endless” ways that ClassVR virtual reality headsets can help educators get students excited about learning — and share some incredible and surprising ways they are using ClassVR in schools, particularly for special education students, students with autism, and those with limited mobility.

Autodesk Education Launches Free CAD, CAM Resources for Educators Using Fusion 360

Secondary educators who use Autodesk Education’s Fusion 360 software can step up student engagement and excitement this fall by incorporating the company’s new free CAD and CAM resource center into classroom instruction, the company said in a recent news announcement.

NWEA Study: Students Who Used MAP Accelerator 30 Minutes per Week Achieved Big Gains in Math

In a massive study conducted during the 2020–21 school year, education researchers at NWEA found that students using MAP Accelerator personalized math instruction for at least 30 minutes a week achieved surprisingly big gains across all grades and all demographic categories, according to the study results released today.

Discovery Education Acquires DoodleLearning, Will Integrate Doodle's Math and ELA Solutions

Discovery Education and parent company Clearlake Capital today announced the acquisition of British ed tech provider DoodleLearning, whose four math and English Language Arts solutions will be integrated into Discovery Education’s suite of solutions in the coming months, Discovery Education said.

Star Assessments Now Connects to Nearpod; Star Phonics & Spanish Language Literacy Assessments Unveiled

Renaissance’s Star Assessments platform now connects with Nearpod, enabling teachers using the Star platform to access the Nearpod lesson library and resources without leaving Star, Renaissance said, and it has launched two new foundational literacy assessments: Star Phonics, billed as the only web-based assessment of 12 phonics categories and 102 essential skills, and Star CBM Lectura, an assessment of literacy development in Spanish for K–6 students in bilingual and dual-language programs.

NoRedInk Premium Adds Benchmarks to Help Schools Track Student Writing Growth

Adaptive writing curriculum provider NoRedInk has added a new assessments feature called Benchmarks to its premium solution, enabling educators to measure growth in students’ writing skills school- or districtwide, according to a news release.

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