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.


Nonprofit Launches Interactive Report Cards for Florida Schools

A newly launched online toolkit is making data on schools in Florida (and beyond) easy to find and interpret through the use of interactive data visualization tools.

Google Cardboard Users Can Now Play WebVR Experiments

The company has added support for Google Cardboard and launched a new homepage for web-based VR experiments.

Common Sense Kids Action Joins 55 Organizations to Oppose CA AB-165

Common Sense Kids Action, an advocacy platform of the nonprofit Common Sense Media, has joined a coalition of more than 55 civil rights, immigration, education, youth, health, labor and LGBTQ organizations to oppose the passage of California Assembly Bill 165.

Online Music Composition Tool Helps Students Engage, Learn and Socialize

A fifth grade teacher from Montana reflects on how Soundtrap helped an unmotivated, unfocused student discover his voice and passion.

CA Reports Record High School Graduation Rate at 82.3%

California’s graduation rate increased for the seventh consecutive year and was at a record high for the class of 2016, with 83.2 percent of seniors graduating, according to statistics released this week by the California Department of Education.

Report: Virtual Schools Expand in U.S. Despite Poor Performance

Virtual schools have expanded and proliferated in the United States, despite poor performance, lack of research support and inadequate policies, according to a report released this week by the National Education Policy Center (NEPC).

Versal Releases Version 3.0

Versal, a San Francisco-based learning platform for companies and educators, has just released Versal 3.0. It’s designed to encourage the sharing of knowledge in new and creative ways and engage learners on different levels.

CA's Fallbrook Union Elementary SD Launches Partnership with Discovery Education

California’s Fallbrook Union Elementary School District has entered into a new partnership with Discovery Education, a provider of digital content and professional development for K–12 classrooms.

Learning Center to Help Close Digital Divide in Chicago

A new, technology-infused learning center from Rasmussen College will offer broadband connectivity, computer workstations and academic coaching to high school students at Chicago Public Schools, college students and local community members.

Grant Spotlight: $5,000–$25,000 Social & Emotional Learning Grants for Teachers and Schools

The NoVo Foundation, Education First, and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors are awarding grants to individual teachers and school systems for "teacher-led projects that foster social-emotional skills in students in grades PK-12." Grants of $5,000 will be awarded to individual teachers, and grants of $25,000 will be made available to districts and charters. The deadline is only 10 days away.

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