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.

34 Title I Schools Nationwide to Join Verizon Innovative Learning Program

Through a partnership between Verizon and Digital Promise, 34 Title I schools will join Verizon's 2024-25 Innovative Learning Schools (ILS) program to provide technology, internet access, and professional development as part of its Citizen Verizon initiative.

Institutions Working to Help Streamline Admissions Process for Underserved Students

Education equity organization Lumina Foundation has awarded grants to seven higher learning institutions or agencies as part of its "Great Admissions Redesign" challenge. The grants will help fund initiatives that seek to "reduce barriers to admission and promote inclusivity."

Microsoft Education Announces Product Updates Focused on AI and Security

At its annual "Reimagine Education" 2024 digital conference, Microsoft Education announced several new features of its AI and security tools aimed to assist teachers and help prepare students for future careers in which AI will play a prominent part.

Analysis: More Oversight Needed for Middle School Career Exploration in Districts and Schools

In the recently released "Extending the Runway: A 50-State Analysis of Middle School Career Exploration," nonprofit education organizations American Student Assistance (ASA) and the Education Strategy Group (ESG) report there is a vast difference between states that value the idea of middle school career exploration and those who have created guidelines and accountability at the state level for districts and schools implementing it.

New K–12 AI Framework for School District and State Education Leaders

Education strategy and policy consulting firm ILO Group has released a new "Framework for Implementing Artificial Intelligence in K–12 Education" to provide comprehensive information and resources to educators and state leaders on adopting AI technology.

2024 ED National Education Technology Plan Focuses on Use of Technology to Advance Learning

In January, the U.S. Department of Education (ED)'s Office of Educational Technology released its annual 2024 "National Education Technology Plan (NETP): A Call to Action for Closing the Digital Access, Design and Use Divides."

Core Knowledge Foundation Partners with Louisiana Ed Department to Offer Digital K–8 Social Studies Curriculum

Education equity nonprofit Core Knowledge Foundation has partnered with the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) to develop a digital K–8 social studies curriculum, Bayou Bridges, for the state's school districts for the 2024-25 school year. The curriculum will be hosted on ed tech company Kiddom's platform.

Santa Barbara Unified School District Gains Tech-Enabled Transportation Safety Features with New School Bus Contract

Santa Barbara Unified School District (SBUSD) has awarded a five-year, $30 million contract for school bus service to the Zūm school transportation company.

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Launches Data Visualization Tool to Track Student and School Performance

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and data analytics company SAS have partnered to launch a web-based tool that provides reports and analysis on performance, achievement, and growth at all K–12 schools in the state to help guide decision-making about effective learning strategies.

Malwarebytes Unveils ThreatDown K–12 Bundle, a Unified Cybersecurity Solution for Schools

Cybersecurity software and services vendor Malwarebytes has launched a new unified solution for school districts called ThreatDown K–12 Bundle that is more cost-effective than piecemeal solutions, the company said in a news release.