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.

Learning Reform Is a State Issue Now

In a nod to the power that state-level people now wield for pushing education reform, an education reform advocate has issued a report to guide them on how to achieve broad-scale personalized and competency-based learning.

Google Adds Security Features to G Suite for Education, Launches Enterprise EDU Edition

Google today took the wraps off new security features for its education productivity suite, G Suite for Education, which includes Google Classroom, Docs, Sheets, Slides and a range of other tools.

2018 to See More Emergency Hiring to Cover STEM Teacher Gap

According to 100Kin10, the "highest-leverage root causes" for the current STEM teacher shortage are linked to school culture and, in particular, to the culture of professional development, collaboration and accountability. According to a teacher survey, 69 percent of respondents said their principals give "little to no time for them to collaborate and learn from other STEM teachers in their school or district."

After-School STEM Program Gets $3.9 Million Boost

United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley has won a five-year $3.9 million grant from the United States Department of Education for a city-wide after-school STEM initiative, dubbed BoSTEM.

Grants & Upcoming Events (Week of Jan. 22, 2018)

New grant listings include up to $4 million from the Gates Foundation and special grants for STEM education for rural schools. Deadlines for T.A.F. and N.E.A. teacher grants are coming up soon. Upcoming events include the T.C.E.A. Convention in Austin and the CUE 2018 National Conference in Palm Springs, California.

Edsby Adds New Tools to Capture and Share Evidence of Learning

The new evidence of learning features include support for capturing images and video from handheld devices, including phones and tablets, for documenting student growth.

Sub-$200 Windows 10 Laptops Debuting This Week

At the Bett 2018 conference this week, Microsoft Education is showing off new Windows 10 notebooks and 2-in-1 devices for K–12 schools that start below $200.

Free Toolkit Promises Better Shift for Students from Head Start into Kindergarten

Under the Every Student Succeeds Act, school districts that take federal funding are supposed to develop written agreements with Head Start and other early childhood providers to improve coordination.

Chicago Schools and Colleges to Deliver Coding Ed to 500K Students

The city of Chicago wants to introduce its students to coding by expanding its use of Apple's "Everyone Can Code" program in K-12 and community colleges.

Stanford Pilot Project Digitizes Bone Fragments for Classroom Use

The Digital Production Group of Stanford University Libraries has launched a pilot project to produce digital 3D models of bones and other artifacts for use in research and instruction.

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