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.

The STEAM-Powered Elementary School: Montour Opens World's First Lego-Themed Brick Makerspace

Montour Elementary School's latest makerspace, the first of its kind powered by Lego Education, wasn't the school's first advanced, hands-on learning lab, and it won't be its last.

Grants & Upcoming Events (Week of Feb. 26, 2018)

Five new grant listings, including one due this week! Upcoming events include the CUE 2018 National Conference in Palm Springs, California in March and the ASU + GSV Summit, taking place in San Diego in April.

Student Privacy in Surveillance Videos: Standards for Disclosure in Flux

Does giving a parent a copy of a surveillance video showing a school hazing incident involving multiple students violate FERPA? Guidance on the issue has changed.

Large District Websites Have 'Extensive Accessibility Issues'

The Bureau of Internet Accessibility (BoIA) recently shared the results of automated tests it ran to check the accessibility of a handful of school websites and found that those tested had "extensive" issues related to accessibility.

Print Management Software Updated to Cover Fab Lab Gear

A new version of software intended to help organizations manage all of their printers now connects with specialty services as well, including 3D printers and CNC machines that may be located in maker or fabrication labs. PaperCut MF version 18 includes a new job ticketing capability that enables printing service operators at schools and colleges to accept specialty and 3D printing job submissions, such as laser cutting and prototype creation. The program enables the operator to track those jobs through the production process while also communicating work status to the requester.

Minecraft Chemistry Update Goes Live

Minecraft: Education Edition has received a new resource pack designed to let students learn chemistry within the game itself. Resources also include new lessons and activities, a teacher lab book, a downloadable world and community support.

When Do States Share Assessment Data?

Even after moving high-stakes tests online, states for the most part aren't sharing student assessment data with teachers in time for them to make use it.

AP CS Principles Most Successful Launch to Date; Has Become a 'Mission' for College Board

A recent computer science addition to the College Board's Advanced Placement course offerings has seen wild success decades after the non-profit originally introduced the subject in its college-level high school offerings.

Report: Four in 10 Top Websites Are Dangerous

Four in 10 of the top websites pose dangers to their visitors. According to cybersecurity vendor Menlo Security, out of the top 100,000 websites as ranked by Alexa, 42 percent are "risky." A risky website is any site where either the homepage or an associated background site is running vulnerable software; the site is known to distribute malware or launch attacks; or the site has already suffered a security breach in the past 12 months.

Sony Debuts Robotics and Design Kit for K-12 Classrooms

Koov features more than 300 building blocks and accessories, including various sensors, motors, LEDs and more that students can use to design working robots.

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