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Khan Academy Cuts District Price of Khanmigo AI Teaching Assistant, Adds Academic Essay Feature

Khan Academy is slashing the district price of its Khanmigo AI teaching assistant tool, from $60 per student/per year to $35 per student/per year. The price cut reflects a commitment to "making AI as accessible as possible," the organization said.


Free CTE Guide to Level Up Your Program

Economic impacts are changing the employment landscape. To help school and district leaders, FlexPoint developed a free guide that outlines how to enhance Career and Technical Education offerings to ensure students are prepared for the workforce. Download the Free Guide

Ed Tech Research & Trends

10 Recomendations for Computer Science Education

2023 has shown the largest growth in percentage of high schools offering foundational CS since 2018: while 57.5% of U.S. public high schools offer it, compared to 53% last year, access disparities still exist.


Helping High School Students Earn Higher Pay with Industry Certificates

High school robotics teacher Anthony Young shares his experiences with providing students pathways to certifications, helping them land high-paying jobs straight out of school.


How Can AI in Instructional Coaching Increase Equity?

Here are three ways to explore the ways AI can make a positive impact on education and ensure that all students have equal opportunities to succeed.


NCES Survey Examines Public School Summer and After-School Academic Programs

According to data released by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the vast majority of public schools offer summer and after-school programs, many with an academic focus, taught by full-time teachers, and most at no cost to families, but overall participation is low.


The Potential of High-Impact Tutoring

The billions of dollars spent on solutions new and old to address COVID-related learning loss have not yet had the impact they were meant to have. This is why high-impact tutoring deserves our continued attention.


K-12 Technology News

Apple to Add 50 Distinguished Winners Category to Annual Swift Student Coding Challenge

For its 2024 Swift Student Challenge, opening in February, Apple has announced it will add a special category called 50 Distinguished Winners, who will be named for outstanding submissions.


Certell Updates Poptential Digital Curriculum and Launches Teacher Engauge Dashboard

Social studies course creator Certell has updated its free digital curriculum and platform with the integration of an "American Principles" course as part of its Poptential library. The company has also added Pop! exercises and the Engauge dashboard to help teachers with their workload.


Free AI Teaching Assistant and AI Tutor Designed to Enhance Teaching and Learning

Not-for-profit corporation Contact North/Contact Nord in Ontario, Canada, has released two free AI-powered tools for teachers and students: AI Teaching Assistant Pro and AI Tutor Pro.


IXL Learning Releases New Ultimate Math Workbooks for Middle School

IXL Learning has developed a series of print edition Ultimate Math Workbooks for middle school grades, which address math skills and topics, from multi-digit division to geometry and the Pythagorean Theorem, and more.


Lexile Insights for Teachers Aims to Help Understand Student Free Choice Reading

Reading platform company Beanstack has announced a new feature, "Lexile Insights for Teachers," to give classroom educators data and insights for a personalized approach to their students' free choice reading.


National PTA Awards Over $700,000 to Local PTA Initiatives, Many with Internet and STEM Focus

The National Parents and Teachers Association (NPTA) has granted over $700,000 in funds donated by major PTA Proud National Sponsor corporations, organizations, and private donors to support local PTAs to foster student success in various programs, of which several are internet- and STEM-focused.


Numerade Gives Free Access to Online STEM Program for a Year to All LAUSD Students and Teachers

Los Angeles-based ed tech company Numerade has announced it will give a free one-year subscription to the Numerade Plus AI-powered learning platform to all Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) K–12 students and teachers as a way of giving back to the community.


Poll Shows Nationwide Parental Support for Publicly Funded State-Based Education Programs

A recent nationwide poll by state-based education funding company Odyssey showed that a majority (73%) of parents want access to publicly funded, state-based K–12 education programs. These include Education Savings Accounts (ESAs), microgrants, and other funding.


Stanford Launches Advanced Immersive Program for High School Students

Stanford University is launching a new advanced program within its Stanford Online High School, called Stanford Pre-Collegiate University-Level Online Immersive. Its first "Immersive" online course for high school students will be a course based on a curriculum for first-year Stanford students, Multivariable Calculus and Linear Algebra.


Swivl Debuts AI-Enabled Mirror Tool to Foster Student Reflection

Ed tech company Swivl has introduced its latest tool, Mirror, which automates helping students develop higher order skills of thought and reflection about their learning and gives teachers insights into teaching such skills.


New & Upcoming K–12 Grants

  • Project Cybersafe Schools

    Sponsor: Cloudflare
    Award: Free Zero Trust security program for K–12 schools with up to 2,500 students
    Number of Awards: Not specified
    Application Deadline: Ongoing
  • NSTA Teacher Awards

    Sponsor: National Science Teaching Assocation
    Award: Up to $10,000
    Number of Awards: Not specified
    Application Deadline: Dec. 21
  • Lexia LETRS Professional Learning

    Sponsor: Lexia, Cambium Learning Group 
    Award: Free access to Lexia's LETRS, Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling professional learning
    Number of Awards: 120
    Application Deadline: December 31, 2023

Ongoing K–12 Grants

  • Inventionland Grants for K–12 Schools

    Sponsor: Inventionland Education
    Award: Funds for Innovation Labs, professional development, and Innovation curriculum (varies by request)
    Number of Awards: Not specified
    Application Deadline: Ongoing (rolling)
  • Association of American Educators Foundation Classroom Grant

    Sponsor: Association of American Educators Foundation
    Award: $500
    Number of Awards: Not specified
    Application Deadline: March 1 and October 1 of each year
  • Association of American Educators Foundation Teacher Scholarship

    Sponsor: Association of American Educators Foundation
    Award: $500
    Number of Awards: Not specified
    Application Deadline: March 1 and October 1 of each year
  • CDA Funding for Maryland Early Educators

    Sponsor: The Council for Professional Recognition, Maryland State Department of Education, and Maryland Family Network
    Award: $425 initial online assessment fee; $125 renewal online application fee; $33 for the Child Development Associate (CDA) National Credentialing Program and CDA Competency Standards book
    Number of Awards: Not specified
    Application Deadline: Ongoing
  • Edthena Innovation Fund

    Sponsor: Edthena
    Award: Varies based on district size; matching grant
    Number of Awards: Not specified
    Application Deadline: Ongoing (monthly reviews on the 30th of each month)
  • Connect For Success Grants

    Sponsor: Mobile Beacon
    Award: Up to 25 laptops with one year of free 4G LTE high-speed internet each
    Number of Awards: Varies
    Application Deadline: Accepted year-round; awards granted on rolling basis
  • Naiku Innovative Teacher Grant

    Deadline: Ongoing (30 total awards in 2023, with applications accepted until Nov. 30)
  • Sony Grants for Education

    Deadline: Ongoing (grants awarded on a rolling basis)

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