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Vulnerabilities in Edulog Portal Revealed Bus Location Data, Parent Logins for 6M Students

Security researchers said this week that API vulnerabilities in the Edulog school bus tracking platform made the names and geolocation data of 6 million student riders available to anyone, and while the vulnerability has been fixed, schools that post their Edulog sign-up code on their websites are still at risk.


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 Free CTE Guide

Ed Tech Research & Trends

Connect K–12 Report Shows Marked Increase in School District Internet Connectivity

In its fourth and final report on K–12 school district internet connectivity, Connected Nation's (CN) Connect K–12 program tracked a 57.4% increase in the three years since 2020, and now 74% of the nation's school districts meet or exceed the FCC's 1 Mbps bandwidth per student goal, an increase of over 5 million students since 2022.


K-12 Technology News

THE Journal Reveals 2023 New Product of the Year Winners

Seventeen companies were selected as winners for their product achievements.


Burbio Launches State-Level Grant Tracker for K–12 Schools, Districts

Education data researchers at Burbio have launched a State-Level Funding Tracker newsletter "to better organize" information on special revenue sources for K–12 schools and districts, which can subscribe at Burbio's website.


Curriculum Associates Acquires SoapBox Labs, Gains AI Speech Recognition Tech

Education technology company Curriculum Associates (CA) has acquired Ireland-based SoapBox Labs (SBL) to incorporate SBL's voice AI speech recognition technology into its instructional and assessment programs. SBL's voice engine recognizes and uses children's speech patterns to analyze and assess their language skills down to the phoneme level.


D2L Offers Free AI Ethics and Governance Course

Global learning technology company D2L is offering a free course called "Introduction to AI Ethics and Governance." D2L built the course and partnered with AI law specialists INQ Consulting to provide the content.


ED and EXPLR to Hold National STEM Student Festival in April 2024

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) and streaming educational content company EXPLR have partnered to host the first National STEM Festival in April 2024 in Washington, D.C. The festival will recognize outstanding student innovators in STEM projects.


El Segundo Unified School District to Establish AI Policy Lab

In partnership with the EdSAFE AI Alliance, El Segundo (California) Unified School District (ESUSD) has announced it will establish an AI Policy Lab to promote the safe and ethical use of AI in its K–12 schools.


Imagine Learning Debuts Imagine Robotify Coding Course for Eighth Graders

Imagine Learning (IL) has announced a course specifically to teach eighth grade students how to code by controlling a browser-based virtual robot, without the need for expensive hardware or software.


Kindertales and MarcoPolo Partner to Combine Child Management Software with Digital Resources

Child and classroom management software company Kindertales and digital educational resources company MarcoPolo Learning have partnered to integrate their platforms to present learning materials from within the classroom management application.


Science Techbook for Texas K-8, Biology Classrooms Now Available Statewide in English, Spanish

K–8 and biology educators across Texas now have access to Spanish and English versions of Discovery Education's Science Techbook for Texas, a core instructional curriculum created from the ground up expressly for Texas students, DE said in a news release.


Vector Solutions acquires Pathwayos, enters CTE market

School staff training provider Vector Solutions has entered the Career and Technical Education market by acquiring Pathwayos, a platform for connecting K–12 schools and students with work-based learning opportunities, according to a news release.

  • 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)

    Call for Papers & Proposals

    Submit calls for papers/proposals to [email protected].

Professional Resources

Why It's Time to Examine Institutional Strategy for a Multi-Modal Future

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The Campus Technology Insider podcast talks to Dr. Bethany Simunich, Quality Matters VP of Innovation & Research and Co-Director of the CHLOE Project, about key takeaways from the CHLOE 8 survey and why institutions that aren't examining their online strategy may be putting themselves at a competitive disadvantage. Listen to the podcast.


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