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.


Enhance the Classroom with Chrome Extensions

With the rise of Chromebooks in schools, more student-friendly, classroom-ready Chrome extensions are popping up in the Chrome store. These clever tools can enhance students' and teachers' online activities.

High School Teachers Learning How To Add Genetics and Genomes to the Classroom

A series of grants is enabling a non-profit organization focused on genetics (the study of heredity) and genomics (the study of genes) to expand coverage of those subjects in American high schools.

K-12 IT Leaders See Broadband and Network Capacity as Top Priorities

A new national survey of school information technology pros also found that leaders are planning for some major changes to the types of learning materials that will be used in their classrooms in the very near future.

California DOE Pushes Forward on ESSA-Based Improvement System

California is working through the impact of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which places responsibility for figuring out how to evaluate schools and districts on the states themselves. Recently, a Department of Education task force handed in its recommendations for building an accountability and continuous improvement system that emphasizes three themes: performance, equity and, most prominently, improvement.

Free Guide on Student Data Privacy Now Available to Teachers

The Educator’s Guide to Student Data Privacy gives teachers tips on ensuring that sensitive student information remains private.

Varsity Tutors Releases Mobile Tutoring App

Varsity Tutors, a St. Louis-based tutoring and test prep company, is launching a mobile app today that offers one-on-one video-chat tutoring and live instruction, screen shot capabilities, a “Workboard” (whiteboard) and the ability to seamlessly switch between streaming video and written messages.

SoftChalk Upgrades Curriculum Authoring Platform with E-Book Creation Tool

SoftChalk has updated its digital curriculum authoring platform, SoftChalk Cloud, with a new e-book creation tool and publishing options, among other improvements.

MindTap Integrates Microsoft Office Tools

Students using Cengage Learning's digital learning platform, MindTap, will now be able to access Microsoft Office while working on their courses in the platform.

New Report Offers State Policy Examples for Personalized Learning

The International Association for K-12 Online Learning has issued a new report that provides policymakers with examples to guide their efforts in advancing personalized learning environments.

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