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.

Senators Challenge Ed Tech on Student Data Usage

Some of the biggest names in ed tech received letters this week from a team of Democratic senators demanding details on their data collection practices.

Nearpod Adds 1,200+ New Lessons, Integration with Google Slides

Education technology company Nearpod has introduced integration with Google Slides. The new feature allows teachers to add interactivity and collaborate with peers.

5 Assessment Trends for the New School Year

Education will see changes in how assessment is done in the new school year, according to education nonprofit NWEA. The organization, which develops preK-12 assessments and professional development, recently issued five trends that it expected will permeate the measurement of learning outcomes.

Education Top Sector Hit by Trojans

The openness of education networks poses the sector’s greatest cybersecurity threat, according to a company that produces anti-malware software. According to a new analysis of its customer data, Malwarebytes has found that the education sector was the largest target for adware and trojans, and second among verticals for being hit with ransomware.

Adolescence Is Prime Time for Closing Opportunity Gap

A new research project has suggested that the dramatic changes that take place in the brains of young people offer "unique opportunities for positive, life-shaping development and for recovering from past adversity." For that to happen, however, the country also needs to address inequities in education, healthcare and other areas "that undermine the well-being of many adolescents and leave them less able to take advantage of the promise offered by this stage of life."

NC Governor Knocks Virtual School Growth Plans

North Carolina is getting restive about virtual charter schools.

Ohio Gets New Virtual Public HS

A new virtual public high school is opening in Ohio this fall. The Ohio Digital Learning School (ODLS), authorized by the Ohio Council of Community Schools, will serve students ages 16 to 21 in grades 9-12. It is tuition-free.

Grants & Upcoming Events (Week of August 12, 2019)

Upcoming funding opportunities for schools

Personalized Learning Platform for Math Debuts

Knowre is introducing an online core supplement platform to helps teachers provide personalized learning for their students.

STEM Grants Focus on Health Sciences and Mental Health

In the previous two years teachers have received almost $190,000 to support their classroom needs.

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