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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.


Stanford Launches Online Writing Course for High School, College Students

Stanford writing instructors have partnered with undergraduates to create a non-credit course open to the public via Stanford Online.

New Platform Helps Teachers With Group Writing Assignments

ProjectWriter allows teachers to give group writing assignments based on subjects being covered and specific vocabulary words they want students to learn.

inResonance Acquires Schoolyard

inResonance, provider of the FileMaker platform for schools, has acquired Schoolyard, a company that makes Web sites for schools.

California Districts To Pilot Next Gen Science Standards Professional Development

While districts are ramping up to prepare for online assessments based around the Common Core State Standards, some are also preparing for the Next Generation Science Standards. Eight school districts and two charter school organizations in California are participating in an early implementation initiative to begin development of a learning community for K-8

SETDA Launches Online Guide To Make Most of Digital Learning

As schools pursue new forms of digital learning, educators need to consider a broad range of issues related to the use of technology that affect their technology decisions. To help districts better plan, the State Educational Technology Directors Association has released a free online resource that lays out the factors worth considering as they undertake new initiatives, such as 1-to-1 programs or online assessments.

Lower Fuel Prices Could Mean K-12 Tech Windfall

One investment firm estimates that schools will experience a $2 billion savings in lower fuel prices for the current fiscal year and could likely spend this "found money" on technology and consumables such as digital content. However, what could turn out to be a boon for some states could have detrimental effects on other states.

Houston Moves into Phase 2 of High School 1-to-1

Houston Independent School District is on track to continue expanding its high school 1-to-1 program this month.

Itslearning Offers Smartphone App for Student Notifications

Cloud-based learning platform itslearning has created an app for iPhones and Android phones that lets students receive mobile notifications about assignments, events and grades, as well as messages from teachers and other students.

NEC Introduces Large-Screen Displays With More Features

Two new display screens for classroom use will offer more features and higher visual quality.

Toshiba Unveils Two-in-One Notebook with Detachable Display

This week at CES 2015 in Las Vegas, Toshiba introduced the Portégé Z20t, a detachable PC with pen input that combines a notebook and tablet in one device.