THE Journal Insider: K-12 Ed Tech Trends & Hot Topics

THE Journal Insider: K-12 Ed Tech Trends & Hot Topics

THE Journal Insider podcast explores current ed tech trends and issues impacting K–12 educators, IT professionals, instructional technologists, education leaders, and ed tech providers. Listen in as Editor Kristal Kuykendall chats with ed tech experts, educators, and industry leaders about how they are 'meeting the moment' in the U.S. public education system. Find podcast transcripts & ed tech news updated daily at


March 28, 2023 29 mins

In this episode of THE Journal Insider podcast, host and editor Kristal Kuykendall welcomes two former teachers who have been working on AI writing tools at Turnitin, a plagiarism-detection software used by thousands of K–12 schools and institutions of higher education.

Turnitin is expected to launch a new AI writing detector and additional related features for educators in the next few weeks.

David Adamson, principa...

Mark as Played editor and podcast host Kristal Kuykendall digs into a story of tutoring triumphs in Odessa, Texas, with guest Dr. Scott Muri, superintendent of Ector County Independent School District, which has 33,500 students and 44 schools.

ECISD entered the pandemic already ramping up to tackle big challenges; the district was failing many of the state’s academic growth indicators. Under Muri — who took the helm at ECISD in sum...

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Cypher Learning, the company behind the NEO K–20 learning management system, was founded on the idea that the modern instructional model of public education is not, in fact, modern at all.

Former classroom teacher Todd Ryckman, now global director of customer success at Cypher Learning, felt the same way when he was in a traditional classroom; he eventually attended an education conference that sparked a new vision of what educatio...

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As education leaders around the globe call for more emphasis on STEM education, and as government statistics project millions more tech jobs than trained workers in the next decade, the REC Foundation is changing the way K–12 students learn about technology by making robotics both accessible and fun for students from every background, all over the world.

REC Foundation has been helping K–12 schools start their own VEX Robotics educ...

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In this episode of THE Journal Insider podcast, editor Kristal Kuykendall visits with several K–12 educators, instructional coaches, and education technology specialists who participated in the Apple Learning Coach pilot program last year before it was launched publicly this past March. Apple Learning Coach has just opened up applications for its fourth cohort, and any U.S. educator with the capacity to coach K–12 teachers can appl...

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In this episode of THE Journal Insider podcast, host and editor Kristal Kuykendall talks with YouScience Chief Operating Officer Jeri Larsen about how their Discovery aptitude assessment platform works and why it helps both educators and students. We learn how the assessment insights help students "discover" their aptitudes and then take ownership of their learning and their futures by more closely connecting their schoolwork to th...

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Kristal Kuykendall, podcast host and editor at K-12 ed tech news site, digs into the ways that ClassVR virtual reality headsets are helping educators get students excited about learning — and some incredible and surprising benefits of using ClassVR in schools, particularly for special education students, students with autism, and those with limited mobility.

Guests are digital learning specialist Charley Suter from S...

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Since January, two reported cyberattacks targeting ed tech providers have resulted in the breach of private information of more than 3.5 million U.S. K–12 students — and likely millions more. No one knows for certain how many students had their personal data compromised, and it’s probable that we will never know.

Such data breaches — even if they don’t include a Social Security number — are very dangerous for students and can impac...

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