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Administrators must now wade through hundreds of Common Core-aligned apps to determine which will get the best results in their classrooms. They also need to determine their learning strategy and how it can be assessed with Common Core standards before adopting any apps.

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The school district in Hoboken, New Jersey has decided to abandon its 1-to-1 laptop program for seventh, eighth and ninth graders. Ultimately, the Hoboken School District decided the scheme was more trouble than it was worth—even when supported by federal grants.

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In Connecticut, Stamford has replaced its schools' chief information officer after hiring Christina Hefele from the neighboring Darien school system. Hefele's hiring comes nearly a year after Phillip Dunn resigned as Stamford Public Schools' top technology administrator.

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Viz Mojo Labs, Inc. has transformed its Conojo creative whiteboard app to be a collaborative, creative platform to communicate project ideas and share data mapping and strategies. It was originally conceptualized as a drawing and notetaking whiteboard app.

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The new Android version of Drawp for School's creative classroom management tablet app is COPPA-compliant, can be used with multiple subjects and automatically collects, organizes and stores assignments in the secure Drawp cloud.

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Chris Schnepp moved from his position as principal of Alexandria-Monroe Intermediate School and is now the director of e-learning and is leading all professional development for Alexandria-Monroe Community Schools. He will also work closely with school technology directors.

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September 30-October 3, 2014
Orlando, Fla.

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October 2-3, 2014
Rohnert Park, Calif.

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October 15-18, 2014
Atlanta, Ga.

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October 30-November 2, 2014
Orlando, Fla.

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November 4-7, 2014
Palm Springs, Calif.

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Students and their parents view coding as an indispensable skill in the digital era, especially since the number of programming-related jobs is projected to soar in the next decade. Not everyone agrees that studying programming in the middle or high-school years is the key to collegiate or professional success, but that hasn't slowed the coding juggernaut.

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The solution to the hiring gap is not to shame private companies into adopting racial quotas and preferences in their hiring practices. The solution is for black and Hispanic leaders to work in their own communities to encourage parents to do whatever they can to keep their kids in school and for leaders, teachers and parents to encourage kids to gain the skills necessary for high-tech careers.

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The Pennsylvania House of Representatives had planned to take up a bill that would let Philadelphia proceed with a $2 a pack cigarette tax to prevent schools there from laying off a thousand employees. But the House chamber sat empty. The state's legislators remained on their six-week summer break from work in the Capitol. It is irresponsible and indefensible to hold the children of Philadelphia hostage in these kinds of internecine political battles, then waltz off on a six-week break.

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Gov. Corbett signaled that he was willing to advance millions of dollars in state education money to Philadelphia schools to ensure that they open on time next month. The pledge came hours after an unsuccessful bid to get legislators to return and vote on a $2-per-pack cigarette tax to fund city schools.

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