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Robots move from clubs to classrooms

Many districts are charging up their K12 STEM courses with the use of robotics. The clear benefits of robotics are increased student engagement and collaboration—but there’s more.

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Software climbs into the cloud

The move toward personalized learning and the ability to deliver resources via the cloud are transforming the way districts purchase digital content for math, reading and other parts of the curriculum. As this landscape changes, district also are spending more on digital resources.

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What E-rate changes mean for your district

High-speed broadband is in and phones are out, according to the recent FCC order to update the federal E-rate program. Administrators will have new funds to expand district Wi-Fi capacity, but will need to make up for lost phone and email subsidies.

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Police presence powers up

Districts working to prevent mass shootings and other violent campus attacks are hiring more school resource officers to patrol their buildings, particularly at the elementary level. These SROs, elevated from a more passive role, are now an integral part of school safety planning.

Budget passed in N.C. city includes money for two new schools

The Asheville City Board of Education approved a budget that includes the construction of two new schools. The $109 million schools budget includes $55 million for capital outlay. In addition to the new elementary and middle schools, city schools have about $989,000 in other capital projects.

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Washington district's voters weigh largest-ever school bond

The Toledo School District is asking voters to approve a $23.5 million bond to remodel outdated features at its high school and make additional renovations to the elementary and middle schools. This is the school district’s first bond vote in 18 years.

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Motorola Solutions unveils lightweight two-way radio

Motorola Solutions announced a new handheld mobile device for schools and universities. The MOTOTRBO SL300 digital portable radio is a two-way, push-to-talk communication device that offers a shatterproof Active View display with LED and a long battery life.

Mobile County grows partnership with Discovery Education

Mobile County Public School System, Alabama's largest school system, has expanded its partnership with Discovery Education with the launch of the Digital Literacy Media Project. Under the professional development program, a network of teachers and media specialists create and share innovative teaching strategies for BYOD transitions.

Vernier expands its offering of wireless sensors for tablets

Vernier Software & Technology has expanded its offerings with the Go Wireless pH and the NODE+ CO2 Gas and Thermocouple sensor modules. Using the Go Wireless pH, teachers and students can remotely monitor and collect pH data. The CO2 Gas sensor module measures CO2 gas concentration in air while the Thermocouple measures temperatures.

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