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Technology could eliminate snow days

The concept of holding class online when bad weather strikes is gaining traction nationwide as more school districts provide take-home technology to students that educators often refer to as a 1-to1 digital conversion.

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Almost 40 percent of minority teens want tech careers, research finds

A strong appetite for tech pursuits exists among minority students, but confidence in the skills required for these careers and access to the opportunities that would make them attainable is still lacking, according to a new Creating IT Futures Foundation survey.

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New collaboration offers inner city children with technical opportunity

VUID, Inc. signed a new partnership with Coded by Kids that will provide disadvantaged, inner-city children with an opportunity to put their developer skills to use in the workplace through internships.

Prioritize computer literacy

Without a doubt, learning a new language provides a host of side benefits, such as the opportunity to learn about new cultures and gain insight on different linguistic perspectives. Regardless, learning software languages in the century defined by the computer simply provides a more practical asset to students.

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Indiana needs to invest in STEM education

Exposing youngsters to STEM areas in the early grades, keeping that interest alive through exceptional teaching, and ensuring that students take rigorous high school courses, are important strategies for increasing the number of students who will be drawn to STEM professions.

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LAUSD should try again on supplying computers

LAUSD must buy more technology; its students would be left woefully behind the college-and-employment curve without it. The current lack of funding for a massive iPad purchase creates a much-needed time-out, though, so that the district can do it right next time.

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House supports letting S.D. districts levy tax for tech schools

South Dakota school districts could help fund public technical institutes by earmarking a fraction of their capital-outlay taxes they otherwise spend on their own buildings and programs, under a plan endorsed by the state House of Representatives.

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How to close the STEM skills gap

STEM fields will present graduates with the most job prospects and highest earnings. However, there is a disconnect between who teaches those subjects, how they are taught and how they are applied in the real world, says Vince Bertram, formerly superintendent of Indiana’s third-largest urban school district, and now president of Project Lead The Way.

Digital instructional materials outpace print in the classroom

The most frequently cited product medium for delivering supplemental products was online/digital at 82.6 percent, followed by print at 65.2 percent, according to a new study.

Washington citizens back STEM education in schools

Ninety-four percent of Washington voters believe every child should have access to a high quality STEM education in the state’s K12 public schools, but just 45 percent believe schools are delivering, according to a new poll from Washington STEM.

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