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Speech apps to smart pens: Tech aids students with learning disabilities

New gadgets and mobile apps introduced in the past few years are making reading, writing and math more accessible to students with learning disabilities. Text-to-speech apps like Voice Dream Reader, Read2Go and Notability; speech-to-text computer programs like Dragon Naturally Speaking; and smart pens like Echo have changed the way students comprehend lessons in areas they normally struggle.

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Learning Bird, edWeb.net partner for new online professional community

Learning Bird and edWeb.net will partner to support teachers making the print-to-digital curriculum transition with a new, free online professional learning community. The Digital Educator community will focus on discussing with educators and experts how to create, publish and share digital lessons to blend, flip and differentiate learning.

Two New Tech high schools to open in South Carolina county

All the incoming freshmen at one high school and 150 freshmen and sophmores at another high school in Greenville County will learn in project-based learning classrooms rebuilt to enable students to work digitally on real-world projects in small groups.

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Knovation drives digital conversion with N.C. county's schools

Cabarrus County Schools in North Carolina has partnered with Knovation. Starting this fall, more than 30,000 students will have access to Knovation’s digital content for science, math and English language classes. The district is also working with Knovation’s Curriculum Service team to align digital resources to the curriculum for core subject areas and grade levels.

Loveland schools welcome technology director David Knapp

The Loveland City School District in Ohio announced the addition of David Knapp to its administrative team as the new technology director. He most recently served as a technology instructional coach with the Hamilton City School District.

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Encourage women's involvement in tech at an early age

It is an entrepreneur's duty to help foster an interest in technology in women and other underrepresented groups at an early age by actively engaging with local community groups, schools, educational institutions and established organizations, such as Girls Who Code or Black Girls Code.

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Nevada high school receives $50,000 donation for technology upgrades

For the second year in a row, Sparks High School received a $50,000 donation from the Assistance League of Reno-Sparks for technology upgrades. The school used last year's donation for monitors and tablets for teachers.

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Florida county's schools make big high tech investment

Duval County schools are embarking on a three-year plan to invest $58 million in technology. Every classroom in the county's 160 schools will have a dedicated source to access the internet while all teachers will be getting new laptops. All middle schools will be getting interactive technology with portable touch-screen monitors.

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New technology detects gunshots fired in schools in Idaho

The city of Ammon, in conjunction with District 93, law enforcement and a Virginia-based tech company, are testing out a system they say will alert them to gunmen on school campuses. The Shotpoint acoustic shot detection system uses a series of sensors mounted on ceilings throughout the school. Each sensor is equipped with four microphones, which can detect the sound of gunshots.

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Using innovation to optimize resources

Iowa’s Clinton Community School District has incorporated cutting-edge programs into its learning environment in hopes of giving students a better chance at graduating and succeeding in college or career. The Innovation Classroom, one of the first of its kind in a U.S. public high school, enables teachers to tie technology with inquiry-based, collaborative learning.

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