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South Carolina career and technology center names new director

The Aiken County Career and Technology Center appointed Will Hudson, a former North Augusta High School assistant principal, as the center's new director. He will work with instructors from a range of programs, including electricity, machine tools, CADD, health science, automotive technology and more.

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Aaron Hyre brought in as Massachusetts district's new IT director

Foxboro Public Schools named Aaron Hyre as its new information technology director. His mission for the upcoming year will be to design a joint town-school data center, finish wireless service installations, upgrade content filtering and firewalls, improve security camera capabilities and work on a disaster recovery plan.

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South Carolina online school programs growing, despite challenges

Since South Carolina first three online schools launched in 2008 with 2,175 students, the student population has grown four fold. The fact that some students don't do well in the less structured environment has hurt the overall academic standing of the six virtual charter schools with none achieving a grade higher than C.

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Tennessee county unveils first STEAM school

Shelby County Schools cut the ribbon on Maxine Smith STEAM Academy, a new STEAM public school that is partnering with Christian Brothers University. Although the county already has STEM schools, this is the first of its kind in the district.

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Who should pay for classroom technology?

As more school systems embrace online education, questions of who pays for the technology keep cropping up. For some systems, obtaining the technology to advance their students' skills means adjusting their school budget priorities. The ultimate solution, however, may be for foundations, donors, or tech companies to step in and cover the cost of tablets for every student.

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What are schools doing with students’ data?

The student privacy debate is highly political. Big data collections can be very useful for education to determine patterns and implement appropriate program changes. But schools also need to be extremely careful in what they collect, the companies they share it with, and what happens to the data later. And they need to do a better job of informing parents.

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L.A. Unified exemplifies the forces that stifle public school reform

By now, Los Angeles Unified was supposed to be the technological model for big-city school systems with its iPad project. Instead the district has become a national model of the tensions that stifle public school reform. Our technology projects were stranded between high-minded ideals and grass-roots realities; tripped up by jockeying over priorities, politics and power.

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Colorado schools finding ways to bring digital devices into classrooms

Ending what some thought to be a futile fight to keep digital devices out of the classroom, schools around Denver are experimenting with ways to embrace personal technology. Administrators are working to design the best implementations while watching that financial differences don't create equity gaps, Wi-Fi networks can support the large volume of devices and parents can help students at home.

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High-tech tutoring: Big media, big startups and big money

Tutoring has traditionally been dominated by elementary school-focused tutoring companies, like Sylvan and Kumon, and test prep, with Kaplan and Princeton Review. One important new growth are ongoing tutoring services for middle and high school students. Revolution Prep is one of those companies, with $15 million in annual revenue from online tutoring, and 50 to 100 percent growth a year.

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Florida school boards collaborate on tech best practices

Three local school boards collaborated to discover best practices in technology and teaching Common Core. Charlotte, Manatee and Sarasota school board members met to discuss successful methods both in the classroom, through the incorporation of tablets, iPads and laptops, and outside the classroom, such as websites to educate and communicate with parents.

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