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Hillsborough school board names new head of IT

Lesly White, the Moffitt Cancer Center’s director of information technology, infrastructure and shared services, has accepted the job of managing the Florida school district’s department of IT, security and privacy.

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Miss. county school system investing millions on technology

As part of a four-year plan, DeSoto County Schools is spending millions of dollars on new technology. Hernando High School teachers were the first to receive the Apple MacBook Air laptops. Next year, the students can take advantage of laptops. There are also iPad carts for classrooms, which the students will share. Starting in 2017, every elementary classroom will have a class set of iPads.

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Two-year technology upgrade plan approved by Minn. district

The $3.8 million upgrade project will replace aging wiring and network switches while swapping out the district’s landlines for an Internet-based phone system. The two-year project is expected to boost Internet speeds and allow more devices to connect wirelessly to the district’s network.

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Eastern DataComm partnering with Extreme Networks

Eastern DataComm is now a vendor for Extreme Networks on the Western States Contracting Alliance for all National Association of State Purchasing Officials states. Extreme Networks joins the list of technology solutions that Eastern DataComm is now able to provide school districts under this cooperative, including ShoreTel and Alcatal-Lucent systems.

With new technology peer group, teachers evolve along with students

In Minnesota, a group of tech-savvy Waseca teachers now make the rounds to help assure their colleagues' technology skills evolve at the same rate as students. Each school in the district has its own Rotating Technology Coaches group. Several times a month, a teacher takes a day to work with teachers who have expressed the need for technology help

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N.M. school district faces tech challenges ahead of new tests

The Rio Rancho school district is facing technology challenges – not enough computers, electrical outlets or space – in its preparation for the new online Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers standardized test coming to local school districts this spring. To address the shortage, the district will create a schedule and rotate students into the testing spaces.

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N.J. community college offering courses at new tech high school

Bergen County Technical Schools' Applied Technology High School will be housed at Bergen County Community College beginning next fall to allow students to earn 25 college credits toward an associate degree while completing high school. Students will enroll in one of the natural science and math, engineering technology or engineering science tracks, each aligned with existing degrees offered at the college.

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New Jersey district appoints tech director

The Spotswood Board of Education appointed Eric Sheninger as director of technology integration and innovation. He was previously the principal of New Milford High School in New Jersey.

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Silicon Valley schools fall behind in STEM Funding

Silicon Valley's local education system has been excruciatingly slow to adapt with teacher and student workforce development and getting STEM funding. The tech economy is one built on constant change, an incessant cycle of failure and success. The public education system should reflect that, and mirror the leadership and risk-taking of the high-tech landscape.

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New N.Y. diploma would encourage career and tech studies

The NY Board of Regents will discuss a new pathway to a diploma that will allow high school students to swap out one of the five Regents course requirements for a test in career and technical education, the arts or humanities. These tests would hold the coursework to approved industry standards. Such a diploma will be better for the kids, better for the trades, and better for the economy.

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