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App creates cyber bullying concerns in Kansas district

A new social media messaging app is creating a cyber bullying problem in high schools across the nation after students in Mobile, Ala., were arrested on suspicion of making terroristic threats on the app YikYak.

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A push to boost computer science learning, even at an early age

A handful of nonprofit and for-profit groups are working to address what they see as a national education crisis: Too few of America's K12 public schools actually teach computer science basics and fewer still offer it for credit.

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Inventor inspires innovation at Ohio STEM school

Jim Wynne, inventor of Lasik, visited STEM middle and high schools in Akron as part of a series of guest speakers who inspire students to cultivate creativity as they study to become scientists and engineers, and hopefully innovators.

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MOUSE and Solar One launch "green" program for youth leaders

GreenTECH, funded by a three-year, $1.08 million grant from the National Science Foundation to Solar One, MOUSE, and the NYU Wallerstein Collaborative, is focused on STEM skills, environmental sustainability and green technology.

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Tenn. County brings tech ed to high schools

The Jackson Chamber of Commerce and Jackson-Madison County Schools partnered with local businesses to use Treehouse's software to offer computer programming education to local high school students.

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Chevron donates $260K to two California schools for STEM

Chevron celebrates National Engineers Week by giving back through a partnership with the Bakersfield City and Rosedale Union districts to help advance STEM education.

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New Mexico board approves tax hike for tech upgrades

The Santa Fe school board voted to approve a $55 million, five-year plan for technology upgrades at all schools in the district, and then voted to fund that plan by raising property taxes to generate about $11 million a year over the next five years.

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Fla. district taps Promethean to provide interactive boards and training

Miami-Dade County has selected Promethean as the exclusive supplier of interactive boards for over 10,000 classrooms with its new ActivBoard Touch systems as well as an 18-month professional development program for educators.

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Pearson and Microsoft to collaborate on apps and digital learning

Looking to create new applications and advance a digital education model, the first collaboration between the two companies will be combining Pearson’s Common Core System of Courses with the capabilities of the Windows 8 touchscreen environment.

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Scrutiny in California for software in schools

A lawmaker will introduce legislation that would shore up privacy and security protections for the personal information of K12 students, a move that could alter business practices across the nearly $8 billion ed tech software industry.

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