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FCC doubles money for school broadband to $2 billion

School districts throughout the U.S. have become more reliant on an internet connection for tests, games and other resources. In many of these districts however, the connection speeds are either unreliable or too slow to be useful on a consistent basis. The additional funding is expected to bring broadband to at least 20 million students in 15,000 schools.

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Barrington District 220 in Chicago approves technology fee increase

The Barrington 220 board of education voted to increase next year's technology fee by $50 to pay for the insurance costs of the new computer technology they will purchase as part of their digital age learning initiative. The unanimous vote reaffirmed the board's dedication to roll out a plan that would put a MacBook Air in the hands of every Barrington High School student next year and gradually provide iPads for middle and elementary school students.

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Tech minds starting new, diploma-granting school in Chattanooga

The Unicorn Institute is coming to Chattanooga, Tenn. That's the recently-revealed code name of a new school whose curriculum is designed to train people to be the best user-experience professionals in the world. Leslie Jensen-Inman, a designer and former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga professor, teamed up a few years ago with renowned internet usabilty guru Jared Spool to start the school, now officially dubbed the Center Centre.

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N.M. schools may bypass voters to raise $55M in tech funds

Santa Fe Public Schools is considering a plan to bypass voters and use its authority under a state constitutional amendment to impose a property tax that would raise $55 million for technology upgrades. The money would be used for infrastructure and to give every one of the district’s 14,000 students a laptop, iPad or tablet—despite problems with similar initiatives at districts across the nation.

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Florida lawmakers to push for bigger spending on school technology

Two Florida lawmakers applauded Gov. Rick Scott's proposal to spend $40 million on school technology improvements, but suggested the amount isn't nearly enough. "I feel we will [need] significantly more than that," Senate Education Committee Chairman John Legg said, setting a goal of closer to $100 million for fiscal year 2015 and a continuing revenue stream for the future.

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Tech’s diversity problem is apparent as early as high school

In three states, not a single girl took the advanced placement exam in computer science last year. In eight states, no Hispanic students took it. And in 11 states, no black students took the test. The data—compiled by Barbara Ericson, director of computing outreach at Georgia Tech’s College of Computing—illustrates just how deeply the tech industry’s lack of diversity reaches.

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Allentown, Pa., high school turns to students for tech support

Most parents will tell you that when they have technology questions—how do you download an app or compile an album of online photos for a friend—they will turn to their resident "cyber natives"—their kids. So who better to help teachers with computer problems and challenges than students who have never known a world without them? That's exactly what the teachers at Parkland School District in Allentown, Pa., thought, and are now reaching out to their students for tech help.

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"Connected Community" partnership links Wisconsin schools

We live in a connected community—one that can provide valuable tools to benefit students and teachers. Those benefits multiply when education, business and non-profits partner to share their talents to provide even more opportunities to engage in learning. One such partnership is happening in Wisconsin right now.

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NASA centers move science, economy forward

The U.S. space program in Virginia is as strong now as it’s ever been. The two NASA centers in Virginia—Langley Research Center in Hampton and Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore—continue to be at the forefront of the agency’s work in deep space travel and in partnering with commercial industry to provide key services in low-Earth orbit.

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iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium

November 4-7, 2014

Palm Springs, Calif.