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Missouri assistant superintendent accepts position with online university

Angie Besendorfer, Joplin assistant school superintendent, announced that she will leave her local post to become chancellor of WGU Missouri, a nonprofit, online university.

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Auditors find lapses in North Carolina's online public school

A state audit found shortcomings in how administrators at the North Carolina Virtual Public School reported enrollment totals and evaluated teachers, but found no evidence that educators were overpaid. About 50,000 public school students across the state take part in the school's more than 100 online courses .

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Laptops are coming to Chesterfield, Va. middle and high schools

Administrators from Chesterfield County Public Schools in Virginia are soliciting bids to buy more than 30,000 Chromebooks for middle and high school students, with a goal of completing its 1-to-1 program by the 2015-2016 school year.

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Facebook donates laptops to schools around Bay Area

As part of its efforts to encourage learning in the STEM fields of education, Facebook recently donated a laptop to every eighth grader at Everett Middle School in San Francisco. The event came with a surprise visit from CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

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Roosevelt school students make digital friends in England

Fourth-graders at Roosevelt Elementary School, in Park Ridge, Ill., were chatting recently when the computer in their classroom began beeping. The students quieted down. Their teacher, Jean Kulnig, clicked a few buttons and a live video feed from England popped onto a whiteboard. Staring back were students nearly 4,000 miles away.

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Miami-Dade Schools launching purchasing website for parents

As the Miami-Dade school system launches BYOD districtwide, it is also going live with wifi.dadeschools.net, a website of digital purchasing tips to help parents make the right tech choices for their children.

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Idaho state superintendent requests $3M for tech spending

Eleven Idaho schools are only a few months into their tech pilots. However, lawmakers may decide to put more money into additional pilots soon without much evidence from the field. When they convene in January, they will face a $3 million request from Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna. However, Luna says that lawmakers want to fund a "considerable" classroom tech upgrade and may be open to more.

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Innovative tech program running at Massachusetts middle school

When technology instructor Deirdre D’Urso began teaching tech classes at Hudson Public Schools in Massachusetts, the emphasis was on keyboarding, drawing programs, PowerPoint presentations and word processing. Today, the classes use Google Docs in the cloud, and the teachers use Edmodo, which allows shared homework assignments, quizzes, and videos.

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Duluth school expands use of technology and 1-to-1

The 76 students enrolled in the Duluth school district’s alternative high school have mostly done away with paper and pencils. To improve student achievement, the district spent about $25,000 on Google Chromebooks to help teach students using a “flipped classroom” model.

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Blairsville-Saltsburg district honored by Apple for tech use

The Blairsville-Saltsburg School District has been recognized by Apple for making good use of technology in enhancing instruction for its students.The district's iPlan has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program for 2013-2015—a distinction granted to just a handful of districts in Pennsylvania.

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