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September 4, 2013

Panorama Education wants to make polling easier for educators

New Haven-based start-up Panorama Education is looking to address a major pain point for educators, students, and parents with its polling app targeted at K12 students. The technology is designed to replace cumbersome legacy players, and improve on less targeted, general-purpose tools like SurveyMonkey to provide meaningful insights for education.

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Avon Schools joins 60 districts using tech for teacher evaluations

Standard for Success, customizable online educator evaluation and management software, will make its way into Indiana's Avon Community School Corporation this fall. The district joins more than 320 schools in nearly 60 Indiana districts that are adopting technology to create a more streamlined and efficient teacher evaluation process.

Christine Quinn proposes five all-girl tech schools

To close the gender gap in New York City science classrooms, City Council Speaker and mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn would create five new science schools exclusively for girls. Quinn unveiled her bold plan to boost female participation in STEM at a Monday press conference in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

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Seventy percent of U.S. has broadband, but access is still unequal

Pew survey results show that the percentage of Americans with home “high speed broadband” connections has increased from 66 to 70 since April 2012. Pew calls this a “small but statistically significant rise.” The report also notes that 32 percent of people without home high speed broadband connections (or another 10 percent of Americans) have a smartphone.

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New education technology hooks zombie fans on math, science

If people weren't so eager to run from them or kill them, we could actually learn a fair amount from zombies. To encourage this learning, Texas Instruments, alongside the National Academy of Sciences, is launching a new series of in-class tools and lessons for teachers called "STEM Behind Hollywood."

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Five steps to prepare for 1-to-1

For schools that have tablets, laptops, and desktops at their fingertips, planning is challenging, especially if the school or district's goal is to have a device in every student's hands. To guide this inevitable shift, edtech planning and implementation provider BEYOND Technology Education released "5 Steps to Prep for One-to-One", a document based on the SWIMGrid (School-Wide Integration Model).

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Ohio district's buses get equipped with video, GPS

Rocky River schools is using software to help design bus routes based on where 1,700 kids are picked up or dropped off. Then the drivers go out and test the routes, making minor improvements as they go along.

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Pennsylvania students take home six awards at TSAN conference

Students from the Colonial School District (in Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) enjoyed their best showing ever at the 2013 Technology Student Association National Conference, earning three first-place trophies and three third-place trophies. More than 5,000 students from the U.S., Germany, and Turkey competed in more than 60 events, ranging from animation to robotics and biotechnology.

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Congresswoman fires up middle school students to study technology

When Anna Eshoo was in middle school she wanted to be an eye doctor. She didn't know why, but she liked going to the doctor and all the things they did. But a teacher told her to forget her dream. "Girls aren't good at math," she told her. Eshoo, who has served in Congress for more than 20 years, was at Campbell Middle School Thursday to encourage girls -- and boys-- not to be held back from their dreams.

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