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Career tech expands into new territory

Career and technical education (CTE) isn’t what it used to be. CTE encompasses a dizzying array of subjects and skills: Everything from the traditional (auto tech and welding) to the high-tech (graphic design and animation). At the CareerTech Vision 2014 conference, topics include helping CTE teachers sharpen student literacy and coordinate with academic counterparts.

ISTE launches free diagnostic tool

Schools and districts navigating the path to technology integration will have a comprehensive roadmap to guide their journeys with ISTE’s Lead & Transform Movement. The initiative provides educators with a free diagnostic tool and resources to guide them through the system-wide transition to technology-rich and standards-ready learning environments.

Edmonds school system exploring districtwide sound enhancement systems

The Washington district is looking further into potentially providing sound enhancement systems for all classrooms in its nearly 40 schools. The Lightspeed REDCAT system currently being used by some schools distributes sound evenly throughout the room.

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MusicalTheaterSongs.com launches song-search engine

MusicalTheaterSongs.com has launched an internet-based song discovery engine that speeds and streamlines the process of finding musical theater songs for students and teachers.

Technology Heroes Program offered to Rhode Island educators

BoomWriter Media is partnering with Highlander Institute on a statewide offering of BoomWriter’s Technology Heroes Program to all Rhode Island educators. Through the interactive group-writing platform, students collaborate with their classmates on creative writing projects that are then turned into published books.

Weckey releases new version of its iPad app

New features and upgrades were included in the newest version of Weckey Inc.'s smart guestbook app and visitor management system. The iPad app's new features include analytics, a custom theme builder and signable attachments.

Florida pilot program will give teens more control over schoolwork, schedule

Pinellas County will be among 10 districts nationwide receiving a college-ready learning grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The county is establishing five school-within-a-school programs and transforming an intermediate school into an “incubator school” with new technologies and personalized learning.

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Rethinking vocational high school as a path to college

For years, vocational high schools have been seen as a lesser form of schooling – tracking some kids off to work while others were encouraged to go on to college and pursue higher income professions. But things are changing. Vocational high schools are focusing much more on preparing students for higher education.

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Kids hone tech skills as Common Core exams move online

Elementary school students in New York City will soon take the state's high-stakes Common Core exams on computers rather than paper, and some schools have already started preparing kids as young as 4 years old for the shift.

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Mississippi school system launches tech initiative

This year marked the beginning of Alignment Jackson, an initiative to improve Jackson Public Schools by increasing professional development, creating teacher teams and, most popularly, providing a MacBook laptop to each ninth grader. The policy change also allows students to bring their devices like cell phones to class.

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