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Safety at high speed in schools

Whether students are accessing digital resources at home or school, they are leaving a trail of data, making privacy another top concern in 2015. Policymakers, parents, school board members and state legislators are asking questions about what data is being collected as teachers and students use online apps with increasing frequency.

Students learn coding through new Minecraft "modding" software

LearnToMod, software that allows users to learn programming inside of the computer game Minecraft, has been launched. The software allows students to learn the fundamental concepts of programming while they add new features (called “mods”) to Minecraft.

New Jersey school district launches mobile app

The Deptford school district released a mobile application, available at no cost for iPhone and Android phones, that lets parents choose which schools they want updates from and sends out push notifications for districtwide announcements.

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Distance learning is revolutionizing education

How can we continue to meet the growing demand for distance learning? We need continued and robust investment in content and platforms, but also in networks that are fast enough to deliver the content and reliable enough to connect more people to those learning experiences.

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School innovation maps path to employment

Each P-TECH program is a partnership among a local school district, the Connecticut community college system and a growth industry corporate sponsor. With the expansion of the IBM P-TECH model, these programs can be designed to work in any community. It's an innovation that more Connecticut districts should institute for their students.

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Tennessee high school to receive $70,000 tech upgrade

Students at Portland High School will soon enjoy $70,000 in tech upgrades as one of three finalists selected by Compass Learning for a technological makeover. The upgrades include an interactive white board, Chromebooks, computer labs, and software, hardware, professional development and support packages.

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Okla. district to switch student information software to Infinite Campus

The Edmond School District voted to spend more than $1 million over the next five years on computer software to record student information through Minnesota's Infinite Campus. The school district also has opted to have Infinite Campus host the system hardware and store data.

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Blended courses becoming norm in central Wisconsin schools

Although only a select number of blended learning courses are available in the central Wisconsin school districts, they are starting to become more popular as school administrators begin to recognize the benefits these courses can reap for students and teachers.

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PARCC's grading system confusing to students

A group of teachers from Rio Rancho High School believes Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), a new standardized test being administered by the state this spring, will confuse and frustrate students because of its complicated grading system and even more complicated electronic testing procedure.

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NSBA Annual Conference and Exposition

March 21-23, 2015
Nashville, Tenn.