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CoSN survey reveals widespread need for increased bandwidth

This week, CoSN released its key preliminary findings from a nationwide survey about broadband and the E-rate. Nearly 450 K12 ed tech leaders representing 44 states participated in the survey and overwhelmingly agreed that the E-rate is in dire need of reform.

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Technology adoption by lower-income populations

About one-third of people making $20,000 or less are not online. This and other results—including internet usage, broadband adoption, and the impact of mobile connectivity among lower-income populations—are discussed in a PowerPoint presentation by Aaron Smith, senior researcher at the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project.

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Socorro ISD launches Anonymous Alerts anti-bullying reporting service

The Socorro Independent School District in El Paso, Texas, has added a new communications tool called Anonymous Alerts, allowing its 44,000 students to quickly, easily, and anonymously report urgent information to school officials across their campuses.

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A superintendent succeeds with 1-to-1

At East Noble School Corporation in Indiana, every kindergartner and first grader uses an iPod Touch, students in grades 2-4 learn on iPads, and students in grades 5-12 are given Lenovo laptops. Here, textbooks are a thing of the past.

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District suspends $30M Amplify program over safety concerns

A North Carolina school district has suspended the use of 15,000 tablets after reports of multiple hardware issues, including the device’s charger melting at home. Districts everywhere have had high hopes that the affordable tablet would help bring K12 education into the 21st century. But melting accessories are not a good sign.

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Report: Many of Alabama's higher schoolers not ready for college

A new report from the Alabama Commission on Higher Education shows many college-bound high school graduates are still not prepared for the rigors of university mathematics or English. Of the 23,019 graduates in 2012 who enrolled in Alabama public colleges or universities, 33 percent tested into remedial math and/or English classes, according to the report.

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Business partnership teaches high schoolers tech skills

Tennessee manufacturing representatives are happy local schools are helping build a pool of future workers with knowledge in multiple engineering disciplines. Christy Brasher, an area manager at the Bridgestone tire plant in La Vergne, said her company regularly deals with a lack of qualified applicants.

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School tech director indicted in teen rape case

William Rhinamin, the director of technology for Steubenville City Schools, was arrested after he was named in a four-count indictment by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. The 53-year-old Rhinamin is facing several charges, including tampering with evidence, a third degree felony; obstructing justice, a fifth degree felony; obstructing official business, a second degree misdemeanor and perjury, a third degree felony.

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Pa. publishes school report card, including online and vo-tech schools

The state Department of Education has released the Pennsylvania School Performance Profile, with information on each individual public school, including charter, cyber-charter, and vocational-technical schools.

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Our future depends on putting tech education at the core

My courses are demanding. I expect students to read and write daily, to meet online after school for concept and skills reviews, and to practice using skills that will help them in college and career. They view my academy and computer science courses as college-level, and want others to view them that way too. Unfortunately, the courses I teach aren't a part of the core curriculum. Instead, they're seen by many as electives and therefore expendable.

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