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California valley district launches Chromebook pilot

Students in the Washington Unified School District (West Sacramento, Calif.) can expect to see shiny new Chromebooks in their classrooms when they begin the new school year. The district's schools spent $150,000 to pilot 450 Chromebooks this year to help prepare students for the Common Core State Standards.

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High-school tech interns learn and earn

Interns at Reynoldsburg (Ohio) high school are starting with the basics—reprogramming computers and connecting laptops to a network. But by the end of the yearlong internship program, the students will have a deep enough understanding of a particular area within IT that they can earn a professional certification.

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More schools use cell phones as learning tools

Security and educational uses are giving school administrators new reasons to allow cell phones at school, with teachers even incorporating phones into their curricula. With mobile apps and the internet at their fingertips, teachers and students are now using phones as clickers to answer questions, and providing teachers with feedback on student progress.

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St. Paul school district's big tech vision starts small, by design

St. Paul Public Schools is starting modestly on its ambitious plan to overhaul learning through technology. The district will spend the coming year laying the groundwork for the eight-year plan, funded with a $9 million-a-year levy increase taxpayers backed last fall.

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Lawmakers address need for school tech access

West Virginia lawmakers scored an important victory in passing wide-ranging education reform legislation earlier this year, but leadership in both the Senate and House of Delegates acknowledge the war is far from won.

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Crowdsourcing ideas for a better school

In my previous life as a high school English teacher, I often felt disconnected from everyone making the decisions that affected how I did my job. But crowdsourcing tools are slowly working their way into the education policy world, designed to give teachers and district employees more say on big decisions that affect their school environment.

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Tech companies angle for big bucks in education

Enthusiasm for transforming education into a dynamic, personalized experience for kids is fueling innovative ideas and attracting a lot of money. While education leaders call for student access to useful tools and skills, entrepreneurs and investors see a market ripe for penetration.

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Culture isn't part of the game, it is the game

Transforming the culture is key to the success of the technology revolution sweeping through districts today. In this post, blogger Bill Zima discusses culture's role in the framework of leadership that is required to successfully convert to a student-centered, proficiency-based system of learning.

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Private sector CIOs share secrets for success

If you could travel back in time, what career advice would you give yourself? This question was posed to current and former private sector CIOs. They were asked to write letters to their former selves, and this is what they had to say.

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AFT report shows high cost of overtesting

A close examination of two medium-sized school districts' standardized testing calendars found that kids are losing out on receiving a full, high-quality education because of pervasive test preparation and testing, according to a report released by the American Federation of Teachers.

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