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Louisiana district facing high costs to meet tech needs

Louisiana school districts are expected to be ready now for state-mandated online testing that begins next year, but an in-house technology assessment shows that the Rapides Parish School District still needs hundreds of thousands of dollars to get there.

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Local schools race to keep up with technology

Technology is everywhere when students at Hillview Middle School in Menlo Park, Calif., are in math class. The classroom iPads, says teacher Mike Doroquez, are "totally engaging to the kids. They love it and you can see their eyes just open when they see technology on the big screen."

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Norton, Mass., schools may add tech director

To keep the Norton school district moving forward, Superintendent Joseph Baeta says it’s time to hire a director of technology. He has asked the finance committee to consider including the position as it moves forward with next year’s budget.

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Toledo Tech School to add seventh and eighth grade

Starting next fall, Toledo Public Schools will add two grades to one of its successful magnet high schools. The Toledo Technology Academy, which scores in the top academic tier of Ohio schools, will add grades seven and eight, which could push the school’s enrollment from about 200 to more than 300 students.

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California middle school opens digital innovation center

The staff and students of Branciforte Middle School, in Santa Cruz, Calif., recently unveiled a new technology Innovation Center on the former site of a defunct metal shop. The staff feel the Innovation Center could attract and inspire new students, while also inspiring other schools looking to upgrade their own digital offerings.

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McGraw-Hill Education unveils digital geography titles

McGraw-Hill Education has announced the expansion of McGraw-Hill networks, the company's digital social studies program for middle and high school students, with the introduction of two new interactive geography titles.

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Self-paced apps prove priceless for Florida's Okaloosa County district

Specialized education apps that can tutor students and allow them to work at their own pace have proven priceless in the changing educational landscape. “We have learned a lot and we keep learning,” said Eric Mitchell, who oversees technology for the district.

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Alabama digital school recognized by Digital Promise

The Baldwin County Public School System has been recognized by Digital Promise/ The League of Innovative Schools. Digital Promise praises the school system’s “community-based approach to innovation” and gives an overview of the district's efforts to launch the Digital Renaissance Leadership Academy in the midst of the recession and subsequent budget cuts.

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iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium

November 4-7, 2014

Palm Springs, Calif.

ISTE 2014

June 28-July 1, 2014

Atlanta, Ga.