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Bay Area tech company creates gunfire detection system for schools

A Bay Area technology company has unveiled a gunshot detection system for schools that it hopes will help police respond faster to mass shootings and smaller incidents, but privacy advocates are concerned about surveillance.

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Western New York Tech Academy readies for fall launch

Students entering the Western New York Tech Academy next fall will leave high school four years later with both a free two-year college degree and the prospect of a good paying job in their field.

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Using data to keep kids in school

Spokane School District took its high school dropout rate from 33 percent to 20 percent in two years by building early-detection reports with Tableau. Learn how it put timely, actionable information in front of its teachers and administrators that helped steer high-risk students back onto the right path.

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High school tech programs going beyond the classroom in 2014

The Troy City School District is working to strengthen its high school tech courses with the help of business partnerships through a new statewide education program. Donna Watson, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, said the upper New York district has a need for students to be more college and career ready, and this program will do just that.

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Makerbot wants to put a 3D printer in every school

3D-printer company Makerbot is leading a crowdfunding drive to buy 3D printers for every school in America. The push, called Makerbot Academy, will begin with CEO Bre Pettis personally pledging a Makerbot to every public high school in the company’s home town of Brooklyn.

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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.

CoSN 2014 Annual Conference

March 19-22, 2014

Washington, D.C.

Blended Learning: A look at the transformation of K12 ed in Idaho

November 19, 2013

3:00-4:00 PM ET


Education profs design web-based literacy assessment software

Three education professors, Simon Hooper from Penn State, and Charles Miller and Susan Rose from the University of Minnesota, are developing a web-based learning analytics system designed to help improve assessment, feedback, and progress-monitoring of literacy education for students in grades one through eight.

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