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Parents' top 12 back-to-school tech questions

This year, the back-to-school season will bring more technology—both in and out of the classroom—than ever before. Navigating this territory will be challenging, exciting and puzzling. Here are some of the top concerns CIOs might hear from parents trying to figure it all out.

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High school student builds $3M global tech company

Jaylen Bledsoe is a 15-year-old sophomore at Hazelwood West High School (St. Louis) who started his own tech company that is now worth $3.5 million. Here, Bledsoe explains how he started building the company when he was only 12.

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Guesses and hype give way to data in study of education

What works in science and math education? Until recently, there had been few solid answers—just guesses and hunches, marketing hype, and extrapolations from small pilot studies. But now, a little-known office in the DOE is starting to get some real data, using the randomized clinical trial method, in which groups of subjects are randomly assigned to get either an experimental therapy, the standard therapy, a placebo, or nothing.

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Isle of Wight students face new tech restrictions this year

This year, students at Isle of Wight schools in Virginia are finding that their access to games, social media, and instant messaging is more restricted, while teachers are getting more training on how to use digital technology in class.

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Increased bandwidth supports schools’ digital learning transformation

A Moore County Schools’ official called a recent upgrade to the North Carolina district's digital network system a "major boost" that will increase bandwidth "tenfold." Installed by fiber optic company BroadPlex, the district is receiving 10 times the bandwidth at a lower cost than it was previously paying.

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Local school districts keeping tabs on 'digital divide'

To help reduce the digital divide for poor communities, many internet providers around the U.S. offer reduced rates on internet service to families with a child on the free or reduced-price lunch program. Comcast's Internet Essentials is one such program.

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How to teach e-safety and digital citizenship

With the need for safe and appropriate use of the internet—and specifically social networking sites—being front and center in recent weeks, it is essential that schools find interesting and engaging ways in which to deliver what can be repetitive but vital information to students of all ages.

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New Mexico gov. appoints Peter Ambs to IT Commission

Peter Ambs, of Albuquerque, has been appointed to the state's Information Technology Commission. Ambs is currently the CIO for the city of Albuquerque. Among other functions, Ambs is responsible for the performance of turnaround efforts as well as aligning IT with the requirements and needs of the city and its citizens.

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Review: Haswell laptops deliver on battery life

New laptops with extended battery life are hitting store shelves. The laptops are made with microprocessors that belong to the new Haswell family of Intel chips, which consume less power than previous generations do and promise a 50 percent boost in battery life for watching video.

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Google's CIO on how to make your IT department great

Running an IT department is hard enough under any circumstances, but imagine doing it at one of the world's preeminent technology companies. Your customers aren't haplessly trying to set up their voicemail; they're experts in technology and expect it to work. As part of CIO's series on the future of corporate IT, writer Walter Frick spoke with Google CIO Ben Fried about his job, and where he thinks the industry is going.

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