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Georgia high school pilots college-level math course using technology

Several Cherokee County School District students will participate in the Georgia Tech Distance Calculus Program being piloted at their school, which allows high school students to take a research university-level math class and earn college credit on their own high school’s campus using video-conferencing technology.

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ITT Tech’s new charter school to offer free degree — with a catch

The high school students at Early Career Academy, a tax-funded charter school scheduled to open next year in Indianapolis, will be able to earn an associate degree free of charge. But the degree comes with a catch: The credits from that degree likely will not transfer to any major Indiana university other than the charter school's sponsor, ITT Tech.

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Letting learning technology flourish in schools

A photo on Scott McLeod’s popular “Dangerously Irrelevant” blog carries the caption, “We’re so busy doing 20th century teaching, we don’t have time to initiate 21st century learning.” McLeod, an associate professor of educational leadership, is concerned that an education system that doesn’t embrace technology won't prepare students to compete in the knowledge-based economy.

Military-style technology finds way into school district safety measures

Shooter Detection Systems has installed infrared sensors and microphones in Methuen, Mass., that can pick up the sound of gunfire and immediately notify school and law enforcement officials. But there is debate about whether such military-style measures are as valuable as more prevention-minded methods for schools with limited resources.

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Seven largest districts to launch computer science programs

The White House announced commitments by more than 60 school districts to offer computer science courses. Additionally, more than $20 million in philanthropic contributions have been made available to train teachers to teach computer science. Also, new partnerships by the National Science Foundation include a new Advanced Placement computer science course by the College Board.

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Students learn power of the sun with new EMC solar curriculum

Green Power EMC launched a new curriculum and in-class learning laboratory featuring solar power for use by its SunPower for Schools school partners. The program provides solar arrays on school grounds and software that allows students to monitor real-time data on solar energy production.

Disney Imagicademy offers new early learning approach

Disney Imagicademy, a technology-driven learning initiative designed for families with children 3 to 8, combines fundamental educational concepts with the Disney characters and stories. The integrated program includes 30 plus app-based experiences.

Hiring IT professionals as a short-term solution for schools

IT professionals can help schools by fulfilling short-term contracts or working on specific projects. The schools not only benefit from their expertise, but they have the freedom to end the contract at any time. Outsourcing may not be the best long-term solution, but it will allow time for schools to find the right person for permanent placement.

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Amplify debuts professional development software

Amplify unveiled Professional Learning Maps, a system for personalizing educator professional development. Interactive maps show educators their areas of strength and need. The software then charts a course of online and in-person professional development sessions.

Minnesota will investigate tech group funded by school districts

The state will step in to examine the financial affairs of a school technology group funded by Twin Cities area school districts. A forensic accountant’s audit, ordered by the TIES group because it was losing money, revealed widespread spending irregularities and lack of documentation.

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