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Calif. districts find new way to fund technology

Stockton USD, East Side Union High School District and Pacific Grove USD passed Ed-Tech Bonds. East Side intends to issue six bonds, phased in every three years, from 2015 to 2033. The first bond would be $16.2 million, growing to $21.8 million for the final bond.

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Virginia county developing high school IT academy

Henry County Public Schools is exploring the possibility of developing an information technology academy at one of its high schools by 2015-2016. The district is in discussions to work with Patrick Henry Community College and possibly New College Institute in the program.

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New S.C. middle school highlights high-tech future of education

From the building design to equipment to programming, Greensboro's new Dr. Phinnize J. Fisher Middle School is customized for a STEAM focus. It's also one of the few schools in the country built in a business park and research campus, with the nearby Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research even having an office in the middle school.

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California district makes way for high-tech kiosks

Six-foot touchscreen kiosks will soon bring a high-tech twist to the classic campus bulletin board in Coachella Valley USD's schools. In addition to displaying school information, the kiosks from SkoolLive will also help with campus security by automatically calling the police if a gunshot is detected.

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Professional development takes off on Twitter

Twitter has become the new education conference—and it’s in session all day, every day of the year, some educators now say. Principals, teachers, tech experts and other educators have created dozens of robust, professional learning networks—also called Twitter chats—to connect with each other and share solutions to common challenges.

New laws strengthen protection of student data

States are ramping up student data privacy laws, with lawmakers in the 2014 legislative cycle passing 30 of 120 proposed bills aimed at protecting personal information. The most comprehensive law, passed in California, prohibits educational sites, apps and cloud services from selling or disclosing students’ personal information.

New digital literacy course released by Learning.com

The content for Learning.com's Project NextTech high school digital literacy course is based on curriculum developed by Generation YES. Project NextTech addresses the 24 performance indicators in the ISTE Standards for Students with learning experiences, projects and a final portfolio.

Rand McNally’s World Atlas offered by Sunburst Digital

Sunburst Digital, Inc. announced that it will supply Rand McNally World Atlas, a new online educational resource that delivers dynamic maps with social studies, history and geography content, as well as suggestions for lesson plans and writing connections.

RGS adds campus security system to education portfolio

RGS, a business unit of Avnet, Inc., introduced the RGS Visitor and Student Identification System, a new credential and individual tracking solution designed to provide a fast, easy-to-use system for logging, verifying and tracking visitors.

StackUp scores online reading and learning

The StackUp Report from StackUp LLC is built from data captured by the free StackUp Web App & Plug-In, which can currently be used on Mac and Windows. When turned on, StackUp captures and scores time spent online and categorizes it into sixty different subject areas such as news, finance and engineering.