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Texas district wins approval to open early college tech high school

The Texas Education Agency has sanctioned the opening of an early college technology high school as part of Mission CISD. The authorization to open the new school comes with a $305,000 grant. The school, which will be called Mission Early College Career Tech, will launch in August with 100 students.

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Video feature gives yearbooks a high-tech upgrade

There is no doubt that high school yearbooks have come a long way over the years. The 2014 Pine Richland High School yearbook is filled with photos, memorable moments and video. To play the nearly two dozen videos in the book, students have to download a free app, then hold a smartphone or tablet over the photos.

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New chief for Pennsylvania vo-tech selected

The Western Montgomery Career and Technology Center board has appointed Christopher E. Moritzen as the new administrative director. He currently serves as director of the Delaware County Technical High School.

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New Tech Academy is a "school within a school" in California

New Tech Academy is a program for all students that has been incorporated within the Los Gatos High School's campus. The New Tech curriculum takes an integrated approach to core subject content delivery, with at least one class per year being an interdisciplinary, team-taught course. Another aspect of the program that resonates with students is the use of technology to facilitate learning.

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Tech project changed how we view our librarians

Project Connect is a panel of school leaders from Lincoln Public Schools in Nebraska working to connect the library, classroom and administration through information technologies. Learning to collaborate and merge skills and expertise is crucial to ensuring the right resources are in place in order to create change and provide the best learning environments for the students.

Cadaver lab gives students in-depth STEM experience

A lab where advanced biology students get a hands-on experience of medical science by dissecting human bodies is available to seven Illinois high schools. The hope is the program, the first of its kind in the state, will encourage students to explore medicine, dentistry or other STEM fields

intelliVOL platform picked by Connecticut district

intelliVOL's x2VOL has been selected by New Haven Public Schools and New Haven Promise to track and verify their students' 25,000 service hours a year. With x2VOL, school administrators can monitor activities, post opportunities, track and approve their students’ volunteer hours, service learning projects and connect nonprofits more closely to schools.

Teachley launches second educational math app for iPad

Teachley, a New York-based edtech company, has launched its second educational iPad app. Mt. Multiplis teaches complex multiplication strategies to third through fifth grade students through a playful game and is available free for iPad.

Blended Schools Network acquired by Sibling Group

Sibling Group Holdings, Inc. has finalized the acquisition of Blended Schools Network (BSN). BSN will operate as an independent business unit. Currently, BSN serves over 160 school districts and has developed over 190 online courses, 15,000 lessons, 12,000 videos and over 8,000 modules.

Alcoa Foundation and Discovery Education partner on manufacturing careers website

Alcoa Foundation and Discovery Education launched Manufacture Your Future, a new online destination designed to inspire thousands of students in grades 6-12 to take the first step towards exploring and pursuing today’s manufacturing careers. The program provides educators, guidance counselors, students and families with resources about post-secondary manufacturing career opportunities.