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Penn. charter school wants to open a tech-focused high school

Freire Charter School is trying to open a technology and entrepreneurship-focused high school. It’s the first time in seven years that the School District of Philadelphia is accepting applications for new charter schools and Freire, which runs a middle school and high school in Center City, will be one of those applicants.

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N.J. lawmakers follow words of support for vo-tech schools with legislative action

A package of bills intended to improve and support New Jersey’s vocational and technical schools got a speedy boost from the Legislature. The final passage was quick by Trenton standards – the bills intended to bolster vo-tech schools and their burgeoning career academies were introduced only five months ago.

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Low-scoring Florida county schools to get high-tech labs

A $1.9 million state school improvement grant will fund the development of new science labs in nine schools that have received an F or D school grade this year as well as low marks in science on statewide exams.

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Technology chief for LAUSD resigns

The head of technology for the nation's second-largest school system has resigned, the latest fallout from two troubled technology efforts: the iPads-for-all project and a new student records system. Ron Chandler, LAUSD's chief information officer, started in 2010.

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Snow days turn digital at more schools

An increasing number of districts are using e-learning to keep class in session during bad weather and to meet the required number of instruction days without having to add makeups to the calendar. Some districts are developing lesson plans specifically for digital snow days. Others offer more time to complete assignments given on snow days.

Career tech expands into new territory

Career and technical education (CTE) isn’t what it used to be. CTE encompasses a dizzying array of subjects and skills: Everything from the traditional (auto tech and welding) to the high-tech (graphic design and animation). At the CareerTech Vision 2014 conference, topics include helping CTE teachers sharpen student literacy and coordinate with academic counterparts.

ISTE launches free diagnostic tool

Schools and districts navigating the path to technology integration will have a comprehensive roadmap to guide their journeys with ISTE’s Lead & Transform Movement. The initiative provides educators with a free diagnostic tool and resources to guide them through the system-wide transition to technology-rich and standards-ready learning environments.

Edmonds school system exploring districtwide sound enhancement systems

The Washington district is looking further into potentially providing sound enhancement systems for all classrooms in its nearly 40 schools. The Lightspeed REDCAT system currently being used by some schools distributes sound evenly throughout the room.

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MusicalTheaterSongs.com launches song-search engine

MusicalTheaterSongs.com has launched an internet-based song discovery engine that speeds and streamlines the process of finding musical theater songs for students and teachers.

Technology Heroes Program offered to Rhode Island educators

BoomWriter Media is partnering with Highlander Institute on a statewide offering of BoomWriter’s Technology Heroes Program to all Rhode Island educators. Through the interactive group-writing platform, students collaborate with their classmates on creative writing projects that are then turned into published books.

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