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Free tablets for all at Utah ‘Smart Schools’

Five Utah schools will share more than $2 million in funding to boost the use of technology in their classrooms this fall. The funding will go toward a tablet for each student, Wi-Fi, and classroom computers.

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Kansas City (Mo.) schools announce laptop rollout

In August, the Kansas City (Mo.) Public School District will start phasing in a 1:1 program that provides either a laptop or tablet computer, loaded with educational software and valued at $400 per student per year, to all 17,000 students.

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Classes begin at N.C. county’s first year-round tech school

Monday, July 22, just a month after being let out of school for the summer, nearly 500 children began attending Northwoods Year-Round School of Technology and Innovation. The Jacksonville, N.C. elementary school is Onslow County’s first year-round, technology-focused school.

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Idaho's $3M pilot to support study of tech-related educational success

For the next two years, many educators in Idaho will spend time evaluating the utility of new devices, websites serial comma and applications in their school districts, thanks to a $3 million pilot technology program involving 11 schools across the state.

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Apps for digital note-taking

Years before Steve Jobs introduced the iPad to the world, tablet computers made regular appearances in science fiction shows. Fans of “Star Trek” will remember ensigns tapping on digital tablets or asking an officer to scribble a signature on one. Lots of those fictional machines had one thing in common: they worked with some sort of stylus and were digital equivalents of a traditional notepad.

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ISTE Buzz: STEM video games, cloud collaboration and online PD

Rapidly changing K12 classroom technology that is helping prepare students for college and the modern workforce was on display at this June’s ISTE conference in San Antonio, Texas. The exposition floor buzzed with 4,500 industry representatives and more than 500 exhibitors showcasing revolutionary products such as interactive tables, Common Core-aligned adaptive educational computer games, and data-driven instructional programs.

School technology investments not paying off, report says

Schools are not getting a big enough bang for their education technology buck. A new report says that while computers and internet access are common in the classroom, students are often using this technology for simple foundational exercises, rather than higher-order data analysis or statistics work that will help prepare them for the modern workforce.

MOOCs go to K12: Higher ed trend expands to high schools

K12 districts are beginning to experiment with “massive open online courses”—better known as MOOCs—to offer classes they might not otherwise be able to due to budget cuts or low interest from students.

Some districts to develop own Common Core assessments

According to a survey, 42 percent of schools plan to develop their own Common Core tests, while 55 percent of schools are likely to work with either the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) or the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC).

"Walls to Windows" immerses students in technology

Administrators at Westfield (N.J.) Public Schools don’t just want their students exposed to technology, they want them immersed in it, and have put together a technology-integration strategy that creates a connected and collaborative school community designed to empower students to thrive as 21st-century learners.