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When it comes to technology, Fla. schools struggle to keep up with students

The state is racing to get schools and students ready for a new computerized test that replaces the FCAT in the spring. But other issues beg for attention, too: technology training for teachers, infrastructure to support new hardware, and how best to use technology in the classroom.

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Albuquerque Public Schools automates asset management

Albuquerque Public Schools has selected Hayes Software Systems’ TIPWeb-IT’s K12 inventory management software to keep technology assets, controllable inventory and capital assets up-to-date and reconciled with its fixed asset system.

Districts to receive $10 million for STEM education from NEF

National Education Foundation will invest $10 million to increase the number of school districts across the country with access to high-quality STEM education programs. In order to qualify for the matching grant, a district must have 35 percent or more students on free or reduced cost lunch.

How schools are bringing mobile under control

Districts supporting BYOD can manage students’ instructional software through virtual containers and clouds while relying on MDM software to manage security. Whatever strategy a district chooses, the end goal is to take device management out of the hands of teachers and students, so they can focus on learning.

Tech company philanthropy takes hold in San Francisco schools

Most San Francisco students live a car ride away from Silicon Valley’s technology giants. A new philanthropy initiative is pairing companies such as Dropbox, Eventbrite and Xoom with city schools to inspire students to pursue college and career pathways in technology.

New York City gets state funding to open a construction-focused P-TECH

The city will receive a slice of $28 million in state aid over the next seven years to open a seventh P-TECH school that will offer training in construction management, civil engineering and architectural technology.

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Pennsylvania district hires new technology director

Philip Vinogradov, an Upper Dublin resident currently employed with the Centennial School District, was hired as director of technology for the Upper Dublin school district.

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Turning schools into storm tracking stations

Science teachers wanting to teach their students about the changing ways of weather could find themselves with an interesting teaching aid this spring. BloomSky plans to give away 10,000 internet-connected weather probes to schools and parks.

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Report praises Mass. technical schools for industry collaboration

The Filling the Skills Gap” report suggests guaranteeing funding, removing administrative barriers to vocational programs. and making vocational schools the most in-demand schools in urban areas. The report also wants the vocational school model made available to cities and towns that do not belong to a regional vocational-technical district.

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$2.8 million grant funds N.Y. college-district tech program

The Dunkirk City School District and Jamestown Community College will share a nearly $2.8 million state grant to develop and implement a new program that will allow students to earn their high school and associate’s degrees.

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