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Google to roll out after-school coding classes for 100,000 kids

The technology company will work with New York City as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio's $10 million Tech Talent Pipeline initiative. All students enrolled in 857 after-school programs across the city's five boroughs will get to use CS First, a program that teaches youngsters how to code.

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Two Hawaii schools selected for lunar project with NASA

Students at Iolani School and Kealakehe High School are teaming up with NASA on a lunar experiment. NASA developed the electrodynamic dust shield to repel pesky planetary dust that gathers on space gear. The project involves NASA, the two schools, the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems and a Google Lunar XPRIZE team.

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Designing games as a career path

A magnet program in computer game design draws career-focused high school students from across Florida’s sprawling Hillsborough County school system. Middleton Magnet High School houses four STEM programs, including the Academy of Computer Game Design.

Schools enter age of student IT

A cadre of students trained in IT support are bolstering the responsiveness of districts’ help desks. The students provide an inexpensive and much-needed tech resource while gaining experience, new skills and confidence.

Measure would allow Wisconsin tech colleges to run charters

Wisconsin's 16 technical colleges could establish independent charter high schools staffed by college instructors, under a proposal being circulated by two lawmakers that aims to better prepare students for the workforce.

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How digital tools can help all students

Teachers armed with the right repertoire of digital tools, professional competencies and administrative supports will be better able to attend successfully to the needs of racially and economically marginalized students and to ensure that all can succeed in what appears likely to be a highly digital future.

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South Carolina agency scrutinizes tech divide

The state’s Education Oversight Committee is evaluating the technological divide between school districts as the state moves to online end-of-year testing for every school. Less than 4 percent of South Carolina’s 81 districts report having a device available for every student.

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Digital curriculum company uploads fresh video offerings

Shmoop’s catalog of thousands of videos can be accessed via their video library, ShmoopTube, and are also embedded throughout their site to help visual and auditory learners stay apace in the text-heavy internet world. The videos cover topics from literature and history to science, math, grammar and computer science.

Lexibook presents educational giant LCD Tablet with Google Play

The Lexitab Neon XL Tablet features a double interface for adults and a Lexibook Kids OS designed for younger users. The tablet gives users access to Lexibook Market's 26,000 educational apps and Google Play.

Cloudpath releases XpressConnect ES 4.0

The upgraded XpressConnect Enrollment System 4.0 has been launched for both on-premise and cloud-based customers. The 4.0 release builds upon XpressConnect’s track record of certificate provisioning and Wi-Fi onboarding across a wide array of unmanaged (BYOD) and managed devices.