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Bethlehem schools face multimillion-dollar wireless upgrades

Bethlehem Area School District's wireless capacity is so unreliable that many teachers now shy away from developing lesson plans that depend on Internet access for the more than 14,000 students in the district. A $2.2 million upgrade to the district's wireless infrastructure is being proposed.

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itslearning's platform selected by several districts and schools

Cleveland's Urban Community School, Michigan's Fraser Public Schools, and California's Escondido Charter School and Rosedale USD are the latest to sign up for itslearning's cloud-based learning management system.

The challenge of teaching science in rural America

Rural schools face different problems than urban schools when it comes to improving their STEM instruction. Administrators from a consortium of rural communities have found new ways to make STEM classes better for teachers and students, including seeking grants for additional infrastructure and partnering with local businesses.

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D.C. district expands STEM curriculum through Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin has offered a multi-million dollar, multi-year grant to District of Columbia Public Schools to support the expansion of college and career-focused STEM programs through Project Lead The Way.

Calif. districts find new way to fund technology

Stockton USD, East Side Union High School District and Pacific Grove USD passed Ed-Tech Bonds. East Side intends to issue six bonds, phased in every three years, from 2015 to 2033. The first bond would be $16.2 million, growing to $21.8 million for the final bond.

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Virginia county developing high school IT academy

Henry County Public Schools is exploring the possibility of developing an information technology academy at one of its high schools by 2015-2016. The district is in discussions to work with Patrick Henry Community College and possibly New College Institute in the program.

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New S.C. middle school highlights high-tech future of education

From the building design to equipment to programming, Greensboro's new Dr. Phinnize J. Fisher Middle School is customized for a STEAM focus. It's also one of the few schools in the country built in a business park and research campus, with the nearby Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research even having an office in the middle school.

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California district makes way for high-tech kiosks

Six-foot touchscreen kiosks will soon bring a high-tech twist to the classic campus bulletin board in Coachella Valley USD's schools. In addition to displaying school information, the kiosks from SkoolLive will also help with campus security by automatically calling the police if a gunshot is detected.

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Professional development takes off on Twitter

Twitter has become the new education conference—and it’s in session all day, every day of the year, some educators now say. Principals, teachers, tech experts and other educators have created dozens of robust, professional learning networks—also called Twitter chats—to connect with each other and share solutions to common challenges.

New laws strengthen protection of student data

States are ramping up student data privacy laws, with lawmakers in the 2014 legislative cycle passing 30 of 120 proposed bills aimed at protecting personal information. The most comprehensive law, passed in California, prohibits educational sites, apps and cloud services from selling or disclosing students’ personal information.