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CIO of CenterPoint Properties Is Incumbent in Illinois Board Election

Scott Zimmerman, the only incumbent running in the Park Ridge-Niles (Ill.) School District 64 board election, described his job as the CIO of CenterPoint Properties, as being the "head computer geek there." He feels that his technology experience can add value to the board.

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High Schoolers Gain Skills from Robotics Competition

About 5,000 high school students from 207 teams in Michigan are expected to participate in this year's FIRST Robotics Competition. The teams build robots to compete against each other as they try to win a spot in the 64-team state championship, April 11-13 at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti.

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South Carolina District Raises $190,000 for Computer Initiative

Rock Hill (S.C.) schools’ goal of putting a computer in the hands of every student would be a life changer – not only for students, but for businesses and the community at large, says Mark Edwards, superintendent of Mooresville (N.C.) Graded School District and the national school superintendent of the year.

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Top Government Spy Agency Seeks High School Computer Hackers

Carnegie Mellon University and one of the government’s top spy agencies want to interest high school students in a game of computer hacking. Their goal with “Toaster Wars” is to cultivate the nation’s next generation of cyber warriors in offensive and defensive strategies. The free, online “high school hacking competition,” open to grades 6-12, is scheduled to run from April 26 to May 6.

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Jewish Education Goes High Tech

A new start-up uses 21st-century technologies to make ancient values relatable and dynamic. To the glut of products and solutions comes a promising one geared specifically to Jewish educators: ShalomLearning.

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Technology Presents New Educational Opportunities for Latino Youth

Two recent events underscored the importance of utilizing digital tools to inspire students and demonstrated the intersection between technology and education. On March 5th, AT&T's Hispanic/Latino Association, HACEMOS, held the 15th annual High Tech Day in 31 cities across the country. The same week, the Pew Internet and American Life Project released a report that revealed how teachers are using technology in their classrooms to enhance learning and engage students.

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Alabama May Borrow $50M to Replace Old School Technology

The Alabama legislature is close to approving a plan to borrow $50 million to replace outdated equipment in high school technology programs, which proponents said will help more students stay in school and get jobs when they graduate. A bill authorizing a $50 million bond issue has moved through the legislature with bipartisan support.

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Tennessee STEM School Technology Draws Board Attention

Hamilton County (Tenn.) school officials want to put iPads, or similar devices, in the hands of as many students as possible, as soon as possible. They say it's the wave of the future. That's why they visited the STEM "school of the future" Friday, already up and running, on the campus of Chattanooga State Community College.

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Community Foundation Grant Boosts School Tech Project

Students in the Ripon (Wis.) Area School District are benefiting from iPad technology, and several more students in the region soon will, too, thanks to a project funded in part by a grant from the Green Lake County/Ripon Community Foundation.

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Are Wisconsin's Schools Keeping Up with Technology?

Janesville's smaller neighors are on top of the latest technology. What is our district doing to keep up? Do our administrators have the necessary vision? What must be done, and how much will it cost? And would all this spending make sense?

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