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Increasing number of schools going solar in Maryland

More Maryland K12 schools are turning to solar to power their classrooms, save money and help the environment, according to a new nationwide study. A study by The Solar Foundation found that the state's solar energy industry, which includes nearly 150 companies, has installed solar systems on nearly 40 schools.

Whiteboards advance to meet classroom technology needs

The standard whiteboard is evolving to keep up with advancements in learning technology. With today’s newer models—MimioDisplay, ActivBoard Touch and othersseveral students and teachers can work together on the same surface at the same time. Corresponding mobile apps also allow students to collaborate on their BOYD or 1-to-1 devices.

Connecticut town names new director of instructional technology

The Darien Board of Education named Middlesex Middle School Assistant Principal Marc Marin to the newly created position of director of instructional technology. The position will focus on the improved implementation of technology education.

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Sex offender digital check enhances safety in Florida schools

Administrators at Brevard County Public Schools have enhanced security this school year with a new system that automatically runs sexual predator checks on all visitors and streamlines the process for volunteers. The district previously used an internal software system to track visitors that did not include a background check.

iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium

November 4-7, 2014
Palm Springs, Calif.

ASCD Conference on Educational Leadership

October 30-November 2, 2014
Orlando, Fla.

ALAS Education Summit

October 15-18, 2014
Atlanta, Ga.

California school district considers $34 million in tech upgrades

A proposal for the Santa Monica-Malibu USD provided a high-end estimate of what the first phase of their technology upgrade might cost. The $34 million would be spent on software, hardware and new staff. One big-ticket item, a network upgrade for 809 classrooms and workspaces, could cost about $9.2 million.

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2014 AASA & ACSA Women in School Leadership Forum

October 2-3, 2014
Rohnert Park, Calif.

Momentum: FLVS World Symposium

September 30-October 3, 2014
Orlando, Fla.