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Six years for high school? Why two extra years is catching on

A new six-year Brooklyn, N.Y., high school has been called the future of vocational education in America, receiving praise from mainstream media and even President Barack Obama when he visited the campus in October. Not bad for a school that has yet to graduate a single student.

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Ban "digital" learning

It’s time to ban “digital” learning. We’ve amplified the virtues, necessity, promise and potential of technology so much that we are perilously close to forgetting what it was all about in the first place: helping teachers to teach and students to learn.

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Common Core standards changing the technological way schools test children

Students taking the California Standards Tests are engaged in a nationwide “test of the test,” applying the testing software in an attempt to head off any technological crises. The new structure of the tests also requires districts just starting to recover from years of economic hardship to invest in new technology, from network infrastructure to computers and tablets to peripherals.

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New STEM fellowship opportunities for teachers

New York science-certified high school teachers will be able to take STEM graduate courses through a joint program run by NASA and Teachers College, Columbia University while working with pharmaceutical company Regeneron. The 10 fellowship recipients will be mentored by Regeneron scientists on projects.

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High school clean energy training programs find N.Y. funding

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority's awards totaling $1.1 million are being given to five clean-energy training programs that will help prepare high school students for post-secondary education and careers in energy efficiency, renewable energy and advanced technology.

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21st-century sight to see combines gym with technology

Central Union Elementary School District, located on a military base in Lemoore, Calif., is using 21st-century technology in an unexpected place: gym class. Last fall, the district was awarded a three-year Department of Defense Education Activity grant to improve physical education and enhance parent, family and community engagement.

Creating tech-savvier teachers

Many teachers still lack the training needed to use technology effectively in the classroom, according to a new survey. Schools are investing more in devices and blended learning to improve student achievement. To realize the full benefits of these tech tools, school leaders need to prioritize professional development.

Online curriculum debuted by Fuel Education

Fuel Education launched a new online curriculum designed for middle school students. Available on a variety of platforms and devices such as the iPad, Chromebook and Android, FuelEd’s Online Courses for Middle School enable teachers to personalize learning for students in an online or blended learning environment.

iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium

November 4-7, 2014

Palm Springs, Calif.

ISTE 2014

June 28-July 1, 2014

Atlanta, Ga.