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New York City schools to go solar with $23 million installation

The city's schools will be equipped with new solar cells with $23 million in funding from New York City. An additional $5 million dollars from the state has been procured under the NY-Sun Initiative. The new devices will be installed at two dozen public schools.

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SchoolReach’s Community App helps schools go mobile

SchoolReach released Community App, a mobile app solution with custom-branded iPhone and Android apps that feature modules such as school calendars, staff directories, homework information, lunch menus, school social media accounts and more.

Odysseyware earns approval for Georgia textbook replacement

Odysseyware has officially been approved for Georgia’s textbook replacement program. The online K12 curriculum provider now has 115 core, elective and career technical education courses approved by the state to meet Georgia’s academic standards.

Fostering an early love of STEM through the power of storytelling

Toys make it possible to make early impressions on children, even when they don't have mentors. Storytelling toys are even better at this, because they create emotion and ignite imagination. Yet many of the toys and apps that our kids are playing with do nothing to encourage an early love of science.

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$5 million grant boosts 'tech-rich' learning in Vermont middle schools

Technology plus teacher training is part of an initiative launched at the University of Vermont five years ago with a $5 million grant from the Richard E. and Deborah L. Tarrant Foundation. The results in about a dozen Vermont middle schools were so encouraging that the Tarrants have come back with another $5 million gift to expand the program.

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Burbank Unified puts focus on tech

The California district's school officials approved spending $850,000 on technology-geared projects and personnel. Burbank Unified has been equipping classrooms with modern projectors, document cameras, voice amplification systems and control boxes. The district will also hire TELACU to oversee technology installation in 881 classrooms before September 2016.

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Making one-to-one meaningful

Many one-to-one initiatives fail to meet their objective, unless the objective is merely to give students technology and hope that they will figure it out from there. A more effective program begins with defining curriculum goals before purchasing technology, piloting the new technology, offering professional development and devising a roll-out plan.

The business of school visitor management systems

School visitors are no longer just writing their names in a notebook when they sign in. Districts are now scanning fingerprints and eyes to check if a visitor or contractor has a criminal record. Beyond security, visitor management systems can provide data such as the most visited teacher or who is in the building in case of an emergency.

Pathway through New York's current job crisis

New York is in the midst of a middle-skills job crisis. Providing a Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathway to high school graduation helps solve this problem, but time to act is ticking. Creating a CTE diploma will help raise graduation rates and fill manufacturing and high-tech job vacancies.

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New Pearson-NBC Learn agreement brings video library to classrooms

Pearson and NBCUniversal News Group's NBC Learn have teamed up to provide students and teachers access to more than 17,000 education videos. NBC Learn’s video library, which includes original content developed exclusively for the partnership, is available through Pearson’s Realize and its Online Learning Exchange platform.