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Hallsville ISD adds virtual high school

Starting in the fall, any high school student in Texas will be able to graduate from Hallsville ISD through a new, tuition-free, virtual academy that the district plans to launch online in time for the 2014-15 academic year. The Hallsville ISD Virtual High School has been approved by the Texas Education Agency and added to the state’s Virtual School Network, which only includes five other public school districts.

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Handing out iPads to students isn't enough

Computer science is driving innovation across all fields, so it makes sense that the Los Angeles Board of Education wants to provide its students with access to the latest technology. Students who develop expertise in computer science will have automatic career advantages. But is the district taking the right steps?

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Balancing technology with old-school skills

Our society dictates that technology usage is a skill expected both in school and the career marketplace and there is a movement toward providing tablets to all students as a standard educational tool. However, when the power goes off or the computer locks up, does everything come to a standstill, or have students learned enough longhand approaches and reasoning ability to keep going?

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Intel STS 2014: List of finalists in Intel Science Talent Search

Forty finalists in Intel's Science Talent Search contest have been invited to Washington, D.C., in March to undergo final judging, display their work to the public, meet with notable scientists, and compete for $630,000 in awards, including the top award of $100,000.

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Inside the tech divide in O.C. schools

Schools across Orange County in California are rushing to put more technology in the hands of their students, a move fueled in part by new state standards and an increasing expectation that these students will compete in an increasingly digitized workforce after they graduate. Under the Common Core, teachers will be pushing students to research topics on their own using online sources, making access to computers and the internet more important than ever.

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Cuomo promotes more tech job training in high school

The first P-TECH programs—Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools—are slated to get under way in September. But already, N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing to fund an additional 10 schools statewide in addition to the 16 now in development.

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Olympia, Wash., city council agenda includes school tech levy

The Olympia City Council is considering a resolution to support the school district’s Technology and Capital Projects Levy. If approved, the levy, which will go before voters Feb. 11 in a special election and would generate about $13.2 million total from 2015-18, would fund safety projects and technology enhancements districtwide, including new computers, cameras on buses and devices to assist special education students.

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High school's clean tech program gets $200K

Already earning college credits and real-world experience, Stillwater, N.Y., high school students in the Clean Technologies and Sustainable Industries Early College High School program will get a boost with a $200,000 grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

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Referendum would add space, new equipment for Wisconsin tech ed

About a dozen people braved the cold temperatures recently to see firsthand how an upcoming referendum would impact technical education at Appleton West High School in Appleton, Wis. The referendum requests $30 million, which would be used to replace outdated technology, perform maintenance projects and cover the salaries and benefits for five instructional technology integrators.

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iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium

November 4-7, 2014
Palm Springs, Calif.

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