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High-tech grant allowing Mich. schools to enhance engineering academy

Grand Rapids Public Schools has announced a new project to offer Project Lead The Way engineering courses in its Academy of Modern Engineering. Students will engage in open-ended problem solving and learn the engineering design process. The academy is among 13 Michigan high schools receiving $35,000, three-year renewable grants.

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School robotics world championship in Ky. boosts local tech interest

In April, the VEX Robotics World Championship competition will be held in Louisville. Local teachers see the technology event as a way to boost interest and student engagement in STEM fields that are often underrepresented in Kentucky.

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Interactive sci-tech exhibit visits Texas schools

A new Mobile Oilfield Learning Unit exhibit traveling to Texas schools will feature six learning centers with interactive sci-tech materials and activities that are based on national and Texas state science education standards. Students will also get the opportunity to participate in hands-on energy, technology and applied science activities.

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Michael Derry named as tech director in Portland, Maine

Portland Public Schools hired Michael Derry as the district's technology services director. He replaces Trey Bachner, who resigned this year to go into the private sector. Derry, a retired Navy chief, was the city's deputy IT director.

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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.

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.

PageWerkz educational technology introduces new digital workbook platform

Werkz Publishing Inc. launched PageWerkz, a new educational technology with a digital workbook platform for content providers. Content providers can use the PageWerkz platform to convert traditional textbooks, e-books, magazines, newspapers and other publications into digital academic workbooks with text, images, animation, videos, simulations and assessments.