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Teachley announces Learning Analytics Platform for schools

Teachley’s new Learning Analytics Platform offers personalized learning and in-depth data reporting for schools. The platform extracts information from students’ gameplay to give teachers insight about Common Core standards and benchmarks.

How tech-centric events are changing education

With access to technology on the rise, the focus in education has shifted to getting students to interact with technology and learn the basics at early ages. Beyond classroom education, tech-focused events are becoming a popular method for inspiring the future generations of connected children.

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AIS Network offering Azure Managed Services

Cloud hosting provider AIS Network will resell Microsoft Azure and offer managed services for the Azure platform. The new product offering will be available to educational institutions.

SodaPop introduced as new app to create private networks

SodaPop is a new private social network which can be used to build private online communities for the sharing of posts, messages, photos and tags. SodaPop networks, created and managed by an individual or group network host, can also include the Safe Zone, which enables members to communicate anonymously with a trusted source.

Teachers take charge of mobile devices

Mobile device management is now a central part of classroom supervision as teachers compete with laptops, tablets and phones for students’ attention. The ability to freeze a device’s screen, block inappropriate apps or lock students into particular educational content can help teachers transition smoothly to online testing, 1-to-1 and BYOD.

South Carolina career and technology center names new director

The Aiken County Career and Technology Center appointed Will Hudson, a former North Augusta High School assistant principal, as the center's new director. He will work with instructors from a range of programs, including electricity, machine tools, CADD, health science and automotive technology.

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Aaron Hyre brought in as Massachusetts district's new IT director

Foxboro Public Schools named Aaron Hyre as its new information technology director. His mission for the upcoming year will be to design a joint town-school data center, finish wireless service installations and upgrade content filtering and firewalls.

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South Carolina online school programs growing, despite challenges

Since South Carolina's first three online schools launched in 2008 with 2,175 students, the online student population has grown fourfold. But the fact that some students don't do well in the less structured environment has hurt the overall academic standing of the six virtual charter schools, with none achieving a grade higher than C.

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Tennessee county unveils first STEAM school

Shelby County Schools cut the ribbon on Maxine Smith STEAM Academy, a first-of-its-kind public school that is partnering with Christian Brothers University. Although the county already has STEM schools, this is the first to factor the arts into science, technology, engineering and math.

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Who should pay for classroom technology?

As more school systems embrace online education, questions of who pays for the technology keep cropping up. For some systems, obtaining the technology to advance their students' skills means adjusting their school budget priorities. The ultimate solution, however, may be for foundations, donors, or tech companies to step in and cover the cost of tablets for every student.

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