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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.

Whole Child Symposium

May 8, 2014

Washington, D.C.

New multimedia direct link to first responders with Mutualink K12

Mutualink debuted a secure multimedia communications platform to enhance schools’ safety and security by establishing a direct link with police, fire, EMS and other entities in emergency situations. Mutualink K12, designed and licensed exclusively for K12 schools, acts as a gateway for real-time voice, video, data and text communications.

Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards names science and STEM winners

Vernier Software & Technology and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) named seven innovative science and STEM teachers as winners of the 2014 Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards. The winners were selected for their use of data-collection technology using a computer, graphing calculator or other handheld device in the science classroom.

Understanding how technology helps today's students

Many commissioners and board members can be skeptical about technology. That is not to say they disapprove. However, they may fail to see the connection between technology and learning to read, doing essential math and understanding history. Commissioners are not alone. Many people older than today’s millenials and young students find technology frustrating, even incomprehensible.

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Penn. board approves personal laptops for high school students

The Catasauqua Area School District's board approved an initiative where all high school students will receive a personal laptop computer for the 2014-2015 school year. Under a four-year lease deal, the district's 1-to-1 technology initiative will equip students with a MacBook Air device.

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