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N.C. school system picks Lucas Gillispie to head up digital learning

The Surry County Board of Education has named Lucas Gillispie as the Surry County School System's director of academic and digital learning. Gillispie presently serves as district instructional technology coordinator in Pender County Schools.

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Emily Sanders named Pennsylvania district's new IT director

The New Castle school district has brought Emily Sanders to fill its information technology director position. Most recently, she was a department chair assistant and teaching assistant at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Blackboard launches public cloud version of it learning environment

Blackboard plans to launch a new version of its flagship learning environment that is delivered via the public cloud. The public cloud delivery option of the company's learning and synchronous collaboration environment will be fully available later this summer.

Massachusetts school board approves $6 million technology plan

The Springfield City School District board has approved a $6 million technology plan. The plan calls for the addition of laptops for every high school student in 2016 and for students in grades four through six in 2017.

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Restore vocational education

There was a time when vocational and technical education was still a strong part of high school curricula, serving as an effective vehicle for timely, rewarding employment after high school or community college. We need to open our eyes to the tremendous value of vocational and technical education.

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Maryland students build green technology house

Tiny House is hi-tech, hyper-efficient and very small. As part of a broader sustainability education experience, students at the Key School in Annapolis have been working on the house to demonstrate the latest sustainable building materials and green technology, including solar electricity, rainwater filtration and innovative design to maximize space and efficiency.

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High-tech helmets pilot approved for Arkansas football team

Helmet maker Riddell approached North Little Rock High's football team about trying a new helmet sensor that can alert trainers when athletes may have sustained a concussion. It's a brand new technology that only a handful of schools around the country are using.

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AT&T contributes $50,000 to university programs for high schoolers

AT&T made contributions totaling $50,000 to support two Pennsylvania programs. Its contribution to Lehigh University will help launch a two-week, residential engineering and technology program for high school students. In addition, AT&T 's support at Carnegie Mellon will go toward a summer residential program that introduces high school students to STEM careers.

Putting teachers at the center of education technology

MIT Blossoms, one of the most exciting and effective uses of educational technology to help high school students learn math and science, doesn’t boast the latest in artificial intelligence or adaptive algorithms. Its secret weapon is, rather, a canny understanding of human psychology—both students’ and teachers’.

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Beware appealing tech that may become ineffective burdens

Great new things are happening regarding technology in the classroom, but some worry schools are focusing on programs, purchases and freebies without considering future restrictions on learning goals.

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