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Maine district hunting for new tech center leader

Sanford school administrators are planning the process to replace departing Sanford Regional Technical Center Director Jim Stopa.

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Pennsylvania district to expand career and tech program

The Erie School District is expanding its career and technical education program in an effort to offer more courses to more students in all city high schools. The expansion will mean 300 additional students will have access to the programs.

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New tech director named for Oregon district

The Redmond School District has selected Jeremy Macdonald as its new director of technology and innovation. The technology services are currently contracted through the High Desert Education Service District. With the district’s growing instructional technology needs, the IT services will be brought in-house beginning July 1.

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Blended education charter proposed for Rhode Island county

A blended learning charter school could be headed to Kent County as early as fall of 2015. The blended education format will be universal across all subject areas at Kent County Prep, and every student regardless of ability will have double blocks of math and English language arts.

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$70M bond approved for new New Jersey county tech ed center

The Cumberland County board passed a $70 million bond ordinance, another major step forward in completing its goal of building its proposed new county technical education center. The school will be built on the Cumberland County College campus.

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ETS and GlassLab partner with NASA and National Writing Project

Educational Testing Service (ETS) worked with GlassLab, NASA and the National Writing Project to develop Mars Generation One: Argubot Academy, a tablet-based educational game for grades six through eight. The game is aligned with the Common Core State Standards for English language arts, but also integrates STEM content.

Extron releases configurable control system software

Extron's new Global Configurator Professional can be used for control systems and applications that range in scope from single projector classrooms to large, elaborate control system designs.

Crisis averted …and exploited

An online educational continuity plan can improve year-round learning goals. When a school cannot open for a day, for a week, for a month or longer—no matter the reason—that is the essence of an educational crisis.

New virtual twists on making up snow days

Districts in Ohio, Illinois, West Virginia, Indiana and Pennsylvania turned to online learning in lieu of time in school to make up for missed class time due to weather cancellations. Many implemented e-learning days, during which students read through online lessons and completed assignments at home to meet class-time requirements.

Career frontiers: Voc-tech moves into the future

Career technology programs have evolved far beyond traditional vocational education classes of the last century, in woodworking, cosmetology and automotive mechanics. The new programs emerging are designed to fill skills gaps, particularly in STEM fields, such as aeronautics, energy and robotics.