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Texas district partners with CK-12 Foundation to adopt digital flexbooks

El Paso ISD and CK-12 Foundation are collaborating on replacing paper textbooks with digital textbooks called FlexBooks. These are standards-aligned, fully-customized digital flexbooks built using the CK-12 platform. The change will start with select high school science classes, with more school subjects to follow.

Project-based science trumps traditional curriculum

Students following a project-based, inquiry curriculum aligned with Next Generation Science Standards outperformed their peers who received traditional instruction, according to a National Science Foundation study. The new curriculum also can help close the learning gaps among minority students in STEM courses and level the field between girls and boys.

What E-rate changes mean for your district

High-speed broadband is in and phones are out, according to the recent FCC order to update the federal E-rate program. Administrators will have new funds to expand district Wi-Fi capacity, but will need to make up for lost phone and email subsidies when E-rate updates go into effect in 2015-2016.

KCWiT launches program to help middle school girls explore tech

Nonprofit Kansas City Women in Technology created Tech sHeroes, a program focused on encouraging middle school girls to explore careers in technology. The 12-week initiative, which kicked off this September for seventh- and eighth-grade girls in the Shawnee Mission School District, will explore programming robot balls to prototyping mobile applications to learning Javascript.

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High school football tech purchasing is growing

For high school teams from Louisiana to New York, the football hit has become a tech crunch, and a sport for teen boys has ballooned, by one estimate, into a $3 billion investment nationally — spending partly fueled by the leap in game-deployed technology.

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Dyn recruiting tech talent in high school

Technology firm Dyn has struggled to lure top engineers to its Manchester, N.H., office. So the company is helping to create a four-year STEAM high school program that will set to function as a high school within a high school. In addition to staples like social studies, students will get coursework in engineering and the arts and work with local businesses through internships and mentorships.

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Enforce ‘no phone zone’

Police are about to crack down on cellphone use in school zones and rightfully so. The new Louisiana law prohibiting cellphone use while driving in school zones during posted hours went into effect in August. It is unlikely that lawmakers will go so far as to require technology disabling devices while driving, so we must practice self-discipline.

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29th AESA Annual Conference

December 3-6, 2014
San Diego, Calif.

94th NCSS Annual Conference

November 21-23, 2014
Boston, Mass.

NSTA Conference on Science Education

November 6-8, 2014
Orlando, Fla.

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