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Kickboard’s Early Warning indicator system keeps students on track

Kickboard instructional management solution’s new Early Warning Indicator System gives educators the ability to intervene early by tracking how many, and which, students are off track for end-of-year promotion or future academic success.

Acer America launches new Chromebook

Acer America announced the Acer Chromebook 13, a new Chromebook powered by an NVIDIA Tegra K1 mobile processor and the company’s first with a 13.3-inch display.

Soundtracks can improve reading comprehension

A platform that pairs e-books with movie-style soundtracks is gaining attention in the K12 realm for boosting reading engagement and comprehension.

4G offers option for rural school learning

Rural schools that don’t have the ability to build or maintain a wireless network may have another option that gives students internet access in class and at home: LTE networks. LTE, or Long Term Evolution, is a wireless technology that offers fast data download and upload speeds for cell phones and tablets.

Over half of parents grade tech at kid's school adequate

About 56 percent of parents and students feel their schools are adequate technology-wise, according to a survey from the Center for the Digital Future. Less than half of students said their teachers were adequately teaching them to use new technologies.

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S.C. students use technology to create music and games

More than 75 students from middle schools all over Horry County gathered as part of an iTeams camp put on by the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics. The camp is designed to help students to learn about technology and how it can be used in the workplace.

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Why one New Jersey school district cut its student laptop program

The school district in Hoboken, New Jersey has decided to abandon its 1-to-1 laptop program for seventh, eighth and ninth graders. Ultimately, the Hoboken School District decided the scheme was more trouble than it was worth—even when supported by federal grants.

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Kids and parents turn to coding to boost college, career prospects

Students and their parents view coding as an indispensable skill in the digital era, especially since the number of programming-related jobs is projected to soar in the next decade. Not everyone agrees that studying programming in the middle or high-school years is the key to collegiate or professional success, but that hasn't slowed the coding juggernaut.

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STEM workforce needed for future, Technology Association of Georgia says

The Technology Association of Georgia predicts that by 2018, more than 210,000 jobs in STEM-related fields will open in the state. Programs such as The Clubhou.se are involved in grassroots efforts to train children and young adults in coding, programming, graphic design and other technical skills.

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Common Core app adoption: Tips for administrators

Administrators must now wade through hundreds of Common Core-aligned apps to determine which will get the best results in their classrooms. They also need to determine their learning strategy and how it can be assessed with Common Core standards before adopting any apps.

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