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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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New Jersey ed tech teacher wins international award

Aleksandr Sadiwnyk, Mount Pleasant Middle School's technology education teacher, has been honored for fostering technological literacy and effective STEM education programs. At the International Technology and Engineering Educators conference, he received the Donald Maley Spirit of Excellence Outstanding Graduate Citation award.

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The STEM shortage myth

You've likely seen stories in the news media over the past decade about the impending shortage of qualified STEM graduates being produced by U.S. schools. When you cut through the rhetoric, there are shortages in some narrow fields, but no empirical evidence to suggest that STEM is facing a broad and widespread shortage.

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Utah earns digital learning excellence

Utah was in the top spot again among all 50 states on the Foundation for Excellence in Education's Digital Learning Report Card. Many in the education establishment criticize Utah for its large class sizes and low per-pupil spending. However, the state emerges as the vanguard of the nation, with a 92.3 percent score.

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PresenceLearning helps Michigan schools with online speech therapy

Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System in Michigan has partnered with PresenceLearning to provide 60 of its students with online speech therapy. The school system, which is part of Mosaica Education’s network of charters and online academies, is using PresenceLearning at all four of its schools.

Learning Upgrade releases Math Upgrade 6 courses

Learning Upgrade is unveiling its Math Upgrade 6 course to support student mastery of all sixth grade Common Core math standards. Math Upgrade 7 will also be released this month. The Math Upgrade series of courses, designed by educators, covers each standard benchmark in grades one through eight.

SunGard K-12 Education releases new eSchoolPLUS version

SunGard K-12 Education has released the latest version of its eSchoolPLUS student information system. New features include boosting efficiency of daily tasks and quickly recording students’ presence and location during emergency situations.