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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.

Software House syncs security-events system with ELERTS' mobile app

Software House and ELERTS Corporation are partnering to integrate the ELERTS Lock-It-Down mobile app with the C•CURE 9000 security and event management system. This integration provides users the ability to lockdown a facility remotely through an iPhone, iPad or Android phone.

Alabama career tech center launches radio station

LeCroy Career Technical Center's WSMX 98.3 FM Super Mix, the first high school career tech radio station and one of the first high school radio stations in Alabama, has been launched to reach residents in Clanton and surrounding areas through school-based broadcasts.

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Illinois high school freshmen invent social fitness app

A group of Bartlett High School freshmen designed a smartphone app that lets users track their diet and exercise routines while also giving support to friends as they meet their health goals. The app, which combines stats with social networking, is expected to be available in June as a free download through Google Play for Android.

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Ohio district and business team up for after-school tech program

Through a partnership between the Youngstown district and Applied Systems and Technology Transfer (AST2), precision-machining and engineering high school students are making the parts for AST2’s INVENT3D printers. The smaller 3D printers are designed to be assembled, used and disassembled by students.

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Preschoolers across Utah gain more access to ed tech

The Utah Legislature approved $3 million more for UPSTART, a Waterford Institute-developed software program that allows preschoolers to get ready for school via a computer at home. The program, which will receive $4.7 million total funding this year, will reach nearly 5,000 homes in 2014.

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Santa Fe, N.M., board to borrow first $11M for tech upgrades

The city's board has borrowed the first $11 million it approved in February for technology, computer and software upgrades. It will be used to fund the first phase of the district’s Digital Learning Plan, followed by more loans over the next several years to reach the $55 million estimate needed to complete all the technology improvements.

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Waterford Institute releases its reading curriculum into the cloud

Waterford Institute launched its reading curriculum in a web-based format designed to help schools reduce their hardware costs and more easily access its software. Waterford Reading is a language arts curriculum covering phonics, vocabulary, writing, oral fluency and more through learning activities, songs and books .

Connecticut students to earn associate's degrees at new tech academy

One hundred ninth-graders will effectively start college this fall when they enter a six-year academy where they will earn an associate's degree upon graduation and a chance to be "first in line" for a job at IBM. The Norwalk academy is a collaboration involving Norwalk Public Schools, Norwalk Community College and IBM.

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Are classroom gadgets really helping kids learn?

For the last six years, the buzz about educational technology has grown deafening. Schools are scrambling to figure out just how a new generation of technology—software and devices both in the marketplace and still to be developed—might better educate kids. We need to make sure hype doesn’t overtake good judgment.

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