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Clarksville, Ky., tech school to open in August

Part of the former Value City Department Store that closed five years ago in Clarksville, Ky., is being renovated for a New Tech Network school that officials plan to open in August for up to 100 freshmen.

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Florida district plans new online tech school, more K8s

The Broward school district has proposed a series of sweeping changes to battle declining enrollment and drops in student performance. Changes include the creation of the district's first online technical high school, three new preK-8 schools, and an overhaul of six failing elementaries.

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Phoenix-area district struggles to set tech rules

Mesa Public School’s new Eisenhower Center for Innovation opened with the promise that every student would get an iPad to use in school and at home. But as the first semester comes to a close, the school still locks up its $600,000 iPad inventory, and Mesa still does not have a policy that allows students to take the devices home.

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Former South Jersey district tech director loses licenses over porn

The N.J. Department of Education Board of Examiners has revoked the licenses of a former Vineland School District supervisor of technology for accessing pornography on district computers during work hours. The decision says that the websites Stephen Dantinne accessed over a 30-day period in September and October 2012 included pornographic images or aberrant and deviant subject matter.

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Bedford, N.H., district mulls high school technology

Bedford's high school is looking to enhance and manage students’ future learning through technology and better prepare teachers to create a web-based curriculum. Terry Bullard, the director of technology, is recommending moving to 1-to-1 because it provides the same device to each student, and offers better classroom management than BYOD.

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Technology and education is child's play in Boston

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt partnered with Computer Clubhouse, a digital design studio for urban youth located at the Boston Museum of Science to host "EdMakers: Reimagining Your Education Experience." The event was a day-long program that encouraged local students to use technology to tackle challenges facing education.

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5 good online tools for creating infographics

In his book, "Cool Infographics," Randy Krum devotes a chapter to design tools, but many of the tools used by professional designers cost hundreds or thousands of dollars. Teachers, on the other hand, don't have to spend anything. Here are five free tools students can use to create infographics.

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STEAM: Adding art to STEM education

When combined with STEM subjects, the skills learned through art allow for true innovation, or STEAM. Many institutions, corporations and individuals now recognize that 21st-century innovation will come from creativity enhanced by art and design in K20 education.

How school districts are funding 1-to-1

Before 4,450 MacBook Airs were distributed to students, before teachers were equipped and trained on their own devices, before test scores increased and the dropout rate decreased, the Mooresville Graded School District’s digital conversion started with a hard look at finances—one result of which was the elimination of more than 35 teaching positions.

Blended learning programs improve student achievement

Over the past two years, a blended learning program has substantially improved AP test scores and provided dual enrollment opportunities for students at Red Clay CSD in New Castle, Del.

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