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Missouri district focused on online management system

As part of its digital transformation, the Washington School District is looking at purchasing a learning management system (LMS) to be implemented districtwide to support communications among teachers, students, parents and administrators. The search has been narrowed from 20 systems to two companies.

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Adding coding to the curriculum

Exposing students to coding from an early age helps to demystify an area that can be intimidating. It also breaks down stereotypes of computer scientists as boring geeks. Plus programming is highly creative: Studying it can help to develop problem-solving abilities and equip students for a world transformed by technology.

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Delaware bill seeks to allow citizens to select vo-tech boards

Two state lawmakers are sponsoring legislation that would place selection of the board members of the state’s three vocational/technical districts in the hands of voting citizens. Currently, the boards are all appointed by the governor with each member of the seven-member boards serving a seven-year term.

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Michigan school wins share of $5 million tech grant

By 2015, students at Ann J. Kellogg Elementary School will have an iPad or Google Chromebook after the school won a share of a $5 million technology grant. Receiving about $850 per student, the Battle Creek public elementary school will share the grant with 13 other schools across Michigan.

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Tennessee district approves $1 million for school tech plan

Commissioners voted to give over $1 million to Jackson-Madison County Schools to fund the beginning phase of a long-range technology plan. In addition to a reading mastery program, the initial pilot program will cover funding for access points, hardware costs, digital resources and professional development.

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New York City's Digital Ready initiative spurs schools to experiment

Brooklyn International is one of 10 New York City high schools receiving support from a new Department of Education program designed to boost innovation. The program, called Digital Ready, offers resources to the chosen high schools as they experiment with new tools, partnerships and methods of instruction and assessment.

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Indiana district going full STEAM ahead in 2015

Indiana's Fairfield district is planning on restructuring its schools to use the STEAM model for all grades starting in 2015. Elementary schools would see the biggest change, with two schools focusing on STEAM and a third on practical arts. Parents will be able to choose what learning model would be best for their child.

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CDW earns Google Enterprise global partner award

CDW was named Google Enterprise’s 2013 Global Partner of the Year for Google Chrome. CDW was recognized for its track record of Chrome implementations in 2013—particularly its K12 initiatives in Passaic City Schools, Achievement First and Tuscaloosa City Schools.

AltSchool raises $33M to give K8 education a modern tech makeover

Ed tech startup AltSchool Inc. has raised $33 million to expand its elementary and middle school services. It currently runs several “micro-schools” in the San Francisco Bay area, leasing school building space and operating the schools with its own personnel and proprietary software.

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