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CANeLearn chief innovation officer receives iNACOL award

The iNACOL Innovative Blended and Online Learning Practice Award was presented to Canadian eLearning Network (CANeLearn) Chief Innovation Officer Verena Roberts for her work with emerging educational projects, such as creating the first K12 MOOC for high school students.

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Discovery Communications acquires Espresso Education

Discovery Communications announced it has acquired Espresso Group Limited, the leading provider of primary school digital education content in the U.K. Discovery Education, the company's education division and a global leader in providing curriculum-based digital content to classrooms, will oversee the business.

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10 tips for e-safety and digital citizenship

Recently, The Guardian held a live chat on teaching digital citizenship and how schools can help keep students safe online. Here are some of the best pieces of advice that were shared during the discussion.

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Why tablets are so much better than textbooks

Business Insider got a chance to tour the Amplify offices in Brooklyn and chat with CEO Joel Klein, as well as some of the company's software engineers and designers. What they uncovered were collaborative learning apps, data analysis, and games that give students access to everything from dramatic readings of famous books to an expansive network of math problems.

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Schools are going digital faster than ever

New data from digital content distributor OverDrive shows that more students are using smartphones, tablets, and e-readers in the academic environment, with a 252 percent increase in October school library visits to the lending website from the same time a year ago. Visits per day increased by 244 percent for that same time frame.

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Lois Wolk debates Internet privacy with New Tech students

A visit from Napa’s state senator, Lois Wolk, ignited some intense debate at New Technology High School in Napa Valley. Wolk encouraged students to ask questions—no topic was off limits. At first, the questions varied—one student asked about immigration, another asked about women in the Legislature. But what really got students talking was the issue of privacy versus cyberbullying.

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Trapp Tech to offer third-party IT services for K12 school districts

Scottsdale-based Trapp Tech, an all-in-one managed services provider and IT professional services company, is offering IT services to public and private K12 districts and schools. Trapp Tech will provide on-demand professional services, managed IT services, application hosting, and blended bandwidth internet, as well as IT training and support for teachers and staff.

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Miami-Dade delays tech rollout as other districts struggle

The hacked iPad fiasco in Los Angeles USD, as well as problems with technology in other districts nationwide, is causing the Miami-Dade school district to stall its massive rollout of digital devices. Tens of thousands of high school freshman and seventh graders were slated to get new hardware this fall, but after months of planning, sales pitches and dry runs, the first phase of the $63 million project has been pushed back.

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High school tech programs going beyond the classroom in 2014

The Troy City School District is working to strengthen its high school tech courses with the help of business partnerships made through a new statewide education program. Donna Watson, Troy's assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, said the program will help the district better prepare students for college and careers.

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Writing and tech come together at Burlingame school

Technology and poetry are colliding at Roosevelt Elementary School in Burlingame, Calif. Two third-grade classes have embarked on a new project to spread poetry through QR codes that they will place in the community. When community members pass the codes, they can scan the work with their smartphones and capture the poem.

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