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Ohio schools using training, tech as security measures

Schools across the state are also turning to technology to protect students. A $12 million school security grant program is helping schools install video cameras and intercom systems and purchase first responder radios. Over 3,800 Ohio schools have applied for the grant, evidence that safety in schools is a high priority.

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Students want more alignment of tech in and out of school

Project Tomorrow’s 2013 Speak Up survey of more than 325,000 students and 75,000 parents, teachers and administrators investigates how students and teachers are using technology in school and for learning outside of school. As tech use proliferates, digital equity has risen to the top as a concern for district leaders.

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New York clean tech school program on verge of expansion

The Clean Technologies and Sustainable Industries early college high school, led by Ballston Spa CSD, is expanding on both ends of its program. In addition to starting its first freshman class, the six-year program is collaborating with colleges and local business partners to provide students with work experience and early college studies.

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Six years for high school? Why two extra years is catching on

A new six-year Brooklyn, N.Y., high school has been called the future of vocational education in America, receiving praise from mainstream media and even President Barack Obama when he visited the campus in October. Not bad for a school that has yet to graduate a single student.

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Ban "digital" learning

It’s time to ban “digital” learning. We’ve amplified the virtues, necessity, promise and potential of technology so much that we are perilously close to forgetting what it was all about in the first place: helping teachers to teach and students to learn.

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Common Core standards changing the technological way schools test children

Students taking the California Standards Tests are engaged in a nationwide “test of the test,” applying the testing software in an attempt to head off any technological crises. The new structure of the tests also requires districts just starting to recover from years of economic hardship to invest in new technology, from network infrastructure to computers and tablets to peripherals.

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New STEM fellowship opportunities for teachers

New York science-certified high school teachers will be able to take STEM graduate courses through a joint program run by NASA and Teachers College, Columbia University while working with pharmaceutical company Regeneron. The 10 fellowship recipients will be mentored by Regeneron scientists on projects.

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High school clean energy training programs find N.Y. funding

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority's awards totaling $1.1 million are being given to five clean-energy training programs that will help prepare high school students for post-secondary education and careers in energy efficiency, renewable energy and advanced technology.

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21st-century sight to see combines gym with technology

Central Union Elementary School District, located on a military base in Lemoore, Calif., is using 21st-century technology in an unexpected place: gym class. Last fall, the district was awarded a three-year Department of Defense Education Activity grant to improve physical education and enhance parent, family and community engagement.

Creating tech-savvier teachers

Many teachers still lack the training needed to use technology effectively in the classroom, according to a new survey. Schools are investing more in devices and blended learning to improve student achievement. To realize the full benefits of these tech tools, school leaders need to prioritize professional development.