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New Mexico board approves tax hike for tech upgrades

The Santa Fe school board voted to approve a $55 million, five-year plan for technology upgrades at all schools in the district, and then voted to fund that plan by raising property taxes to generate about $11 million a year over the next five years.

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Fla. district taps Promethean to provide interactive boards and training

Miami-Dade County has selected Promethean as the exclusive supplier of interactive boards for over 10,000 classrooms with its new ActivBoard Touch systems as well as an 18-month professional development program for educators.

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Pearson and Microsoft to collaborate on apps and digital learning

Looking to create new applications and advance a digital education model, the first collaboration between the two companies will be combining Pearson’s Common Core System of Courses with the capabilities of the Windows 8 touchscreen environment.

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Scrutiny in California for software in schools

A lawmaker will introduce legislation that would shore up privacy and security protections for the personal information of K12 students, a move that could alter business practices across the nearly $8 billion ed tech software industry.

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Parental engagement easier for K12 schools with new platform apps

The new Apps For Education Platform from WillowTree Apps gives K12 districts the ability to develop and deploy customized mobile apps and HTML5 websites for their schools.

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Google Capital invests in Renaissance Learning

The K12 assessment and learning analytics company announced a $40 million minority investment from Google Capital.

How to jumpstart tech use in low-income schools

The challenges of rural schools are many of the same (though not all) that low-income public schools face across the country: inadequate access to technology and broadband, tight budgets, and educators who have not been trained in using technology in meaningful ways. But these hurdles did not deter Daisy Dyer Duerr, Prek-12 Principal of St. Paul Public Schools in St. Paul, Ark.

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Hillsborough district is hiring STEM teachers

The focus on hiring STEM teachers is getting a boost in Hillsborough County, Fla., thanks to the district’s recent acceptance into a national program that is dedicated to filling the void. Hillsborough is one of a handful in the nation, and the only one in Florida, participating in the “100K in 10” initiative launched by President Obama in 2011 to train, hire and retain 100,000 STEM teachers over 10 years.

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Next generation of engineers must be nurtured

Third-grade students at Los Amigos Elementary School in Tucson had a dilemma to solve—how to best save a turtle from the polluted Ganges River in India. After studying the issues, the students worked side by side with engineers from Raytheon Missile Systems to design and build a complex water filter system to clean the river and save the turtle.

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