District CIO

ISTE 2014

June 28-July 1, 2014

Atlanta, Ga.

Whole Child Symposium

May 8, 2014

Washington, D.C.

In Illinois, school tech grants get big boost

Seven Chicago schools will be awarded grants of up to $100,000 to explore how laptops, iPhones and iPads can help teachers move away from single lesson plans toward a more individualized approach to learning. Half the money for the Breakthrough Schools grants comes from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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Filament Games introduces new PLEx: Life Science unit

Filament Games announced the release of Crazy Plant Shop: Heredity Unit. Crazy Plant Shop is the first release of the PLEx (Play, Learn, Experiment): Life Science series from Filament Games' Filament Learning division. Each Crazy Plant Shop unit explores a scientific subject with games and an accompanying curriculum.

Maryland county considers offering tech course to middle schoolers

Washington County officials may let students earn their technology-education credit in middle school or even take it online. Most students earn this high school graduation requirement when they take Foundations of Technology during freshmen year.

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3 ways to raise money for tech in the classroom

When schools need technology and districts can't provide it, sometimes the only way to find the funds is to get creative. Parents and teachers working to raise money for their schools are using technology-focused ideas, such as a tech scavenger hunt, crowdfunding sites and more.

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Technology teacher cuts among Oregon county budget concerns

Five Montclair schools will lose their technology specialist positions to accommodate additional physical education and music instruction teachers. Other schools will see a boost in the latter two positions while retaining their technology specialists.

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Killing net neutrality kills the dreams of young entrepreneurs

The Obama administration has invested in opportunity for our nation's young people, working at each stage of a child's development to ensure that kids have the ability to succeed and thrive. But, for at least those interested in STEM fields, new FCC rules could waste part of that investment and stifle innovation.

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Encourage private investment in education

To help alleviate the skills gap, private sector industries have begun making their own investments in education. In the U.S., too few students will find their way into STEM fields on their own. They need to be shown a path, and that entails getting them excited about science and technology at an early age.

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Getting young Latinas involved in tech and science

Latina women made up only two percent of scientists and engineers in 2010 in the U.S. A California after-school program, DIY Girls, is now working to change those numbers by teaching skills such as soldering electronics and using 3D printers.

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