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Florida district overhauling IT department

The Pasco County district doesn’t have enough technicians to handle the demands of 80 schools. Under the first year of its reorganization proposal, the Office for Technology and Information Services would grow from 87 employees to 111, with 13 of the new positions being technology services technicians.

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Digital education could make Americans more competitive

With technology available to every student and every teacher, the idea is that school will be better tailored to students' needs and also better able to prepare them for the future. The promise of technology is paired with a threat, however. Without access to computers, the Internet and these new types of learning, advocates argue that U.S. students will be left behind.

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Tech goes back to school for community relations

Venture investor Ron Conway's alliance of tech companies, SF.citi, has decided that its signature initiative of 2014 will be to start linking its 900 members with volunteer programs in San Francisco's 116 public schools. The beauty of this program is that it won't be a top-down, self-interest-driven outreach. The principals themselves will be asked what they need at the classroom level.

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High-tech virtual classrooms arrive at New Jersey school

At one New Jersey high school, it’s all about thinking outside the box. New Milford High is going super high-tech with 3D “virtual classrooms.” It’s part of a pilot program where students and teachers explore the possibilities of virtual learning by breaking down the barriers of a traditional classroom.

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NETGEAR launches comprehensive wireless LAN solutions

NETGEAR has expanded its line of ProSAFE business-class wireless products with two new products, ProSAFE WC7600 Premium Wireless Controller and ProSAFE WN370 Wall Mount Access Point with Power over Ethernet. These devices are designed to offer easy-to-deploy access for K12 schools and other mid-sized facilities.

Tech upgrades for Pennsylvania district

Various schools in the Nazareth Area School District soon will have technology upgrades as a result of $175,000 in expenditures for new equipment. The expenditures are part of the district's five-year technology plan. The upgrades include $127,970 worth of wireless systems throughout Nazareth Area High School and Nazareth Area Intermediate School to address Internet "dead" zones.

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California district chooses Hayes Software Systems tool

The Anaheim City School District has chosen to implement the TIPWeb‐IM textbook inventory system from Hayes Software Systems. This solution will be implemented across the school system’s 24 schools, which serve 19,000 students.

New edition of Loot Pursuit released by Dig-It! Games

Math drills and mystery intersect in Dig-It! Games’ newest iOS app, Loot Pursuit: Pompeii. The interactive educational game, which expands the Loot Pursuit series beyond the original site at Tulum, provides a hands-on, drills-based approach to solving math problems that align to the Common Core Mathematics Standards for sixth and seventh grade.

Ohio district names Donald Horstman as superintendent

The Ottawa-Glandorf Board of Education has hired Donald Horstman, an Ottawa-Glandorf native, as its new superintendent. He replaces retiring superintendent Kevin Brinkman as of August 1.

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