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10 major technology trends in education

According to the latest data from the 2013 Speak Up Survey, video as a tool for homework is on the rise; mobile computing is "beyond the tipping point;" and most kids don't use traditional computers to connect to the internet at home.

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South Dakota district vo-tech center gets $2 million boost

The Aberdeen Public School District has been awarded a $2 million Governor’s Grant for Career and Technical Education, one of a dozen districts statewide receiving a total of over $8.5 million. The grant will pay for a considerable portion of a new vocational and technical education center.

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Largest N.Y. charter seeks 41 percent enrollment increase

The Charter School for Applied Technologies in Tonawanda, N.Y., has requested an amendment to its charter from the state Education Department to increase its enrollment quota to 2,365 from 1,675 over the course of three years.

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Philadelphia technical education students tackle real-life problems

The Philadelphia School District, as part of its five-year strategic plan to almost double the number of students in career and technical education (CTE), is undertaking an expansion of its CTE programs at neighborhood high schools like South Philadelphia.

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Louisiana schools meet standard of one device per seven students

Some school systems in Louisiana have taken significant steps toward having enough technology to provide access to the internet for online learning and to handle online testing. But other districts are not reaching that goal, according to state Superintendent of Education John White.

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Indiana school districts to use technology to make up snow days

The Maconaquah school district in north central Indiana is part of a pilot program where all students get a tablet or laptop. The state gave them four "e-learning days," which can be used to make up snow days if needed.

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Obama announces nearly $3B in ed tech commitments

With the addition of the Department of Agriculture’s $10 million-plus in distance-learning grants for rural schools, the financial pledges to narrow the technology gaps in schools total nearly $3 billion when added to commitments from the FCC and several private technology companies.

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Ed-tech pioneer Khan on what's next in online learning

By now, Salman Khan’s transition from hedge fund analyst to education technology mogul is well known in Silicon Valley. A decade ago, Khan began tutoring his 12-year-old cousin over the phone and through primitive instant messaging tools. Ten years and $7 million later, his Khan Academy online educational video empire counts 10 million monthly users in 200 countries.

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Teachers get hands-on training at education technology conference

Springfield teachers got hands-on training in a variety of classroom technology recently, as part of the first-ever Public School Education Technology Conference. The event welcomed teachers from across the district in hopes of showing them some of the best ways to use technology to advance their lesson plans and help students learn.

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Digital Learning Day conference ignites the blended flame

Former West Virginia governor and Alliance for Excellent Education President Bob Wise and N.J. school district science supervisor Rebecca McLelland-Crawley delved into blended learning with edtechchat co-founder Tom Murray as part of the third annual Digital Learning Day.

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