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Virtual schools bring real concerns about quality

Scholars who study online education are recommending that states curb the growth of full-time virtual schools until better quality safeguards are put in place.

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Can students have too much tech?

More technology in the classroom has long been a policy-making panacea. But mounting evidence shows that showering students, especially those from struggling families, with networked devices will not shrink the class divide in education. If anything, it will widen it.

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A-bomb project inspires STEM in Tennessee town

From experimental scientific research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to industry certifications in welding, Oak Ridge Schools’ students are being provided with multiple avenues to train for STEM careers.

Education thought leaders forecast 2015 trends

Online and blended learning in schools has grown rapidly over the last several years. Momentum is only building as schools seek ways to boost achievement through the personalization of learning, increase access and equity, and control costs.

Fla. school's pilot program evades class size caps with blended learning

A pilot program at a Florida middle school designed to help students learn career skills and free up teachers to better understand the new Florida standards has an added benefit — it doesn't have to follow the state's class-size law since it is a blended learning program.

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Youths must be trained for high-tech jobs

Our leaders must not only support STEM education, but those who create jobs and drive growth in a technology-based economy. Through public and private STEM education initiatives, we can prepare young Americans for prosperous 21st-century careers in an ever-growing high-tech marketplace.

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Education's role in raising ethical digital citizens

Our responsibilities to children have changed dramatically as technology options and social media channels have exploded, providing a new platform for curriculum in our classrooms and conversations on our playgrounds. Today, access to both quality and questionable content can seem limitless and it can be difficult to keep up with the rapidly changing digital world in which our children live and learn.

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Broadband audit shows low usage in Idaho schools

A new audit shows that slightly more than half of schools surveyed aren't using the equipment purchased through Idaho's pricey broadband network and that nearly 6 percent of the videoconferencing equipment can't be located.

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Tech school refinancing yields quarter-million-dollar windfall for Pa. district

Savings from a recent bond refinancing by Dauphin County Technical School will actually amount to just over $1.6 million — $600,000 more than projected — for the six school districts that send students to the technical school.

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High school dropout to launch tech accelerator for teen startup founders

The lack of summer camps or accelerator programs focused on developing high school-aged entrepreneurs prompted Eddy Zhong to drop out of high school to launch his second business venture. Leangap, which will debut this summer, is an entrepreneurship accelerator program that helps students ages 14 to 18 conceptualize and launch their businesses.

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