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Tech's gender and race gap starts in high school

When people talk about how to diversify the tech field, a common solution is, "Start earlier." Rather than focus on getting women and minorities hired at tech start-ups or encouraging them to major in computer science in college, there should be a push to turn them on to the discipline when they're still teenagers—or even younger.

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Conn. commission OKs $22.6M for school tech

The Connecticut bond commission has approved $22.6 million in borrowing to help districts purchase computers and other electronics. The new technology is part of an effort to help students meet the requirements of the Common Core standards.

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Some unimpressed with Cuomo's plan for better school technology

In an election-year State of the State Address dominated by jobs, tax cuts and economic development, N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo managed to slip in a few big promises for education. During the homestretch of an hour-long speech, Cuomo trumpeted universal pre-K and plans to funnel $2 billion to classroom tech upgrades and to offer bonuses for highly-rated teachers. But those plans didn’t exactly bowl everyone over.

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Minnesota district considering cutting gym, focusing on tech classes

The Elk River, Minn., school board is discussing eliminating eighth grade health classes and reducing the number of mandatory high school physical education classes to make room for tech classes that will better prepare students to compete for jobs and get into college.

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Illinois district bows out of online learning cooperative venture

The Kaneland Community USD board, in Maple Park, Ill., has decided to drop out of a five-district cooperative for planning online and blended learning instruction. The district’s main issue was whether it was worthwhile to spend the $96,000 to continue with the second phase of the effort.

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California district sees positive results with blended learning

On a rainbow-colored rug in a predominantly Latino neighborhood six miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles, 26 fidgety second graders are reading a phonics passage about helping wildlife. Some detect the main idea quickly, shooting their hands in the air. Others need more time and attention. Teacher Mark Montero asks questions to try to keep everyone on track.

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Jefferson Parish schools to split $1.2M for blended learning

Eleven struggling public schools in Jefferson Parish will split a $1.2 million state grant to buy computers and software for the classroom. Jacob Landry, the system's chief strategy officer, said the grant will improve education through blended learning.

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Some Texas parents hesitate to sign iPad liability agreement

A small group of Midway ISD parents say they will not sign forms establishing liability for iPads distributed to their children as part of the Woodway, Texas, district’s 1-to-1 initiative. The program, made possible by a $34.5 million bond passed last May, is meant to put an iPad in the hands of every K12 student.

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Corvallis superintendent clarifies future of iPad rollout

Erin Prince, superintendent of the Corvallis School District, says its 1-to-1 iPad program will not expand to every student in the 2014-15 school year, as previously planned. She says the district is evaluating next steps for its 1:World technology plan, which has a goal of providing every student with an iPad for use at school and home.

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Five musts for mastery: Using technology to engage students in rigorous and meaningful learning

In his book Drive, Daniel Pink writes that mastery is the desire to get better and better at something that matters. Ultimately, to pursue mastery, classrooms need to focus on five "musts"—and technology supports them all.

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