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10 things to know about the state of tech in education

Technology in education is facing several key challenges. One point of consensus seems to be that there are going to be a lot of technology-based jobs in the future, and not enough people to fill them. And the education system needs to do a better job of stepping up to help groom more future technology workers.

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29th AESA Annual Conference

December 3-6, 2014
San Diego, Calif.

94th NCSS Annual Conference

November 21-23, 2014
Boston, Mass.

NSTA Conference on Science Education

November 6-8, 2014
Orlando, Fla.

iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium

November 4-7, 2014
Palm Springs, Calif.

ASCD Conference on Educational Leadership

October 30-November 2, 2014
Orlando, Fla.

ALAS Education Summit

October 15-18, 2014
Atlanta, Ga.

Child obesity study takes high-tech twist

One group of freshmen at Florida's Lakewood High School are part of an assessment to launch a new study on fighting teenage obesity with technology. Following the assessment, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers will select about 50 overweight students and track their activity levels, sleep patterns and diets using a connected wristband and apps.

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In Florida district, Race to the Top money put to tech uses

As part of its $3.5 million award from the Race to the Top initiative, Bay District Schools recently transitioned to a single sign-on platform for teachers and students to access all school-related online activities. The district also is encouraging parents to let students participate in the BYOD program. It engages parents online through apps and online portals that provide real-time data about their student’s attendance, assignments and grades.

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Launching in new territory, Smart Lunches serves seven states

Smart Lunches, a "virtual lunch service" that provides healthy meals for children in schools in seven states, has launched operations in and around Washington, D.C. Daily deliveries of Smart Lunches’ meals began earlier this month at a dozen area schools.