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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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A learning curve on student privacy for lawmakers

Teachers and students are diving into digital learning, which offers exciting possibilities but perpetually new privacy challenges. North Carolina should catch up quickly with its privacy rules, and Congress should move forward with President Barack Obama's proposals to safeguard student data in the classroom and at home. There's little that's slow about the digital universe. Our lawmakers need to keep up.

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AT&T Aspire debuts education technology accelerator

AT&T’s Aspire Accelerator for education technology ventures will support select companies and nonprofits with a customized program that includes financial investment, expert services and mentorship.

Curriculum Associates launches new math app

Curriculum Associates has expanded its i-Ready Diagnostic & Instruction mobile family of products with the launch of Door 24 Plus, a new educational game for the iPad that promotes computational fluency.

Georgia county faced with huge tech cost increase with E-rate changes

One Georgia county's board of education will soon see technology costs increase at an alarming rate. Decatur County says changes to the federally administered E-rates system means the county loses billions of dollars in funds.

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Two education-targeted Chromebooks launched by Acer

Acer expanded its line of Chromebooks for the education market with two new models. Acer Chromebook C910's large display is a good fit for labs and classrooms where it may be shared by multiple students while Acer C740's compactness is ideal for the students' portability needs in 1-to-1 programs.

SMART enhances collaborative learning software

SMART Technologies Inc.'s Notebook 2015 collaborative learning software will be released in April. The latest version offers several new features, including the lesson activity builder and concept mapping.

One username, one password

As more school leaders adopt cloud-based technology to support educator and student achievement, the need for efficient processes to run student and teacher accounts increases. Curriculum and technology specialists must work together to see that information systems make materials accessible.

Locking down student data

The increasing shift to online learning and collaboration has created new concerns around student privacy. Keeping data as secure in the cloud as it would be in a locked file cabinet requires communication, diligence and strong policies.