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$5 million grant boosts 'tech-rich' learning in Vermont middle schools

Technology plus teacher training is part of an initiative launched at the University of Vermont five years ago with a $5 million grant from the Richard E. and Deborah L. Tarrant Foundation. The results in about a dozen Vermont middle schools were so encouraging that the Tarrants have come back with another $5 million gift to expand the program.

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Burbank Unified puts focus on tech

The California district's school officials approved spending $850,000 on technology-geared projects and personnel. Burbank Unified has been equipping classrooms with modern projectors, document cameras, voice amplification systems and control boxes. The district will also hire TELACU to oversee technology installation in 881 classrooms before September 2016.

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Making one-to-one meaningful

Many one-to-one initiatives fail to meet their objective, unless the objective is merely to give students technology and hope that they will figure it out from there. A more effective program begins with defining curriculum goals before purchasing technology, piloting the new technology, offering professional development and devising a roll-out plan.

The business of school visitor management systems

School visitors are no longer just writing their names in a notebook when they sign in. Districts are now scanning fingerprints and eyes to check if a visitor or contractor has a criminal record. Beyond security, visitor management systems can provide data such as the most visited teacher or who is in the building in case of an emergency.

Pathway through New York's current job crisis

New York is in the midst of a middle-skills job crisis. Providing a Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathway to high school graduation helps solve this problem, but time to act is ticking. Creating a CTE diploma will help raise graduation rates and fill manufacturing and high-tech job vacancies.

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New Pearson-NBC Learn agreement brings video library to classrooms

Pearson and NBCUniversal News Group's NBC Learn have teamed up to provide students and teachers access to more than 17,000 education videos. NBC Learn’s video library, which includes original content developed exclusively for the partnership, is available through Pearson’s Realize and its Online Learning Exchange platform.

NEF CyberLearning offers STEM grants for public schools

The National Education Foundation is offering STEM grants, with no out-of-pocket costs, to any public school district or charter school with 35 percent or more students eligible for free/reduced meals. In addition to courses, the grant provides funds for teacher stipends, student motivational rewards and teacher training.

New initiative is giving vo-tech education a jump in New Orleans

With the new Jump Start vocational-technical education programs, enrollment in technical classes outside high school is expected to increase by five-fold this year. If students complete nine units of technical courses and earn a certification, they may earn the state's newly revamped career diploma.

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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.

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