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10 virtual assistant services for your business

As a busy CIO or tech director, your time is best spent keeping the district running smoothly—and not getting bogged down by routine tasks and growing to-do lists. Virtual assistant services save you time by allowing you to offload tasks to highly efficient remote workers, wherever you are.

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8 things worth knowing about Microsoft's new CEO, Satya Nadella

While the profile of founder and former CEO Bill Gates still looms large, the board chose an internal candidate—46-year-old Indian-American engineer Satya Nadella—to replace outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer. Nadella is only the third CEO in Microsoft's 38-year history. For the uninitiated, here are eight things to know about him.

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6 new facts about Facebook

As Facebook turns 10, the total number of users among teens remains high, and they are not abandoning the site, according to Pew Research Center surveys. But focus group interviews suggest that teens’ relationship with Facebook is complicated and may be evolving.

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Connection failed: Internet still a luxury for many Americans

Among households with incomes of $30,000 and less, only 54 percent have access to broadband at home, says Kathryn Zickuhr, a research associate with Pew Research Center’s Internet Project. Members of these households are most likely to use internet access outside home—at work, school or a public library.

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FCC doubles money for school broadband to $2 billion

School districts throughout the U.S. have become more reliant on an internet connection for tests, games and other resources. In many of these districts however, the connection speeds are either unreliable or too slow to be useful on a consistent basis. The additional funding is expected to bring broadband to at least 20 million students in 15,000 schools.

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Barrington District 220 in Chicago approves technology fee increase

The Barrington 220 board of education voted to increase next year's technology fee by $50 to pay for the insurance costs of the new computer technology they will purchase as part of their digital age learning initiative. The unanimous vote reaffirmed the board's dedication to roll out a plan that would put a MacBook Air in the hands of every Barrington High School student next year and gradually provide iPads for middle and elementary school students.

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Tech minds starting new, diploma-granting school in Chattanooga

The Unicorn Institute is coming to Chattanooga, Tenn. That's the recently-revealed code name of a new school whose curriculum is designed to train people to be the best user-experience professionals in the world. Leslie Jensen-Inman, a designer and former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga professor, teamed up a few years ago with renowned internet usabilty guru Jared Spool to start the school, now officially dubbed the Center Centre.

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N.M. schools may bypass voters to raise $55M in tech funds

Santa Fe Public Schools is considering a plan to bypass voters and use its authority under a state constitutional amendment to impose a property tax that would raise $55 million for technology upgrades. The money would be used for infrastructure and to give every one of the district’s 14,000 students a laptop, iPad or tablet—despite problems with similar initiatives at districts across the nation.

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Florida lawmakers to push for bigger spending on school technology

Two Florida lawmakers applauded Gov. Rick Scott's proposal to spend $40 million on school technology improvements, but suggested the amount isn't nearly enough. "I feel we will [need] significantly more than that," Senate Education Committee Chairman John Legg said, setting a goal of closer to $100 million for fiscal year 2015 and a continuing revenue stream for the future.

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Tech’s diversity problem is apparent as early as high school

In three states, not a single girl took the advanced placement exam in computer science last year. In eight states, no Hispanic students took it. And in 11 states, no black students took the test. The data—compiled by Barbara Ericson, director of computing outreach at Georgia Tech’s College of Computing—illustrates just how deeply the tech industry’s lack of diversity reaches.

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