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Utah House speaker seeks massive tech infusion for schools

House Speaker Becky Lockhart is finalizing a massive education proposal aimed at putting learning technology in the hands of each of Utah’s more than 600,000 students. The price tag on the bill, between $200 million and $300 million, makes it the most ambitious education modernization push in Utah history.

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Product focus: Keeping schools safe with the right surveillance system

School administrators know they need to try to stop violence before it happens. Having the proper surveillance equipment can help district leaders keep a watchful eye over students and prevent the wrong people from entering a building. Here are some of the latest security products available for districts.

New registry should help educators find online resources

In this Q&A, Richard Culatta, of the U.S. Office of Educational Technology, talks about how schools can vet information using a new online registry. The registry is designed to help educators easily find the best resources for their needs.

PARCC sample test questions now ready for computer practice

Teachers in 18 states and the District of Columbia have new resources to help them prepare their students for upcoming Common Core field tests. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers has posted sample test items on the platform students in every grade will use when taking the field test later this spring.

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Privacy considered a shared responsibility, survey shows

Users of online services believe responsibility for privacy is shared by governments, technology suppliers and individuals, a survey has revealed. Individuals feel some responsibility to find out what data is collected and how it is used, but they also expect companies to be responsible users of that data and governments to play a role.

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Kids' educational media diets still dominated by TV

New findings suggest that children ages 2 to 10 spend 42 minutes a day watching educational TV, but only five minutes using computers or mobile devices for education. The study also suggests that as they get older, kids are spending less and less time with educational TV shows, apps and games, even as their screen time soars.

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Digital age demands digital classrooms

The technology levies on the Washington state ballots are proof that the Legislature has failed its constitutional duty to fully fund basic education. The 21st century is saturated with electronic technology—yet school districts must beg local voters every few years to help upgrade computers, software and internet infrastructure. Technology today is part of basic education, but the state treats it as a luxury.

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Former Easton school official gets ARD for wiretapping

A former technology director for Easton Area School District in Pennsylvania accused of secretly recording a private meeting will be spared a criminal conviction. Thomas G. Drago was accepted into Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition, a first-offender program that will allow him to have his record expunged, provided he completes a year of probation and undergoes a psychological evaluation.

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Wallingford, Conn. schools’ tech director leaving post

The Wallingford, Conn., school district’s director of technology services is leaving next month to take a similar job in Newington, Conn. Randall Backus’ last day after 11 years on the job in Wallingford is Feb. 21. He will start his job as the Newington school district’s chief technology officer March 3.

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iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium

November 4-7, 2014

Palm Springs, Calif.