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Seven largest districts to launch computer science programs

The White House announced commitments by more than 60 school districts to offer computer science courses. Additionally, more than $20 million in philanthropic contributions have been made available to train teachers to teach computer science. Also, new partnerships by the National Science Foundation include a new Advanced Placement computer science course by the College Board.

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Students learn power of the sun with new EMC solar curriculum

Green Power EMC launched a new curriculum and in-class learning laboratory featuring solar power for use by its SunPower for Schools school partners. The program provides solar arrays on school grounds and software that allows students to monitor real-time data on solar energy production.

Disney Imagicademy offers new early learning approach

Disney Imagicademy, a technology-driven learning initiative designed for families with children 3 to 8, combines fundamental educational concepts with the Disney characters and stories. The integrated program includes 30 plus app-based experiences.

Hiring IT professionals as a short-term solution for schools

IT professionals can help schools by fulfilling short-term contracts or working on specific projects. The schools not only benefit from their expertise, but they have the freedom to end the contract at any time. Outsourcing may not be the best long-term solution, but it will allow time for schools to find the right person for permanent placement.

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Amplify debuts professional development software

Amplify unveiled Professional Learning Maps, a system for personalizing educator professional development. Interactive maps show educators their areas of strength and need. The software then charts a course of online and in-person professional development sessions.

Minnesota will investigate tech group funded by school districts

The state will step in to examine the financial affairs of a school technology group funded by Twin Cities area school districts. A forensic accountant’s audit, ordered by the TIES group because it was losing money, revealed widespread spending irregularities and lack of documentation.

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More states make computer science count

In 2020, there will be 1.4 million computing jobs available in the United States and only 400,000 computer science students in the education pipeline. But the number of students may slowly be increasing, as 25 states now count computer science courses toward high school graduation requirements, compared to 11 states in 2013.

California district appoints new tech administrator

The Santa Monica-Malibu USD Board of Education named Bertha Roman as the new director of educational technology for 2014-2015. She has been part of the district's Educational Services team as a teacher on special assignment for education technology for the past six years.

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2015 NCTM Research Conference

April 13-15, 2015
Boston, Mass.

NSBA Annual Conference and Exposition

March 21-23, 2015
Nashville, Tenn.

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