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Technology will not replace teachers

Teachers, administrators, parents, and students alike are being told that technology is the whetstone with which we can all sharpen our education system. Technology can open doors, expand minds, and change the world, but it's not the panacea it's been made out to be. As much innovation as the iPad may bring to the classroom, it's not going to replace a teacher anytime soon.

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Napa High’s school paper launches digital news site

Napa High School’s student newspaper, The Beat of the Drum, has gone digital in an effort to keep up with the times and attract more readers. Students update the website daily and also maintain Facebook and Twitter feeds for the California school's monthly publication.

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Alabama lawmakers look to phase out school textbooks

A pair of state lawmakers are asking for $100 million in bonds to replace school textbooks with digital devices. Republican state Sen. Gerald Dial of Lineville and Rep. Jim McClendon of Springville told the Anniston Star that textbooks are obsolete and they estimate the state could eventually save $15 million by replacing them.

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Project Lead The Way offers hands-on engineering curriculum

Students at Portage Central Middle School in Michigan are learning how to design a vehicle that's faster and can travel farther than any currently available. The project, which requires blueprint design work and engineering skills, is preparing students to work in the local manufacturing industry.

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Brooklyn high school offers rigorous tech ed

Brooklyn Technical High School, with its 1,400 classes and 5,525 students, is the largest specialized science and math school in the U.S. But students say it's the school’s dedicated staff that is transforming their education into the defining time of their lives.

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Zuckerberg, Kutcher invest in Panorama Education

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and actor Ashton Kutcher are among the bold-faced names lining up to invest $4 million in Panorama Education, a Cambridge, Mass., firm that seeks to help K12 schools improve through data analysis and feedback surveys of teachers, parents, and students.

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New Jersey district launches digital conversion plan

Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District Superintendent John Marciante's goal is to have every sixth- through eighth-grade student learning in a digital instructional environment by September 2017, and give fifth graders access to shared Chromebooks.

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Social media monitoring of schools may have saved a life

Glendale USD in southern California has taken an unprecedented step in bullying and crime prevention by paying a company to analyze students’ public posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media.

Schools aren't teaching kids to code; here's who's filling the gap

Learning to code is all the rage these days, but not in one place that matters a lot: U.S. schools. American students already significantly lag their global counterparts where math and science skills are concerned, but computer science is in even worse shape. Of 12 technical subjects examined in a recent study by the National Center for Education Statistics, computer science was the only one that declined in student popularity from 1990 to 2009. 

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Cyberschool taxpayers stuck with legal fees?

Due to an ongoing investigation and criminal charges filed against its founder, the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School spent nearly half a million dollars on legal fees in the past year. That’s bad news for the taxpayers all across Pennsylvania, who fund the public school. Even worse is the realization that any repayment to the school might not come for a long time, if ever.

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