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Gainesville City Schools looks at expanding technology

A goal of the Gainesville school system in Florida is to have a personal tablet in the hands of each student, preferably within five years. A discussion about expanding the use of technology was held at the Monday work session of the school board. Director of Technology Keith Palmer and Director of Curriculum and Instruction Jamey Moore presented information about the learning materials available on tablets and other personal devices.

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Grand Blanc School's $36M tech bond proposal fails

Voters turned down Grand Blanc Schools' $36-million bond proposal for districtwide technology upgrades. The proposal, which failed by 221 votes, would have funded technology and infrastructure upgrades, remodeled and furnished media centers, purchased security improvements, and replaced the district's bus fleet.

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Well-performing schools lag in technology

While students at San Francisco's Marshall and George Moscone Elementary schools have scored well in state standardized tests, doing so has helped put them behind in acquiring technology. Better test scores meant they lost out on the $45 million, three-year federal School Improvement Grants that added computers, iPads and laptops at the Mission District’s struggling schools.

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Austin ISD board discusses district technology use

How to best use available funds to provide technology access in Austin ISD facilities was the focus of a board dialogue Nov. 4. About 83 percent of the 2013 bond money for tech upgrades is allocated to campuses, but actual work using bonds from that election is on hold because the 2013 bond is still the subject of litigation by the Travis County Taxpayers Union.

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Winston-Salem district hires new director of technology

Kevin Sherrill has been hired as the executive director of technology for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools in North Carolina. Sherrill has been the district’s director of information technology since 2007. He replaces Betty Weycker, who retired in May.

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iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium

November 4-7, 2014

Palm Springs, Calif.

ISTE 2014

June 28-July 1, 2014

Atlanta, Ga.

CoSN 2014 Annual Conference

March 19-22, 2014

Washington, D.C.

How I talk to my high-school students about the internet

History teacher David Cutler writes that discussing former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner’s sexting scandal with seniors in his United States government course made students examine their own use of social media.

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Adobe supports digital arts school for young adults with autism

As the record number of young adults with autism continues to outpace government resources and employment prospects, Adobe stepped forward this month to support Exceptional Minds, a pioneering digital arts vocational school now preparing individuals with autism for careers in animation, digital graphics, and movie post-production.

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