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Technology Insights for Education Excellence
Published by District Administration: 9/18/2013
In the News
The Salt Lake Tribune

Students are powering on MacBook Air laptops and Skyping with teachers at Kaysville charter school Career Path High. The new technology is partially funded by a state program that awards a tech overhaul to selected schools. But as digital projectors at Career Path High glow, students at other winning schools are still waiting for their promised devices. Read more>>

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York Daily Record

Sixteen racks of new computer routers and servers turned on for students at the York County School of Technology in Pennsylvania on Monday afternoon. The Cisco Network Academy lab is available at a growing number of Pennsylvania tech schools. Read more>>

San Mateo Daily Journal

A petition was filed with the San Mateo Union High School District Thursday for a new high school focused on design and hands-on projects while retaining traditional learning. Read more>>

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USA Today

Matt Dillabough and Max Colbert, the two 14-year-olds behind the Menlo App Academy, have a mission to teach the USA to code. And that could fill a growing need for U.S. employers. Read more>>

NJ.com

After the installation of a $45,000 wireless infrastructure, Marist High School in New Jersey gave each student a Samsung Series 3 Chromebook. Now, by accessing the school's network through their laptop, students can take notes, read textbooks, and study for tests online. Read more>>

Times Union

The Troy, N.Y., school district has received a $2.8 million state P-Tech grant that it expects will help 300 students prepare for high-skill jobs over the next seven years. The P-Tech program connects local educational institutions with the state's regional economic development programs. Read more>>

ARS Technica

Geo Listening has been contracted by the Glendale USD in north Los Angeles to monitor social media activities of the district's middle and high schoolers. They will be looking for subjects related to depression, despair, online bullying, hate speech, or other words or phrases that may indicate health issues or possible violation of school codes of conduct. Read more>>

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Opinion
The New York Times

The video game Minecraft is about building, exploration, creativity, and even collaboration. Around the world, Minecraft is being used to educate children on everything from science to city planning to speaking a new language. Should U.S. schools be paying closer attention? Read more>>

Orange County Register

More than three-quarters of U.S. schools are in need of repairs. The federal government is proposing to respond to that need by investing millions of dollars in school construction and modernization. But those dollars must be spent wisely. The schools of yesteryear, with their rows of desks and stair-stepped lecture halls, simply don't work for the students of today. Read more>>

The Tampa Tribune

Not since the launch of Sputnik has there been such a national educational imperative, but STEM is proving to be every bit the driving force, and perhaps more so, behind what is taught in our school systems, from kindergarten through doctoral programs. Unfortunately the term has been so over-used by those inside and outside of academia that its true character and implications may never be fully understood. Read more>>

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People Watch
International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) announced the appointment of Jodie Pozo-Olano to chief communications officer. Pozo-Olano has nearly 20 years of experience in public relations, communications, and marketing. Most recently, she led global PR activities for Promethean, an education company that specializes in interactive classroom solutions. Read more>>

The Reporter News

A former Genentech employee and U.S. Army linguist, Christopher Flask was appointed to the California district's governing board on a unanimous vote. He envisions creating a new magnet school that emphasizes STEM as a way to improve the nation's competitiveness in technology development. Read more>>

Industry News
Scientific American

Developers from a dozen high-tech start-ups are entering New York City classrooms to help teachers brainstorm solutions to educational challenges. Among their projects: tailoring math lessons to middle-school students whose abilities may be grade-levels apart. The program is hosted by the New York City Department of Education’s Innovation Zone, or iZone, which works with schools to design and pilot new approaches to K12 instruction. Read more>>

Daily Finance

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Comcast Executive Vice President David L. Cohen, and United Way of Metropolitan Chicago President and CEO Wendy DuBoe, along with civic and community leaders, kicked off the third year of the Comcast Internet Essentials program this week. Internet Essentials helps close the digital divide by providing eligible families with low-cost broadband service for $9.95 a month. Read more>>

Kansas City Kansan

Leaders of the Kansas City Startup Village (KCSV) – an association of start-up founders, business owners, Kansas City Kansas Community College representatives, and entrepreneurs based in the ‘Google Fiberhood’ – announced their inaugural Youth Technology Innovation Challenge, to be held Sept. 25-29 at the University of Missouri Kansas City and other venues. Read more>>

Events

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October 15-17, 2013

Philadelphia, Pa. Read more>>

October 27-30, 2013

Orlando, Fla. Read more>>

November 7, 2013

St. Louis, Mo. Read more>>

June 28-July 1, 2014

Atlanta, Ga. Read more>>