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High school student builds $3M global tech company

Jaylen Bledsoe is a 15-year-old sophomore at Hazelwood West High School (St. Louis) who started his own tech company that is now worth $3.5 million. Here, Bledsoe explains how he started building the company when he was only 12.

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Guesses and hype give way to data in study of education

What works in science and math education? Until recently, there had been few solid answers—just guesses and hunches, marketing hype, and extrapolations from small pilot studies. But now, a little-known office in the DOE is starting to get some real data, using the randomized clinical trial method, in which groups of subjects are randomly assigned to get either an experimental therapy, the standard therapy, a placebo, or nothing.

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Increased bandwidth supports schools’ digital learning transformation

A Moore County Schools’ official called a recent upgrade to the North Carolina district's digital network system a "major boost" that will increase bandwidth "tenfold." Installed by fiber optic company BroadPlex, the district is receiving 10 times the bandwidth at a lower cost than it was previously paying.

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Local school districts keeping tabs on 'digital divide'

To help reduce the digital divide for poor communities, many internet providers around the U.S. offer reduced rates on internet service to families with a child on the free or reduced-price lunch program. Comcast's Internet Essentials is one such program.

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How to teach e-safety and digital citizenship

With the need for safe and appropriate use of the internet—and specifically social networking sites—being front and center in recent weeks, it is essential that schools find interesting and engaging ways in which to deliver what can be repetitive but vital information to students of all ages.

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New Mexico gov. appoints Peter Ambs to IT Commission

Peter Ambs, of Albuquerque, has been appointed to the state's Information Technology Commission. Ambs is currently the CIO for the city of Albuquerque. Among other functions, Ambs is responsible for the performance of turnaround efforts as well as aligning IT with the requirements and needs of the city and its citizens.

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Google's CIO on how to make your IT department great

Running an IT department is hard enough under any circumstances, but imagine doing it at one of the world's preeminent technology companies. Your customers aren't haplessly trying to set up their voicemail; they're experts in technology and expect it to work. As part of CIO's series on the future of corporate IT, writer Walter Frick spoke with Google CIO Ben Fried about his job, and where he thinks the industry is going.

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NYSED approves i-Ready Diagnostic for grades 9-12

The online diagnostic for reading and math will help New York state school districts and boards of cooperative educational services define student growth for teacher and principal evaluations.

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Boston schools adopt free anti-bullying text service from Blackboard

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and Boston Public Schools Superintendent John McDonough announced a major upgrade to the school system's Bullying Prevention Hotline. Parents can now send text messages to report concerns about school bullying or student safety.

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Foundation grant brings blended learning to 10 L.A. preK sites

Low-income preschoolers in Los Angeles County will have the opportunity to experience a high-tech math program created by the nonprofit MIND Research Institute, thanks to a $200,000 grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation.

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