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NEA says digital learning won't replace need for teachers

Recently, delegates to the 2013 National Education Association Representative Assembly in Atlanta, Ga. formally adopted a new policy statement coming out in support of digital learning, while maintaining support for traditional teacher-led education. This is the first time the NEA has acknowledged the advantages of using computer-based learning models in the classroom.

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New Jersey musicians open digital music school

When Sean Killary and Sam Morgan graduated from the Berklee College of Music, they said they wanted to create a place for young musicians to hang out. So they opened a music-teaching studio in downtown Millburn (N.J.) and each room is packed with digital technology so students can learn while recording their work.

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National high school association to launch all-digital network

Representatives of the National Federation of State High School Associations, in Denver for its 94th summer meeting, announced Tuesday it will team with PlayOn! Sports to launch an all-digital national network by the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year.

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Richland (Wash.) School District looks to add digital learning materials

Lori McCord, director of teaching and learning, says Richland schools need to be prepared for 21st-century learners. That means using fewer traditional textbooks, and adding more tablet computers and online resources, such as articles, videos, and lectures.

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Across the digital distance: The virtual school

When I was a teenager, I used to dream of a future where I didn’t have to actually GO to school. The idea of an online school was a fantasy back in those days, but now, that idea is finally coming true.

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Lakota (Ohio) residents voting on tax levy for upgrades

Lakota (Ohio) school board members voted in special session Monday to place a 5.5-mill continuous levy on the ballot. The millage would generate $13.8 million in new revenue for Lakota Local Schools each year.

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Los Banos (Calif.) district receives grant to upgrade infrastructure

The Los Banos (Calif.) Unified School District is about half way to having the technology needed for computer adaptive testing, which will be mandatory in California in the 2014-2015 school year.

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Tennessee district readies for PARCC with upgrades

Bradley County Schools system (Cleveland, Tenn.) is updating technology devices and its infrastructure to better serve students and prepare for PARCC online testing in time for the 2014-2015 school year.

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MAKE magazine hosts a virtual summer camp for making things

MAKE magazine is hosting Maker Camp from July 8th to August 16th—a virtual camp that features projects students can do individually or together, whether they are at home or school.

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The benefits of open educational resources

In a new guidebook, iNACOL President Susan Patrick and two cowriters provide educational leaders with strategies for collaborative content development and the benefits of OER, a framework for planning.

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