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What technology can’t do

Any educator will tell you that scoring essays on a standardized test is one of the most time-consuming parts of the process. The E-Rater (one type of robo reader) is an automated reader than can supposedly grade thousands of essays in mere seconds. The only problem with this program is that it cannot discriminate truth from fiction.

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The nation’s future depends on an educated workforce

It isn’t just parents who should worry about kids who waste their time thumbing video games and text messages instead of doing their homework. America’s position as a world leader is at stake.

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Ohio Bio-Med Science Academy introduces rural students to science ed

Located on the Northeast Ohio Medical University campus, the Bio-Med Science Academy, a year-round public high school, is bringing opportunity to rural students who may be interested in pursuing careers in science and medicine.

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Clayton Christensen Institute publishes K12 blended learning study

In a recently released study, Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen introduces a fundamentally new concept into the world of disruptive innovation: the theory of hybrids.

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ACT Test to go digital by 2015

The nonprofit assessment and analytics organization – also called ACT – announced last week that it will take its flagship test online in 2015. Students shouldn't toss their bubbled answer sheets just yet, though. ACT will pilot the online delivery in select high schools before making it available for all test takers.

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Digital library to lighten the load in Ridgewood (N.J.) schools

This summer, Ridgewood (N.J.) Public Schools students will get more access to the district's digital library. In addition, for the first time, soon-to-be high school freshmen and some upperclassmen will receive online textbooks for their biology, algebra I and II, art history, and AP chemistry classes.

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New tech school for .NET developers will open in Florida in August

One of northeast Florida’s fastest-growing tech companies is launching a trade school program for .NET Framework developers. In August, Pragmatic Works will open Vivo School, an 18-week accelerated training program that will give students Microsoft certification preparation, help them create a portfolio of real-world projects, and spend time developing actual corporate client projects.

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Girls are being left out of New York City schools' high-tech revolution

Only about one in four students in many of the public schools’ top tech programs is a girl, a statistic that mirrors women’s participation in tech jobs nationwide. As a result, city educators are trying to introduce more girls to STEM, but many say there’s more to it than just getting the word out.

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Six big tech trends in education to follow

Big data, open content, mobile learning, and digital printing are just some of the big themes represented in this year’s "NMC Horizon Report: 2013 K12 Edition." The report is a collaboration between the New Media Consortium, the Consortium for School Networking, and the International Society for Technology in Education.

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Can Spotify and New York City save music education with technology?

In an age of declining budgets and disappearing arts programs, technology could help make music education more feasible—a hackathon hosted by Spotify and the New York City Department of Education is an early step.

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