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Pennsylvania tech students score above average on exams

Results of the 2012-2013 national occupational competency exams show that almost 89 percent of seniors at York County School of Technology who were tested scored either "competent" or "advanced," exceeding the national standard of 72 percent and the state average of 82 percent for career and tech ed high schools.

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Schools challenge families to scale back on tech use

Scottish Corners Elementary, part of the Dublin (Ohio) City Schools, participated in a national effort recently to forgo technology for one week in favor of reading, family time, and outdoor activities.

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New Jersey school for special needs receives technology grant

The Lewis School (Princeton, N.J.), which is pioneering the appropriate use of technology for dyslexic and learning-different students, received a $40,000 grant for its technology initiative, from the Roma Bank Community Foundation.

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Parents press for mobile tech in education

A new study of how parents perceive mobile learning and devices finds that many want schools to accelerate their use of mobile devices in the classroom. The AT&T-funded report found that more than 50 percent of parents believe that schools should make more use of mobile devices in education, while nearly a third (32 percent) said schools should require mobile devices in the classroom.

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ISTE honors Rowan-Salisbury (N.C.) School System

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) has announced that the Rowan-Salisbury (N.C.) School System will be honored as an outstanding educational leader at their annual conference, ISTE 2013, to be held in San Antonio, Texas, later this month.

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Does Muskegon County (Mich.) need a school technology millage?

Petitions are circulating throughout the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District to get a 1-mill school technology tax on the September ballot. Organizers of the petition drive have until July 2 to collect 3,000 signatures from registered voters in the intermediate school district if they want a special election on Sept. 24.

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Kansas district gives students take-home computers

Liberty will pay about $900,000 a year for four years to lease about 3,200 MacBook Air laptops for all high school students. Thousands more will be spent to upgrade software and pay for product licenses, computer bags, expanded wireless connections, and teacher training. Teachers will get laptops over the summer to begin their work, and students will get theirs in the fall.

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Long Island Forum for Technology awards first technology scholarships

The first recipients of the Long Island (N.Y.) Forum for Technology scholarships were announced recently in an award ceremony held at the Western Suffolk Board of Cooperative Education Services’ Wilson Technological Center.

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Expanding evidence approaches for learning in a digital world

This report discusses the promise of sophisticated digital learning systems for collecting and analyzing big data as users interact with digital systems. It proposes that this data can be used by developers and researchers to improve learning systems and to strive to discover more about how people learn.

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New products: The latest hardware, software, books and more

Classroom Products has introduced a tablet carrel that is made for student privacy and hardware protection. Review this and other new products from School Fuel, Bretford, Hatch Early Learning, Schneider Electric and more.