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Technology, Coaching, and Community: Power Partners for Improved Professional Development in Primary and Secondary Education

This white paper is designed to help teachers design and support technology-rich learning environments. It shows how combining coaching with information on communities of learning can create an effective professional development model and develop the technology skills necessary to improve student learning.

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Re-engineering IT: Design considerations for competency education

Based on interviews and research, the ideas in this white paper build upon lessons learned in analyzing information systems developed by competency education innovators, including best practices of systemic approaches to information management and emerging opportunities.

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Computers planned for Crookston (Minn.) schools' testing labs

Ninety Apple computers are planned for computer/testing labs at two high schools in the Crookston (Minn.) school district. The computers are being purchased thanks to income received through a million-dollar annual tax levy, from which the board is investing as much as $200,000 in technology upgrades.

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Should we let wunderkinds drop out of high school?

It's one thing to say tech geniuses don't need degrees. After all, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerberg all dropped out of college. But now we've got David Karp, who doesn't even have a high school diploma. Karp, 26, founded Tumblr, the online blogging forum, and sold it to Yahoo for $1.1 billion.

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Caldwell-West Caldwell (N.J.) district hires technology supervisor

Don Markese, currently the director of technology at Freehold Regional High School in Englishtown, N.J., was appointed as the new supervisor of technology at the Caldwell-West Caldwell (N.J.) school district. Markese’ one-year contract will begin on July 1 and he will make $110,000.

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Fostering a data-rich culture

Districts and decision makers recognize the importance of leveraging educational data to make informed decisions that support student academic success. District leaders know that the benefits of gathering educational data are wide ranging—from helping to track student improvement to monitoring specific yearly financial expenditures.

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Oregon board okays Apple lease for use in junior high

Seventh and eighth graders in Oregon schools will get a welcome amenity next year when classes start. The board of education approved a technology lease with Apple Inc. that will put iPads in the hands of every middle school student.

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Colorado district board supports technology mill levy

The East Grand School District (Granby, Colo.) Board of Education is on track to pose a mill-levy ballot question in the November election. The tax will support technology maintenance and upgrades for all schools in the district.

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Grading Apple's digital textbook technology

Shortly after his world history students began a pilot program testing a digital textbook for the iPad, Ken Halla noticed something different: His students were actually reading their textbooks.

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Southeast Kansas school district going all-digital

A small, southeast Kansas school district whose superintendent became a true believer after visiting an Illinois school is doing away with textbooks and paper tests in favor of all-digital instruction.

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