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Technology Changing How Students Learn, Teachers Say

There is a widespread belief among teachers that students’ constant use of digital technology is hampering their attention spans and ability to persevere in the face of challenging tasks, according to two surveys of teachers being released on Thursday.

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SETDA's Assess4ed.net

Assess4ed.net is a free resource open to all designed to help address the challenges and leverage the opportunities of next-generation assessment systems powered by technology to ensure readiness for next-generation computer-based assessments, improve curriculum and instruction aimed at college and career readiness, and leverage technology to achieve better results and cost-savings.

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Smarter Balanced's Technology Planning Framework

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium offers a technology planning framework for member states preparing to implement the assessment system in the 2014-2015 school year. The framework provides minimum hardware specifications and basic bandwidth calculations that will allow schools and districts to evaluate which of their existing devices will support the administration of next-generation assessments.

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Bill Would Allow Schools to Use Lottery Money for Technology

School districts will now be able to use lottery funds to buy technology devices and wire schools thanks to a bill that cleared the House Education Committee Tuesday.

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Louisiana Announces State Technology Challenge Winners

Thirteen Hahnville High School students placed third in the Louisiana High School Technology Challenge held on Feb. 6. The Challenge is a unique annual educational statewide team competition intended to renew a commitment to improvement in Louisiana through a concerted effort by high school students to demonstrate creative teamwork skills.

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Alabama District Overhauls Tech Policies

As technology evolves at a rapid clip, the Cullman County (Ala.) Board of Education has overhauled some outdated acceptable use policies in an effort to keep up, including policies governing pagers and electronic communication devices; the student acceptable use policy for technology; the employee acceptable use of school technology policy and the student technology use agreement compliance form.

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Ohio District Struggles with Digital Learning Push

As the state prepares to move to computer-based standardized testing by 2015, the Lakota Local School District, Ohio’s seventh largest public school district, is about eight years behind when it comes to technology infrastructure, according to an independent consultant who recently evaluated the district’s technology.

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Port Chester District Looking for Slice of New York's $87M Technology Pie

Port Chester (N.Y.) schools are hoping to capture a piece of an $87 million pot of money that is available to New York schools serving low-income students to purchase new technology and software.

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Technology Makes East Chicago Schools Rock Stars

In the East Chicago public schools, technology resources and applications from various partners are creating virtual learning experiences that help students from elementary to high school develop new skills, build on that knowledge, earn class credits and prepare for college and post-secondary careers.

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Recycled Computers Enhance School Technology, Save Money in Texas

Students from Pearland (Texas) Independent School District are getting a much-needed technology boost thanks to a donation of 64 computers by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District. The district's computer donations assist schools in making modern technology an integral part of every classroom while reducing landfill waste.

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