This lightweight laptop is equipped with popular Google products including Search, Gmail, YouTube, and Hangouts. Students and teachers can choose from thousands of free, additional apps for education, and let Chromebook keep everything fresh with automatic updates. Users can access their photos, music, videos, and assignments from anywhere using the GoogleDrive cloud service.

District suspends $30M Amplify program over safety concerns

A North Carolina school district has suspended the use of 15,000 tablets after reports of multiple hardware issues, including the device’s charger melting at home. Districts everywhere have had high hopes that the affordable tablet would help bring K12 education into the 21st century. But melting accessories are not a good sign.

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iPads open doors in poor school districts

Widespread poverty is inspiring some school districts to create iPad initiatives as a way to give students hope. In California, Coachella Valley Unified, for instance, where 90 percent of students live in poverty, will issue iPads to all 19,000 students -- preschool through high school -- by November.

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Uniontown, Pa., schools OK $100K spend on computers

The Uniontown Area School Board in western Pennsylvania agreed to purchase refurbished computers, projectors, and necessary cabling equipment from the construction fund at an estimated cost of $100,000. School board member William Ritternhouse said it was necessary for the district to buy the equipment because the installation of the new computer system is going much slower than anticipated.

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Infographic: Back-to-school tech spending

Annual back-to-school spending is a hot market: $26.7 billion for K12 students, and a whopping $45.8 billion at the college level, according to data from Ceros. Much of that was done online, where 21 percent of shoppers used social networks to look for sales and promotions (83 percent), find recommendations (67 percent), and post product comments (26 percent).

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New Jersey high school hands out Samsung Chromebooks

After the installation of a $45,000 wireless infrastructure, Marist High School in New Jersey gave each student a Samsung Series 3 Chromebook. Now, by accessing the school's network through their laptop, students can take notes, read textbooks, and study for tests online.

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Long Island schools step up use of tablets

Some districts in Long Island, N.Y., are finally taking the technology plunge after dipping their toe in the water for several years. Mineola, which started with 100 iPads in 2010, is now providing one iPad for each of its 1,200 students in third through eighth grades, while Bethpage is distributing Google Chromebooks to middle schoolers.

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N.J. schools ask students to bring their own tech

There was a time in the not-too-distant past when bringing a cellphone or other hand-held digital device to school could earn a kid detention or a visit to the principal's office.

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