technology plans

New school technology a challenge we must address

The issue of where Jackson-Madison County (Tenn.) schools and other public school systems should be going with education technology is a hot topic these days. While the outcome for school systems is hard to predict, there are real-world lessons that Tennessee's school officials and public education funding bodies can learn from.

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Students need the proper tools

Every student who does not have access to some form of a computer falls behind every day. Schools must prepare students for the future economy by providing them with the necessary technology today.

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Clarksville Community Schools to turn department store into tech school

Four months later than expected, an agreement has been reached between the Clarksville Redevelopment Commission and Clarksville Community Schools to transfer the old Value City department store to the district. The building will house the New Tech High School.

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Clarksville (Ind.) district awaiting decision on high-tech high school

Kim Knott, superintendent of Clarksville (Ind.) Community Schools, is hoping to have an answer soon from the board on whether they can move forward with the project-based and problem-focused high school learning model.

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Hilton Head district begins charting 5-year plan

Administrators, teachers and other steering committee and board of ed members say the district has successfully increased the percentage of students reading at or above grade level and helped close achievement gaps in math scores on state standardized tests. However, looking toward the next five years, they feel a rising dropout rate and increasing demand for tech skills will require more digital learning and customized student programs.

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Missouri high school switches textbooks for iPad minis

Battle High School (Columbia, Mo.) staff ordered about 1,100 iPad Minis for incoming students to use instead of textbooks. District officials touted the savings of the technology over the cost of textbooks as one of the benefits of the move to digital.

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Low-cost digital textbooks for high schools coming this fall

Teachers in over 900 schools nationwide will begin using one dollar e-textbooks this fall. The “Voces” e-textbooks, published by Teacher’s Discovery, an educational materials firm based in Michigan, gives teachers and students full access at home and at school through computers, iPads, and smartphones.

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Free tablets for all at Utah ‘Smart Schools’

Five Utah schools will share more than $2 million in funding to boost the use of technology in their classrooms this fall. The funding will go toward a tablet for each student, Wi-Fi, and classroom computers.

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Kansas City (Mo.) schools announce laptop rollout

In August, the Kansas City (Mo.) Public School District will start phasing in a 1:1 program that provides either a laptop or tablet computer, loaded with educational software and valued at $400 per student per year, to all 17,000 students.

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