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ASCD Appoints Gregory Smith as Chief Technology Officer

ASCD, the global leader in providing programs, products, and services that empower educators to support the success of each learner, has appointed Gregory Smith as the association’s new chief technology officer (CTO).

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CoSN Releases Horizon Report: 2013 K-12 Edition Toolkit

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) last week released The CoSN Horizon Report: 2013 K-12 Edition Toolkit at ISTE 2013 in San Antonio,
TX.

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C-TECH will have life-changing impact in Minnesota

One of the most exciting projects to be funded by the Minnesota sales-tax extension is a new Career Technical Education Center at Heintz—aka C-TECH. The city of Rochester is investing $6.5 million for a new, state-of-the-art facility where Rochester public schools and Rochester Community and Technical College, MnSCU and the local business community will team up to offer vocational training to high school students from Rochester and the surrounding region.

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Last-minute call saves Pennsylvania technical school renovations

After decades of failed attempts, the Upper Bucks Technical School in Bedminster Township will receive about $23 million to renovate the nearly 50-year-old facility. But it almost didn't happen. It took an emergency cell phone call to secure the required amount of votes after the first vote failed.



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Broward County (Fla.) schools face major technology crisis

Broward schools are falling behind when it comes to technology and there's not much they can do about it. The School Board's capital budget pays for technology, transportation, and large construction projects. But with only $35 million to fix a growing number of deteriorating schools, replace an aging bus fleet, and secure school campuses, there's not much left for computer upgrades.

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Microsoft offers ad-free Bing search for schools

Microsoft is launching a “Bing for Schools” program that is tailored for K-12 students by “removing all advertisements from search results, enhancing privacy protections and the filtering of adult content.”

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Freetown-Lakeville (Mass.) tech upgrades to be completed this summer

All three phases of the $903,000 technology upgrade to the Freetown-Lakeville (Mass.) Regional School District, which will make Wi-Fi accessible districtwide, will be completed by the end of summer, according to Craig Machamer, the IMS specialist for Freetown and Lakeville schools.

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Data security is a classroom worry, too

As school districts rush to adopt learning-management systems, some privacy advocates warn that educators may be embracing the bells and whistles before mastering fundamentals like data security and privacy.

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Technology equalizes education and career prospects

Now that students have the answer to everything they could ever want to know in the palm of their hands, at the swipe of the finger, or at the click of a mouse, "what" they know is becoming less important every day. Today, it's more important to teach students how to effectively use the technology and resources at hand to solve real-world problems.

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Niagra Falls school board talks technology

A recent school board meeting for the Niagra Falls School District focused on what board members and the general public can expect technology-wise from the district's "Inventing Tomorrow" capital improvement project, which will start this summer.

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