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Students learn coding through new Minecraft "modding" software

LearnToMod, software that allows users to learn programming inside of the computer game Minecraft, has been launched. The software allows students to learn the fundamental concepts of programming while they add new features (called “mods”) to Minecraft.

Tennessee high school to receive $70,000 tech upgrade

Students at Portland High School will soon enjoy $70,000 in tech upgrades as one of three finalists selected by Compass Learning for a technological makeover. The upgrades include an interactive white board, Chromebooks, computer labs, and software, hardware, professional development and support packages.

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Okla. district to switch student information software to Infinite Campus

The Edmond School District voted to spend more than $1 million over the next five years on computer software to record student information through Minnesota's Infinite Campus. The school district also has opted to have Infinite Campus host the system hardware and store data.

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Students learn power of the sun with new EMC solar curriculum

Green Power EMC launched a new curriculum and in-class learning laboratory featuring solar power for use by its SunPower for Schools school partners. The program provides solar arrays on school grounds and software that allows students to monitor real-time data on solar energy production.

Disney Imagicademy offers new early learning approach

Disney Imagicademy, a technology-driven learning initiative designed for families with children 3 to 8, combines fundamental educational concepts with the Disney characters and stories. The integrated program includes 30 plus app-based experiences.

Amplify debuts professional development software

Amplify unveiled Professional Learning Maps, a system for personalizing educator professional development. Interactive maps show educators their areas of strength and need. The software then charts a course of online and in-person professional development sessions.

Albuquerque Public Schools automates asset management

Albuquerque Public Schools has selected Hayes Software Systems’ TIPWeb-IT’s K12 inventory management software to keep technology assets, controllable inventory and capital assets up-to-date and reconciled with its fixed asset system.

Districts to receive $10 million for STEM education from NEF

National Education Foundation will invest $10 million to increase the number of school districts across the country with access to high-quality STEM education programs. In order to qualify for the matching grant, a district must have 35 percent or more students on free or reduced cost lunch.

Fla. partnership with Learning.com brings digital curriculum to rural districts

The Florida Regional Consortium Program, developed through a partnership with Learning.com and Florida Department of Education, will provide standards-aligned digital content and tools to a large contingent of rural schools at no cost.

IBM unveils new P-TECH playbook

IBM, together with many P-TECH schools and the City University of New York, has introduced a new digital playbook that details a formula that is reinventing high school in the United States and preparing students to enter the workforce with marketable skills that many employers now require.

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