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New Jersey school district launches mobile app

The Deptford school district released a mobile application, available at no cost for iPhone and Android phones, that lets parents choose which schools they want updates from and sends out push notifications for districtwide announcements.

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Blended courses becoming norm in central Wisconsin schools

Although only a select number of blended learning courses are available in the central Wisconsin school districts, they are starting to become more popular as school administrators begin to recognize the benefits these courses can reap for students and teachers.

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PARCC's grading system confusing to students

A group of teachers from Rio Rancho High School believes Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), a new standardized test being administered by the state this spring, will confuse and frustrate students because of its complicated grading system and even more complicated electronic testing procedure.

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What happens when kids don't have internet at home?

In Kent, Wash., about 9 percent of students can’t access the Internet once they go home. The district has installed Wi-Fi hotspot kiosks at community centers in public housing to enable its poorest students to get online. But these efforts have been fraught with difficulties, showing how hard it may be for other districts to close the digital divide.

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Pa. district schools get grant to improve technology-based learning

Bald Eagle Area School District received a $244,847 grant through the state Department of Education that is going toward tech-based products to improve the district’s STEM program, including a language arts component as part of the district’s Reading Wonders program.

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Umatilla district partnership helps spur statewide tech offerings for residents

The Oregon district is providing online technology courses for students on the subjects of coding, web design, application design and more. Partially inspired by the program's success, the state is offering the courses for free to residents.

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Seeking coders, tech titans turn to schools

The $30 million campaign to promote computer science education, financed by the tech industry, has been a success. So many students opened up a free coding tutorial that the host website crashed. But the campaign has also stirred unease about the growing influence of corporations in public schools and the motives of tech companies.

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Ohio school gets technology help from local business

Cheviot School has received computers and technology tools over the past year, but expertise on how to bring them into the classroom did not accompany the resources. A local business has teamed up with the school by sponsoring a monthly “Tech Cafe” for teachers in the school’s computer lab.

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Class around the clock

Better ways to use data. High-tech professional development. Differentiated instruction. Some exciting advancements are on the horizon for classrooms in 2015. A 24/7 learning model—that’s personalized and partly controlled by students—will become more entrenched.

$1 million state grant given to Mass. high school aviation program

The planned Airframe and Powerplant aviation program at Westfield Vocational-Technical High School received a state grant for over $1 million. Together with local partners, such as Gulfstream, AirFlyte and B&E Precision Aircraft Components, the new aviation technology education program will operate as a satellite campus at Barnes Municipal Airport.

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