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Fla. school's pilot program evades class size caps with blended learning

A pilot program at a Florida middle school designed to help students learn career skills and free up teachers to better understand the new Florida standards has an added benefit — it doesn't have to follow the state's class-size law since it is a blended learning program.

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Broadband audit shows low usage in Idaho schools

A new audit shows that slightly more than half of schools surveyed aren't using the equipment purchased through Idaho's pricey broadband network and that nearly 6 percent of the videoconferencing equipment can't be located.

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Tech school refinancing yields quarter-million-dollar windfall for Pa. district

Savings from a recent bond refinancing by Dauphin County Technical School will actually amount to just over $1.6 million — $600,000 more than projected — for the six school districts that send students to the technical school.

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High school dropout to launch tech accelerator for teen startup founders

The lack of summer camps or accelerator programs focused on developing high school-aged entrepreneurs prompted Eddy Zhong to drop out of high school to launch his second business venture. Leangap, which will debut this summer, is an entrepreneurship accelerator program that helps students ages 14 to 18 conceptualize and launch their businesses.

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Georgia county faced with huge tech cost increase with E-rate changes

One Georgia county's board of education will soon see technology costs increase at an alarming rate. Decatur County says changes to the federally administered E-rates system means the county loses billions of dollars in funds.

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One username, one password

As more school leaders adopt cloud-based technology to support educator and student achievement, the need for efficient processes to run student and teacher accounts increases. Curriculum and technology specialists must work together to see that information systems make materials accessible.

Locking down student data

The increasing shift to online learning and collaboration has created new concerns around student privacy. Keeping data as secure in the cloud as it would be in a locked file cabinet requires communication, diligence and strong policies.

California district secures over $200,000 for tech education

The Glendale USD's board accepted $219,000 in federal money that will support career-technical education programs throughout Glendale’s middle schools and high schools. This year, the funds will support students taking on digital media and engineering with an emphasis on robotics and forensic science.

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Pennsylvania district's outsourced technology program moving forward

Despite push back from Northeastern York School District's former technology staff, the administration is touting gains in student-to-teacher engagement, and improvement in technological support after the district outsourced its technology department to Pittsburgh-based Questeq.

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Florida governor supports tech schools with more dollars

Gov. Rick Scott is looking to invest $20 million more dollars on technical education. The Florida governor is proposing that more money be spent on equipment to help better train students for jobs once they graduate.

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