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Technology could eliminate snow days

The concept of holding class online when bad weather strikes is gaining traction nationwide as more school districts provide take-home technology to students that educators often refer to as a one-to-one digital conversion.

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Washington citizens back STEM education in schools

Ninety-four percent of Washington voters believe every child should have access to a high quality STEM education in the state’s K12 public schools, but just 45 percent believe schools are delivering, according to a new poll from Washington STEM.

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Georgia district requests over $30 million for tech upgrades

At $34 million, technology upgrades are the second-most expensive of the 24 proposed capital projects that the Muscogee County School District's administration wants to fund. The district is asking voters to approve funding to upgrade and replace outdated computers, increase Internet connectivity, and invest in distance learning and emerging technologies.

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Idaho Senate endorses stopgap funding for school internet

The Senate has voted for an emergency funding bill for school broadband services. The measure sends $3.64 million to the state superintendent to distribute to school districts, either as reimbursements or advances, to pay for broadband internet service for the rest of the current school year.

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Two Hawaii schools selected for lunar project with NASA

Students at Iolani School and Kealakehe High School are teaming up with NASA on a lunar experiment. NASA developed the electrodynamic dust shield to repel pesky planetary dust that gathers on space gear. The project involves NASA, the two schools, the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems and a Google Lunar XPRIZE team.

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Designing games as a career path

A magnet program in computer game design draws career-focused high school students from across Florida’s sprawling Hillsborough County school system. Middleton Magnet High School houses four STEM programs, including the Academy of Computer Game Design.

Schools enter age of student IT

A cadre of students trained in IT support are bolstering the responsiveness of districts’ help desks. The students provide an inexpensive and much-needed tech resource while gaining experience, new skills and confidence.

Measure would allow Wisconsin tech colleges to run charters

Wisconsin's 16 technical colleges could establish independent charter high schools staffed by college instructors, under a proposal being circulated by two lawmakers that aims to better prepare students for the workforce.

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South Carolina agency scrutinizes tech divide

The state’s Education Oversight Committee is evaluating the technological divide between school districts as the state moves to online end-of-year testing for every school. Less than 4 percent of South Carolina’s 81 districts report having a device available for every student.

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Illinois district to pilot tech plan with middle schoolers

Some sixth-graders in Indian Prairie School District 204 could be piloting a device-testing plan next school year that would eventually put a computer in the hands of all of the district's nearly 30,000 students.

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