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Large Calif. district considers major tech upgrades for over $30 million

Santa Monica-Malibu USD's Board of Education could spend up to $34.4 million to upgrade technology across the district. The cash would come from a bond approved by voters and be spent on software, hardware, new staff and more. One big ticket item, a network upgrade for 809 classrooms and workspaces, could cost about $9.2 million.

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The business of school library automation

With today’s automation software, librarians can give book recommendations and users need only a single portal to search for digital and print resources. Advanced reporting tells librarians the most commonly read genres and the age of books in the library.

New training paths for school tech staff

Given the need for qualified school technologists, there are a few training programs that specifically address the unique combination of technical and pedagogical skills needed for leaders and their staff, including CoSN’s certified education technology leader program and the Leading Edge Certification program.

Tech firms, Los Angeles officials unveil statewide jobs consortium

In a regional effort to prepare California students for high-tech jobs, the LA HI-TECH Consortium was launched. The consortium will use a $15 million grant to strengthen strategic partnerships and career pathway links across five K12 systems, three community college districts, and a host of industry and community partners as future employers.

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Indiana school unveils security system to thwart shootings

An Indiana high school was chosen to be the first in the country to get a revolutionary security system to thwart school shootings. The multi-tiered system includes a key fob worn by teachers to activate the security system and immediately notify law enforcement. There are also hardened classroom doors, and surveillance cameras and sensors to track an attacker moving through the building.

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High-tech grant allowing Mich. schools to enhance engineering academy

Grand Rapids Public Schools has announced a new project to offer Project Lead The Way engineering courses in its Academy of Modern Engineering. Students will engage in open-ended problem solving and learn the engineering design process. The academy is among 13 Michigan high schools receiving $35,000, three-year renewable grants.

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School robotics world championship in Ky. boosts local tech interest

In April, the VEX Robotics World Championship competition will be held in Louisville. Local teachers see the technology event as a way to boost interest and student engagement in STEM fields that are often underrepresented in Kentucky.

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Interactive sci-tech exhibit visits Texas schools

A new Mobile Oilfield Learning Unit exhibit traveling to Texas schools will feature six learning centers with interactive sci-tech materials and activities that are based on national and Texas state science education standards. Students will also get the opportunity to participate in hands-on energy, technology and applied science activities.

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How tech-centric events are changing education

With access to technology on the rise, the focus in education has shifted to getting students to interact with technology and learn the basics at early ages. Beyond classroom education, tech-focused events are becoming a popular method for inspiring the future generations of connected children.

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Teachers take charge of mobile devices

Mobile device management is now a central part of classroom supervision as teachers compete with laptops, tablets and phones for students’ attention. The ability to freeze a device’s screen, block inappropriate apps or lock students into particular educational content can help teachers transition smoothly to online testing, 1-to-1 and BYOD.

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