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Virginia school system to break ground on new STEM academy

The $27 million campus of the new Magruder Elementary Discover STEM Academy in Newport News is scheduled to open in the fall of 2016. Designed from top to bottom as a STEM facility, the school will feature 36 classrooms for K5 students.

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District in Iowa looks to add hundreds of new cameras to school buildings

The Sioux City Community School District wants to put cameras in every school. The new technology would be integrated with the police department's system. It's expected to take four years and cost $500,000 to install 200 cameras.

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Tennessee county goes high tech to track school buses

The Knox County School system is implementing new software to track exactly where school buses are driving during the day. The county is implementing the software as a resource for parents to help improve the safety of their children, as well as a means to save some money for the district.

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Schools eager for tech money if New York bonds approved

Three months before a public vote on whether the state can borrow $2 billion for school technology, most observers expect little opposition. The state budget included how much each district would get if the measure passes, based on state aid formulas.

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Soundtracks can improve reading comprehension

A platform that pairs e-books with movie-style soundtracks is gaining attention in the K12 realm for boosting reading engagement and comprehension.

4G offers option for rural school learning

Rural schools that don’t have the ability to build or maintain a wireless network may have another option that gives students internet access in class and at home: LTE networks. LTE, or Long Term Evolution, is a wireless technology that offers fast data download and upload speeds for cell phones and tablets.

Over half of parents grade tech at kid's school adequate

About 56 percent of parents and students feel their schools are adequate technology-wise, according to a survey from the Center for the Digital Future. Less than half of students said their teachers were adequately teaching them to use new technologies.

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S.C. students use technology to create music and games

More than 75 students from middle schools all over Horry County gathered as part of an iTeams camp put on by the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics. The camp is designed to help students to learn about technology and how it can be used in the workplace.

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Why one New Jersey school district cut its student laptop program

The school district in Hoboken, New Jersey has decided to abandon its 1-to-1 laptop program for seventh, eighth and ninth graders. Ultimately, the Hoboken School District decided the scheme was more trouble than it was worth—even when supported by federal grants.

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Kids and parents turn to coding to boost college, career prospects

Students and their parents view coding as an indispensable skill in the digital era, especially since the number of programming-related jobs is projected to soar in the next decade. Not everyone agrees that studying programming in the middle or high-school years is the key to collegiate or professional success, but that hasn't slowed the coding juggernaut.

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