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Georgia high school pilots college-level math course using technology

Several Cherokee County School District students will participate in the Georgia Tech Distance Calculus Program being piloted at their school, which allows high school students to take a research university-level math class and earn college credit on their own high school’s campus using video-conferencing technology.

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ITT Tech’s new charter school to offer free degree — with a catch

The high school students at Early Career Academy, a tax-funded charter school scheduled to open next year in Indianapolis, will be able to earn an associate degree free of charge. But the degree comes with a catch: The credits from that degree likely will not transfer to any major Indiana university other than the charter school's sponsor, ITT Tech.

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Letting learning technology flourish in schools

A photo on Scott McLeod’s popular “Dangerously Irrelevant” blog carries the caption, “We’re so busy doing 20th century teaching, we don’t have time to initiate 21st century learning.” McLeod, an associate professor of educational leadership, is concerned that an education system that doesn’t embrace technology won't prepare students to compete in the knowledge-based economy.

Military-style technology finds way into school district safety measures

Shooter Detection Systems has installed infrared sensors and microphones in Methuen, Mass., that can pick up the sound of gunfire and immediately notify school and law enforcement officials. But there is debate about whether such military-style measures are as valuable as more prevention-minded methods for schools with limited resources.

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Seven largest districts to launch computer science programs

The White House announced commitments by more than 60 school districts to offer computer science courses. Additionally, more than $20 million in philanthropic contributions have been made available to train teachers to teach computer science. Also, new partnerships by the National Science Foundation include a new Advanced Placement computer science course by the College Board.

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Minnesota will investigate tech group funded by school districts

The state will step in to examine the financial affairs of a school technology group funded by Twin Cities area school districts. A forensic accountant’s audit, ordered by the TIES group because it was losing money, revealed widespread spending irregularities and lack of documentation.

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More states make computer science count

In 2020, there will be 1.4 million computing jobs available in the United States and only 400,000 computer science students in the education pipeline. But the number of students may slowly be increasing, as 25 states now count computer science courses toward high school graduation requirements, compared to 11 states in 2013.

Comptroller's audit: New York City schools lost track of technology

The Department of Education has lost track of 1,800 computers–and didn’t even bother to open up 400 laptops or tablets–that are supposed to be in use at just 10 city schools—a tiny sample of the city’s 1,800 public schools, an audit has found.

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Michigan school district seeking $33.9 million tax proposal for upgrades

Kelloggsville Public Schools will ask voters in February to approve a $33.9 million, 30-year tax proposal for building, technology and security improvements.

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Tulsa school board eyes record $415 million bond proposal

A Tulsa Public Schools committee has put forth a $415 million proposal to complete a 20-year plan for facilities updates and to help with modernizing technology. Of the total dollars, $110 million would be spent on technology.

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