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High-tech virtual classrooms arrive at New Jersey school

At one New Jersey high school, it’s all about thinking outside the box. New Milford High is going super high-tech with 3D “virtual classrooms.” It’s part of a pilot program where students and teachers explore the possibilities of virtual learning by breaking down the barriers of a traditional classroom.

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Tech upgrades for Pennsylvania district

Various schools in the Nazareth Area School District soon will have technology upgrades as a result of $175,000 in expenditures for new equipment. The expenditures are part of the district's five-year technology plan. The upgrades include $127,970 worth of wireless systems throughout Nazareth Area High School and Nazareth Area Intermediate School to address Internet "dead" zones.

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Ed-tech startups raise $500 million this year

Education technology-focused startups are experiencing their biggest boom ever, with 99 new companies raising over $500 million in the first quarter of 2014. This is up from just 20 companies that raised $64 million in 2009, according to startup activity database CrunchBase.

BYOD success stories

Districts that have implemented BYOD successfully have found building a powerful Wi-Fi network, developing explicit acceptable use policies, and communicating those policies clearly to students, parents and teachers are critical steps in the technology transition.

Programs encourage minorities in technology

With a unified message, programs like Tech Journey, PI 515 and CODE2040 hope to create a new generation of minority founders of technology companies. The student programs from across the country seek to provide minority students with mentorship and programming skills as a way to help families out of poverty.

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Tools lag behind competency-based learning

A study on competency-based education in New Hampshire demonstrates that policy changes don't always result in uniform change on the ground, and technology isn't always ahead of schools. The report, "From Policy to Practice," shows an emphasis on personalized learning, technology infrastructure gaps and increased state support for competency-based learning.

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Industry leaders lobby for coding classes in California schools

A who's who of the tech industry elite is lobbying Gov. Jerry Brown to upgrade the computer science curriculum in California's classrooms. The state is taking steps to increase its offerings but it lags far behind others like Texas, say the tech leaders, who are led by Code.org co-founder Hadi Partovi.

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Tech gains outpace school and home network connections

Schools throughout Indiana have spent millions rigging classrooms with interactive systems, in some cases replacing textbooks with digital devices. But too often schools and students' homes lack the fast, reliable Internet connections to support the digital shift, leading some teachers to pull back on use of digital devices.

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Pennsylvania vo-tech school may ban charter students

The Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School's board may vote to prohibit charter students from taking classes at the school. Some in the community say it's unfair for charter students to attend the vocational-technical school when the public district provides 70 percent of its funding.

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Kentucky school uses tech to rethink schooling

Relying on regularly collected student data, teacher training, technology and a 10-year plan, the Taylor County School District has eliminated traditional grade levels. Instead, the district is testing, observing and letting students learn at their own pace.

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