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Lessening school assessment stress with technology

Instead of quizzes and tests that interrupt classroom activity, many districts and testing companies are working on ways to integrate formative assessments into daily instruction and use technology to gather real-time feedback on student progress. Among the solutions schools have found are “stealth assessments” hidden in video games and student roundtables that work like college dissertation defenses.

Drilling down on education data

A new bounty of academic data is guiding teachers as they adjust instruction in the hopes of boosting student achievement. Some districts are connecting “data coaches” with the teachers’ own professional learning communities to ensure this bounty of information fulfills its pedagogical promise.

LAUSD superintendent seeks records of board members' tech-firm contacts

Superintendent John Deasy has filed a public records request seeking emails and other documents involving school board members and nearly two dozen companies including those at the center of the controversial iPad project. The move opens a new front in the fallout over a contract between the LAUSD and Apple.

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New act proposed for career tech middle school pilot program

The proposed Middle School Technical Education Program Act aims to connect middle schoolers to potential careers and the skills they’ll need. The legislation would create a pilot program for schools to partner with postsecondary institutions and local businesses for education, apprenticeships and other opportunities not usually available until high school.

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Pennsylvania school integrates use of students' phones into classes

As part of a pilot BYOD program at a Pennsylvania high school, students are also using their phones with software that coordinates class projects and activities in a somewhat private social network. And students study traditional social networks, like Facebook and Twitter, in a digital citizenship class.

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Detroit tech schools undergoing redesign focusing on jobs of the future

Technical schools in Detroit Public Schools are going through a redesign this year, aimed at making their programs more relevant for the jobs of the future. The district is creating 21st Century Workforce Development Centers at four schools where students will be able to dual-enroll in high school and college courses at the same time.

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Many Mass. vocational and technical high schools have waiting lists

A study has found that many vocational and technical high schools in Massachusetts have long waiting lists for students seeking admission at a time when well-paying jobs are going unfilled for lack of skilled labor. The Northeastern University School of Law study found that at least 3,500 students were unable to get into public vocational schools in the past two years.

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Ariz. district's school bond calls for $11.2 million in tech improvements

Lake Havasu public schools students could have widespread access to tablet or other wireless devices in the classroom if a multi-million dollar school bond passes in November. The bond also would fund widespread improvements to the district’s technology infrastructure.

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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.

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