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Ohio schools’ $6 million tech plan seeks to avoid pitfalls

At least two Clark County school districts are looking to adopt 1-to-1 technology plans next year. Springfield City is looking to spend about $6 million on laptops for all students in grades three through 12 in the next three years. Tecumseh Local School District has applied for a state grant to buy iPads for each middle school student.

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A new Denver STEM school wins board approval

The Banneker Jamison STEM Academy will rely heavily on the Core Knowledge curriculum, with an emphasis on STEM. If the charter can meet the Denver school board's initial criteria, the school will open in 2015, with another 17 schools the Denver board has approved.

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Computer recycling: What school CIOs need to know

The boom in affordable laptops and mobile devices has left the clunky computers of the past piling up in storage rooms in many schools. Recycling is the best way to properly dispose of outdated technology instead of allowing it to collect dust or to break down in landfills.

Navigating ConnectED and E-rate

The federal push to provide all students with high-speed broadband and mobile devices is kicking into high gear, with over a billion dollars pledged for school technology and an overhaul of the program that provides discount internet access. Administrators need to know how to boost equitable access to technology to help districts close learning gaps.

As Michigan county moves to 1-to-1 tech, media staff face budget cuts

With the Plymouth-Canton schools moving to a 1-to-1 technology learning model next year, teachers are going to be asked to do more as administrators shave the ranks of their media specialists in a cost-cutting move aimed at helping eliminate a $6.3 million budget deficit. Among the budget adjustments being recommended is an elimination of six media specialists and 6.3 full-time-equivalent interventionists.

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South Dakota district gives 1-to-1 initiative a passing grade

Sioux Falls School District officials say the first use of widespread Chromebook technology in the public schools this past year was successful, with less wear and tear than expected. The 18,000 devices, part of the district’s 1-to-1 student technology initiative for grades three through 12, enabled students to access assignments and information at a much greater speed.

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New blended learning charter school proposed by Ohio district

The Norwood school district is waiting for the Ohio Department of Education's approval of a charter school application for the new Norwood Conversion Community School, which will focus on offering a blended learning environment for students. Although the district will sponsor the school, the charter school will have its own director and board.

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More vocational school graduates opt for college

Once viewed as a place for student slackers with no college ambition, Massachusetts vocational high schools are increasing academic standards, offering honors classes, and producing more college-bound students than ever before. During the past five years, the percentage of vocational school graduates attending four-year colleges rose at schools across the state.

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Idaho districts weigh options for high school WiFi networks

School districts across the state are weighing whether they want to continue with or sign on to a multi-year statewide contract with Education Networks of America for WiFi at every high school in Idaho, or set up their own WiFi networks with state funding that lawmakers approved this year.

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The business of e-payments

There are six decisions a district leader must make when accepting electronic payments from parents—which is one step for districts in going paperless. Many school systems have had vendors set up secure online portals where parents can pay for AP courses, lunches and field trips, among other items.

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