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Belk awards $150,000 in tech grants to Charlotte, N.C.-area schools

Belk Inc. has awarded $150,000 to eight Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools as part of its “Rocking the Belk Bowl” contest. The competition offered Charlotte-area schools an opportunity to win tech grants by creating and displaying educational and Belk Bowl-themed designs on school rocks or bulletin boards.

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Clarksville, Ky., tech school to open in August

Part of the former Value City Department Store that closed five years ago in Clarksville, Ky., is being renovated for a New Tech Network school that officials plan to open in August for up to 100 freshmen.

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Florida district plans new online tech school, more K8s

The Broward school district has proposed a series of sweeping changes to battle declining enrollment and drops in student performance. Changes include the creation of the district's first online technical high school, three new preK-8 schools, and an overhaul of six failing elementaries.

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Phoenix-area district struggles to set tech rules

Mesa Public School’s new Eisenhower Center for Innovation opened with the promise that every student would get an iPad to use in school and at home. But as the first semester comes to a close, the school still locks up its $600,000 iPad inventory, and Mesa still does not have a policy that allows students to take the devices home.

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Bedford, N.H., district mulls high school technology

Bedford's high school is looking to enhance and manage students’ future learning through technology and better prepare teachers to create a web-based curriculum. Terry Bullard, the director of technology, is recommending moving to 1-to-1 because it provides the same device to each student, and offers better classroom management than BYOD.

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Northeast Ohio teachers learning to teach with videos

To properly teach students using technology, West Geauga Superintendent Geoffrey Palmer says that teachers must first incorporate technology into their PD. Palmer suggests hiring a technology specialist to achieve that goal.

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Louisiana district facing high costs to meet tech needs

Louisiana school districts are expected to be ready now for state-mandated online testing that begins next year, but an in-house technology assessment shows that the Rapides Parish School District still needs hundreds of thousands of dollars to get there.

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Local schools race to keep up with technology

Technology is everywhere when students at Hillview Middle School in Menlo Park, Calif., are in math class. The classroom iPads, says teacher Mike Doroquez, are "totally engaging to the kids. They love it and you can see their eyes just open when they see technology on the big screen."

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Toledo Tech School to add seventh and eighth grade

Starting next fall, Toledo Public Schools will add two grades to one of its successful magnet high schools. The Toledo Technology Academy, which scores in the top academic tier of Ohio schools, will add grades seven and eight, which could push the school’s enrollment from about 200 to more than 300 students.

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Alabama digital school recognized by Digital Promise

The Baldwin County Public School System has been recognized by Digital Promise/ The League of Innovative Schools. Digital Promise praises the school system’s “community-based approach to innovation” and gives an overview of the district's efforts to launch the Digital Renaissance Leadership Academy in the midst of the recession and subsequent budget cuts.

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