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New York clean tech school program on verge of expansion

The Clean Technologies and Sustainable Industries early college high school, led by Ballston Spa CSD, is expanding on both ends of its program. In addition to starting its first freshman class, the six-year program is collaborating with colleges and local business partners to provide students with work experience and early college studies.

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Common Core standards changing the technological way schools test children

Students taking the California Standards Tests are engaged in a nationwide “test of the test,” applying the testing software in an attempt to head off any technological crises. The new structure of the tests also requires districts just starting to recover from years of economic hardship to invest in new technology, from network infrastructure to computers and tablets to peripherals.

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New STEM fellowship opportunities for teachers

New York science-certified high school teachers will be able to take STEM graduate courses through a joint program run by NASA and Teachers College, Columbia University while working with pharmaceutical company Regeneron. The 10 fellowship recipients will be mentored by Regeneron scientists on projects.

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High school clean energy training programs find N.Y. funding

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority's awards totaling $1.1 million are being given to five clean-energy training programs that will help prepare high school students for post-secondary education and careers in energy efficiency, renewable energy and advanced technology.

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21st-century sight to see combines gym with technology

Central Union Elementary School District, located on a military base in Lemoore, Calif., is using 21st-century technology in an unexpected place: gym class. Last fall, the district was awarded a three-year Department of Defense Education Activity grant to improve physical education and enhance parent, family and community engagement.

Creating tech-savvier teachers

Many teachers still lack the training needed to use technology effectively in the classroom, according to a new survey. Schools are investing more in devices and blended learning to improve student achievement. To realize the full benefits of these tech tools, school leaders need to prioritize professional development.

Penn. board approves personal laptops for high school students

The Catasauqua Area School District's board approved an initiative where all high school students will receive a personal laptop computer for the 2014-2015 school year. Under a four-year lease deal, the district's 1-to-1 technology initiative will equip students with a MacBook Air device.

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Alabama career tech center launches radio station

LeCroy Career Technical Center's WSMX 98.3 FM Super Mix, the first high school career tech radio station and one of the first high school radio stations in Alabama, has been launched to reach residents in Clanton and surrounding areas through school-based broadcasts.

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Illinois high school freshmen invent social fitness app

A group of Bartlett High School freshmen designed a smartphone app that lets users track their diet and exercise routines while also giving support to friends as they meet their health goals. The app, which combines stats with social networking, is expected to be available in June as a free download through Google Play for Android.

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Ohio district and business team up for after-school tech program

Through a partnership between the Youngstown district and Applied Systems and Technology Transfer (AST2), precision-machining and engineering high school students are making the parts for AST2’s INVENT3D printers. The smaller 3D printers are designed to be assembled, used and disassembled by students.

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