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Next gen science enters new dimension

A new approach to assessing students’ three-dimensional learning should give teachers a clearer picture of the reasoning their students are using to grasp science concepts. This more intensive assessment will be a critical tool for schools implementing the Next Generation Science Standards to boost STEM scores.

Schools learn to outsmart ADHD

When students are diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), tactics that were once excluded from the classroom are now considered a valid option for helping them focus and learn. One approach involves using software and online tools to help students improve key skills.

Repair? Refresh? Recycle? Replace?

Many districts do not realize that making the initial investment in school technology is only phase one. Within several years, they must wrestle with a quandary that all 1-to-1 programs eventually face: What to do when devices become outdated or need repairs.

Money for Utah school equalization shifted to tech initiative

Senators approved taking possibly hundreds of millions of dollars that were targeted to help equalize funding for schools around the state over the next four years, and earmarked it instead for a drive to put more technology in schools.

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New all-digital curriculums hope to ride high-tech push in schoolrooms

English-language curriculums built entirely on a digital platform are about to enter the market, with promises that they will change the nature of classroom learning. While some teachers are reluctant to commit to a curriculum from just one provider, some observers also question whether digital tools would enhance literacy more than superficially.

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Alaskan bill giving tech funding to home schools sticks in committee

The Senate Education Committee questioned the constitutionality of a bill that would fund student equipment and technology service purchases for correspondence schools and home schooling. It calls for an increase from an 80 percent base student allocation to 100 percent.

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Students learn code, create apps and build company websites at N.Y. hackathon

NYC Generation Tech's "Code4Tomorrow" student hackathon is a tech entrepreneurship competition in which high school coders dream up and build a digital product that benefits their community while learning the skills tech companies see as necessary.

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Audit finds poor oversight of Utah schools’ online education

Two private companies are being paid millions in Utah tax dollars to recruit online students who boost enrollment for mostly charter schools—on paper.

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Voters say no to $50M bond for tech needs in Michigan district

Voters in the Grosse Pointe Public School System defeated a contentious 10-year, $50.2-million bond proposal that would have raised taxes for school purposes by 23 percent.

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Separate Wichita tech ed magnet school not likely to be built soon

In 2008, the Wichita board voted to invest $10 million to start a tech ed magnet school and $7 million toward high school tech ed projects. The tab has far exceeded the $1 million-per-school allocation and likely the $10 million as well, calling into question whether the separate magnet school will be built.

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