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Ed tech startups raised over half a billion dollars in Q1

Close to 100 venture-backed education-focused startups raised over $500 million in the first quarter of 2014, marking the single biggest quarter for capital committed to the sector in the past five years, according to CrunchBase data.

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Traditional career-tech fields get modern

Changing industry requirements can mean even the most traditional career tech fields will require more training. While some programs are in cutting-edge fields, like biotechnology, robotics and athletic health care, many are the same programs that have been offered for decades.

Charting three-year tech path for Tennessee district

To bring the technology infrastructure of Hamilton County Schools up to speed, school officials say they must spend millions more annually to hire new teachers, administrators and technicians. A new three-year plan calls for eventually spending nearly $4 million more a year above the costs of new devices.

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Missouri district focused on online management system

As part of its digital transformation, the Washington School District is looking at purchasing a learning management system (LMS) to be implemented districtwide to support communications among teachers, students, parents and administrators. The search has been narrowed from 20 systems to two companies.

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Delaware bill seeks to allow citizens to select vo-tech boards

Two state lawmakers are sponsoring legislation that would place selection of the board members of the state’s three vocational/technical districts in the hands of voting citizens. Currently, the boards are all appointed by the governor with each member of the seven-member boards serving a seven-year term.

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Michigan school wins share of $5 million tech grant

By 2015, students at Ann J. Kellogg Elementary School will have an iPad or Google Chromebook after the school won a share of a $5 million technology grant. Receiving about $850 per student, the Battle Creek public elementary school will share the grant with 13 other schools across Michigan.

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Tennessee district approves $1 million for school tech plan

Commissioners voted to give over $1 million to Jackson-Madison County Schools to fund the beginning phase of a long-range technology plan. In addition to a reading mastery program, the initial pilot program will cover funding for access points, hardware costs, digital resources and professional development.

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New York City's Digital Ready initiative spurs schools to experiment

Brooklyn International is one of 10 New York City high schools receiving support from a new Department of Education program designed to boost innovation. The program, called Digital Ready, offers resources to the chosen high schools as they experiment with new tools, partnerships and methods of instruction and assessment.

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Indiana district going full STEAM ahead in 2015

Indiana's Fairfield district is planning on restructuring its schools to use the STEAM model for all grades starting in 2015. Elementary schools would see the biggest change, with two schools focusing on STEAM and a third on practical arts. Parents will be able to choose what learning model would be best for their child.

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Mobile apps move K12

Administrators are using mobile software applications to remain highly productive no matter where they are. These apps also are making it easier to create learning communities where leaders can share a range of information with other districts.