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Western New York Tech Academy readies for fall launch

Students entering the Western New York Tech Academy next fall will leave high school four years later with both a free two-year college degree and the prospect of a good paying job in their field.

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Using data to keep kids in school

Spokane School District took its high school dropout rate from 33 percent to 20 percent in two years by building early-detection reports with Tableau. Learn how it put timely, actionable information in front of its teachers and administrators that helped steer high-risk students back onto the right path.

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High school tech programs going beyond the classroom in 2014

The Troy City School District is working to strengthen its high school tech courses with the help of business partnerships through a new statewide education program. Donna Watson, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, said the upper New York district has a need for students to be more college and career ready, and this program will do just that.

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Gainesville City Schools looks at expanding technology

A goal of the Gainesville school system in Florida is to have a personal tablet in the hands of each student, preferably within five years. A discussion about expanding the use of technology was held at the Monday work session of the school board. Director of Technology Keith Palmer and Director of Curriculum and Instruction Jamey Moore presented information about the learning materials available on tablets and other personal devices.

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Grand Blanc School's $36M tech bond proposal fails

Voters turned down Grand Blanc Schools' $36-million bond proposal for districtwide technology upgrades. The proposal, which failed by 221 votes, would have funded technology and infrastructure upgrades, remodeled and furnished media centers, purchased security improvements, and replaced the district's bus fleet.

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Well-performing schools lag in technology

While students at San Francisco's Marshall and George Moscone Elementary schools have scored well in state standardized tests, doing so has helped put them behind in acquiring technology. Better test scores meant they lost out on the $45 million, three-year federal School Improvement Grants that added computers, iPads and laptops at the Mission District’s struggling schools.

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Austin ISD board discusses district technology use

How to best use available funds to provide technology access in Austin ISD facilities was the focus of a board dialogue Nov. 4. About 83 percent of the 2013 bond money for tech upgrades is allocated to campuses, but actual work using bonds from that election is on hold because the 2013 bond is still the subject of litigation by the Travis County Taxpayers Union.

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More school textbooks going digital

At Booker Middle School in Sarasota, Fla., sixth-graders use Kindles and laptops to read their digital textbooks. They've watched a National Geographic video on what it was like deep inside Egyptian tombs. Today, they are designing a magazine and scrolling the internet for pictures on their devices.

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A tech-savvy teen test-drives LA schools' iPad educational software

There's no doubt Jesus Vargas is a tech savvy teen—he's built his own app. He's a senior at USC Math, Science and Technology High School in the Los Angeles USD—a school that doesn't have the iPads yet. So he was excited to test drive one as he hung out at the after-school program Urban Teens Exploring Technology near USC's campus.

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Le Sueur-Henderson Schools look to increase awareness of tech issues

Members of the technology program at Le Sueur-Henderson High School are reaching out to the community in an effort to increase awareness of technological issues, including cyberbullying. The program hosts parent tech support sessions on Tuesday nights at the high school and discusses problems students may face on a regular basis when using technology.

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