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Why one New Jersey school district cut its student laptop program

The school district in Hoboken, New Jersey has decided to abandon its 1-to-1 laptop program for seventh, eighth and ninth graders. Ultimately, the Hoboken School District decided the scheme was more trouble than it was worth—even when supported by federal grants.

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Kids and parents turn to coding to boost college, career prospects

Students and their parents view coding as an indispensable skill in the digital era, especially since the number of programming-related jobs is projected to soar in the next decade. Not everyone agrees that studying programming in the middle or high-school years is the key to collegiate or professional success, but that hasn't slowed the coding juggernaut.

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STEM workforce needed for future, Technology Association of Georgia says

The Technology Association of Georgia predicts that by 2018, more than 210,000 jobs in STEM-related fields will open in the state. Programs such as The are involved in grassroots efforts to train children and young adults in coding, programming, graphic design and other technical skills.

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Common Core app adoption: Tips for administrators

Administrators must now wade through hundreds of Common Core-aligned apps to determine which will get the best results in their classrooms. They also need to determine their learning strategy and how it can be assessed with Common Core standards before adopting any apps.

Florida renewing STEM commitment to rural communities

With schools too small to support specialized instructors, rural students did not have much access to STEM education. Since Florida's FloridaLearns STEM Scholars began three years ago, the initiative has created opportunities for 27 rural and small school districts and helped more than 1,000 high school students engage in STEM-related activities.

Texas STEM program for minority students receives $2.6 million grant

The U.S. Department of Defense recently awarded Southern Methodist University's STEMPREP Project a $2.6 million grant to support its goal of increasing the number of minorities in STEM fields. The program offers college-level classes to middle school students who will later go on to work as research interns at university laboratories, the National Institutes of Health and private industry.

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Virginia high school approved for STEM academy

Kecoughtan High School has been approved by the Virginia Department of Education to launch an Architecture and Applied Arts Governor's STEM Academy. According to Hampton City Schools, the academy will offer programs in design/pre-construction, engineering and technology, visual arts and merchandising.

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Report finds success in first years of Iowa's STEM initiative

A state review of Iowa's STEM initiative showed positive results in its first three years. Students who participated in the first year of the program reported more interest in STEM topics as well as STEM careers. A small gender gap between male and female participation has also narrowed.

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Penn. launches new blended learning initiative to expand academic access

The Blended Learning Initiative, a collaborative partnership developed by the University of Pennsylvania and Steppingstone Scholars Inc., aims to narrow the achievement gap for underserved populations by preparing a diverse group of high school students for college. The summer program mixes online learning, classroom interaction and mentoring.

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Cleveland opens school focusing on digital arts

Cleveland Municipal School District's new Cleveland High School for the Digital Arts welcomed its first class. A new freshman class will be added each year until it becomes a four-year school. The school, which will hold year-round classes, offers the standard core curriculum in addition to video production, game design and digital music recording.

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