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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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Preschoolers across Utah gain more access to ed tech

The Utah Legislature approved $3 million more for UPSTART, a Waterford Institute-developed software program that allows preschoolers to get ready for school via a computer at home. The program, which will receive $4.7 million total funding this year, will reach nearly 5,000 homes in 2014.

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Santa Fe, N.M., board to borrow first $11M for tech upgrades

The city's board has borrowed the first $11 million it approved in February for technology, computer and software upgrades. It will be used to fund the first phase of the district’s Digital Learning Plan, followed by more loans over the next several years to reach the $55 million estimate needed to complete all the technology improvements.

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Connecticut students to earn associate's degrees at new tech academy

One hundred ninth-graders will effectively start college this fall when they enter a six-year academy where they will earn an associate's degree upon graduation and a chance to be "first in line" for a job at IBM. The Norwalk academy is a collaboration involving Norwalk Public Schools, Norwalk Community College and IBM.

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