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South Carolina districts join national tech coalition

Two Midlands school districts have been selected to join Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools, a national coalition of schools working toward innovation in technology and education. They join seven other districts to trade ideas on what works to better serve students.

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Feds reach out to kids over online predators

A new Immigration and Customs Enforcement cybersafety program will send agents to school auditoriums to encourage teen and tween Internet users to turn to law enforcement if they are approached or victimized by online predators amid a rise in cases involving the sexual exploitation of children.

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New N.Y. Innovation Tech high school will ‘smash status quo’

Innovation Tech, a new BOCES high school opening in Liverpool in September, will have an entirely project-based learning curriculum integrating students, teachers, businesses and local colleges. A second high school will be opened in Cortland, N.Y., in 2016. Both schools will be part of California-based New Tech Network.

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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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