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Indiana school board receives New Tech School proposal

Indiana-based Clarksville Community School Corporation’s board of trustees have received one proposal for the first phase of construction of the New Tech school from Jeffersonville-based ARC Construction Management LLC. The total amount budgeted for Phase 1 work on the New Tech project is $5.5 million.

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iPad initiative brings optimism and skepticism

Coachella Valley Unified, one of California's poorest districts, southeast of Los Angeles, is currently rolling out iPads to every student, pre-kindergarten through high school. It's an ambitious effort that administrators and parents hope will transform how kids learn, boost achievement and narrow the digital divide with wealthier districts.

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Muskegon CC launches new hybrid CNC/CAD programs

The bulletin board in the CNC training room at Muskegon Community College in Michigan is covered with help-wanted notices from Muskegon manufacturers looking for highly-skilled workers, the kind being trained through new CAD/CNC hybrid programs at the college. The bulletin board is proof that manufacturing is alive and well in Muskegon.

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California district converts to digital learning

Students in the Ballico-Cressey K8 School District in northeastern Merced County are using Chromebooks, Galaxy tablets, and netbooks for learning. The Pearson educational software company is providing the online curriculum and training.

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Napa High’s school paper launches digital news site

Napa High School’s student newspaper, The Beat of the Drum, has gone digital in an effort to keep up with the times and attract more readers. Students update the website daily and also maintain Facebook and Twitter feeds for the California school's monthly publication.

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Alabama lawmakers look to phase out school textbooks

A pair of state lawmakers are asking for $100 million in bonds to replace school textbooks with digital devices. Republican state Sen. Gerald Dial of Lineville and Rep. Jim McClendon of Springville told the Anniston Star that textbooks are obsolete and they estimate the state could eventually save $15 million by replacing them.

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Project Lead The Way offers hands-on engineering curriculum

Students at Portage Central Middle School in Michigan are learning how to design a vehicle that's faster and can travel farther than any currently available. The project, which requires blueprint design work and engineering skills, is preparing students to work in the local manufacturing industry.

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Brooklyn high school offers rigorous tech ed

Brooklyn Technical High School, with its 1,400 classes and 5,525 students, is the largest specialized science and math school in the U.S. But students say it's the school’s dedicated staff that is transforming their education into the defining time of their lives.

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New Jersey district launches digital conversion plan

Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District Superintendent John Marciante's goal is to have every sixth- through eighth-grade student learning in a digital instructional environment by September 2017, and give fifth graders access to shared Chromebooks.

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Schools aren't teaching kids to code; here's who's filling the gap

Learning to code is all the rage these days, but not in one place that matters a lot: U.S. schools. American students already significantly lag their global counterparts where math and science skills are concerned, but computer science is in even worse shape. Of 12 technical subjects examined in a recent study by the National Center for Education Statistics, computer science was the only one that declined in student popularity from 1990 to 2009. 

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