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South Carolina online school programs growing, despite challenges

Since South Carolina's first three online schools launched in 2008 with 2,175 students, the online student population has grown fourfold. But the fact that some students don't do well in the less structured environment has hurt the overall academic standing of the six virtual charter schools, with none achieving a grade higher than C.

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Tennessee county unveils first STEAM school

Shelby County Schools cut the ribbon on Maxine Smith STEAM Academy, a first-of-its-kind public school that is partnering with Christian Brothers University. Although the county already has STEM schools, this is the first to factor the arts into science, technology, engineering and math.

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Colorado schools finding ways to bring digital devices into classrooms

Ending what some thought to be a futile fight to keep digital devices out of the classroom, schools around Denver are experimenting with ways to embrace personal technology. Administrators are working to design the best implementations while making sure that financial differences don't create equity gaps and that Wi-Fi networks can support the large volume of devices.

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Florida school boards collaborate on tech best practices

Three local school boards collaborated to discover best practices in technology and teaching Common Core. Charlotte, Manatee and Sarasota school board members discussed the best ways to use tablets and laptops, and how to better educate parents about new technology.

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New high-tech fabrication lab at Pennsylvania school

Elizabeth Forward High School will have a new fabrication lab (FABLAB) this year through a partnership with MIT's International FABLAB Association. The room will have laser cutters, 3D printers, desktop computers, laptops, vinyl cutters and a CNC router for students to make and fabricate just about anything.

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Computer science hiring still puzzles school districts

Schools that can’t afford to compete with the private sector in hiring technology specialists are looking to other options, such as hiring part-time experts, bringing in volunteers or finding funds to retrain teachers.

The future is here: New ed tech targets the brain

Measuring and even changing a student’s brain activity was once a science fiction concept. But technology advances are pushing to market more products that use attention levels and plasticity of the mind to raise academic achievement.

Saving money with refurbished technology

District CIOs looking to save money on computers are increasingly turning to refurbished technology. Buying preowned equipment puts more devices in the hands of students and keeps old machines out of landfills.

Teachers at Pennsylvania technology charter school ratify contract

New Media Technology Charter School in Philadelphia and its unionized teachers have ratified their first-ever contract. The agreement includes options for higher pay for teachers with specialized certifications.

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Technology meets literacy at Illinois district's transliteracy conference

Hundreds of teachers and administrators from Crystal Lake Elementary District 47 and surrounding schools turned out for the district's first annual Transliteracy conference. The two-day conference was aimed at arming teachers, staff and administrators with knowledge on how to integrate technology and literacy in the classroom.

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