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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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Seven new Mass. high schools boost tech use for learning and security

Seven new or renovated high schools are opening this year in Boston’s suburbs at an average cost of $100 million each. New technology to boost students’ learning and increase security include at least 200 surveillance cameras at each high school, Chromebooks and a public access cable station.

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Mobile use bad for school performance

Children who spend more than four hours a day on their mobile phone perform significantly worse on school tests than those who are limited to just 30 minutes, a Japanese government survey has found. Grade scores suffered an average 14 percentage points across all subjects while the deficit rose to over 18 points in mathematics.

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Detroit tech school adding International Baccalaureate program

Cass Tech High School will become Detroit’s first International Baccalaureate diploma program, according to Detroit Public Schools. Students in the program will engage in an extended essay writing project, take a course in critical thinking and complete programs in creativity, action and service.

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Oklahoma school receives large grant for technology

Fairland Elementary students are reaping the benefits of a $40,000 Oklahoma Educational Technology Trust grant that will be used to purchase new iPad Minis for third, fourth and fifth graders. In addition, the school also received professional teacher development training valued at $25,000.

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