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Grant will boost tech program at Indiana district

A $100,000 Indiana Department of Education Career and Technical Education Grant awarded to West Central CET Area 23 for the implementation of an advanced manufacturing curriculum will enable the high school to purchase manufacturing equipment and offer a training and certification system.

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Wash. lawmakers aim to make high schoolers prove they’re tech-savvy

Under a proposal from State Superintendent Randy Dorn, school districts would have to report how their students are meeting technology literacy requirements — whether it’s through a test, a culminating project or computer-oriented coursework.

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Phones replace books at Ky. high school's all-tech chemistry class

In chemistry class in Ballard High School, students still do lab experiments, but all the directions are on their computers or mobile devices. In addition to using Google Docs for more organized note taking and real-time teacher grading, students are able to watch videos about the experiments they are about to conduct.

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Uncovering security flaws in digital education products

Some technologists say widespread lapses in student data protection across the education technology sector could potentially expose students to hacking, identity theft or even unwanted contact from strangers.

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More states make computer science count

In 2020, there will be 1.4 million computing jobs available in the United States and only 400,000 computer science students in the education pipeline. But the number of students may slowly be increasing, as 25 states now count computer science courses toward high school graduation requirements, compared to 11 states in 2013.

Using data to cut Davenport's dropout rate

Superintendent Arthur W. Tate of Iowa’s Davenport public schools implemented a more data-driven method of identifying and responding to potential dropouts. He also formed a community task force and resource system to entice dropouts to return to class.

New data tracks interest in New Jersey's vo-tech classes

Nearly 20 percent of high-school students took at least one career and technical education class last year at both traditional vocational schools and comprehensive high schools, according to New Jersey’s School Performance Reports.

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Providence tech initiatives inspire middle, high school students

Two new programs in Providence are targeting gender and socioeconomic disparities in the technology sector. Brown University students have partnered with Girls Who Code and local start-up Intracity Geeks to help equalize opportunities in tech by teaching girls and local middle school students to code.

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Digital learning center scheduled to open at Career ConnectED

Students in Ohio’s Springfield City schools gave input on technologies they want to see in the district’s new digital learning center. The center is part of a renovation project funded in part by an $11 million Straight A grant to transform a portion of the building into the Greater Springfield Career ConnectED Center.

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California school district mulls new tech program

The Hanford Joint Union High School District is looking into a BYOD program that is expected to launch in the 2016-17 school year. First, however, the district must complete a nearly $1 million network upgrade project.

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