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Microsoft and other firms pledge to protect student data

A week after California enacted a law restricting the ways education technology companies can use the information they collect about students, companies such as Microsoft, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Amplify, Edmodo and 10 others have committed to not selling information on K12 students. They have also pledged not to use students’ data to target them with advertisements or to compile personal profiles.

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New York City schools to go solar with $23 million installation

The city's schools will be equipped with new solar cells with $23 million in funding from New York City. An additional $5 million dollars from the state has been procured under the NY-Sun Initiative. The new devices will be installed at two dozen public schools.

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$5 million grant boosts 'tech-rich' learning in Vermont middle schools

Technology plus teacher training is part of an initiative launched at the University of Vermont five years ago with a $5 million grant from the Richard E. and Deborah L. Tarrant Foundation. The results in about a dozen Vermont middle schools were so encouraging that the Tarrants have come back with another $5 million gift to expand the program.

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Burbank Unified puts focus on tech

The California district's school officials approved spending $850,000 on technology-geared projects and personnel. Burbank Unified has been equipping classrooms with modern projectors, document cameras, voice amplification systems and control boxes. The district will also hire TELACU to oversee technology installation in 881 classrooms before September 2016.

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Making one-to-one meaningful

Many one-to-one initiatives fail to meet their objective, unless the objective is merely to give students technology and hope that they will figure it out from there. A more effective program begins with defining curriculum goals before purchasing technology, piloting the new technology, offering professional development and devising a roll-out plan.

The business of school visitor management systems

School visitors are no longer just writing their names in a notebook when they sign in. Districts are now scanning fingerprints and eyes to check if a visitor or contractor has a criminal record. Beyond security, visitor management systems can provide data such as the most visited teacher or who is in the building in case of an emergency.

New initiative is giving vo-tech education a jump in New Orleans

With the new Jump Start vocational-technical education programs, enrollment in technical classes outside high school is expected to increase by five-fold this year. If students complete nine units of technical courses and earn a certification, they may earn the state's newly revamped career diploma.

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Child obesity study takes high-tech twist

One group of freshmen at Florida's Lakewood High School are part of an assessment to launch a new study on fighting teenage obesity with technology. Following the assessment, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers will select about 50 overweight students and track their activity levels, sleep patterns and diets using a connected wristband and apps.

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In Florida district, Race to the Top money put to tech uses

As part of its $3.5 million award from the Race to the Top initiative, Bay District Schools recently transitioned to a single sign-on platform for teachers and students to access all school-related online activities. The district also is encouraging parents to let students participate in the BYOD program. It engages parents online through apps and online portals that provide real-time data about their student’s attendance, assignments and grades.

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For high school football coaches and fans, a new digital blitz

There is a technology revolution that is transforming high school football nationwide and creating opportunities for companies that supply equipment and services. Tech companies are creating high-tech football helmets and apps that track scores, stats, footage, recaps and more.

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