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Illinois district bows out of online learning cooperative venture

The Kaneland Community USD board, in Maple Park, Ill., has decided to drop out of a five-district cooperative for planning online and blended learning instruction. The district’s main issue was whether it was worthwhile to spend the $96,000 to continue with the second phase of the effort.

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Jefferson Parish schools to split $1.2M for blended learning

Eleven struggling public schools in Jefferson Parish will split a $1.2 million state grant to buy computers and software for the classroom. Jacob Landry, the system's chief strategy officer, said the grant will improve education through blended learning.

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Some Texas parents hesitate to sign iPad liability agreement

A small group of Midway ISD parents say they will not sign forms establishing liability for iPads distributed to their children as part of the Woodway, Texas, district’s 1-to-1 initiative. The program, made possible by a $34.5 million bond passed last May, is meant to put an iPad in the hands of every K12 student.

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Corvallis superintendent clarifies future of iPad rollout

Erin Prince, superintendent of the Corvallis School District, says its 1-to-1 iPad program will not expand to every student in the 2014-15 school year, as previously planned. She says the district is evaluating next steps for its 1:World technology plan, which has a goal of providing every student with an iPad for use at school and home.

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Kansas school district accepts land for tech ed center

The Lawrence, Kan., school board has formally accepted title to 11 acres of land that will become the site of a new technical education center for high school students. The school is part of an effort to expand job training and career preparation programs.

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Parents are kept in the loop on new classroom technology

During the December school committee meeting, Scituate Public Schools' technology integration specialists John Mills and Darlene Foley gave a presentation on methods to inform parents and families on the technology being used by the Massachusetts district.

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Grant provides $5K for technology at California elementary school

Elementary school educators and students at Clover Flat Elementary School will be getting better acquainted with the digital age thanks to the Barona Band of Mission Indians, who provided a grant that will pay for an iMac desktop, two MacBook pro laptops and two Canon camcorders.

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What school tech staffs did during the holiday break

Work speeds up around the holidays for employees of technology departments in schools and businesses across the country, while it slows for the people they serve. It’s a time when few will complain if tech workers interrupt Internet access or shut down email servers to make upgrades.

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Assistive technology aids special education

Personal technology such as iPads, notebook-size word processors and electronic pens that scan words and display definitions are helping Arizona special-education students keep up in class this year.

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Illinois school boards to discuss STEM agreement

The John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School at Aurora University in Illinois will cost an estimated $2.3 million a year to operate. The STEM school, which will serve 200 third- to eighth-grade students from East Aurora, West Aurora, Oswego 308 and Indian Prairie 204, will focus on STEM education.

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