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10 tips for e-safety and digital citizenship

Recently, The Guardian held a live chat on teaching digital citizenship and how schools can help keep students safe online. Here are some of the best pieces of advice that were shared during the discussion.

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Miami-Dade delays tech rollout as other districts struggle

The hacked iPad fiasco in Los Angeles USD, as well as problems with technology in other districts nationwide, is causing the Miami-Dade school district to stall its massive rollout of digital devices. Tens of thousands of high school freshman and seventh graders were slated to get new hardware this fall, but after months of planning, sales pitches and dry runs, the first phase of the $63 million project has been pushed back.

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High school tech programs going beyond the classroom in 2014

The Troy City School District is working to strengthen its high school tech courses with the help of business partnerships made through a new statewide education program. Donna Watson, Troy's assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, said the program will help the district better prepare students for college and careers.

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Writing and tech come together at Burlingame school

Technology and poetry are colliding at Roosevelt Elementary School in Burlingame, Calif. Two third-grade classes have embarked on a new project to spread poetry through QR codes that they will place in the community. When community members pass the codes, they can scan the work with their smartphones and capture the poem.

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Obama launches competition to revamp high schools

President Barack Obama plans to unveil a new $100 million competitive grant program called Youth CareerConnect that will help to better prepare high school students for high-tech careers.

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More than half of U.S. public schools don’t have wireless access

Just 39 percent of public schools have wireless network access around the entire school. However, within five years, President Barack Obama’s ConnectED initiative hopes to change all that by connecting 99 percent of America’s students through next-generation broadband and high-speed wireless networks in schools.

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Plano school highlights efforts to teach digital natives

Educators at Beverley Elementary School in Plano, Texas, are using technology to feed students’ natural curiosity and help them overcome challenges, such as fear of speaking in class.

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MPAA wants first-graders to learn dangers of digital piracy

The Center for Copyright Information—backed by copyright groups like the Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America, among others—is currently developing a curriculum in California to teach elementary schoolers the value of copyrights and the dangers of piracy.

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Bay Area tech company creates gunfire detection system for schools

A Bay Area technology company has unveiled a gunshot detection system for schools that it hopes will help police respond faster to mass shootings and smaller incidents, but privacy advocates are concerned about surveillance.

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Western New York Tech Academy readies for fall launch

Students entering the Western New York Tech Academy next fall will leave high school four years later with both a free two-year college degree and the prospect of a good paying job in their field.

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