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Ohio school gets technology help from local business

Cheviot School has received computers and technology tools over the past year, but expertise on how to bring them into the classroom did not accompany the resources. A local business has teamed up with the school by sponsoring a monthly “Tech Cafe” for teachers in the school’s computer lab.

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Class around the clock

Better ways to use data. High-tech professional development. Differentiated instruction. Some exciting advancements are on the horizon for classrooms in 2015. A 24/7 learning model—that’s personalized and partly controlled by students—will become more entrenched.

$1 million state grant given to Mass. high school aviation program

The planned Airframe and Powerplant aviation program at Westfield Vocational-Technical High School received a state grant for over $1 million. Together with local partners, such as Gulfstream, AirFlyte and B&E Precision Aircraft Components, the new aviation technology education program will operate as a satellite campus at Barnes Municipal Airport.

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Georgia high school pilots college-level math course using technology

Several Cherokee County School District students will participate in the Georgia Tech Distance Calculus Program being piloted at their school, which allows high school students to take a research university-level math class and earn college credit on their own high school’s campus using video-conferencing technology.

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ITT Tech’s new charter school to offer free degree — with a catch

The high school students at Early Career Academy, a tax-funded charter school scheduled to open next year in Indianapolis, will be able to earn an associate degree free of charge. But the degree comes with a catch: The credits from that degree likely will not transfer to any major Indiana university other than the charter school's sponsor, ITT Tech.

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Letting learning technology flourish in schools

A photo on Scott McLeod’s popular “Dangerously Irrelevant” blog carries the caption, “We’re so busy doing 20th century teaching, we don’t have time to initiate 21st century learning.” McLeod, an associate professor of educational leadership, is concerned that an education system that doesn’t embrace technology won't prepare students to compete in the knowledge-based economy.

Military-style technology finds way into school district safety measures

Shooter Detection Systems has installed infrared sensors and microphones in Methuen, Mass., that can pick up the sound of gunfire and immediately notify school and law enforcement officials. But there is debate about whether such military-style measures are as valuable as more prevention-minded methods for schools with limited resources.

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Seven largest districts to launch computer science programs

The White House announced commitments by more than 60 school districts to offer computer science courses. Additionally, more than $20 million in philanthropic contributions have been made available to train teachers to teach computer science. Also, new partnerships by the National Science Foundation include a new Advanced Placement computer science course by the College Board.

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Minnesota will investigate tech group funded by school districts

The state will step in to examine the financial affairs of a school technology group funded by Twin Cities area school districts. A forensic accountant’s audit, ordered by the TIES group because it was losing money, revealed widespread spending irregularities and lack of documentation.

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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.

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