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Oregon county schools get $19 million to boost classroom technology

The intergovernmental Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission, which gets its money from cable companies, will pay $19 million over the next decade for the Multnomah County schools' computers, Internet connections, teacher training and other resources as part of its new TechSmart Initiative for Student Success.

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Education software climbs into the cloud

The move toward personalized learning and the ability to deliver resources via the cloud are transforming the way districts purchase digital content for math, reading and other parts of the curriculum. As this landscape changes, district also are spending more on digital resources.

Robots move from clubs to classrooms

Many districts are charging up their K12 STEM courses with the use of robotics. The clear benefits of robotics are mastering technology and increased student engagement and collaboration.

Miss. county school system investing millions on technology

As part of a four-year plan, DeSoto County Schools is spending millions of dollars on new technology. Hernando High School teachers were the first to receive the Apple MacBook Air laptops, which students will get next year. There are also carts with iPads for students to share. Starting in 2017, every elementary classroom will have a class set of iPads.

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Two-year technology upgrade plan approved by Minn. district

The $3.8 million upgrade project will replace aging wiring and network switches while swapping out the district’s landlines for an Internet-based phone system. The two-year project is expected to boost Internet speeds and allow more devices to connect wirelessly to the district’s network.

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With new technology peer group, teachers evolve along with students

In Minnesota, a group of tech-savvy Waseca teachers now make the rounds to help assure their colleagues' technology skills evolve at the same rate as students. Each school in the district has its own Rotating Technology Coaches group. Several times a month, a teacher takes a day to work with teachers who have expressed the need for technology help

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N.M. school district faces tech challenges ahead of new tests

The Rio Rancho school district is facing technology challenges – not enough computers, electrical outlets or space – in its preparation for the new online Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers standardized test this spring. To address the shortage, the district will create a schedule and rotate students into the testing spaces.

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N.J. community college offering courses at new tech high school

Bergen County Technical Schools' Applied Technology High School will be housed at Bergen County Community College beginning next fall to allow students to earn 25 college credits toward an associate degree while completing high school. Students will enroll in natural science and math, engineering technology or engineering science tracks that are aligned with existing degrees offered at the college.

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Keys to a successful school tablet implementation

The nature of mobile devices means that teachers can feel they are losing control of the learning, as they can’t see what each child is working on. An appropriate classroom solution will support the shift in instruction from whole class to personalized learning. It must deliver materials at the right pace and level for each child based on their specific needs.

The importance of digital citizenship in schools

All administrators have read, or lived through, instances of cyberbullying, sexting and even suicide that have come from the misuse of technology. All users of technology need to come to grips with how to use the tools of today and how to become digital citizens.

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