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Two New Tech high schools to open in South Carolina county

All the incoming freshmen at one high school and 150 freshmen and sophmores at another high school in Greenville County will learn in project-based learning classrooms rebuilt to enable students to work digitally on real-world projects in small groups.

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Nevada high school receives $50,000 donation for technology upgrades

For the second year in a row, Sparks High School received a $50,000 donation from the Assistance League of Reno-Sparks for technology upgrades. The school used last year's donation for monitors and tablets for teachers.

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Florida county's schools make big high tech investment

Duval County schools are embarking on a three-year plan to invest $58 million in technology. Every classroom in the county's 160 schools will have a dedicated source to access the internet while all teachers will be getting new laptops. All middle schools will be getting interactive technology with portable touch-screen monitors.

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New technology detects gunshots fired in schools in Idaho

The city of Ammon, in conjunction with District 93, law enforcement and a Virginia-based tech company, are testing out a system they say will alert them to gunmen on school campuses. The Shotpoint acoustic shot detection system uses a series of sensors mounted on ceilings throughout the school. Each sensor is equipped with four microphones, which can detect the sound of gunshots.

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Using innovation to optimize resources

Iowa’s Clinton Community School District has incorporated cutting-edge programs into its learning environment in hopes of giving students a better chance at graduating and succeeding in college or career. The Innovation Classroom, one of the first of its kind in a U.S. public high school, enables teachers to tie technology with inquiry-based, collaborative learning.

How schools are supercharging the SIS

Choosing a new or upgraded SIS takes time and collaboration. It’s important to find out what types of information and access are important to parents and students who use the system. In evaluating SIS options, districts should not just focus on the particulars, but keep the big picture of information management in mind.

New attendance technology struggling in Los Angeles

Teachers reported a multitude of problems with Los Angeles Unified's new MiSiS grading and attendance recording system during the first week of school. With the new technology struggling, school teachers were asked to take manual attendance. The new system comes after district administrators dropped a previous system they spent $38.3 million to develop.

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Multimedia enhances school research projects

Instead of essays and book reports, more schools are turning toward multimedia projects in the classroom to make lessons more engaging and even promote tolerance and stem the tide of bullying and tolerance.

Use BYOD strategies to prepare for BYOA

BYOD has led to BYOA — bring-your-own-app. Perhaps even more so than devices, apps are proving serious threats to school IT networks, especially as students and teachers become increasingly dependent on them. All of the data being uploaded, downloaded and streamed through these apps can put great strain on those networks and open them up to security threats.

Denver schools starting year with new STEM career classes

Officials are preparing to spend more than $7 million on new career-education classes to benefit about 1,000 students in the first year. Denver Public Schools will be introducing and expanding STEM classes to include manufacturing, pre-engineering, health biotechnology and game-design coding.

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