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Three Utah schools raise money for iPads and HDTVs

The state gifted digital gear to three schools last year, but this year’s candidates had to provide half the cost, or about $740 per student. For schools that succeeded in raising their share, the funding will be spent on high-definition TVs, more computers, teacher training, and swift wireless networks.

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Florida district hands out Macbooks and iPads

Beginning this school year, every Flagler County student in grades 5-12 will be issued a MacBook or iPad to give them 24/7 access to engaging and interactive technology and digital curriculum resources.

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Ohio tech academy now open to grades seven and eight

Project-based learning school Muskingum Valley New Tech Academy, part of Zanesville (Ohio) High School, will open up to grades seven and eight for the next school year after being open only to grades nine to 11 this past year.

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Michigan district gets $1.1M grant

The River Valley School District (Three Oaks, Mich.) has received $1.1 million, the largest grant ever awarded by local investment group The Pokagon Fund. The money will be used to improve security and enhance technology at the district’s three buildings.

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New Albany (Ohio) district investing $347K in tech upgrades

The New Albany-Plain school board will spend $347,000 to upgrade technology for K8 classrooms, replacing equipment that is eight to 10 years old. Among other initiatives, the new equipment will help facilitate 10 blended learning courses the school offers.

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Virginia high schools go online

Charlottesville and Albemarle public schools, both in Charlottesville, Va., are ramping up investments in online courses, partly in response to a new state mandate requiring at least one online course for graduation. The district administrators also believe it’s the best way to prepare students for the challenges of college and careers.

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Clarksville (Ind.) district awaiting decision on high-tech high school

Kim Knott, superintendent of Clarksville (Ind.) Community Schools, is hoping to have an answer soon from the board on whether they can move forward with the project-based and problem-focused high school learning model.

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Hilton Head district begins charting 5-year plan

Administrators, teachers and other steering committee and board of ed members say the district has successfully increased the percentage of students reading at or above grade level and helped close achievement gaps in math scores on state standardized tests. However, looking toward the next five years, they feel a rising dropout rate and increasing demand for tech skills will require more digital learning and customized student programs.

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Missouri high school switches textbooks for iPad minis

Battle High School (Columbia, Mo.) staff ordered about 1,100 iPad Minis for incoming students to use instead of textbooks. District officials touted the savings of the technology over the cost of textbooks as one of the benefits of the move to digital.

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Cobb school board approves digital math book purchase

The Cobb County (Marietta, Ga.) board has decided to purchase $2.9 million worth of electronic math textbooks for its middle and high school students. It’s a scaled-down version of the $7.5 million proposal 100 teachers endorsed that would have provided printed math textbooks, workbooks, and online resources to each of the district’s 108,000 students.

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