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More schools use cell phones as learning tools

Security and educational uses are giving school administrators new reasons to allow cell phones at school, with teachers even incorporating phones into their curricula. With mobile apps and the internet at their fingertips, teachers and students are now using phones as clickers to answer questions, and providing teachers with feedback on student progress.

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St. Paul school district's big tech vision starts small, by design

St. Paul Public Schools is starting modestly on its ambitious plan to overhaul learning through technology. The district will spend the coming year laying the groundwork for the eight-year plan, funded with a $9 million-a-year levy increase taxpayers backed last fall.

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Lawmakers address need for school tech access

West Virginia lawmakers scored an important victory in passing wide-ranging education reform legislation earlier this year, but leadership in both the Senate and House of Delegates acknowledge the war is far from won.

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Tech companies angle for big bucks in education

Enthusiasm for transforming education into a dynamic, personalized experience for kids is fueling innovative ideas and attracting a lot of money. While education leaders call for student access to useful tools and skills, entrepreneurs and investors see a market ripe for penetration.

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Warren School parents want public hearing for blended classroom

Parents of students who attend Warren School in Litchfield, Conn., came out in force to the Region 6 Board of Education meeting to dispute a blended first- and second-grade classroom that will be implemented next year.

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Online curriculum increases options for Arizona students

With the new school year approaching, many Arizona school districts are flaunting the success their busy, on-the-go, technology-wielding students have had with online curricula, such as the Mesa Distance Learning Program.

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Baldwin County schools holds digital PD classes

Classrooms at Robertsdale Elementary (Bay Minette, Ala.) were filled with teachers recently. The "students" were there for a first-of-its-kind Digital Renaissance Conference designed to put the latest learning tools in teachers' hands.

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Texas STEM academy wins social justice award

New Tech Network announced at its recent annual conference that Math, Engineering, Technology and Science Academy (Carrolton, Texas) was named recipient of the Chad P. Wick Award for Social Justice. This award is given to a school that demonstrates success in closing the achievement gap for underserved students.

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Clarksville Community Schools to turn department store into tech school

Four months later than expected, an agreement has been reached between the Clarksville Redevelopment Commission and Clarksville Community Schools to transfer the old Value City department store to the district. The building will house the New Tech High School.

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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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