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Idaho state superintendent requests $3M for tech spending

Eleven Idaho schools are only a few months into their tech pilots. However, lawmakers may decide to put more money into additional pilots soon without much evidence from the field. When they convene in January, they will face a $3 million request from Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna. However, Luna says that lawmakers want to fund a "considerable" classroom tech upgrade and may be open to more.

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Innovative tech program running at Massachusetts middle school

When technology instructor Deirdre D’Urso began teaching tech classes at Hudson Public Schools in Massachusetts, the emphasis was on keyboarding, drawing programs, PowerPoint presentations and word processing. Today, the classes use Google Docs in the cloud, and the teachers use Edmodo, which allows shared homework assignments, quizzes, and videos.

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Duluth school expands use of technology and 1-to-1

The 76 students enrolled in the Duluth school district’s alternative high school have mostly done away with paper and pencils. To improve student achievement, the district spent about $25,000 on Google Chromebooks to help teach students using a “flipped classroom” model.

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W.Va. school begins digital math study

Davis Creek Elementary School in Barboursville, W.Va., is helping to kick off a U.S. Department of Education-funded study that looks at how well digital math courses are working. The four-year study follows a recent report from the National Assessment of Education, which said West Virginia's fourth graders ranked 42nd nationally in math.

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What will the next phase of blended learning look like?

Blended learning, when students learn both from a teacher and from online programs, has become a popular choice for schools around the country. In 2009, 3 million K12 students took an online course, up from 45,000 nine years prior. Now that blended learning is more commonplace, what’s next for the trend? 

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10 tips for e-safety and digital citizenship

Recently, The Guardian held a live chat on teaching digital citizenship and how schools can help keep students safe online. Here are some of the best pieces of advice that were shared during the discussion.

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Miami-Dade delays tech rollout as other districts struggle

The hacked iPad fiasco in Los Angeles USD, as well as problems with technology in other districts nationwide, is causing the Miami-Dade school district to stall its massive rollout of digital devices. Tens of thousands of high school freshman and seventh graders were slated to get new hardware this fall, but after months of planning, sales pitches and dry runs, the first phase of the $63 million project has been pushed back.

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High school tech programs going beyond the classroom in 2014

The Troy City School District is working to strengthen its high school tech courses with the help of business partnerships made through a new statewide education program. Donna Watson, Troy's assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, said the program will help the district better prepare students for college and careers.

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Writing and tech come together at Burlingame school

Technology and poetry are colliding at Roosevelt Elementary School in Burlingame, Calif. Two third-grade classes have embarked on a new project to spread poetry through QR codes that they will place in the community. When community members pass the codes, they can scan the work with their smartphones and capture the poem.

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Obama launches competition to revamp high schools

President Barack Obama plans to unveil a new $100 million competitive grant program called Youth CareerConnect that will help to better prepare high school students for high-tech careers.

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