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Illinois school boards to discuss STEM agreement

The John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School at Aurora University in Illinois will cost an estimated $2.3 million a year to operate. The STEM school, which will serve 200 third- to eighth-grade students from East Aurora, West Aurora, Oswego 308 and Indian Prairie 204, will focus on STEM education.

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S.C. education leaders want $30M for schools to go wireless

The South Carolina Education Oversight Committee has a big request of state lawmakers this year—to spend $30 million on technology to help all public school buildings across the state go wireless. As online tools have increasingly become part of instruction, committee members want students to be able to use mobile technology anywhere in a school building.

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Farmington, Conn., district receives $350,000 tech grant

The Farmington board of education recently got more than $350,000 in grant money from the state of Connecticut. The grant will be used to continue to implement the board's technology plan, which will help the district meet the requirements for the state's new computerized Smarter Balance assessment.

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Massachusetts' Keefe Tech adopts BYOD

Keefe Technical School in Framingham, Mass., is adopting a bring-your-own approach in its progress toward an eventual 1-to-1 computing model, Superintendent James Lynch told the district’s school board recently. So far, it is not mandatory that students bring a laptop to school, although administrators will likely revisit the issue a year from now to see how many are doing it voluntarily.

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Belk awards $150,000 in tech grants to Charlotte, N.C.-area schools

Belk Inc. has awarded $150,000 to eight Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools as part of its “Rocking the Belk Bowl” contest. The competition offered Charlotte-area schools an opportunity to win tech grants by creating and displaying educational and Belk Bowl-themed designs on school rocks or bulletin boards.

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Clarksville, Ky., tech school to open in August

Part of the former Value City Department Store that closed five years ago in Clarksville, Ky., is being renovated for a New Tech Network school that officials plan to open in August for up to 100 freshmen.

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Florida district plans new online tech school, more K8s

The Broward school district has proposed a series of sweeping changes to battle declining enrollment and drops in student performance. Changes include the creation of the district's first online technical high school, three new preK-8 schools, and an overhaul of six failing elementaries.

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Phoenix-area district struggles to set tech rules

Mesa Public School’s new Eisenhower Center for Innovation opened with the promise that every student would get an iPad to use in school and at home. But as the first semester comes to a close, the school still locks up its $600,000 iPad inventory, and Mesa still does not have a policy that allows students to take the devices home.

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Bedford, N.H., district mulls high school technology

Bedford's high school is looking to enhance and manage students’ future learning through technology and better prepare teachers to create a web-based curriculum. Terry Bullard, the director of technology, is recommending moving to 1-to-1 because it provides the same device to each student, and offers better classroom management than BYOD.

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Northeast Ohio teachers learning to teach with videos

To properly teach students using technology, West Geauga Superintendent Geoffrey Palmer says that teachers must first incorporate technology into their PD. Palmer suggests hiring a technology specialist to achieve that goal.

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