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Teachers get hands-on training at education technology conference

Springfield teachers got hands-on training in a variety of classroom technology recently, as part of the first-ever Public School Education Technology Conference. The event welcomed teachers from across the district in hopes of showing them some of the best ways to use technology to advance their lesson plans and help students learn.

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FCC doubles money for school broadband to $2 billion

School districts throughout the U.S. have become more reliant on an internet connection for tests, games and other resources. In many of these districts however, the connection speeds are either unreliable or too slow to be useful on a consistent basis. The additional funding is expected to bring broadband to at least 20 million students in 15,000 schools.

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Barrington District 220 in Chicago approves technology fee increase

The Barrington 220 board of education voted to increase next year's technology fee by $50 to pay for the insurance costs of the new computer technology they will purchase as part of their digital age learning initiative. The unanimous vote reaffirmed the board's dedication to roll out a plan that would put a MacBook Air in the hands of every Barrington High School student next year and gradually provide iPads for middle and elementary school students.

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Tech minds starting new, diploma-granting school in Chattanooga

The Unicorn Institute is coming to Chattanooga, Tenn. That's the recently-revealed code name of a new school whose curriculum is designed to train people to be the best user-experience professionals in the world. Leslie Jensen-Inman, a designer and former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga professor, teamed up a few years ago with renowned internet usabilty guru Jared Spool to start the school, now officially dubbed the Center Centre.

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N.M. schools may bypass voters to raise $55M in tech funds

Santa Fe Public Schools is considering a plan to bypass voters and use its authority under a state constitutional amendment to impose a property tax that would raise $55 million for technology upgrades. The money would be used for infrastructure and to give every one of the district’s 14,000 students a laptop, iPad or tablet—despite problems with similar initiatives at districts across the nation.

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Florida lawmakers to push for bigger spending on school technology

Two Florida lawmakers applauded Gov. Rick Scott's proposal to spend $40 million on school technology improvements, but suggested the amount isn't nearly enough. "I feel we will [need] significantly more than that," Senate Education Committee Chairman John Legg said, setting a goal of closer to $100 million for fiscal year 2015 and a continuing revenue stream for the future.

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Allentown, Pa., high school turns to students for tech support

Most parents will tell you that when they have technology questions—how do you download an app or compile an album of online photos for a friend—they will turn to their resident "cyber natives"—their kids. So who better to help teachers with computer problems and challenges than students who have never known a world without them? That's exactly what the teachers at Parkland School District in Allentown, Pa., thought, and are now reaching out to their students for tech help.

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Utah House speaker seeks massive tech infusion for schools

House Speaker Becky Lockhart is finalizing a massive education proposal aimed at putting learning technology in the hands of each of Utah’s more than 600,000 students. The price tag on the bill, between $200 million and $300 million, makes it the most ambitious education modernization push in Utah history.

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Robotics project among high school tech exhibits at SUNY showcase

When a group of students from South Glens Falls High School, north of Albany, N.Y., got thirsty and needed a drink of water, they dispatched their robot to a nearby table, where a person put the bottle on the robot and it delivered it back to them. The students' robots impressed those in attendance at a career and technical symposium held recently at SUNY Plattsburgh’s Queensbury campus.

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Giant tablets, 3D printers among top school technology for 2014

The Bett show in London is where the best new technology for the world's classrooms makes its public debut. CNET has been cruising the show floor, casting eyes over the top tech trends, which this year include enormous touch screens, 3D printers and programmable robots.

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