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Cotter schools receive $50K grant from Verizon

Several teachers in the Cotter (Ark.) Public School District spent a week learning how to better integrate technology in their classrooms, thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools program.

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New technology will track Florida district students who take buses

Orange County, Fla., school students have new safety measures protecting them. A device will track every child boarding a bus by having them swipe their school-issued ID card.

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Indiana brings project-based learning to Lowell Middle School

Indiana's Tri-Creek Schools has adopted the project-based learning approach developed by the nonprofit New Tech Network to educate students using a rigorous, hands-on curricula and computers. Seventh-graders at Lowell Middle School will be the first group in the district to be immersed in the new culture.

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Buncombe County schools start new year with BYOD

Schools in the Buncombe County district in Asheville, N.C., rolled out its bring your own device program this week as some 26,000 students headed back to school. The program encourages students and teachers to bring in their cell phones, laptops, tablets, and other devices for use in the classroom.

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Teaching goes high-tech to boost achievement in R.I. schools

Laptops, tablets, and wireless classrooms. Virtual lessons and virtual teacher training. Ed chat and Google apps. Rhode Island schools are finally jumping on the digital bandwagon.

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Technology varies in elementary schools

U.S. elementary schools vary wildly in their use of technology. Some public and private schools have the funding and training to deliver individual devices to every student. But more often than not, computers are sparse and shared between students in special lab classrooms.

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Shelton, Conn. authorizes a BYOD policy

The Shelton Board of Education is working to enact a BYOD policy for the schools to allow students to use their personal devices for educational purposes. While on campus, only the internet gateway provided by the school would be allowed to be accessed, and both students and a parent or guardian would have to sign an agreement form.

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California valley district launches Chromebook pilot

Students in the Washington Unified School District (West Sacramento, Calif.) can expect to see shiny new Chromebooks in their classrooms when they begin the new school year. The district's schools spent $150,000 to pilot 450 Chromebooks this year to help prepare students for the Common Core State Standards.

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High-school tech interns learn and earn

Interns at Reynoldsburg (Ohio) high school are starting with the basics—reprogramming computers and connecting laptops to a network. But by the end of the yearlong internship program, the students will have a deep enough understanding of a particular area within IT that they can earn a professional certification.

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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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