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DOE awards $1.4M grant to establish tech center for children with disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $1.4 million grant to Family Health International in Washington, D.C., to establish the Center on Technology and Disability. The center is a collaborative effort among FHI, American Institutes for Research, and PACER Center, designed to help children with disabilities who need assistive and instructional technology to improve their learning.

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California district hires online monitoring firm to watch 13,000 students

Geo Listening has been contracted by the Glendale USD in north Los Angeles to monitor social media activities of the district's middle and high schoolers. They will be looking for subjects related to depression, despair, online bullying, hate speech, or other words or phrases that may indicate health issues or possible violation of school codes of conduct.

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Troy, N.Y., schools receive state P-Tech grant

The Troy, N.Y., school district has received a $2.8 million state P-Tech grant that it expects will help 300 students prepare for high-skill jobs over the next seven years. The P-Tech program connects local educational institutions with the state's regional economic development programs.

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New Jersey high school hands out Samsung Chromebooks

After the installation of a $45,000 wireless infrastructure, Marist High School in New Jersey gave each student a Samsung Series 3 Chromebook. Now, by accessing the school's network through their laptop, students can take notes, read textbooks, and study for tests online.

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Change Agents: The Menlo App Academy wants kids to code

Matt Dillabough and Max Colbert, the two 14-year-olds behind the Menlo App Academy, have a mission to teach the USA to code. And that could fill a growing need for U.S. employers.

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San Mateo district petitions for a project-learning-based high school

A petition was filed with the San Mateo Union High School District Thursday for a new high school focused on design and hands-on projects while retaining traditional learning.

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York, Pa. School of Technology opens new tech lab

Sixteen racks of new computer routers and servers turned on for students at the York County School of Technology in Pennsylvania on Monday afternoon. The Cisco Network Academy lab is available at a growing number of Pennsylvania tech schools.

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Financial glitches slow digital makeover effort for Utah schools

Students are powering on MacBook Air laptops and Skyping with teachers at Kaysville charter school Career Path High. The new technology is partially funded by a state program that awards a tech overhaul to selected schools. But as digital projectors at Career Path High glow, students at other winning schools are still waiting for their promised devices.

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Raleigh County, W.Va. schools shift from textbooks to iPads

Raleigh County students are going high-tech this year, becoming the first public school system in West Virginia to rely on iPads instead of textbooks. The program is called iRaleigh.

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Denver school deploys high-tech digital signage

Kent Denver School, in Englewood, Colo., announced the opening of the Duncan Center, a 21st-century learning facility that provides modern instructional and collaboration design elements, technology to enable student-to-student connections around the world, and facilities to help close the digital divide.

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