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Ohio Bio-Med Science Academy introduces rural students to science ed

Located on the Northeast Ohio Medical University campus, the Bio-Med Science Academy, a year-round public high school, is bringing opportunity to rural students who may be interested in pursuing careers in science and medicine.

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ACT Test to go digital by 2015

The nonprofit assessment and analytics organization – also called ACT – announced last week that it will take its flagship test online in 2015. Students shouldn't toss their bubbled answer sheets just yet, though. ACT will pilot the online delivery in select high schools before making it available for all test takers.

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Digital library to lighten the load in Ridgewood (N.J.) schools

This summer, Ridgewood (N.J.) Public Schools students will get more access to the district's digital library. In addition, for the first time, soon-to-be high school freshmen and some upperclassmen will receive online textbooks for their biology, algebra I and II, art history, and AP chemistry classes.

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New tech school for .NET developers will open in Florida in August

One of northeast Florida’s fastest-growing tech companies is launching a trade school program for .NET Framework developers. In August, Pragmatic Works will open Vivo School, an 18-week accelerated training program that will give students Microsoft certification preparation, help them create a portfolio of real-world projects, and spend time developing actual corporate client projects.

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Can Spotify and New York City save music education with technology?

In an age of declining budgets and disappearing arts programs, technology could help make music education more feasible—a hackathon hosted by Spotify and the New York City Department of Education is an early step.

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Minnesota elementary school turns up the STEAM

In September, Glacier Hills Elementary School (Eagan, Minn.), a science magnet school, will open a new laboratory that combines science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. The "STEAM room" will allow students to create objects using new tools, such as a 3D printer and laser etcher, when exploring scientific concepts.

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Michigan's Lenawee ISD opens high-tech education showplace

The Lenawee Intermediate School District (Adrian, Mich.) opened the Center for a Sustainable Future, a $4 million, 9,000-square-foot building. The school and its surrounding 75 acres of fields and forests will serve as a living laboratory for the future of agriculture.

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Tech firms call for mandatory computer classes in Massachusetts

Executives from Google Inc., Microsoft Corp., and other leading firms want to require all Massachusetts public schools to teach computer science, so local tech companies don’t have to rely on foreign workers to fill future programming and engineering jobs.

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Akron (Ohio) Public Schools drops digital academy sponsorship

The Akron Digital Academy, started by the Akron public school system in 2002 to capture some of the students leaving to study online, will no longer be associated with the public school system due to a change in the law that prohibits sponsors from sitting on the academy's board.

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Indiana board votes down phase two of digital curriculum

Children in elementary school at the Huntington County (Ind.) Community School Corporation during the 2013-2014 school year will not receive individual iPads. The board of trustees voted 5-2 on Wednesday, May 30, to shut down phase two of the digital curriculum, which would have given iPads to elementary school students.

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