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Career tech expands into new territory

Career and technical education (CTE) isn’t what it used to be. CTE encompasses a dizzying array of subjects and skills: Everything from the traditional (auto tech and welding) to the high-tech (graphic design and animation). At the CareerTech Vision 2014 conference, topics include helping CTE teachers sharpen student literacy and coordinate with academic counterparts.

Edmonds school system exploring districtwide sound enhancement systems

The Washington district is looking further into potentially providing sound enhancement systems for all classrooms in its nearly 40 schools. The Lightspeed REDCAT system currently being used by some schools distributes sound evenly throughout the room.

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Florida pilot program will give teens more control over schoolwork, schedule

Pinellas County will be among 10 districts nationwide receiving a college-ready learning grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The county is establishing five school-within-a-school programs and transforming an intermediate school into an “incubator school” with new technologies and personalized learning.

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Rethinking vocational high school as a path to college

For years, vocational high schools have been seen as a lesser form of schooling – tracking some kids off to work while others were encouraged to go on to college and pursue higher income professions. But things are changing. Vocational high schools are focusing much more on preparing students for higher education.

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Kids hone tech skills as Common Core exams move online

Elementary school students in New York City will soon take the state's high-stakes Common Core exams on computers rather than paper, and some schools have already started preparing kids as young as 4 years old for the shift.

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Mississippi school system launches tech initiative

This year marked the beginning of Alignment Jackson, an initiative to improve Jackson Public Schools by increasing professional development, creating teacher teams and, most popularly, providing a MacBook laptop to each ninth grader. The policy change also allows students to bring their devices like cell phones to class.

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Minn. district approves iPad initiative, lays off tech employees

The Rochester School Board approved a proposal to expand its 1-to-1 iPad program to more schools. But the board is also laying off 17 staff members from the technology department. Those jobs will be cut and re-titled to 19 new positions with different descriptions, qualifications and skill sets.

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Oregon county schools get $19 million to boost classroom technology

The intergovernmental Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission, which gets its money from cable companies, will pay $19 million over the next decade for the Multnomah County schools' computers, Internet connections, teacher training and other resources as part of its new TechSmart Initiative for Student Success.

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Education software climbs into the cloud

The move toward personalized learning and the ability to deliver resources via the cloud are transforming the way districts purchase digital content for math, reading and other parts of the curriculum. As this landscape changes, district also are spending more on digital resources.

Robots move from clubs to classrooms

Many districts are charging up their K12 STEM courses with the use of robotics. The clear benefits of robotics are mastering technology and increased student engagement and collaboration.

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