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Brooklyn high school offers rigorous tech ed

Brooklyn Technical High School, with its 1,400 classes and 5,525 students, is the largest specialized science and math school in the U.S. But students say it's the school’s dedicated staff that is transforming their education into the defining time of their lives.

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New Jersey district launches digital conversion plan

Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District Superintendent John Marciante's goal is to have every sixth- through eighth-grade student learning in a digital instructional environment by September 2017, and give fifth graders access to shared Chromebooks.

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Schools aren't teaching kids to code; here's who's filling the gap

Learning to code is all the rage these days, but not in one place that matters a lot: U.S. schools. American students already significantly lag their global counterparts where math and science skills are concerned, but computer science is in even worse shape. Of 12 technical subjects examined in a recent study by the National Center for Education Statistics, computer science was the only one that declined in student popularity from 1990 to 2009. 

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Miami-Dade teens will receive digital entrepreneurship ed

Six hundred low-income South Florida students will benefit from a new Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship program to help students build entrepreneurship and technology skills. The program is funded by a $200,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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Arkansas district working to bridge the digital divide

The Little Rock School District is offering low-cost computers to families who may normally not be able to afford them. Recently, the Henderson Magnet Middle School gym was transformed into a type of shopping center where parents could buy refurbished computers for just $50.

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Transforming teens into tomorrow's tech titans

Forty-five New York City public high school students are taking big strides toward achieving their dreams by learning how to work together on creating fully functional, original cellphone apps that also have business plans.

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Business partnership teaches Tennessee high schoolers tech skills

Two dozen representatives from the Rutherford County Manufacturing Council in Tennessee spend part of an afternoon recently with 23 Oakland High students enrolled in the mechatronics program at Motlow College.

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Michigan school prepares students for high-tech auto jobs

By the time Brad Foley graduated from high school in 2012, he’d made a bicycle that served as an alternative energy source, providing enough power to light its own turn signals. He'd also helped craft a model of an eco-friendly dashboard for cars. He was well prepared for his part-time job helping to design plastic molds at Hi-Tech Mold & Eng., a Rochester Hills, Mich., supplier to automotive companies.

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Pa. district official wants high-tech recording devices on school buses

Easton Area School District buses might have digital recording devices by the time students return from holiday break next year. Chief Operating Officer Mike Simonetta proposes that the district replace its school bus camera equipment with digital recorders by January. He said about 60 of the district's 95 active buses still use VHS recorders.

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How two struggling schools got two different results with ed tech

By now, many educators understand that technology has the potential to transform teaching and learning. But the term “technology” covers vast territory, and there are many different layers and ways of integrating it from school to school.

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