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Rockford (Mich.) school board may pilot blended learning program

In a memo, Ryan Kelley, assistant superintendent for instruction at Rockford Public Schools, said most of the approximately 35 students enrolled in a cyber learning program developed by the Kent Intermediate School District failed to make satisfactory academic progress, and the district's board is looking at a blended learning alternative.

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New Jersey musicians open digital music school

When Sean Killary and Sam Morgan graduated from the Berklee College of Music, they said they wanted to create a place for young musicians to hang out. So they opened a music-teaching studio in downtown Millburn (N.J.) and each room is packed with digital technology so students can learn while recording their work.

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National high school association to launch all-digital network

Representatives of the National Federation of State High School Associations, in Denver for its 94th summer meeting, announced Tuesday it will team with PlayOn! Sports to launch an all-digital national network by the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year.

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Richland (Wash.) School District looks to add digital learning materials

Lori McCord, director of teaching and learning, says Richland schools need to be prepared for 21st-century learners. That means using fewer traditional textbooks, and adding more tablet computers and online resources, such as articles, videos, and lectures.

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Lakota (Ohio) residents voting on tax levy for upgrades

Lakota (Ohio) school board members voted in special session Monday to place a 5.5-mill continuous levy on the ballot. The millage would generate $13.8 million in new revenue for Lakota Local Schools each year.

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Los Banos (Calif.) district receives grant to upgrade infrastructure

The Los Banos (Calif.) Unified School District is about half way to having the technology needed for computer adaptive testing, which will be mandatory in California in the 2014-2015 school year.

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Tennessee district readies for PARCC with upgrades

Bradley County Schools system (Cleveland, Tenn.) is updating technology devices and its infrastructure to better serve students and prepare for PARCC online testing in time for the 2014-2015 school year.

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Oklahoma Educational Technology Trust awards 18 grants

The Central High Public Schools (Marlow, Okla.) plans to purchase 60 iPads and much more thanks to a $40,000 grant it recently received from the Oklahoma Educational Technology Trust. Central High is one of 18 districts to receive a grant.

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Tech Treck brings scientific opportunity to middle school girls

The Sonoma County (Calif.) branch of the American Association of University Women offers a unique experience to middle school girls: the Tech Treck, an opportunity to attend a mathematics and science convention at Stanford University tailored for young minds.

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Last-minute call saves Pennsylvania technical school renovations

After decades of failed attempts, the Upper Bucks Technical School in Bedminster Township will receive about $23 million to renovate the nearly 50-year-old facility. But it almost didn't happen. It took an emergency cell phone call to secure the required amount of votes after the first vote failed.



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