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At Virginia Schools, Technology Makes Learning More Fun

Search YouTube for "York County School Division Young Adult Literature Reviews" and you'll find 56 short videos of Grafton High School students talking about books they recommend to their peers. These tech savvy reviews—a reinvention of the classic book report—are just one example of how the York County School Division's bring your own technology initiative is changing the way students are learning.

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In Connecticut, Online Bulletin Board Helps Latin Students

Students in Durham and Middlefield are using LINO, an online bulletin board, to collect and share Latin phrases that they encounter outside of the classroom. Students have found phrases in independent reading books, TV shows, church, movies, t-shirts and flags. This week, Patch asks teachers in Durham and Middlefield to share their stories about the impact technology has had in the classroom.

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W.Va. Chamber of Commerce Experiences Technology in Education

The Beckley-Raleigh (W.Va.) County Chamber of Commerce visited kindergarteners at Beckley Elementary and saw first-hand how they are learning to read using technology from MimioSprout. Such technology is meant to better engage students and ultimately improve the county’s assessment score, attendance rates, and graduation rates, as well as prepare children to compete globally in their chosen fields.

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Technology on List of Newton, Mass. Residents' School Budget Concerns

Technology, health care costs and school building projects were the key concerns among residents Thursday night at a brief public hearing on the Newton School Department's fiscal 2014 budget.

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Mississippi School Will Receive New Technology

An act of kindness will mean new technology for Smithville School. A check for $150,000, which was awarded to the school and is part of a much larger donation given to Smithville Church of Christ, will go toward new equipment and a number of enhancements for the new school's Technology Center.

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Michigan Governor Tests Cyber School Technology as Expansion Looms

Gov. Rick Snyder got some hands-on experience Tuesday with the type of cyber charter school program that will be expanding next fall under a new Michigan law when he read to a class of children who watched and listened online through the Michigan Virtual Charter Academy. The children could see Snyder, but he couldn’t see them.

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Hackathons to Create Education Apps

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Facebook plan to hold two “hackathons” this month, bringing together software developers and educators to create new Facebook applications for teaching and learning.

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Tennessee District Announces Schools Participating in Tech Initiative

Knox County (Tenn.) Schools has made a push to implement more technology in the classroom through its "School Technology Challenge." The program's mission is to have one technology device for each student and teacher. A total of 28 schools applied to be a part of the pilot initiative.

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Obama to Visit Manor (Texas) High School this Week

President Barack Obama plans to visit Manor (Texas) New Technology High School, technology entrepreneurs and middle class workers Thursday during his trip to the Austin area. The president’s visit to the Texas state capital is among the first pit stops in his “Middle Class Jobs & Opportunity" tours.

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Virtual Learning Program Enriches Ohio Youth

Shawnee State University (Ohio) Outreach Services is helping middle school students in Portsmouth by offering tech-driven programs to 10 participating schools. The programs provide a safe place for homework centers, intensive mentoring in basic skills, drug and violence prevention counseling, and helps middle school students prepare for college preparatory courses in high school.

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