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Alabama May Borrow $50M to Replace Old School Technology

The Alabama legislature is close to approving a plan to borrow $50 million to replace outdated equipment in high school technology programs, which proponents said will help more students stay in school and get jobs when they graduate. A bill authorizing a $50 million bond issue has moved through the legislature with bipartisan support.

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Tennessee STEM School Technology Draws Board Attention

Hamilton County (Tenn.) school officials want to put iPads, or similar devices, in the hands of as many students as possible, as soon as possible. They say it's the wave of the future. That's why they visited the STEM "school of the future" Friday, already up and running, on the campus of Chattanooga State Community College.

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Community Foundation Grant Boosts School Tech Project

Students in the Ripon (Wis.) Area School District are benefiting from iPad technology, and several more students in the region soon will, too, thanks to a project funded in part by a grant from the Green Lake County/Ripon Community Foundation.

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Edmodo Acquires Education Technology Start-up Root-1

K12 social learning platform Edmodo has acquired technology start-up Root-1, developers of OpenMinds, a free platform that allows teachers to instantly customize education apps.

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Georgia STEM School to Open in the Fall

A new science, technology, engineering and mathematics school will be opening in the fall at North Hall High School, Hall County, Ga. In the new STEM wing, walls will be removed and glass walls will be installed. This will allow students to view others working on robotics, metal fabrication and computer technology. There are also plans to provide a feeder program for students in middle school.

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Research Firm to Fund Technology in Central Virginia Schools

An international research institute is supporting technology programs in middle schools throughout central Virginia. Battelle, a global research and development organization, presented school superintendents with a $43,615 award to launch the new iSTEM program from its facility in the University of Virginia Research Park.

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Utah Senate Passes Slew of School Technology Bills

The Utah Senate passed more than $15 million worth of school technology-related bills on Monday, despite concerns that some of them are geared toward specific vendors and the money might be better spent on other needs.

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Ed Tech startup Kickboard Lands $2 million in Investments

The New Orleans educational technology startup Kickboard, which runs an internet-based service for teachers to track data on student performance, announced on Wednesday that it has raised $2 million in early stage investments from a pair of venture capital firms and several angel investors. More than 200 schools nationwide use Kickboard's service.

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N.Y. Company Releases Amplify Tablet Just for Schools

A New York-based educational technology startup today released an Android-powered touchscreen tablet designed for kids both to take to school and bring home. For sale only to schools for now, the Amplify tablet comes pre-loaded with virtually everything a student will encounter during the school day, including all the textbooks, lessons, tests and e-books she might be assigned, and gives teachers the ability to both monitor and control what students do with the device.

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Austin Educators Discuss Education's Role in Fueling Tech Industry

During a panel at the 2013 SXSW Interactive conference, Austin educators discussed whether education should be used to help fill jobs in the technology industry. “I'm not sure it's education's job to fill jobs,” said Donald Christian, dean of the College of Business at Concordia University Texas. “[It's] being able to think, add to the community and [to] be a whole person, but that may or may not fill jobs.”

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