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Penn. launches new blended learning initiative to expand academic access

The Blended Learning Initiative, a collaborative partnership developed by the University of Pennsylvania and Steppingstone Scholars Inc., aims to narrow the achievement gap for underserved populations by preparing a diverse group of high school students for college. The summer program mixes online learning, classroom interaction and mentoring.

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Cleveland opens school focusing on digital arts

Cleveland Municipal School District's new Cleveland High School for the Digital Arts welcomed its first class. A new freshman class will be added each year until it becomes a four-year school. The school, which will hold year-round classes, offers the standard core curriculum in addition to video production, game design and digital music recording.

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Schools weigh cellphone search ruling

School officials’ right to search students’ cellphones has only become trickier and stickier because of a recent Supreme Court decision making it clear that police officers need a warrant before searching a cellphone. While the ruling applies directly to law enforcement officials, school officials say they believe it may affect them.

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Michigan Tech receives $5 million to reform middle school science education

The Michigan Science Teaching and Assessment Reform program, with a new $5 million, three-year grant from The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, will work to develop a model for middle-school STEM education that will include a new curriculum supported by updated professional development strategies.

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School librarian cutbacks widen digital divide

About one-third of public schools do not have a full-time, state-certified librarian. The librarian’s ability to teach all students digital literacy skills plays a large role in closing the digital divide between students with internet at home and those who don’t have access.

Rolling out blended learning

Blended and online learning platforms are changing K12 pedagogy by providing students with some control over their path, time, pace and place of learning. This sharp departure from the traditional factory-based model of teaching and learning is increasing student engagement and freeing up time so that teachers can provide more one-on-one instruction.

‘Cyberarts’: Technology pushes art education forward

Art programs in schools are usually the first to be cut in times of budgetary constraints, but technological innovations have presented creative students with opportunities dubbed “cyberarts.” Cyberart can make students more computer literate as well as spark their imaginations.

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Massachusetts school board approves $6 million technology plan

The Springfield City School District board has approved a $6 million technology plan. The plan calls for the addition of laptops for every high school student in 2016 and for students in grades four through six in 2017.

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Maryland students build green technology house

Tiny House is hi-tech, hyper-efficient and very small. As part of a broader sustainability education experience, students at the Key School in Annapolis have been working on the house to demonstrate the latest sustainable building materials and green technology, including solar electricity, rainwater filtration and innovative design to maximize space and efficiency.

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High-tech helmets pilot approved for Arkansas football team

Helmet maker Riddell approached North Little Rock High's football team about trying a new helmet sensor that can alert trainers when athletes may have sustained a concussion. It's a brand new technology that only a handful of schools around the country are using.

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