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Miss. county school system investing millions on technology

As part of a four-year plan, DeSoto County Schools is spending millions of dollars on new technology. Hernando High School teachers were the first to receive the Apple MacBook Air laptops, which students will get next year. There are also carts with iPads for students to share. Starting in 2017, every elementary classroom will have a class set of iPads.

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Two-year technology upgrade plan approved by Minn. district

The $3.8 million upgrade project will replace aging wiring and network switches while swapping out the district’s landlines for an Internet-based phone system. The two-year project is expected to boost Internet speeds and allow more devices to connect wirelessly to the district’s network.

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With new technology peer group, teachers evolve along with students

In Minnesota, a group of tech-savvy Waseca teachers now make the rounds to help assure their colleagues' technology skills evolve at the same rate as students. Each school in the district has its own Rotating Technology Coaches group. Several times a month, a teacher takes a day to work with teachers who have expressed the need for technology help

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N.M. school district faces tech challenges ahead of new tests

The Rio Rancho school district is facing technology challenges – not enough computers, electrical outlets or space – in its preparation for the new online Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers standardized test this spring. To address the shortage, the district will create a schedule and rotate students into the testing spaces.

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N.J. community college offering courses at new tech high school

Bergen County Technical Schools' Applied Technology High School will be housed at Bergen County Community College beginning next fall to allow students to earn 25 college credits toward an associate degree while completing high school. Students will enroll in natural science and math, engineering technology or engineering science tracks that are aligned with existing degrees offered at the college.

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Keys to a successful school tablet implementation

The nature of mobile devices means that teachers can feel they are losing control of the learning, as they can’t see what each child is working on. An appropriate classroom solution will support the shift in instruction from whole class to personalized learning. It must deliver materials at the right pace and level for each child based on their specific needs.

The importance of digital citizenship in schools

All administrators have read, or lived through, instances of cyberbullying, sexting and even suicide that have come from the misuse of technology. All users of technology need to come to grips with how to use the tools of today and how to become digital citizens.

Wyoming educators turn to Twitter for weekly discussions

A growing number of educators in Wyoming are logging on to Twitter to find inspiration in their classrooms and to connect with teachers across the region. With long drives and bad weather separating colleagues, teachers say Wyoming is poised to benefit from the online connection.

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LAUSD's student information system becomes a technological disaster

LAUSD's student information system, which has cost more than $130 million, made its debut this semester and promptly overloaded the district's database servers, requiring an emergency re-engineering, and causing numerous scheduling, attendance, grade and other issues. A quick fix to the problems plaguing LAUSD's system is unlikely.

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California high school adds green technology course

Yosemite High School added a green technology and energy conservation course this fall. Among the topics students will study are water conservation and indoor air quality. Part of the curriculum model calls for students to network with industry professionals on projects such as a solar array installation.

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