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Cellphone Use a Possibility in Mississippi Schools

It may not be long until it becomes common to hear teachers start a lesson by asking students to pull out their cellphones.

As schools try to add more technology during a time when they are receiving less funding, many will begin to consider allowing students to use devices they already own. That will include cell phones and electronic tablets like iPads.

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Petoskey (Mich.) Board Moves Ahead with Tech Program

The Petoskey (Mich.) school board voted unanimously to purchase Microsoft Office productivity software from CDW. It will be installed on 450 computer workstations acquired earlier this fall.

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Clever Raises $3M Seed to Turn on Technology in Schools

After years of neglect, education is a hot area of interest for technology startups. Y Combinator is the latest startup in this space.

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Educators Use iPad as Teaching Tool

Julie Garcia handed Apple iPads to students in her seventh-grade pre-algebra class on a recent morning before showing the pupils how to use the tablet to graph data, hunt for correlations and record how-to videos.

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Amazon Looks to Get Kindle to Schools, Workers

Amazon.com Inc. has launched a service to help schools and workplaces manage Kindles used by students and employees, sending out e-books or blocking certain types of activities, for example.

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Athens (Ala.) School Board Approves Technology Project

The Athens (Ala.) Board of Education approved a technology project totaling $449,000 that includes LAN upgrades and wireless equipment installations at Athens High School, Athens Middle School, Julian Newman Elementary and Brookhill Elementary School.

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Brookline (Mass.) School Wins Grant for Robot Invention

Brookline-based Beaver Country Day School has been awarded a Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam grant of $10,000 to create an automated robotic vehicular independence system that can carry up to 50 pounds for wheelchair-bound individuals or those needing hands-free help to transport cargo. Called JARVIS, students will showcase their prototype at EurekaFest at MIT in June.

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Rocketship Discovery Prep Outperforms California Peers

Rocketship Discovery Prep is a boxy, two-story elementary school wedged between a building materials company and a storm-water spillway in a run-down Latino neighborhood off Highway 101 in San Jose, Calif. The Rocketship network now serves students who are nearly all poor and who mostly don't speak English.

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Fla. Virtual Academy Charter School Approved in Pinellas County

Pinellas County Schools approved the Florida Virtual Academy, a new public charter school which will be open to families in Pinellas County. Set to open in 2013, the new public school will serve grades K8 and expand to high school in subsequent years.

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iPads (and tablets) in K12: When Will We Get it Together?

An interview with John Martellaro over at The Mac Observer, an Apple focused e-zine, has Christopher Dawson of ZDnet Education thinking ... why can't we get this right?

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