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Allentown, Pa., high school turns to students for tech support

Most parents will tell you that when they have technology questions—how do you download an app or compile an album of online photos for a friend—they will turn to their resident "cyber natives"—their kids. So who better to help teachers with computer problems and challenges than students who have never known a world without them? That's exactly what the teachers at Parkland School District in Allentown, Pa., thought, and are now reaching out to their students for tech help.

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Utah House speaker seeks massive tech infusion for schools

House Speaker Becky Lockhart is finalizing a massive education proposal aimed at putting learning technology in the hands of each of Utah’s more than 600,000 students. The price tag on the bill, between $200 million and $300 million, makes it the most ambitious education modernization push in Utah history.

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Robotics project among high school tech exhibits at SUNY showcase

When a group of students from South Glens Falls High School, north of Albany, N.Y., got thirsty and needed a drink of water, they dispatched their robot to a nearby table, where a person put the bottle on the robot and it delivered it back to them. The students' robots impressed those in attendance at a career and technical symposium held recently at SUNY Plattsburgh’s Queensbury campus.

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Giant tablets, 3D printers among top school technology for 2014

The Bett show in London is where the best new technology for the world's classrooms makes its public debut. CNET has been cruising the show floor, casting eyes over the top tech trends, which this year include enormous touch screens, 3D printers and programmable robots.

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High-speed link will put school tech on par

Windsor-Severance Re-4 School District in Windsor, Colo., is tapping reserve accounts to fund a $600,000 fiber-optic connection between Windsor and Severance. Severance Middle School and Range View Elementary will get major technology upgrades in the process. There are 1,200 students at the two schools, or about 25 percent of the district population.

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Mt. Vernon district looks at new high school's $2M tech budget

Initial estimates of $2 million are being reported as what it will take to equip the proposed Mt. Vernon Township High School in Illinois with technology. The funding will equip the school with fiber, Wi-Fi, servers, a surveillance system, alarms and more. The estimate includes labor and equipment costs, but not computers, which will be leased separately.

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Elizabeth Forward schools recognized for high-tech efforts

A push to promote the fundamentals of STEM education has propelled the Elizabeth Forward School District in Pennsylvania to elite status among national technology and education organizations. In only three years, the district has transformed spaces in the high school and middle school into high-tech learning centers, taken computer programming classes down to the elementary level and much more.

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Meade School District considers technology initiative

The Meade School District in South Dakota is on the verge of making a giant leap into technology by spending just shy of $800,000 over the next three years for 750 student computers and 70 staff computers. The program is being dubbed the one-to-one initiative, meaning each student at the high school would get his or her own computer.

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Hallsville ISD adds virtual high school

Starting in the fall, any high school student in Texas will be able to graduate from Hallsville ISD through a new, tuition-free, virtual academy that the district plans to launch online in time for the 2014-15 academic year. The Hallsville ISD Virtual High School has been approved by the Texas Education Agency and added to the state’s Virtual School Network, which only includes five other public school districts.

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Inside the tech divide in O.C. schools

Schools across Orange County in California are rushing to put more technology in the hands of their students, a move fueled in part by new state standards and an increasing expectation that these students will compete in an increasingly digitized workforce after they graduate. Under the Common Core, teachers will be pushing students to research topics on their own using online sources, making access to computers and the internet more important than ever.

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