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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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Putting teachers at the center of education technology

MIT Blossoms, one of the most exciting and effective uses of educational technology to help high school students learn math and science, doesn’t boast the latest in artificial intelligence or adaptive algorithms. Its secret weapon is, rather, a canny understanding of human psychology—both students’ and teachers’.

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The e-textbook transformation

A new wave of e-textbooks is giving students more than just words and a few hotlinks on a digital page. Publishers over the last few years have been adding video, interactive maps and gamified quizzes designed to engage students more deeply in their learning.

Smart energy technology saves money

With new, smarter building technology to control energy use, school leaders can reduce their carbon footprint and use the money saved to fund projects that may have suffered from budget cuts. U.S. schools spend more on energy than they do “on computers and textbooks combined,” according to a past report by Energy Star.

Georgia school board and tech college renew agreement

Dawson County's Board of Education has renewed its dual enrollment program contract with Lanier Technical College. The program allows students to take courses from a state public or private college while enrolled in high school and receive credit at both levels.

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Connecticut STEM act to aid tech students

The STEM Education Act (H.R.5031) passed this week in Connecticut's House of Representatives. The bipartisan act expands teacher professional development programs, increases support for computer science education and creates opportunities for STEM learning outside the classroom.

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Princeton University camp provides STEM learning for middle school students

Pace Center for Civic Engagement’s Community House STEM Summer Camp, sponsored by Princeton University, aims to get children excited in STEM, including materials science, solar science, biology and chemistry. Community House is a student organization at Princeton University aimed at closing the minority achievement gap in Princeton through outreach projects and programs.

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Texas district audit finds $2.7 million in unneeded technology

More than $2.7 million worth of computer equipment and technology purchased by the Fort Worth school district was either unnecessary or is still sitting idle after seven years, an internal audit showed. The district paid for unneeded educational technology and unused software in addition hundreds of thousands of dollars in annual maintenance fees.

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FCC approves $2 billion for broader school Wi-Fi access

The federal program that was created in the 1990s to connect schools to the Internet will now spend an additional $2 billion during the next two years to make those connections wireless. The extra money will mainly come from efficiencies within the Federal Communications Commission's E-Rate program.

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