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BYOD success stories

Districts that have implemented BYOD successfully have found building a powerful Wi-Fi network, developing explicit acceptable use policies, and communicating those policies clearly to students, parents and teachers are critical steps in the technology transition.

Programs encourage minorities in technology

With a unified message, programs like Tech Journey, PI 515 and CODE2040 hope to create a new generation of minority founders of technology companies. The student programs from across the country seek to provide minority students with mentorship and programming skills as a way to help families out of poverty.

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Tools lag behind competency-based learning

A study on competency-based education in New Hampshire demonstrates that policy changes don't always result in uniform change on the ground, and technology isn't always ahead of schools. The report, "From Policy to Practice," shows an emphasis on personalized learning, technology infrastructure gaps and increased state support for competency-based learning.

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Industry leaders lobby for coding classes in California schools

A who's who of the tech industry elite is lobbying Gov. Jerry Brown to upgrade the computer science curriculum in California's classrooms. The state is taking steps to increase its offerings but it lags far behind others like Texas, say the tech leaders, who are led by Code.org co-founder Hadi Partovi.

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Tech gains outpace school and home network connections

Schools throughout Indiana have spent millions rigging classrooms with interactive systems, in some cases replacing textbooks with digital devices. But too often schools and students' homes lack the fast, reliable Internet connections to support the digital shift, leading some teachers to pull back on use of digital devices.

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Pennsylvania vo-tech school may ban charter students

The Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School's board may vote to prohibit charter students from taking classes at the school. Some in the community say it's unfair for charter students to attend the vocational-technical school when the public district provides 70 percent of its funding.

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Kentucky school uses tech to rethink schooling

Relying on regularly collected student data, teacher training, technology and a 10-year plan, the Taylor County School District has eliminated traditional grade levels. Instead, the district is testing, observing and letting students learn at their own pace.

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Tech ed grants to be shared by eight Oregon schools

Eight career and technical education programs at Oregon schools will share in grants totaling $2 million. The Career and Technical Education Revitalization Grants will direct resources to fields of study such as biomimicry, natural resources, greenhouse development, construction, watershed restoration and robotics education.

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Schools join forces on tech education

The movement toward exposing students to career and technical education at a younger age is gaining steam. In one central Ohio district, the Tolles Career & Technical Center and Jonathan Alder school district are teaming up to offer junior high school pre-engineering technology and IT classes.

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Turning data into action

There’s no doubt that data is power. K12 education leaders can harness that power and use data to maximize 21st century teaching and learning.

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