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Oklahoma district's board approves tech bond proposal

The school board for McAlester Public Schools approved of two propositions calling for $2.7 million in bond money to be used for technology increases and improvements in schools as well as the replacement of old buses.

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Zeeland schools to ask voters for $53 million bond for growth, tech needs

Voters in the Michigan school district will be asked early next year to approve a two-part $53.5 million bond issue designed to address security issues, enrollment growth and technology needs. Both bond series would provide students with new technology devices to replace current devices.

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High school students make prosthetic hand for teen in Georgia

A group of high school students in Sandy Springs made a prosthetic hand for a fellow teenager. The technology, engineering and design class students created the hand with the help of a 3D printer.

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Calif. tech high school becomes National Demonstration Site

Napa Valley Unified School District’s New Technology High School has been named a National Demonstration Site. The school will host tours for national, state and local school and district representatives to learn about project-based learning examples, integrated use of technology and the school culture.

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When it comes to technology, Fla. schools struggle to keep up with students

The state is racing to get schools and students ready for a new computerized test that replaces the FCAT in the spring. But other issues beg for attention, too: technology training for teachers, infrastructure to support new hardware, and how best to use technology in the classroom.

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How schools are bringing mobile under control

Districts supporting BYOD can manage students’ instructional software through virtual containers and clouds while relying on MDM software to manage security. Whatever strategy a district chooses, the end goal is to take device management out of the hands of teachers and students, so they can focus on learning.

Tech company philanthropy takes hold in San Francisco schools

Most San Francisco students live a car ride away from Silicon Valley’s technology giants. A new philanthropy initiative is pairing companies such as Dropbox, Eventbrite and Xoom with city schools to inspire students to pursue college and career pathways in technology.

New York City gets state funding to open a construction-focused P-TECH

The city will receive a slice of $28 million in state aid over the next seven years to open a seventh P-TECH school that will offer training in construction management, civil engineering and architectural technology.

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Turning schools into storm tracking stations

Science teachers wanting to teach their students about the changing ways of weather could find themselves with an interesting teaching aid this spring. BloomSky plans to give away 10,000 internet-connected weather probes to schools and parks.

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Report praises Mass. technical schools for industry collaboration

The Filling the Skills Gap” report suggests guaranteeing funding, removing administrative barriers to vocational programs. and making vocational schools the most in-demand schools in urban areas. The report also wants the vocational school model made available to cities and towns that do not belong to a regional vocational-technical district.

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