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Los Angeles school district shifts gears on technology for students

Los Angeles USD officials have allowed a group of high schools to choose from among six different laptop computers for their students — a marked contrast to last year's decision to give every pupil an iPad.

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Omaha Code School tackles Nebraska's tech talent gap

A new Omaha school aims to tackle Nebraska’s technical talent gap by teaching students how to write computer code.

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Idaho schools share state tech grants

Many of the 15 successful applicants plan to use their share of the $3 million in tech pilot project grants for the coming year to provide every student with a high-tech device.

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Massachusetts tech bill to improve school, public safety access

The state legislature is inching toward passing a $999 million information technology bill that includes $38 million to increase internet access for public schools and $68.2 million for public safety communications.

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High school girls learn engineering at Michigan Tech

A group of 150 high school girls from across the country and world are participating in a weeklong camp learning more about being an engineer through Michigan Tech’s Women in Engineering program.

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Alabama school officials mull $3 million career tech expansion

A multimillion-dollar expansion of the Limestone County Career Technical Center could be considered by the county school board. The expansion would create about 22,000 square feet of instructional space and could be completed by October 2015.

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California schools chief releases blueprint to improve STEM teaching

For California to maintain its leadership in high-tech innovation, the state must emphasize helping students become literate in STEM, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said as part of his STEM Task Force-issued Blueprint for STEM report. The report offered recommendations in seven general areas, including public awareness, access and framework.

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Several Wis. districts to receive state grants for enhanced STEM courses

Four school districts in the Madison area have been awarded state grants to enhance STEM course offerings. The area districts are four of 15 districts in Wisconsin sharing $250,000 in STEM funding for the 2014-2015 school year. Approved projects will include collaboration with institutes of higher learning, business, industry or community-based organizations that serve youth.

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Mass. foundation partners with district on tech integration

Winchester Foundation for Educational Excellence is partnering with Winchester Public Schools on a new campaig called "powerED Up, Transforming Classrooms." It designed to ensure the seamless integration of technology into each school. The foundation is kicking off the campaign with a $100,000 gift to address inadequate network infrastructure in Winchester schools. The three-year private fundraising goal is $850,000.

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Kansas districts rewarded for increasing tech ed participation

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback presented districts with checks for increasing participation in the state’s Career and Technical Education program, which covers tuition for students taking technical courses and rewards school districts with $1,000 for every student that obtains an industry certification. More than 8,000 students participated statewide.

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