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Video feature gives yearbooks a high-tech upgrade

There is no doubt that high school yearbooks have come a long way over the years. The 2014 Pine Richland High School yearbook is filled with photos, memorable moments and video. To play the nearly two dozen videos in the book, students have to download a free app, then hold a smartphone or tablet over the photos.

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New Tech Academy is a "school within a school" in California

New Tech Academy is a program for all students that has been incorporated within the Los Gatos High School's campus. The New Tech curriculum takes an integrated approach to core subject content delivery, with at least one class per year being an interdisciplinary, team-taught course. Another aspect of the program that resonates with students is the use of technology to facilitate learning.

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Tech project changed how we view our librarians

Project Connect is a panel of school leaders from Lincoln Public Schools in Nebraska working to connect the library, classroom and administration through information technologies. Learning to collaborate and merge skills and expertise is crucial to ensuring the right resources are in place in order to create change and provide the best learning environments for the students.

Cadaver lab gives students in-depth STEM experience

A lab where advanced biology students get a hands-on experience of medical science by dissecting human bodies is available to seven Illinois high schools. The hope is the program, the first of its kind in the state, will encourage students to explore medicine, dentistry or other STEM fields

High tech football helmets to debut this fall in East Tennessee

Helmets worn by six Greenback high school students will provide coaches with real-time data about significant hits. Sensors inside pads in the helmet will send information to a handheld monitor, showing coaches which player was involved, where on the head they were hit and the speed of the collision.

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Technical education developed differently in Delaware, Iowa

In Delaware, technical high school districts in each county draw students from comprehensive school systems. Iowa students cannot choose a technical high school over their local comprehensive school system. As a result, there will be no extra state funding for the added expense of any new technical programs at Waterloo Community Schools.

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Seven Arizona schools share tech grants

Several Tucson-area schools will receive more than $31,000 in grants to fund innovative technology projects. The seven schools were named winners of the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation’s Teachers and Technology grant program. The award recognizes teachers who have developed specific plans to innovatively implement technology in the classroom.

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Blue Ridge implements new tech program

The Illinois district's board of education has approved a new technology program designed to prepare students for the technological changes happening at the collegiate and professional level. The pilot program will also include training for parents and lend computers to students who don't have devices at home.

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Pennsylvania students "blast off" after space program saved

The current mission of Northeast High School, the first NASA-recognized high school space program, was nearly aborted because of education budget cuts in its Philadelphia school district. With more than $13,000 in crowdfunding donations, the high school's Project SPARC was able to launch its annual two-day simulated moon habitat mission.

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Package of bills in favor of New Jersey vo-tech schools

Eight bills were introduced in New Jersey that aim to promote vo-tech programs and their missions, some with funding, others with encouragement. One bill would provide facilities funding for vo-tech districts. Another would start to restore funding for adult high schools and post-secondary programs that were cut over the last five years.

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