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Inventor inspires innovation at Ohio STEM school

Jim Wynne, inventor of Lasik, visited STEM middle and high schools in Akron as part of a series of guest speakers who inspire students to cultivate creativity as they study to become scientists and engineers, and hopefully innovators.

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Hillsborough district is hiring STEM teachers

The focus on hiring STEM teachers is getting a boost in Hillsborough County, Fla., thanks to the district’s recent acceptance into a national program that is dedicated to filling the void. Hillsborough is one of a handful in the nation, and the only one in Florida, participating in the “100K in 10” initiative launched by President Obama in 2011 to train, hire and retain 100,000 STEM teachers over 10 years.

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Chris Cerf's decision to leave ed post is New Jersey's loss

New Jersey’s departing Commissioner of Education, Chris Cerf, has a new gig at the education technology firm Amplify Insight. If the Garden State is truly committed to education reform, it will find another commissioner cut from the same cloth.

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Franklin Special School District wants more tech help

FSSD in Tennessee will seek another instructional technology specialist to support and lead educators and students. These specialists help integrate technology within daily lessons; one will focus on prekindergarten through fourth grade and the other grades 5-8.

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Boston U alum building a new kind of carnival to inspire children

Nancy Bennett, a former entertainment executive and television producer and director, has founded the Two Bit Circus, a think tank that will never be confused with the Brookings Institution, but whose latest project may be just as relevant. The project, STEAM Carnival, is a reinvention of a traveling amusement show, aimed at sparking an interest in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math—or STEAM—among children.

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N.C. district hires new tech director

The Alamance-Burlington School System has a new executive director of technology and career and technical education. Dennis Frye was with Rockingham County Public Schools since 2007, and last served as director of instructional technology and media.

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Ohio Blended Learning Network names chairman

Mentor, Ohio schools Superintendent Matt Miller is the new chairman of the Ohio Blended Learning Network. The group was formed this past fall as part of Gov. John Kasich’s Straight A Fund, which offers a grant program based on the concept of blended learning.

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Yeiser to serve as DCPS technology integration specialist

Aaron Yeiser has been selected to serve as the technology integration specialist for Daviess County Public Schools in Owensboro, Ky. Yeiser replaces Catherine Shelton, who recently accepted the position of director of curriculum and technology at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.

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Lincolnwood School District 74 in Illinois hires new tech director

Courtney Lee Adams has been hired by Lincolnwood School District 74 in Illinois as director of technology. She comes from Medinah Elementary School District 11, near Schaumburg, and replaces Jennifer Anderson, who held the position for about a year before resigning last November.

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8 things worth knowing about Microsoft's new CEO, Satya Nadella

While the profile of founder and former CEO Bill Gates still looms large, the board chose an internal candidate—46-year-old Indian-American engineer Satya Nadella—to replace outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer. Nadella is only the third CEO in Microsoft's 38-year history. For the uninitiated, here are eight things to know about him.

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