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In December 2009, Superintendent Steven Self of the Woodsboro (Texas) Independent School District received news from U.S. Rep. Ruben Hinojosa (D-Texas) that his district would receive $1.5 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to build a dome structure that would serve both as a school multipurpose area and a community shelter. Woodsboro, located along the Gulf Coast, has proven vulnerable to damage from storms, such as Hurricane Ike in 2009. Self had applied for a FEMA hurricane and tornado Pre- Disaster Mitigation Grant through the state nearly a year ago.

The Irvine Unified School District in Southern California has confirmed plans to install solar panels in 21 of its 38 facilities. The installation is predicted to save the district some $17 million over the next 20 years.

In November 2009, Irvine finalized an agreement with SPG Solar, Inc., project developers and designers of solar power systems.

"Irvine was groundbreaking," says Thomas Rooney, CEO and president of SPG Solar. "It was the largest and most ambitious solar project for a K12 school in the country."

If you're shopping for a new computer, what do you look for? A unit that's reliable, that can handle all your software applications and that is backed by an iron-clad warranty.

There's no reason to restrict your search to new computers. Recertfied computers can meet all of those requirements, too — at about a third to one-half the cost of new equipment.

<b>Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Florida</b>

At Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Polar heart rate monitors have introduced a “wow factor” to physical education that has motivated students to take on personal ownership of their fitness achievements.

<b>What exactly is the "New PE," and how can technology help districts embrace it? </b>

Amid the war between parents and popular music, a compromise has been drawn in schools across the country as rap music makes its debut in classrooms. The Flocabulary program, an educational hip hop music series, has been introduced as a means of learning facts and rote memorization. Its founders, Alex Rappaport and Blake Harrison, created their company in the belief that difficult material could be mastered if introduced in an engaging way.

An organization comprised of September 11th victims’ family members, rescue workers, survivors and educators called the September 11th Education Trust has released a curriculum for grades 6-12 on the terrorist attacks and their aftermath. The September 11th Education Program includes comprehensive lesson plans with 70 video interviews and transcripts, primary source materials, handouts and questions for research and discussion.

Teachers are 21st-century knowledge workers, and students are 21st-century knowledge-workers-in-training. As such, they both need to use appropriate 21st-century tools to pursue their professional goals.

There are more mobile devices on the market than ever, and many of them have been used successfully in many districts around the country to foster student learning. Here is a guide to some of the many mobile devices to consider implementing in your district.




Interactive whiteboard, small room solution

A leading school in Washington state needed a solution which allowed them to use interactive whiteboards with a projector for a complete interactive learning solution. This school district looked to their education technology reseller who recommended ViewSonic.

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