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Silver Dolphin Books and Skyreader Media launch "Pretend and Play" app series

Silver Dolphin Books and Skyreader Media Inc. have partnered on the launch of three new interactive apps based on Silver Dolphin Books' Pretend and Play book series. Using its web-based platform Skyreader Studio, Skyreader Media has developed the e-books for the Apple iPad.

iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium

November 4-7, 2014
Palm Springs, Calif.

ISTE 2014

June 28-July 1, 2014
Atlanta, Ga.

Whole Child Symposium

May 8, 2014
Washington, D.C.

Staff protest eliminating high school tech director position

A proposed shared services agreement amongst four New Jersey districts would remove the in-house technology director position at Northern Highlands' high school. Under the agreement, one CTO would be appointed to oversee seven schools.

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Barry Haines comes to New Jersey district as new director of tech

The Montclair district has brought in Barry Haines as its new director of technology to lead an IT infrastructure upgrade that will support 21st century teaching and learning. Haines previously supervised educational technology in New Jersey's Parsippany-Troy Hills and Flemington-Raritan districts.

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Utah's new adaptive testing system draws praise, criticism

Students are taking the new, year-end SAGE computer adaptive assessment that adapts to the skill level of an individual child. Hailed by educators as providing timely, precise results for use in classroom planning, it has also been coldly received by parents skeptical of its adaptive format and alignment with the Common Core.

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State legislatures grapple with biometrics use in schools

While the efficiency benefits gained from using biometric technology can be useful, lawmakers are starting to look at restricting the technology’s use in K12 schools. Florida has legislation pending that would ban schools from collecting biometric data such as fingerprints and iris scans.

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Is the U.S. losing the tech race?

Radical changes in K12 education cannot be justified on the basis of pervasive but largely unfounded claims of widespread scientist and engineer shortages. That said, there are even stronger reasons to continue to improve science and math education.

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Computer education: Shouldn't it be part of high school?

Currently, only 19 states and the District of Columbia allow computer science courses to count toward high school graduation requirements. California is not one of them. By providing graduation credits for these courses, more students will be encouraged to explore this critical field.

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