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New Jersey school district goes 2.0 with digital upgrade

In addition to a multitude of construction projects and repairs made over the summer, the Bayonne school district has upgraded its internet infrastructure by going wireless, which will allow the school to prepare for the Common Core by moving tests online.

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Malden schools launch new tech literacy program

The Malden Public Schools, in Mass., are aiming to promote early childhood literacy with a new software platform. Titled Footsteps2Brilliance, the program will allow all Malden students access to a library of talking e-books and educational games through smart phones, tablets, and computers.

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LA officials seek fix to $1B program after students crack iPad security

Education officials in the nation's second-largest school district are working to reboot a $1 billion plan to put an iPad in the hands of each of their 650,000 students after an embarrassing glitch emerged when the first round of tablets went out. Instead of solving math problems or doing English homework, more than 300 Los Angeles USD students promptly cracked the security settings and started tweeting, posting to Facebook, and playing video games.

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Tech titan's high-grade gift to San Francisco middle schools

Some months ago, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and schools Superintendent Richard Carranza met with Salesforce.com founder Marc Benioff to ask the tech titan for some financial support to boost access to technology in the city's 12 middle schools. It was a gutsy plea—enough to buy hundreds of iPads, provide wireless access in classrooms, and leave enough extra to train teachers to use all of it well.

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Sacramento-area school buses go high-tech

Within weeks, nearly 2,000 students boarding buses in the Folsom Cordova Unified School District will be able to swipe a card over a bar-code reader that is linked to GPS tracking. Each swipe will tell the school district – and, ultimately, inquiring parents – where and when a child got on or off the school bus.

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Marilyn Gavitt discusses her district's success in a Skype intervew

Marilyn Gavitt, instructional technology coordinator for Martin County Schools in Stuart, Fla., talks teaching, instructional technology, and professional development with Connect Learning Today in a Skype video interview. Learn how Gavitt’s staff went from very little technology to interactive tech throughout her district.

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High school graduation rates by state

The U.S. Department of Education has released four-year high school graduation rates for the 2010-2011 school year. There were no states with graduation rates at 100 percent, or any with rates in the '90s. Iowa had the highest graduation rate at 88 percent, followed by Wisconsin and Vermont at 87 percent. Washington, D.C. had the lowest with 59 percent.

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Corn selected as deputy CIO at Brandeis U

Michael Corn has been selected to be Brandeis’ new chief information security & privacy officer and deputy CIO. Corn’s responsibilities at Brandeis will include overseeing information security staff and supervising two divisions in Library & Technology Services, as well as managing other areas within the university.

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Oceanographer Ballard announces grant to eight R.I. schools

Oceanographer Robert Ballard announced a $500,000 state grant to extend his online learning project to eight additional public schools. Last year, the General Assembly awarded $500,000 to launch JASON Learning, a nonprofit founded by Ballard that teaches more than 2 million students annually in STEM subjects.

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Energy academy readies high schoolers for green jobs

David Moody and Rodrigo Farias stood on a scaffold, measuring meticulously, because it all had to fit just right. The two high school seniors had each studied solar panels for more than two years, but this was the first time they’d ever climbed on to a roof to install one.

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