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Louisiana schools meet standard of one device per seven students

Some school systems in Louisiana have taken significant steps toward having enough technology to provide access to the internet for online learning and to handle online testing. But other districts are not reaching that goal, according to state Superintendent of Education John White.

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Indiana school districts to use technology to make up snow days

The Maconaquah school district in north central Indiana is part of a pilot program where all students get a tablet or laptop. The state gave them four "e-learning days," which can be used to make up snow days if needed.

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Obama announces nearly $3B in ed tech commitments

With the addition of the Department of Agriculture’s $10 million-plus in distance-learning grants for rural schools, the financial pledges to narrow the technology gaps in schools total nearly $3 billion when added to commitments from the FCC and several private technology companies.

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Teachers get hands-on training at education technology conference

Springfield teachers got hands-on training in a variety of classroom technology recently, as part of the first-ever Public School Education Technology Conference. The event welcomed teachers from across the district in hopes of showing them some of the best ways to use technology to advance their lesson plans and help students learn.

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FCC doubles money for school broadband to $2 billion

School districts throughout the U.S. have become more reliant on an internet connection for tests, games and other resources. In many of these districts however, the connection speeds are either unreliable or too slow to be useful on a consistent basis. The additional funding is expected to bring broadband to at least 20 million students in 15,000 schools.

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Barrington District 220 in Chicago approves technology fee increase

The Barrington 220 board of education voted to increase next year's technology fee by $50 to pay for the insurance costs of the new computer technology they will purchase as part of their digital age learning initiative. The unanimous vote reaffirmed the board's dedication to roll out a plan that would put a MacBook Air in the hands of every Barrington High School student next year and gradually provide iPads for middle and elementary school students.

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Tech minds starting new, diploma-granting school in Chattanooga

The Unicorn Institute is coming to Chattanooga, Tenn. That's the recently-revealed code name of a new school whose curriculum is designed to train people to be the best user-experience professionals in the world. Leslie Jensen-Inman, a designer and former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga professor, teamed up a few years ago with renowned internet usabilty guru Jared Spool to start the school, now officially dubbed the Center Centre.

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N.M. schools may bypass voters to raise $55M in tech funds

Santa Fe Public Schools is considering a plan to bypass voters and use its authority under a state constitutional amendment to impose a property tax that would raise $55 million for technology upgrades. The money would be used for infrastructure and to give every one of the district’s 14,000 students a laptop, iPad or tablet—despite problems with similar initiatives at districts across the nation.

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Florida lawmakers to push for bigger spending on school technology

Two Florida lawmakers applauded Gov. Rick Scott's proposal to spend $40 million on school technology improvements, but suggested the amount isn't nearly enough. "I feel we will [need] significantly more than that," Senate Education Committee Chairman John Legg said, setting a goal of closer to $100 million for fiscal year 2015 and a continuing revenue stream for the future.

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Allentown, Pa., high school turns to students for tech support

Most parents will tell you that when they have technology questions—how do you download an app or compile an album of online photos for a friend—they will turn to their resident "cyber natives"—their kids. So who better to help teachers with computer problems and challenges than students who have never known a world without them? That's exactly what the teachers at Parkland School District in Allentown, Pa., thought, and are now reaching out to their students for tech help.

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