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Social media access challenges parents, educators

With smartphones and tablet and laptop computers now as common as pencils and notebooks in many classrooms, schools and parents alike are having to figure out how to guide students’…

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FCC approves $1.5B E-rate increase

The Federal Communications Commission on Dec. 11 voted to increase funding to the federal E-rate program by $1.5 billion. The additional funding comes from a consumer telephone bill increase of…

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New Ethernet bridge technology meets bandwidth demands

As more schools shift to digital learning environments and online assessments, districts are looking for reliable and cost-effective solutions to support high-volume web traffic. ContentKeeper, a provider of BYOD and one-to-one…

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20 tips for putting Google’s 20 percent time in your classroom

Originally pioneered at places like 3M and HP, Google’s vaunted 20 percent time, which lets employees spend a full one-fifth of their time on passion projects, has spawned everything from…

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Can you spot these IT misconfigurations?

Through a new contest, IT professionals are challenged to find misconfigurations and best practices violations that put service availability and disaster recoverability at risk. Continuity Software's Infrastructure Mania Contest launched on…

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Obama praises educators’ efforts to end digital divide

President Barack Obama recognized school superintendents from across the country on Nov. 20 whose efforts to expand classroom technology means it no longer takes 20 minutes for a student in…

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Online assessments a challenge for states rethinking Common Core

Receiving a mandate to support Common Core assessments can be challenging enough for a district IT team, but what happens when your state is yo-yo’ing on Common Core and debating…

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Georgia district extends free broadband to Title I schools

Through a partnership with wireless service provider Kajeet, Georgia's Fayette County Schools are offering mobile broadband coverage to students in the district’s Title I schools. Partnering with 47 districts in 20…

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Digital textbooks a worthwhile frustration, Miami-Dade teachers say

Despite challenges, digital textbooks offer far-reaching benefits, according to educators No one is putting pen to paper in Nadia Zananiri’s ninth-grade world history class. Instead, every student is hunched over…

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As technology goes home, schools work out who pays for repairs

When Debbie Myers’ son and his classmates were first sent home with school iPads last year, she remembers parents asking what would happen if the iPads broke. This year, she found…