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Water fountains go high-tech in California schools

Water fountains go high-tech in California schools

In today’s rapidly changing world, even school water fountains are going high-tech: Since the start of the 2010 school year, many Central Valley, Calif., students have wet their…

New Florida school is high-tech—and eco-friendly

New Florida school is high-tech—and eco-friendly

When students entered Palencia Elementary School in St. Augustine, Fla., for the first time in late August, they stepped into a high-tech, futuristic school focused on environmental sustainability.…

Anatomy of a school construction project

Anatomy of a school construction project

Before a ribbon is sliced by comically oversized scissors, before a brick is laid or an architect is chosen, before voters approve funding for a sparkling new school…

’21st-century schoolhouse’ saves money, improves efficiency

’21st-century schoolhouse’ saves money, improves efficiency

At first glance, it isn't the cost savings people notice about the Grand Meadow Schools in Minnesota, it's the unique and very different construction featuring its five domes.…

Schools moving away from hallway lockers

Schools moving away from hallway lockers

Lockers have served as a symbol of the American high school for decades, but with new technology--eBooks, interactive assignments, and web-based learning--they're gradually becoming a thing of the…

Soft, comfy chairs contain a built-in electrical outlet and USB port at their base, so students can plug in their laptops while they sit.

New classroom furniture facilitates 21st-century instruction

Those bland, standalone classroom desks arranged in neat rows could become a relic of the past, replaced by stylish tables and chairs with built-in power sources and wireless…

A new federal program will recognize schools that are creating healthy and sustainable learning environments.

New federal program promotes ‘green’ school policies

As the "green" movement sweeps across the nation, prompting citizens to buy organic produce and reduce their energy consumption, schools are following suit with lesson plans that teach…

.” Johnson Controls was selected by the Utah State Energy Program to install solar photovoltaic panels at 73 different schools throughout the state, with at least one set-up in each school district.

New program brings solar panels, and education, to schools

With energy efficiency becoming a universal concern, it seems natural that the conversation should move to schools. Johnson Controls’ Solar for Schools program brings the focus to the…

With an eye-popping price tag of $578 million, the opening of the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools will mark the inauguration of the nation's most expensive public school ever. (AP)

What’s more important: School buildings or the teachers who fill them?

A new public school building in Los Angeles that cost more than $500 million to build--at a time when the city has laid off more than 3,000 teachers…

The Athenian School's solar panels form the shape of an 'A' near the school's baseball field.

Solar power making a comeback among schools

Web surfers requesting a Google Earth view of the Athenian School in Danville, Calif., are greeted with an image of what school officials call the "solar A"—a mass…