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3/24/2017

Wireless and streaming technologies are bringing big changes to audio-visual services on college and university campuses, say IT experts. Trends include streaming AV content, improved projectors and better AV technology for collaboration.

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CampusTechnology.com
3/23/2017

A Twitter video showing a high-school senior asking his best friend's younger sister, who has Down Syndrome, to the prom has attracted almost 500,000 likes and been retweeted over 100,000 times. The senior wears a T-shirt that says on the front, "I know I'm NACHO your typical Dorito but..." with the back saying, "I'm going to be CHEESY and ask: will you go to prom with me?"

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3/23/2017

Officials in New York City plan to spend more than $12 million this year and another $14.8 million next year to fix an online system that supports more than 190,000 students with disabilities in the city's schools. Critics say the costly system is responsible for students missing out on needed services.

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Daily News (New York)
3/22/2017

Teachers don't have to be the technology "guru" for students, according to National Board Certified Teacher Tricia Ebner. In this commentary, she shares three ways she has dealt with being overwhelmed by technology by changing her thinking about the subject.

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3/22/2017

US lawmakers discussed the future of a block grant program under the Every Student Succeeds Act, federal education funding and more at the recent Council of Chief State School Officers' legislative conference. Chris Minnich, the executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers, said states are still forming their plans under ESSA.

3/22/2017

One student went the extra mile for his "promposal." An Ohio teenager ran a 5.5-mile route that, when logged with the activity-tracking mobile application Strava, spelled out "prom."

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Today
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3/21/2017

Teachers at a middle school in Georgia are using Plickers, a real-time assessment tool, to help gauge whether students understand a lesson. The mobile app allows students to respond to a teacher's question electronically and the teacher can determine which students need extra help on the topic.

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WMGT-TV (Macon, Ga.)
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3/21/2017

LightBoard -- a glass board illuminated by LED lights -- is taking video tutorials to the next level, writes Peter West of Saint Stephen's College in Australia. In this commentary, he shares how his school and others are building and implementing LightBoards at their sites.

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3/20/2017

The nonprofit Grahamtastic Connection provides technology, including iPads, computers and robots, to help ill students stay connected with friends, families and classmates. Leslie Morissette, who launched the program in memory of her son, says most ill students just want to feel like a normal kid.

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CNN
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3/20/2017

Officials in some school districts in Pennsylvania and New Jersey are eliminating expensive textbooks in favor of free, open-source materials. Educators say the transition has been years in the making, with a heavy focus on preparing teachers for the change.