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UK Elementary School Upgrades WiFi for Digital Learning

Giffard Park Primary School in the United Kingdom has upgraded its wireless network to support the increasing number of mobile devices being used for digital learning inside and outside the classroom.

Miami-Dade Schools Rolling Out 100,000 Windows 8 Devices by August 2014

Miami-Dade County Public Schools has provided additional details about its move into 1-to-1. The district, which has 350,000 students, will be rolling out 100,000 HP and Lenovo Windows 8 devices by August 2014.

Microsoft Program Opens Discounts on Windows Devices to All U.S. Public Schools

Microsoft took the wraps off a plan Tuesday to discount Windows-based devices for United States schools. The company, along with partners Dell, Lenovo and others, is launching an education program that will cut up to $1 billion in costs on software and devices in the coming year by opening up discounts that were previously available only to high-needs institutions.

Corporate America Commits $750 Million for ConnectED

President Obama has wooed $750 million worth of commitments from technology companies to support his ConnectED education initiative, originally announced last summer. Among the commitments, $100 million in devices and content from Apple, $100 million in free Internet connectivity for students from AT&T and $100 million worth of digital books for schools from O'Reilly Media.

E-Rate Reform at Hand as FCC Pledges $2 Billion More for Wireless Broadband

The Federal Communications Commission has gone public with plans to "reprioritize" existing E-rate funds over the next two years in order to invest an additional $2 billion toward putting broadband and wireless networks into 15,000 schools representing 20 million students.

10 Major Technology Trends in Education

According to the latest data, video for homework is on the rise; mobile computing is "beyond the tipping point"; and most kids don't use traditional computers to connect to the Internet at home. Those are just three of the major trends revealed in the 2013 Speak Up Survey from Project Tomorrow.

Open Compute Project Draws Technology Contributions from Industry Heavyweights

The Open Compute Summit saw news from multiple technology companies eager to join a movement that's changing the components that make up datacenters.

50 Top Execs Urge E-Rate Modernization To Propel Broadband in Schools

Top executives from 50 diverse companies came together today to urge the FCC to modernize the E-rate program to help bring broadband to schools in the United States.

Green Bay District Supports Chromebook Deployment with 4G LTE for Access on and off Campus

Wisconsin's Green Bay Area Public School District is taking a novel approach to supporting its 1-to-1 Chromebook program. Rather than simply using standard WiFi, the district is providing broadband access via 4G LTE and allowing students to use the network on and off campus.

One-Seventh of the World's Population Got a Smart Phone Last Year

In 2013, for the first time ever, the number of smart phones shipped worldwide in a year topped 1 billion. That's about one smart phone for every seven human beings alive.

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