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FCC Says AT&T Violated E-Rate, Overcharged Florida Schools

Telecommunications giant AT&T overcharged two Florida school districts for phone service and should have to pay about $170,000 to the U.S. government to settle the allegations, the Federal Communications ruled this week, as reported by Ars Technica. AT&T disputes the charges and will contest the decision.

Home Connectivity and the Homework Gap

A disparity in home Internet service has lead to the “homework gap,” where economically disadvantaged students “go from a digital oasis to a digital desert when they go from school to home.”

Police Get Secure WiFi Access at 3 Iowa Schools

The Iowa Department of Public Safety has launched a program that allows the state’s law enforcement officers to park their patrol cars outside schools and access secure, high-speed WiFi Internet service.

RapidIdentify Software Gets OneRoster Certification

Identity Automation's RapidIdentify software — intended to make access and account management for school districts and other large organizations with complicated IT infrastructures easier — has been certified by the IMS Global Learning Consortium for its OneRoster standard.

VitalSource and Cerego Introduce Bookshelf GPS

VitalSource Technologies, Ingram Content Group’s education technology division, has collaborated with Cerego to launch Bookshelf GPS, a customizable learning platform that combines the best of VitalSource’s Bookshelf platform with Cerego’s personalized learning technology.

The Art of Procurement: Balancing Price and Performance

The learning environment is changing in our schools, and technology is playing a big role. How schools are acquiring their resources can be as affecting as the changes in instructional practices used by teachers.

La Serna High Student Inspires Launch of STEM Classes

A girl who knows how to code can change the world. At least, that’s what Markie Wagner of Whittier, CA thinks.

Chromebooks Help Drive PCs Upward in U.S. as Worldwide Computer Shipments Continue Slump

Worldwide PC shipments declined 5.2 percent in the second quarter of 2016 when compared to the second quarter of 2015, according to preliminary results from technology research firm Gartner. Strong gains in Chrome shipments buoy U.S. market.

Microsoft Awards $3.4 Million Technology Grant to New England Center for Children

Microsoft has donated $3.4 million in software and services to the New England Center for Children (NECC), an institute that provides education and research for children with autism.

Madison Academy Upgrades to Gigabit Fiber WAN

Madison Academy in Alabama has implemented a 1-gigabit per second fiber-to-the-premises network between its two campus locations and a multipurpose student service center and is planning to extend the fiber connection to a third building currently under construction.

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