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Houston Nonprofit Delivers Refurbished Computers, Tech Education to Underserved Youth

To help close the digital divide in Houston, a nonprofit organization has supplied nearly 9,000 refurbished computers to students from underserved communities over the last 10 years.

SparkFun Opens micro:bit Technology to American Markets

SparkFun Electronics has begun carrying the micro:bit in the United States, starting this month and shipping in early May 2017. The micro:bit — a beginner-friendly, reprogrammable microcontroller — gained popularity after the BBC gave the board to every 11- and 12-year-old student in the United Kingdom to inspire a new generation to pursue innovation in computer science.

Science and STEM Educators Win 2017 Vernier NSTA Technology Awards

Seven elementary through college-level educators have won the 2017 Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards, valued at $5,500 each and sponsored by Vernier Software & Technology and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).

3 Tips to Successfully Create Virtual Field Trips in Your Classroom

Here are three tips from an experienced teacher on successfully creating virtual field trips in the classroom.

Charter Communications Joins with Harlem Fund to Open Spectrum Learning Lab

Charter Communications has joined with the Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HAEF) to open a Spectrum Learning Lab at HEAF’s main program site, located at 2090 Seventh Ave. in Manhattan.

Program Simplifies E-Rate Filing Process for Texas Districts

Texas school districts worked with networking solutions provider D-Link to prepare a technology plan and upgrade their networks to support digital learning initiatives long-term — while maintaining their budget.

Apple Unveils $329 iPad With Improved Display and Performance

This week, Apple released a slew of product updates that included a more affordable iPad device with an enhanced display.

Future Ready Schools to Host 8 Learning Institutes

Beginning this summer, FRS will host eight learning institutes that offer personal professional development opportunities for district leaders, IT directors, principals, teachers, instructional coaches, librarians and media specialists planning to implement personalized learning strategies for their students.

Google Helps Students Get Online on Buses

Eighth-grader Lakaysha Governor spends two hours on the bus getting back and forth to school each day. Thanks to a grant from Google, she can now use that time more productively and get her homework done.

Prince William County Grants $100K to Startup Scriyb to Produce a Cloud-Based Teaching Platform

The Prince William Board of County Supervisors has authorized a $100,000 performance agreement with Scriyb, a technology startup company based at the Virginia Serious Games Institute, to pioneer a new cloud-based live-streaming teaching platform for online education.

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