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FCC Auction to Fill in Rural Broadband Gaps

The Connect America Fund Phase II auction (otherwise known as "Auction 903") will award up to $198 million annually for 10 years to service providers that commit to offer deliver 10 Mbps-caliber voice and broadband services to fixed locations in unserved high-cost areas.

Dept. of Defense Youth STEM Program to Explore Next-Generation Technologies

Now in its 15th year since its nationwide expansion in 2002, DoD STARBASE will introduce augmented reality (AR) and Internet of Things (IoT) concepts into its curriculum. Program participants will soon be able to use ThingWorx Studio, a solution that transforms IoT applications into immersive AR experiences.

PublicSchoolWorks Debuts Online Concussion Trainings to Keep Student Athletes Safe

In an effort to keep student athletes safe, PublicSchoolWORKS has released a suite of concussion-related safety trainings for coaches, educators, nurses or other staff clinicians at schools.

High-Achieving, Low-Income Students Largely on Their Own in College Application Process

Concerns about college costs such as room and board and extra fees "discourage" 34 percent of high-achieving high school seniors from low-income backgrounds from applying to any college.

DQC Urges States to Use Data to Improve Teacher Prep

While states have all kinds of requirements laying out how teachers should be prepared for the classroom, they don’t often give back information on how those teachers do in the classroom that could lead to improvements in their educator preparation programs.

Teaching Robots to Learn Teaches the Students Too

Typically, students work with robots that have been pre-programmed or program robots to undertake simple tasks for which the outcome is known. But a research project in Israel came up with a way for high schoolers and first-year engineering students to learn robot intelligence technologies by engaging them in teaching robots to learn.

Google and 4-H to Establish Coding Program in 22 States

The goal is to equip today’s learners with skills needed for careers that use computer science, since research estimates there will only be 400,000 qualified job candidates for more than 1.4 million open tech jobs in 2020.

Google Updates Docs with New Version Control, Customizable Templates

Google has updated Google Docs, Sheets and Slides with improved version control, workflow customization and more.

Blues Guitar to Get Mod Makeover in Mobile Education Units

The blues guitar made famous in the Mississippi Delta will receive a high-tech makeover in an after-school program thought up by college students.

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