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Partnership Between Private Business, Public School District Brings Wi-Fi, New Technology to Chester County

By Erin Kleinlein

The Chester County School District announced an exciting and innovative new partnership  this month between the public school district and TruVista Communications, a private telecommunications company.  TruVista Communications, with the support of an anonymous donor, has made a commitment to place free Wi-Fi hotspots, designed to work solely with district-issued devices, in predetermined locations across the entire county.  The Chester County School District is the only rural school district in South Carolina to partner with a private business to ensure high school students and teachers will have Internet access at these...

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Loris Elementary School in Horry County Participates in ‘Virtual Show and Tell’ with White House

By Erin Kleinlein

On June 6, Horry County’s Loris Elementary School in Loris, SC had the opportunity to have a “virtual show and tell” with the White House. Students and teachers from the elementary school were able to join Deputy Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council James Kvaal, Betsy Corcoran of EdSurege, and other schools from around the nation on a Google+ Hangout video chat. Students were asked how they were using technology in their classrooms and they were able to tell about projects and demonstrate with their devices. The students explained how they used iPads to take photos for projects, use virtual books, and create presentations...

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Education Technology’s Impact on South Carolina’s Economy and Workforce Development

By Wil Payton

In the knowledge workforce of the new economy, technology access and expertise are key factors in the success of individuals, communities, and businesses. South Carolina policymakers are acutely aware of the correlation between education technology and economic development. Jim Rex, State Superintendent of Education stated in the South Carolina State Technology Plan 2009 – 2013 that “the future vitality of our state’s economy depends upon the ability of South Carolinians to use computers and digital information systems, and to adopt and adapt to an information age. Key to stimulating this economic development is a K-12 education system that...

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Technology is Rapidly Transforming the Institution of Education

By Wil Payton

In September we’ll be highlighting the role technology plays in the education sector. From kindergarten through college, learning is becoming more of a virtual, web-based experience. A recent MSNBC.com article highlighted the efforts to expand the telepresence of the Deer River School District in Minnesota. Below is a portion of that article: In northern Minnesota, new technology will help level the playing field for schools in remote areas, said Matt Grose, chair of the Itasca Area Schools Collaborative and superintendent for the Deer River School District in Deer River, Minn. The collaborative, which includes 20 schools and 6,000 students...

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