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Governor Haley Education Plan Includes More Tech in Classrooms

By Jennifer Cobb

With the new year having just begun, state leaders across the country are gearing up for their respective state of the state addresses, laying out their plans for improving economies, infrastructure, education, and employment. In South Carolina, Governor Nikki Haley has made reforming the state’s public school system an important piece in her re-election campaign, and in an online article published by The State over the weekend, readers are given an exclusive look at Governor Haley’s plan. Governor Haley’s plan includes: More focus on poorer districts Increased access to classroom technology, which could include devices or network access...

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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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Two New Tech High Schools Open in SC

By Erin Kleinlein

Cougar New Tech Entrepreneurial Academy in Walterboro and Scott’s Branch High School in Summerton became part of the network of 130 cutting-edge New Tech Network schools across the country at the beginning of this school year. Funding for the schools came through a $2.9 million Investing in Innovation (i3) grant from the U.S. Department of Education, matched by local and national funders. New Tech Network, a subsidiary of KnowledgeWorks, uses project-based learning as the primary method of instruction.  Students collaborate on meaningful projects that instill deeper learning skills like critical thinking, creativity, and communication...

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Digital Learning Opportunities in South Carolina

By Erin Kleinlein

Digital learning month is upon us and there’s no better way to celebrate than to gain some knowledge about digital concepts and devices. Digital learning can be applied to numerous parts of our lives including education, economic and employment opportunities, safety, and just plain fun. To become more tech-savvy this summer, check out the conferences, classes, and other events below!   Digital Learning Conferences Upstate Technology Conference Greenville County School System brings educators and professionals together to learn about digital tools and applications. July 9-10- Greenville, SC http://www.greenville.k12.sc.us/gcssi/  ...

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