(From left to right) Reynolds Farm Equipment CEO Mitch Frazier talks with panelists AgNext CEO Troy Fiechter, farmer Jim Kline, and Taranis head of marketing Alex Whitley during Forbes AgTech Summit in Indianapolis. (Samantha Horton/IPB News)
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Indiana farmers say high-tech agriculture has helped them be more profitable, but it also poses challenges. Some farms say it’s become difficult to find skilled employees who can use modern equipment.

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A Purdue University professor has developed technology he hopes will make fireworks safer.

UPDATE: Indianapolis officials have since announced their plans to formally bid for the Amazon project. Read the story here

State officials won’t say if Indianapolis will join the race to house Amazon’s next headquarters. And despite the Hoosier capital’s push to become a tech hub, analysts say the it may face an uphill battle if it opts to bid on the massive project.

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Rossville students will attend a homeroom period this school year to learn about technological responsibility. Schools have also added three technology-centered courses.

The class addition came as part of Rossville Consolidated Schools’ technology program. New computers and tablets for K-12 students are to be distributed later this month. Teachers were required to attend training with the new computers this summer.

Superintendent James Hanna says the program aims to prepare students for a changing technological workplace.

Purdue Wifi Expands Downtown

Jun 22, 2015
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Purdue Air Link wireless internet is now available off-campus. The network has been expanded to areas of Lafayette and West Lafayette that already carry city wifi. People who have Purdue accounts can log on to PAL in places like Tapawingo Park, the West Lafayette Farmer’s Market, Lafayette’s Main Street, and the county courthouse square. 

Purdue Chief Information Officer Gerry McCartney says he hopes the expansion, which piggybacks on Lafayette and West Lafayette infrastructure, will get more students to explore the community.

Carmel Company's iKeg Could Help Bars On New Year's

Dec 30, 2014
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As bars and breweries stock up for New Year‘s Eve, some will use an app from a Carmel company to make sure they‘re not tapped out.   

Because you can‘t see into a beer keg, SteadyServ CEO Steve Hershberger says bars can’t tell when they‘re running low, and brewers don’t know which beers are selling fastest. He says most bars just guess.

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President Obama is pushing for schools to increase their use of technology in the classroom. Teachers nationwide are introducing “Bring Your Own Device” policies, and beginning to use tools like Skype to bring in guest lecturers from around the world. Teachers in Indiana are being recognized for paving the way when it comes to new technology, but effectively incorporating it into teaching can be a challenge. 

How The Role Of A School Librarian Is Changing

Oct 6, 2014
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Once upon a time, Jaime Burkhart would have been considered a “librarian.”

“My job description title in Monroe County is ‘media specialist’,” Burkhart explains.

As technology finds its way into classrooms, librarians are seeing their roles in schools change.

Hackathon aims to help Lafayette area businesses

May 4, 2012


Technology developers in Greater Lafayette are coming together to address local business issues.

Local non-profit Lafayettech is hosting a “Community Apps Hackathon” Saturday, May 5. It’s at its hub 580 N 36th St, Suite A, Lafayette.

Organizers are calling on participants to develop software using city data on building permits, code violations, and utilities.

Lafayettech President Nelu Lazar hopes the event will help integrate technology into local business efforts.

TSC Board changing policy on digital devices

Mar 26, 2012

Students in the Tippecanoe School Corporation will be able to use electronic and mobile devices more often next school year.

The district will allow cell phones, iPods, tablets, and laptops on campus before and after school, and during lunch hours. Currently, they are prohibited during those times.

Assistant Superintendent David Notary says the change is appropriate, because of the growing importance of the devices.

"Some of the teachers are allowing them more in the classroom.”