November 4-7, 2014
Palm Springs, Calif.
November 4-7, 2014
Palm Springs, Calif.
The U.S. space program in Virginia is as strong now as it’s ever been. The two NASA centers in Virginia—Langley Research Center in Hampton and Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore—continue to be at the forefront of the agency’s work in deep space travel and in partnering with commercial industry to provide key services in low-Earth orbit.
We live in a connected community—one that can provide valuable tools to benefit students and teachers. Those benefits multiply when education, business and non-profits partner to share their talents to provide even more opportunities to engage in learning. One such partnership is happening in Wisconsin right now.
Most parents will tell you that when they have technology questions—how do you download an app or compile an album of online photos for a friend—they will turn to their resident "cyber natives"—their kids. So who better to help teachers with computer problems and challenges than students who have never known a world without them? That's exactly what the teachers at Parkland School District in Allentown, Pa., thought, and are now reaching out to their students for tech help.
In three states, not a single girl took the advanced placement exam in computer science last year. In eight states, no Hispanic students took it. And in 11 states, no black students took the test. The data—compiled by Barbara Ericson, director of computing outreach at Georgia Tech’s College of Computing—illustrates just how deeply the tech industry’s lack of diversity reaches.
Two Florida lawmakers applauded Gov. Rick Scott's proposal to spend $40 million on school technology improvements, but suggested the amount isn't nearly enough. "I feel we will [need] significantly more than that," Senate Education Committee Chairman John Legg said, setting a goal of closer to $100 million for fiscal year 2015 and a continuing revenue stream for the future.
Santa Fe Public Schools is considering a plan to bypass voters and use its authority under a state constitutional amendment to impose a property tax that would raise $55 million for technology upgrades. The money would be used for infrastructure and to give every one of the district’s 14,000 students a laptop, iPad or tablet—despite problems with similar initiatives at districts across the nation.
The Unicorn Institute is coming to Chattanooga, Tenn. That's the recently-revealed code name of a new school whose curriculum is designed to train people to be the best user-experience professionals in the world. Leslie Jensen-Inman, a designer and former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga professor, teamed up a few years ago with renowned internet usabilty guru Jared Spool to start the school, now officially dubbed the Center Centre.
The Barrington 220 board of education voted to increase next year's technology fee by $50 to pay for the insurance costs of the new computer technology they will purchase as part of their digital age learning initiative. The unanimous vote reaffirmed the board's dedication to roll out a plan that would put a MacBook Air in the hands of every Barrington High School student next year and gradually provide iPads for middle and elementary school students.
Among households with incomes of $30,000 and less, only 54 percent have access to broadband at home, says Kathryn Zickuhr, a research associate with Pew Research Center’s Internet Project. Members of these households are most likely to use internet access outside home—at work, school or a public library.
As Facebook turns 10, the total number of users among teens remains high, and they are not abandoning the site, according to Pew Research Center surveys. But focus group interviews suggest that teens’ relationship with Facebook is complicated and may be evolving.
While the profile of founder and former CEO Bill Gates still looms large, the board chose an internal candidate—46-year-old Indian-American engineer Satya Nadella—to replace outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer. Nadella is only the third CEO in Microsoft's 38-year history. For the uninitiated, here are eight things to know about him.
As a busy CIO or tech director, your time is best spent keeping the district running smoothly—and not getting bogged down by routine tasks and growing to-do lists. Virtual assistant services save you time by allowing you to offload tasks to highly efficient remote workers, wherever you are.
Courtney Lee Adams has been hired by Lincolnwood School District 74 in Illinois as director of technology. She comes from Medinah Elementary School District 11, near Schaumburg, and replaces Jennifer Anderson, who held the position for about a year before resigning last November.
April 2-4, 2014
New York, N.Y.