District CIO

More technology success results needed

Digital technology is a good thing when it comes to motivating today’s students. But it also raises many challenges, the biggest of which involve effectiveness and equality. State, district, and even classroom leaders would serve students, their families, and taxpayers well by creating and sharing policies that thoroughly address technology's effect on these areas.

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Let’s stop focusing on gadgets and start using tech to empower people

Red Burns was one of the most influential figures in the tech industry over the past 30 years, most famous for co-founding the groundbreaking Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at NYU. Two weeks ago, she passed away. But much more needs to be said about one of the smartest, gutsiest women I ever knew, and about what she thought about education, technology, design … and life.

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21 districts join Teaming for Transformation II

The Consortium for School Networking has announced that 21 K12 school districts will collaborate in "Teaming for Transformation: Leading Digital Conversion for Student Learning II." Participating districts will work until CoSN’s 19th Annual Conference in March to improve student-centered learning in classrooms nationwide.

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Raleigh County, W.Va. schools shift from textbooks to iPads

Raleigh County students are going high-tech this year, becoming the first public school system in West Virginia to rely on iPads instead of textbooks. The program is called iRaleigh.

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Apps that let parents forecast their kid's grades

The grading systems used in some high school and college classes can be convoluted: When weekly quizzes combine to count for 25 percent of a final grade, homework assignments for another 15 percent, and a term paper clocks in at 30 percent, figuring out where kids stand in the middle of a semester requires serious longhand division for some parents. Here are two apps CIOs can recommend to make it easy for parents to calculate running tallies of a student's final grade. 

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Navigating access and identity management for K12: Questions to ask

With the start of school comes a heightened awareness of security and privacy from parents and the community. Here are 10 questions about access and identity management to consider when planning for a digital learning environment.

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For the St. Paul district's tech plan, Dell is an early favorite

Three months before November's levy referendum, St. Paul Public Schools had a frontrunner for a multimillion-dollar project key to the district's technology plan on the ballot. Two months after the vote, the public, the teachers union, and school board members learned that the frontrunner was Dell.

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Denver school deploys high-tech digital signage

Kent Denver School, in Englewood, Colo., announced the opening of the Duncan Center, a 21st-century learning facility that provides modern instructional and collaboration design elements, technology to enable student-to-student connections around the world, and facilities to help close the digital divide.

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Tech-savvy teachers push Edmodo teaching app

With Facebook and other social media barred in Virginia's Chesterfield Public Schools, Adam Seldow, chief of technology for the district, says so many teachers got hooked on Edmodo that its use is going districtwide.

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BYOT: Is it the great equalizer or causing a wider divide?

Since 23 percent of American teens have tablet computers, 47 percent have smartphones, and 78 percent have cellphones, a bring your own device policy is on the rise, according to the Pew Research Center. But will students who can't afford the technology be left behind?

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