District CIO

CoSN 2014 Annual Conference

March 19-22, 2014

Washington, D.C.

Illinois district sends administrators back to school

Community Consolidated School District’s leadership academy is teaching administrators how to coach teachers. Altogether, each administrator receives an annual 63 hours of PD focused on building the leadership skills needed for the 21st-century classroom.

Our View: 21st-century schools take time

Technology is the cure for what ails you—at least as far as learning in the public school classroom goes. So goes the argument from Santa Fe Public Schools administrators, who want the Board of Education to approve a 1.5 mill levy tax so that the district can spend some $55 million over five years to make Santa Fe schools technology smart. It’s a lot of money.

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10 online literacy programs to make reading more engaging

Online literacy programs are made more engaging by interactive activities and can personalize learning by tailoring reading assignments to students’ interests. Here are some programs to help struggling readers reach grade level.

Boston U alum building a new kind of carnival to inspire children

Nancy Bennett, a former entertainment executive and television producer and director, has founded the Two Bit Circus, a think tank that will never be confused with the Brookings Institution, but whose latest project may be just as relevant. The project, STEAM Carnival, is a reinvention of a traveling amusement show, aimed at sparking an interest in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math—or STEAM—among children.

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Blackboard and Pearson collaborate to better support K12 schools

Two K12 tech and service providers, Blackboard and Pearson, announced a collaboration to improve the integration and flow of data between their complementary K12 solutions.

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STEM education: include arts; STEM is not right for everyone

STEAM includes the arts as a vital part of each student’s education. If we want to engage more students, we need to spark their interests and their passions. The arts are a great way to accomplish this.

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Hooda Math unveils 50 math games for mobile devices

Hooda Math, a K12 provider of web-based math games, announced the release of more than 50 free games, from basic skill practice to brain-challenging escape games. Each game is non-Flash-based and compatible with any web-enabled mobile device.

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Harvard to cosponsor ed tech conference

Ed tech organization LearnLaunch, along with the Harvard Graduate School of Education, will cosponsor the second annual “Across Boundaries” conference focused on utilizing ed tech to improve K12 and higher education outcomes.

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Why schools live in an analog world, and what we can do about it

This summer, President Barack Obama asked a simple question: “In a country where we expect free Wi-Fi with our coffee, why wouldn’t we have it in our schools?” However, schools and districts across the country desperately lack technological capacity. The ISTE 2013 Vision K-20 Survey, which is not yet published, found that 70 percent of educators believe there is not enough bandwidth in their schools.

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