District CIO

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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Forbes 30-Under-30 honoree, Nic Borg, on tech-enabled education

Nic Borg’s background is unlike any of the other entrepreneurs featured in the Education Technology Innovation series. He comes from academe, but rather than being a former university professor, Borg spent seven years at Kaneland High School in Maple Park, Ill. building web-based tools and learning management solutions. The small-scale innovation that he introduced proved to be a pilot for something bigger to come.

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800 Bayonne, N.J., students receive laptops

By the end of last week, 800 Bayonne, N.J., students were expected to be roaming the hallways with books in hand and, if all goes according to plan, carrying new Google Chromebooks. A few months ago, the Bayonne school district went wireless in all its classrooms to prepare for the new digital state tests.

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Penn Manor distributes 1,700 laptops to high school students

Penn Manor High School recently distributed more than 1,700 laptop computers to its students for use in the classroom in the largest 1-to-1 student laptop program of any school district in Lancaster County in Pennsylvania. Every student in grades nine through 12 received a custom-designed Acer computer, carrying case, charger and mouse.

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N.C. district hires new tech director

The Alamance-Burlington School System has a new executive director of technology and career and technical education. Dennis Frye was with Rockingham County Public Schools since 2007, and last served as director of instructional technology and media.

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iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium

November 4-7, 2014

Palm Springs, Calif.

ISTE 2014

June 28-July 1, 2014

Atlanta, Ga.

Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo

April 2-4, 2014

New York, N.Y.

CoSN 2014 Annual Conference

March 19-22, 2014

Washington, D.C.

Apex recognizes district leaders using its digital curriculum

Apex Learning, a blended and virtual learning solutions provider to U.S. schools, announced that the Center for Digital Education has named several Apex Learning clients among the top 40 innovators in education in its 2013 Yearbook.

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