District CIO

Los Angeles schools learn lessons from hacked iPads

Administrators in the Los Angeles USD may tap the skills of students who hacked school-purchased iPads to strengthen security on the mobile devices. A week after the iPads were distributed in September, about 340 students hacked the security system to browse websites like Facebook and Twitter.

Cash-strapped districts consider sharing CIO with neighboring district

Just 51 percent of schools had a full-time employee whose only job was to oversee technology, according to federal data from the 2006-2007 school year, the most recent available. Thirty-two percent of schools had a part-time employee, and 17 percent had no one in this role. These numbers were even lower in small and rural districts.

Google chairman pushes tech in schools at Education Nation

A high school in White Plains, N.Y., has taken the controversial step of going all-digital, eliminating paper textbooks and replacing them with laptops. Where some critics see concerns about the digital divide and functionality, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt sees future employees.

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CoSN survey reveals widespread need for increased bandwidth

This week, CoSN released its key preliminary findings from a nationwide survey about broadband and the E-rate. Nearly 450 K12 ed tech leaders representing 44 states participated in the survey and overwhelmingly agreed that the E-rate is in dire need of reform.

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Technology adoption by lower-income populations

About one-third of people making $20,000 or less are not online. This and other results—including internet usage, broadband adoption, and the impact of mobile connectivity among lower-income populations—are discussed in a PowerPoint presentation by Aaron Smith, senior researcher at the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project.

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Socorro ISD launches Anonymous Alerts anti-bullying reporting service

The Socorro Independent School District in El Paso, Texas, has added a new communications tool called Anonymous Alerts, allowing its 44,000 students to quickly, easily, and anonymously report urgent information to school officials across their campuses.

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A superintendent succeeds with 1-to-1

At East Noble School Corporation in Indiana, every kindergartner and first grader uses an iPod Touch, students in grades 2-4 learn on iPads, and students in grades 5-12 are given Lenovo laptops. Here, textbooks are a thing of the past.

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District suspends $30M Amplify program over safety concerns

A North Carolina school district has suspended the use of 15,000 tablets after reports of multiple hardware issues, including the device’s charger melting at home. Districts everywhere have had high hopes that the affordable tablet would help bring K12 education into the 21st century. But melting accessories are not a good sign.

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Report: Many of Alabama's higher schoolers not ready for college

A new report from the Alabama Commission on Higher Education shows many college-bound high school graduates are still not prepared for the rigors of university mathematics or English. Of the 23,019 graduates in 2012 who enrolled in Alabama public colleges or universities, 33 percent tested into remedial math and/or English classes, according to the report.

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Business partnership teaches high schoolers tech skills

Tennessee manufacturing representatives are happy local schools are helping build a pool of future workers with knowledge in multiple engineering disciplines. Christy Brasher, an area manager at the Bridgestone tire plant in La Vergne, said her company regularly deals with a lack of qualified applicants.

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