District CIO

Pennsylvania students take home six awards at TSAN conference

Students from the Colonial School District (in Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) enjoyed their best showing ever at the 2013 Technology Student Association National Conference, earning three first-place trophies and three third-place trophies. More than 5,000 students from the U.S., Germany, and Turkey competed in more than 60 events, ranging from animation to robotics and biotechnology.

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Congresswoman fires up middle school students to study technology

When Anna Eshoo was in middle school she wanted to be an eye doctor. She didn't know why, but she liked going to the doctor and all the things they did. But a teacher told her to forget her dream. "Girls aren't good at math," she told her. Eshoo, who has served in Congress for more than 20 years, was at Campbell Middle School Thursday to encourage girls -- and boys-- not to be held back from their dreams.

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A primer on learning content management systems

Learning management systems can help high schools through the process of offering more dual enrollment and online classes. These systems can be used to develop courses, provide online training, manage class registration, test students, and more.

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Louisiana's school technology footprint steadily improving

Some of Louisiana’s larger parishes, including Lafayette, Caddo, Rapides, Ouachita and Orleans, are lagging in providing the amount of computers and network connectivity needed in classrooms to meet minimum state standards for providing services and administering mandatory online testing in 2015.

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Delivering cellular services on large campuses

As districts across the U.S. struggle with growing bandwidth issues caused by 1-to-1 implementation, BYOD, online testing and more, this case study of how Yale University made mobile access easy campuswide should provide some helpful advice.

Maryland appoints new CIO, creates cybersecurity role

The governor of Maryland announced a new state CIO, and a new cybersecurity official. Isabel FitzGerald brings private- and public-sector experience, having served as CIO for the Maryland Department of Human Resources and later serving as the governor’s deputy secretary for operations. She will replace Elliot H. Schlanger, who will fill the newly created position of director of cybersecurity for the state. 

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Rewordify helps students read complex passages

Rewordify is a free site that was developed by a special education teacher and former computer programmer to help students read complex passages. Rewordify could help students who are having difficulty reading a book or article that is a step or two above their current reading levels.

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Global education technology and the Smart Classroom Market Report

This report projects that the smart classroom market will grow by 13.9 percent over the next five years from $31 billion in 2013 to $59 billion by the year 2018. It forecasts revenues and analyzes trends in more than 50 sub-markets, including interactive whiteboards, projectors, and audio systems.

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Digital Promise adds eight schools

Digital Promise, a nonprofit organization authorized by Congress to promote better use of education technology, has added eight public school districts to its League of Innovative Schools, a national coalition of public school districts committed to digital innovation for students.

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Incentive program for Kansas tech education paying off

A new state program that pays students’ tuition to help them pursue a technical education is getting glowing reviews from students and leaders alike. Under legislation passed in 2012, Kansas pays tuition for students who learn technical skills during their junior and senior years of high school.

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