District CIO

Wallingford, Conn. schools’ tech director leaving post

The Wallingford, Conn., school district’s director of technology services is leaving next month to take a similar job in Newington, Conn. Randall Backus’ last day after 11 years on the job in Wallingford is Feb. 21. He will start his job as the Newington school district’s chief technology officer March 3.

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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.

2014 AAAS Annual Meeting

February 13, 2014

Chicago, Ill.

Blended learning a topic of focus at World Economic Forum

Blended learning was under the spotlight at a dedicated panel at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland last week. Education International’s general secretary, Fred van Leeuwen, participated in the panel entitled ‘The Future of Learning’, which debated how education systems are responding to advances in online learning and social technology.

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Will Google school Apple in the education sector?

A recent article in The Wall Street Journal showed that preliminary data from Futuresource Consulting has Chromebooks taking 19 percent of the K12 tablet and PC market, with Apple at 47 percent and Windows at 28 percent. Those numbers may not seems like a big deal until you consider that Chromebooks had just 1 percent at the end of 2012.

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Robotics project among high school tech exhibits at SUNY showcase

When a group of students from South Glens Falls High School, north of Albany, N.Y., got thirsty and needed a drink of water, they dispatched their robot to a nearby table, where a person put the bottle on the robot and it delivered it back to them. The students' robots impressed those in attendance at a career and technical symposium held recently at SUNY Plattsburgh’s Queensbury campus.

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Ingalls Shipbuilding gives $107K to schools for STEM projects

Ingalls Shipbuilding is helping students in Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana build robots, space buggies, bridges, rockets and roller coasters—all while boosting their interest in science, technology, engineering and math. The Pascagoula, Miss., shipyard distributed 25 grants for use on a variety of STEM-related projects and competitions.

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