District CIO

Digital age demands digital classrooms

The technology levies on the Washington state ballots are proof that the Legislature has failed its constitutional duty to fully fund basic education. The 21st century is saturated with electronic technology—yet school districts must beg local voters every few years to help upgrade computers, software and internet infrastructure. Technology today is part of basic education, but the state treats it as a luxury.

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Former Easton school official gets ARD for wiretapping

A former technology director for Easton Area School District in Pennsylvania accused of secretly recording a private meeting will be spared a criminal conviction. Thomas G. Drago was accepted into Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition, a first-offender program that will allow him to have his record expunged, provided he completes a year of probation and undergoes a psychological evaluation.

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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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