District CIO

Edublogs student blogging challenge offers great activities for kids

This semester Edublogs is once again hosting a student blogging challenge. It offers a series of blogging tasks designed to help students (and teachers) improve their blogging skills. Completing the tasks of the challenge will help students not only learn how to write better blog posts, but also how to be better online communicators in general.

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Interactive tables offer ability to collaborate

Educators have suggested that if they had a device or solution that could work as easily as an iPad to fit the needs of small-group collaboration, it would be a valuable addition to any classroom environment or collaboration lab.

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Career tech shifts into higher gear

When career tech students in 21 West Virginia districts returned to school this fall, they didn’t head to classrooms. They went to work. Through the state’s Simulated Workplace pilot program, high school students learn in classes that are restructured to feel like workplace environments. For instance, students will clock in upon arrival, take random drug tests, and be evaluated based on their “company’s” bottom line.

Blended Learning: A look at the transformation of K12 ed in Idaho

November 19, 2013

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McGraw-Hill Ed, Time to Know launch Digital Teaching Platform 7.0

McGraw-Hill Education and ed tech partner Time To Know launched Digital Teaching Platform 7.0, a data-driven, differentiated teaching and learning system for math and reading that delivers a deeply personalized educational experience with the potential to dramatically improve educational outcomes.

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Easton, Pa., district tech director will face trial for wiretapping

The former technology director for Easton Area School District in Pennsylvania accused of secretly recording a private meeting will face trial in Northampton County Court. Thomas Drago, 54, acknowledged at a hearing that prosecutors have enough evidence to merit a wiretap violation charge.

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Longtime tech director moving on

Bailey Mitchell, who has been the director of technology in the Forsyth County school system in Georgia for 16 years, has resigned to take the position of chief academic officer for an international company called itslearning, developer of a next-generation learning platform.

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From CIO to CUXO: Chief user experience officer

The chief information officer's role will become less about developing and maintaining highly customized applications and more about creating a seamless experience across generic cloud apps.

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Report: Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study

The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study, in which 20,000 fourth- and eighth-grade students in more than 1,000 schools participated, provides data on the math and science achievement of U.S. students compared to the scores of their peers in other countries.

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Realizing the full benefits of 3D printing will require openness

3D printers, which create customized objects on demand using digital instructions, are quickly finding their way into large companies, university labs, and home garages. Students, professionals, and hobbyists can now design and make new devices without large amounts of money or specialized equipment. But like any other new technology, with possibilities also come many concerns.

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