District CIO

High school tech programs going beyond the classroom in 2014

The Troy City School District is working to strengthen its high school tech courses with the help of business partnerships made through a new statewide education program. Donna Watson, Troy's assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, said the program will help the district better prepare students for college and careers.

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Writing and tech come together at Burlingame school

Technology and poetry are colliding at Roosevelt Elementary School in Burlingame, Calif. Two third-grade classes have embarked on a new project to spread poetry through QR codes that they will place in the community. When community members pass the codes, they can scan the work with their smartphones and capture the poem.

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Obama launches competition to revamp high schools

President Barack Obama plans to unveil a new $100 million competitive grant program called Youth CareerConnect that will help to better prepare high school students for high-tech careers.

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ReadWorks adds more science passages aligned to Common Core

ReadWorks is a nonprofit service that has cataloged hundreds of lesson plans and more than a thousand nonfiction reading passages aligned to Common Core standards. Recently, ReadWorks added a new batch of science passages with accompanying question sets to use in elementary and middle school.

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The worst ways to select education apps

Many teachers who are new tablet users fall into similar patterns of searching for and selecting educational apps for their students, such as choosing a brand that is familiar. Common patterns such as this one tend to be the least effective.

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Students create astronaut gear in NASA program

Astronaut gear made by high school students in a NASA program will be sent up to the International Space Station in June. It will be the first student project to be sent to the station during the program’s 10 years of operation.

How schools are managing the move to mobile

The rise of 1-to-1 programs has pushed a surge of mobile devices into schools, creating a whole new logistical challenge for district CIOs. These technology managers are wise to deploy a mobile device management system to keep track of both the hardware and the data.

Classrooms go high-tech with Google Play for Education

Google is making it more convenient for schools around the country to integrate tablets and educational apps into the classroom. The search company launched tablets running Google Play for Education, a version of the Google Play app store specifically designed for K12 schools in the U.S.

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iPad use out of sync with LA charter school's philosophy

Ocean Charter, a Westside school based on the Waldorf educational philosophy, which bans plastic toys, is part of the much-debated $1-billion effort to provide an iPad to every student and teacher in the Los Angeles USD.

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