District CIO

ISTE 2014

June 28-July 1, 2014

Atlanta, Ga.

CoSN 2014 Annual Conference

March 19-22, 2014

Washington, D.C. 

America's internet speeds rank 31st worldwide

According to a new study by Speedtest.net, the U.S. ranks 31st in the world in average download speeds. At 20.77 megabits per second (Mbps), America falls behind countries like Estonia, Hungary and Uruguay. With the average download speed across the globe at 16.20 Mbps, the U.S. is only a handful of spots away from ranking below average.

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Latinos narrow digital divide between 2010 and 2013

Latinos are closing the digital divide, according to a report from the Pew Research Center. The survey shows that Latinos are 2 percent more likely to own a cell phone than whites, 3 percent more likely to use a smartphone and 16 percent more likely than whites to be accessing the internet from a mobile device.

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Video game creators are using apps to teach empathy

Much of the modern education reform movement has centered around the drive for data. The video gaming industry does much the same thing, but for a different purpose. It is becoming a data-driven industry where games evolve depending on how they are played, and some game designers are hoping to take these new skills and apply them back to education.

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Building STEAM among female students

The dearth of women in technology professions or girls taking STEM classes has been well-documented. But I found reason for hope recently one afternoon with young girls studying STEAM, in full-day Saturday workshops where the girls engaged in hands-on learning about robotics and gaming technology using NASA STEM education guidelines developed for the U.S. Department of Education.

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Educational innovations need more funding

High-tech plus high-touch equals high cost, an equation that has some Mead SD educators looking for extraordinary solutions. The Washington district’s Riverpoint Academy combines computer-based instruction with hands-on manufacturing. Keeping up with the latest technology is challenging, however, as few of the necessary tools on Director Dan Butler's wish list come cheap.

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Coding clubs point to new direction in public schools

Thanks to a new program adopted by the Jackson-Madison County school system in Tennessee, 80 students have signed up for coding clubs that will help them get in on the ground floor of this high-tech trend. The program could give them a leg up for post-secondary education and, hopefully, help them land a good job after graduation.

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Missouri assistant superintendent accepts position with online university

Angie Besendorfer, Joplin assistant school superintendent, announced that she will leave her local post to become chancellor of WGU Missouri, a nonprofit, online university.

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Auditors find lapses in North Carolina's online public school

A state audit found shortcomings in how administrators at the North Carolina Virtual Public School reported enrollment totals and evaluated teachers, but found no evidence that educators were overpaid. About 50,000 public school students across the state take part in the school's more than 100 online courses .

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