District CIO

Digital education market expected to reach $220B by 2017

According to the report, “Smart Education and Learning Market: Advanced Technologies, Digital Models, Adoption Trends and Worldwide Market Forecast,’’ published by MarketsandMarkets, the Global Smart Education and Learning market is expected to reach $220 billion by 2017 at a compound annual growth rate of 20.3 percent from 2012 to 2017.

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Privacy and cloud computing in public schools

As public schools in the United States rapidly adopt cloud-computing services to fulfill their educational objectives, and transfer increasing quantities of student information to third-party providers, privacy issues become more salient and contentious. This study looks at how districts are using cloud services and provides recommendations for transparency, data governance and more.

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Portland, Wash., school board hires IT director

Board members of the Portland School District approved the hiring of Paul Dinka as the director of technology. Dinka replaces David Palme, who left the district in November to take a position with the Waverly School District.

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Too few girls and minorities study tech subjects

A big reason America is falling behind other countries in science and math is that we have effectively written off a huge chunk of our population as uninterested in those fields or incapable of succeeding in them. Women make up nearly half the work force but have just 26 percent of science, technology, engineering or math jobs.

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Technology training is the key to innovation

As cyber-native kids mature, they will require far less instruction on how to use technology and more education that prepares them to be the creators of it.

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New film inspires youth to find passion in STEM education

To inspire youth about the benefits of STEM and elevate career opportunities in the life science industry, California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, the Department of Education, The California Endowment, California Biotechnology Foundation and Lybba released the film "I Am A Scientist." The film details how STEM education can expand career paths.

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Kindle Fire adds education features to Kindle FreeTime

Thousands of new educational books, apps, games and videos are coming to Kindle FreeTime Unlimited, including Common Core Standard-aligned books, educational apps from developers like BrainPOP and Agnitus, and movies and TV shows from Sesame Street, PBS, Reading Rainbow and more.

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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.

CoSN 2014 Annual Conference

March 19-22, 2014

Washington, D.C.