District CIO

2014 AAAS Annual Meeting

February 13, 2014

Chicago, Ill.

Massachusetts' Keefe Tech adopts BYOD

Keefe Technical School in Framingham, Mass., is adopting a bring-your-own approach in its progress toward an eventual 1-to-1 computing model, Superintendent James Lynch told the district’s school board recently. So far, it is not mandatory that students bring a laptop to school, although administrators will likely revisit the issue a year from now to see how many are doing it voluntarily.

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Belk awards $150,000 in tech grants to Charlotte, N.C.-area schools

Belk Inc. has awarded $150,000 to eight Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools as part of its “Rocking the Belk Bowl” contest. The competition offered Charlotte-area schools an opportunity to win tech grants by creating and displaying educational and Belk Bowl-themed designs on school rocks or bulletin boards.

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Wisconsin governor signs two bills boosting tech education

Supporting technical education and encouraging young people to consider careers in manufacturing are an important part of improving Wisconsin's economy. To facilitate that goal, Gov. Scott Walker signed two bills into law that aim to bolster technical education.

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Clarksville, Ky., tech school to open in August

Part of the former Value City Department Store that closed five years ago in Clarksville, Ky., is being renovated for a New Tech Network school that officials plan to open in August for up to 100 freshmen.

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Florida district plans new online tech school, more K8s

The Broward school district has proposed a series of sweeping changes to battle declining enrollment and drops in student performance. Changes include the creation of the district's first online technical high school, three new preK-8 schools, and an overhaul of six failing elementaries.

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Phoenix-area district struggles to set tech rules

Mesa Public School’s new Eisenhower Center for Innovation opened with the promise that every student would get an iPad to use in school and at home. But as the first semester comes to a close, the school still locks up its $600,000 iPad inventory, and Mesa still does not have a policy that allows students to take the devices home.

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Former South Jersey district tech director loses licenses over porn

The N.J. Department of Education Board of Examiners has revoked the licenses of a former Vineland School District supervisor of technology for accessing pornography on district computers during work hours. The decision says that the websites Stephen Dantinne accessed over a 30-day period in September and October 2012 included pornographic images or aberrant and deviant subject matter.

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Bedford, N.H., district mulls high school technology

Bedford's high school is looking to enhance and manage students’ future learning through technology and better prepare teachers to create a web-based curriculum. Terry Bullard, the director of technology, is recommending moving to 1-to-1 because it provides the same device to each student, and offers better classroom management than BYOD.

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Technology and education is child's play in Boston

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt partnered with Computer Clubhouse, a digital design studio for urban youth located at the Boston Museum of Science to host "EdMakers: Reimagining Your Education Experience." The event was a day-long program that encouraged local students to use technology to tackle challenges facing education.

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