District CIO

SETDA Leadership Summit and Educational Forum

November 3-6, 2013

Arlington, Va.

Tablet and e-reader ownership update

The number of Americans ages 16 and older who own tablet computers has grown to 35 percent, and the share who have e-reading devices like Kindles and Nooks has grown to 24 percent. Combined, the number of people who have a tablet or an e-book reader among those 16 and older now stands at 43 percent, up from 25 percent last year.

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Howard County school buses being outfitted with new digital cameras

The Howard County Public School System, in Columbia, Md., has begun outfitting its school buses with new digital camera systems. Four cameras are being installed on each bus, two in the front, one in the middle, and one in the back. The cameras will allow administrators to review incidents on the buses.

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Blended learning is best for Newark charter school students

For a number of years, educators in both district and charter settings around the country have been leveraging advances in online-learning technologies to move toward blended-learning environments in their brick-and-mortar classrooms and schools to improve the educational opportunities for all children. An ongoing lawsuit in New Jersey, however, is attempting to reverse this trend.

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Long Island superintendent featured at ed tech association meeting

Superintendent of the Mineola Union Free School District Michael P. Nagler was a featured presenter at the Oct. 16 meeting of the Association of Suffolk County Supervisors for Educational Technologies.

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Louisiana Tech works with area high schools to improve STEM skills

LaTechSTEP focuses on professional development of high school STEM teachers, followed by “Discovery Weekends” where university faculty and high school teachers collaborate as a team to present engineering design projects to high school students.

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High-tech language learning at Somerville High School

This isn't your father's language lab. Since the beginning of the school year, the approximately 750 students of Somerville High School in Massachusetts who study Mandarin, Italian, Spanish, French, and Portuguese have been taking lessons in a state-of-the-art interactive learning lab with slick Apple-computer work stations.

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Regional tech school continues to take shape in Mass.

The main building of the new $133 million Essex Technical High School measures three football fields in length. Clad in laminated wood veneer panels, it has the scale of an airport terminal. The building is large primarily because it’s four schools, or academies, in one.

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Why P-TECH High School in Brooklyn may be future of U.S. economy

It’s a three-year-old school with only about 300 students, but Pathways in Technology Early College High School, or P-TECH, is being called, by a very highly-placed source, the future of America’s presence in the global economy. That source is none other than President Barack Obama.

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California officials visit tech-driven Miami public schools

Seven Adelanto Elementary School District officials visited a handful of Miami public schools earlier this month, inspiring preparations for the opening of the California district's newest STEM school. Gus Franklin Elementary, a kindergarten through sixth-grade school, is set to open in August and will have a wing with virtual learning classrooms.

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