District CIO

Seeking coders, tech titans turn to schools

The $30 million campaign to promote computer science education, financed by the tech industry, has been a success. So many students opened up a free coding tutorial that the host website crashed. But the campaign has also stirred unease about the growing influence of corporations in public schools and the motives of tech companies.

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Ohio school gets technology help from local business

Cheviot School has received computers and technology tools over the past year, but expertise on how to bring them into the classroom did not accompany the resources. A local business has teamed up with the school by sponsoring a monthly “Tech Cafe” for teachers in the school’s computer lab.

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Class around the clock

Better ways to use data. High-tech professional development. Differentiated instruction. Some exciting advancements are on the horizon for classrooms in 2015. A 24/7 learning model—that’s personalized and partly controlled by students—will become more entrenched.

Integrative STEM helps students

Integrative STEM education refers to engineering design-based learning approaches that intentionally integrate science and mathematics education with technology and engineering education. Integrative STEM education involves problem-based and project-based learning that allows learners to explore real-world problems, simultaneously developing cross-curriculum skills while working in small, collaborative groups.

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California is failing to produce enough computer scientists

California, home to Silicon Valley, is not adequately preparing its own students for the projected increase in jobs that will require computer science degrees. We need to update teacher pre-service technology requirements, develop a supplementary authorization in computer science and provide more professional development.

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$1 million state grant given to Mass. high school aviation program

The planned Airframe and Powerplant aviation program at Westfield Vocational-Technical High School received a state grant for over $1 million. Together with local partners, such as Gulfstream, AirFlyte and B&E Precision Aircraft Components, the new aviation technology education program will operate as a satellite campus at Barnes Municipal Airport.

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NSBA Annual Conference and Exposition

March 21-23, 2015
Nashville, Tenn.

70th Annual ASCD Conference & Exhibit Show

March 21-23, 2015
Houston, Texas

CoSN 2015: Enabling Your Digital Leap

March 16-19, 2015
Atlanta, Ga.

NSTA Conference on Science Education

March 12-15, 2015
Chicago, Ill.