District CIO

Districts to receive $10 million for STEM education from NEF

National Education Foundation will invest $10 million to increase the number of school districts across the country with access to high-quality STEM education programs. In order to qualify for the matching grant, a district must have 35 percent or more students on free or reduced cost lunch.

How schools are bringing mobile under control

Districts supporting BYOD can manage students’ instructional software through virtual containers and clouds while relying on MDM software to manage security. Whatever strategy a district chooses, the end goal is to take device management out of the hands of teachers and students, so they can focus on learning.

Tech company philanthropy takes hold in San Francisco schools

Most San Francisco students live a car ride away from Silicon Valley’s technology giants. A new philanthropy initiative is pairing companies such as Dropbox, Eventbrite and Xoom with city schools to inspire students to pursue college and career pathways in technology.

New York City gets state funding to open a construction-focused P-TECH

The city will receive a slice of $28 million in state aid over the next seven years to open a seventh P-TECH school that will offer training in construction management, civil engineering and architectural technology.

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Pennsylvania district hires new technology director

Philip Vinogradov, an Upper Dublin resident currently employed with the Centennial School District, was hired as director of technology for the Upper Dublin school district.

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Turning schools into storm tracking stations

Science teachers wanting to teach their students about the changing ways of weather could find themselves with an interesting teaching aid this spring. BloomSky plans to give away 10,000 internet-connected weather probes to schools and parks.

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Report praises Mass. technical schools for industry collaboration

The Filling the Skills Gap” report suggests guaranteeing funding, removing administrative barriers to vocational programs. and making vocational schools the most in-demand schools in urban areas. The report also wants the vocational school model made available to cities and towns that do not belong to a regional vocational-technical district.

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$2.8 million grant funds N.Y. college-district tech program

The Dunkirk City School District and Jamestown Community College will share a nearly $2.8 million state grant to develop and implement a new program that will allow students to earn their high school and associate’s degrees.

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To bolster Nevada's high-tech education, reform schools

Nevada’s school districts need faster alternative high-tech certification programs, more hiring flexibility and a merit pay system that not only rewards high-performing teachers, but provides significantly higher base salaries to positions that are critical to workforce training.

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Alabama county unveils new fleet of high-tech school buses

Limestone County Schools has unveiled a group of new higher-tech buses with four security cameras, Wi-Fi capability and LED dome lighting as well as air conditioning, staggered seating and graffiti-proof seats.

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