District CIO

Three myths about technology's role in education

Most of the conversations around technology's role in education are missing the mark — honing in on ed-tech financing or the “technology gap.” There are three common myths surrounding technology’s purpose in the education system, including the thought that new technology developments should immediately “disrupt” current operations.

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Illinois tech academy promotes Bret Hitchings to executive director

Heartland Technical Academy has named Bret Hitchings, formerly the assistant director, as the school's new executive director. Former executive director Jodi Ferriell has accepted a new position as director of the Capital Area Career Center in Springfield.

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Why aren’t more schools using free, open tools?

Schools have many reasons for wanting to systematize technology but are they missing a key element of the technology revolution--a moment for real change--by locking down computing systems and by default ensuring students remain tech-users, not creators?

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Angela Bacon named as Georgia district's technology officer

Interim Cobb Schools Superintendent Chris Ragsdale has chosen Angela Bacon as interim chief technology officer. Ragsdale previously hired Bacon as director of instructional technology in 2011, when he was still deputy superintendent.

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All-girls schools cited as key to women winning in tech

Attending an all-girls high-school or college can keep women on the technology track, a panel of women investors and executives said at Bloomberg’s Next Big Thing Summit this week. Being in a same-sex academic environment erased some of the stereotypes and stigmas that prevent girls from pursuing a passion for technology, according to the Women & Tech Next Wave session panelists.

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Mississippi district integrates software from Compass Learning

Beginning this summer, Greenwood Public School District will personalize instruction with a new digital educational tool through Compass Learning. The district’s 3,000 students will receive direct instruction and immediate feedback both at school and at home through any web-enabled device.

Discovery Education launches digital learning partnership with Maryland county

As part of a six-year agreement, Discovery Education and Maryland’s Kent County Public Schools (KCPS) are partnering to create digital learning environments in classrooms districtwide. KCPS' K12 students will have access to Discovery Education’s digital textbooks and curriculum-based content. Discovery also will provide KCPS educators with professional development.

The business of e-payments

There are six decisions a district leader must make when accepting electronic payments from parents—which is one step for districts in going paperless. Many school systems have had vendors set up secure online portals where parents can pay for AP courses, lunches and field trips, among other items.

2014 AESA Summer Leadership Conference

July 14–17, 2014
Santa Fe, N.M.

NAESP 2014 Conference

July 10–12, 2014
Nashville, Tenn.

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