District CIO

iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium

November 4-7, 2014
Palm Springs, Calif.

Samsung's Chromebook 2 available with Intel processor

Samsung is expanding its Samsung Chromebook 2 Series with a new, 11-inch Chromebook 2 with an Intel Celeron processor. With speeds up to 2.58GHz and a 1 MB L2 cache, the Chromebook 2 also has an overall system memory of 2GB, eMMc technology and a storage capacity of 16GB.

Researchomatic's digital library enhanced with new services

Researchomatic has added Free Citation Generator and two search modes powered by Google to its digital library. These services will offer support for e-library management services such as building digital collections, enriching content and sharing research projects.

TES Global launches TES Labs

A new online community has been launched by TES Global where teachers and start-ups can develop effective edtech products together. On TES Labs, start-ups ask teachers from all over the world for feedback on their products and usage.

Hillsborough school board names new head of IT

Lesly White, the Moffitt Cancer Center’s director of information technology, infrastructure and shared services, has accepted the job of managing the Florida school district’s department of IT, security and privacy.

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Miss. county school system investing millions on technology

As part of a four-year plan, DeSoto County Schools is spending millions of dollars on new technology. Hernando High School teachers were the first to receive the Apple MacBook Air laptops, which students will get next year. There are also carts with iPads for students to share. Starting in 2017, every elementary classroom will have a class set of iPads.

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Two-year technology upgrade plan approved by Minn. district

The $3.8 million upgrade project will replace aging wiring and network switches while swapping out the district’s landlines for an Internet-based phone system. The two-year project is expected to boost Internet speeds and allow more devices to connect wirelessly to the district’s network.

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Eastern DataComm partnering with Extreme Networks

Eastern DataComm is now an approved vendor for Extreme Networks on the Western States Contracting Alliance. Extreme Networks joins the list of technology solutions that Eastern DataComm is now able to provide school districts under this cooperative. They are also currently a vendor for ShoreTel and Alcatal-Lucent systems.

With new technology peer group, teachers evolve along with students

In Minnesota, a group of tech-savvy Waseca teachers now make the rounds to help assure their colleagues' technology skills evolve at the same rate as students. Each school in the district has its own Rotating Technology Coaches group. Several times a month, a teacher takes a day to work with teachers who have expressed the need for technology help

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N.M. school district faces tech challenges ahead of new tests

The Rio Rancho school district is facing technology challenges – not enough computers, electrical outlets or space – in its preparation for the new online Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers standardized test this spring. To address the shortage, the district will create a schedule and rotate students into the testing spaces.

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