District CIO

Encourage private investment in education

To help alleviate the skills gap, private sector industries have begun making their own investments in education. In the U.S., too few students will find their way into STEM fields on their own. They need to be shown a path, and that entails getting them excited about science and technology at an early age.

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Getting young Latinas involved in tech and science

Latina women made up only two percent of scientists and engineers in 2010 in the U.S. A California after-school program, DIY Girls, is now working to change those numbers by teaching skills such as soldering electronics and using 3D printers.

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Pike County one of first in Alabama with virtual high school

The county's virtual high School, one of the first in Alabama, will offer credit recovery for students who have fallen behind and for those interested in advanced classes. Required credit classes will be offered, along with AP, dual enrollment and electives normally not available at a regular high school.

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More money for Maryland tech positions and projects

Among other approved items in its 2015 budget, the Carroll County Board of Commissioners voted to allocate $1 million in surplus funds for technology improvements and add $200,000 to the Office of Technology Services’ operating budget for new tech positions.

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$650M bond for California district's 41 schools sparks debate

A debate has emerged over Fremont County's $650 million school bond measure, which includes a $39 million technology infrastructure and equipment upgrade that would increase bandwidth and add wireless access points. School leaders say the bond is necessary to modernize aging campuses but opponents call it a financially risky move that won't address half of the district's many needs.

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More help needed to expand tech education

If MassCan can raise more funds from the private sector, the state and foundations, the business-nonprofit coalition hopes to train enough teachers so that, in five years, a computer science course can be offered in the majority of Massachusetts public high schools.

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Code.org launches computer science programs in 30 districts

Code.org is partnering with 30 public school districts, including three of the 10 largest in the country, to enable students to take computer science lessons through an online portal. The organization also helps public schools offer computer science courses by training their teachers in the organization’s curriculum.

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Silver Dolphin Books and Skyreader Media launch app series

Silver Dolphin Books and Skyreader Media Inc. have partnered on the launch of three new interactive apps based on Silver Dolphin Books' "Pretend and Play" series. Using its web-based platform Skyreader Studio, Skyreader Media has developed the e-books for the Apple iPad.

Discovery Education debuts professional development service

Discovery Education has launched Digital Leader Corps. Featuring professional learning, pedagogy and tools, the new professional development service works collaboratively with school districts to help participating educators learn to integrate educational technologies and digital media into classroom instruction.

iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium

November 4-7, 2014

Palm Springs, Calif.

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