District CIO

Obama announces nearly $3B in ed tech commitments

With the addition of the Department of Agriculture’s $10 million-plus in distance-learning grants for rural schools, the financial pledges to narrow the technology gaps in schools total nearly $3 billion when added to commitments from the FCC and several private technology companies.

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Ed-tech pioneer Khan on what's next in online learning

By now, Salman Khan’s transition from hedge fund analyst to education technology mogul is well known in Silicon Valley. A decade ago, Khan began tutoring his 12-year-old cousin over the phone and through primitive instant messaging tools. Ten years and $7 million later, his Khan Academy online educational video empire counts 10 million monthly users in 200 countries.

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Teachers get hands-on training at education technology conference

Springfield teachers got hands-on training in a variety of classroom technology recently, as part of the first-ever Public School Education Technology Conference. The event welcomed teachers from across the district in hopes of showing them some of the best ways to use technology to advance their lesson plans and help students learn.

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Digital Learning Day conference ignites the blended flame

Former West Virginia governor and Alliance for Excellent Education President Bob Wise and N.J. school district science supervisor Rebecca McLelland-Crawley delved into blended learning with edtechchat co-founder Tom Murray as part of the third annual Digital Learning Day.

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CIOs are functioning as change agents

Is 1-to-1 mobile computing an essential tool that can help transform K12 education, increase student achievement and prepare students for 21st-century success? The honest answer is—it depends.

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Electronic privacy: Do schools have a role to play?

Changing technologies—and lax regulations—require extra steps to protect information in the age of smartphones, tablets and cloud storage. These new technologies bring enormous benefits for administrators, students and teachers, but they come with risks, particularly to privacy and information security.

Yeiser to serve as DCPS technology integration specialist

Aaron Yeiser has been selected to serve as the technology integration specialist for Daviess County Public Schools in Owensboro, Ky. Yeiser replaces Catherine Shelton, who recently accepted the position of director of curriculum and technology at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.

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Lincolnwood School District 74 in Illinois hires new tech director

Courtney Lee Adams has been hired by Lincolnwood School District 74 in Illinois as director of technology. She comes from Medinah Elementary School District 11, near Schaumburg, and replaces Jennifer Anderson, who held the position for about a year before resigning last November.

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10 virtual assistant services for your business

As a busy CIO or tech director, your time is best spent keeping the district running smoothly—and not getting bogged down by routine tasks and growing to-do lists. Virtual assistant services save you time by allowing you to offload tasks to highly efficient remote workers, wherever you are.

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8 things worth knowing about Microsoft's new CEO, Satya Nadella

While the profile of founder and former CEO Bill Gates still looms large, the board chose an internal candidate—46-year-old Indian-American engineer Satya Nadella—to replace outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer. Nadella is only the third CEO in Microsoft's 38-year history. For the uninitiated, here are eight things to know about him.

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