District CIO

Tech center upgrade part of New Hampshire town's capital spending plan

Dover's six-year capital spending plan, which includes dozens of projects and equipment purchases totaling more than $156 million, includes an $18 million career and technical center upgrade. Sharing the cost of the upgrade with the state, the city will pay 25 percent, or about $3.9 million.

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Microsoft and other firms pledge to protect student data

A week after California enacted a law restricting the ways education technology companies can use the information they collect about students, companies such as Microsoft, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Amplify, Edmodo and 10 others have committed to not selling information on K12 students. They have also pledged not to use students’ data to target them with advertisements or to compile personal profiles.

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New York City schools to go solar with $23 million installation

The city's schools will be equipped with new solar cells with $23 million in funding from New York City. An additional $5 million dollars from the state has been procured under the NY-Sun Initiative. The new devices will be installed at two dozen public schools.

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SchoolReach’s Community App helps schools go mobile

SchoolReach released Community App, a mobile app solution with custom-branded iPhone and Android apps that feature modules such as school calendars, staff directories, homework information, lunch menus, school social media accounts and more.

Odysseyware earns approval for Georgia textbook replacement

Odysseyware has officially been approved for Georgia’s textbook replacement program. The online K12 curriculum provider now has 115 core, elective and career technical education courses approved by the state to meet Georgia’s academic standards.

Fostering an early love of STEM through the power of storytelling

Toys make it possible to make early impressions on children, even when they don't have mentors. Storytelling toys are even better at this, because they create emotion and ignite imagination. Yet many of the toys and apps that our kids are playing with do nothing to encourage an early love of science.

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$5 million grant boosts 'tech-rich' learning in Vermont middle schools

Technology plus teacher training is part of an initiative launched at the University of Vermont five years ago with a $5 million grant from the Richard E. and Deborah L. Tarrant Foundation. The results in about a dozen Vermont middle schools were so encouraging that the Tarrants have come back with another $5 million gift to expand the program.

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Burbank Unified puts focus on tech

The California district's school officials approved spending $850,000 on technology-geared projects and personnel. Burbank Unified has been equipping classrooms with modern projectors, document cameras, voice amplification systems and control boxes. The district will also hire TELACU to oversee technology installation in 881 classrooms before September 2016.

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Making one-to-one meaningful

Many one-to-one initiatives fail to meet their objective, unless the objective is merely to give students technology and hope that they will figure it out from there. A more effective program begins with defining curriculum goals before purchasing technology, piloting the new technology, offering professional development and devising a roll-out plan.

The business of school visitor management systems

School visitors are no longer just writing their names in a notebook when they sign in. Districts are now scanning fingerprints and eyes to check if a visitor or contractor has a criminal record. Beyond security, visitor management systems can provide data such as the most visited teacher or who is in the building in case of an emergency.