District CIO

ALAS Education Summit

October 15-18, 2014
Atlanta, Ga.

California school district considers $34 million in tech upgrades

A proposal for the Santa Monica-Malibu USD provided a high-end estimate of what the first phase of their technology upgrade might cost. The $34 million would be spent on software, hardware and new staff. One big-ticket item, a network upgrade for 809 classrooms and workspaces, could cost about $9.2 million.

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2014 AASA & ACSA Women in School Leadership Forum

October 2-3, 2014
Rohnert Park, Calif.

Momentum: FLVS World Symposium

September 30-October 3, 2014
Orlando, Fla.

North Carolina county's new technical high school short on students

Wake County’s new $24.5 million high school – the first in the district focused on teaching job skills – opened in August with plenty of high-tech equipment but only 28 percent of its planned capacity. School board members admit that only offering 10th through 12th grade was a mistake.

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High tech music experiment targets Louisiana elementary school

A group of students at an East Baton Rouge Parish School District elementary school have been picked to be part of an experiment called Piano Lab. The goal of the highly focused curriculum is to teach music to help students with reading and math with the high-tech aid of loaned Yamaha Clavinoa pianos that are actually electric keyboards.

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Tools4ever launches Blackboard Learn building block

Tools4ever is collaborating with Blackboard Inc. to offer a connection from its User Management Resource Administrator (UMRA) solution to Blackboard Learn. The UMRA - Blackboard Building Block connection allows school districts to automate and streamline their identity management.

Red Comet unveils new learning management platform

Red Comet introduced a brand new learning management platform that hosts all the courses on one platform. The new system offers better reporting and student progress tracking facilities.

Measures approved to create a STEM center in Pa. district

The Norwin School Board is moving forward with a capital campaign and forming a fundraising steering committee to create a STEM center at its high school. The district also will develop financial projections for the center.

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Amidst ed tech horror stories, some blended-learning schools shine

Stories of mismanaged 1-to-1 computing initiatives in schools are filling the news — and unsurprisingly so in many cases. But there are plenty of good “edtech” stories worth highlighting. In almost every case, the schools that are getting it right are focused on the problem they are trying to solve and designing an instructional model first.

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