District CIO

ISTE 2014

June 28-July 1, 2014
Atlanta, Ga.

Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo

April 2-4, 2014
New York, N.Y.

CoSN 2014 Annual Conference

March 19-22, 2014
Washington, D.C.

2014 AAAS Annual Meeting

February 13, 2014
Chicago, Ill.

K12 restructures exec suite, launches new company

K12 CEO Ron Packard has stepped down from his position to head another company that K12 is launching in conjunction with an outside investor group led by Safanad Ltd. K12 chairman Nate Davis will take on the role of CEO in Packard's stead. The new company, to be headed by Packard, will focus on technology-based learning programs through management and expansion of several existing early-stage businesses, the company said.

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First graders learn hands on about robotic medical technology

Rosalie Rucker’s students may only be half-way through the first grade, but they’re no strangers to STEM careers. Recently, Rucker’s “Little Engineers” took a field trip from Whitman Elementary School in Turnersville, N.J., to Kennedy University Hospital in Washington Township for a look at how robotic technologies help save lives every day.

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Former Chicago tech director lands county job despite investigation

A former Chicago Public Schools tech director, Prasad Nettem, who resigned after being accused of shaking down a subcontractor for a $2,000 bribe, has landed on his feet. He now works for Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle’s office, making $145,000 a year.

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SchoolDude and NBOA launch independent school technology survey

SchoolDude and the National Business Officers Association launched a survey to benchmark the state of technology at independent schools. This will be the first-ever comprehensive research study to evaluate tech staffing, budget, priorities and challenges among independent schools. In addition, the survey will report on trends, including BYOD, 1-to-1 computing, bandwidth, infrastructure and tech management.

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Pennsylvania tech director writes, shares Technology Buying Guide

To get the right answers, ask the right questions. That's how every purchase of digital equipment should begin, says Suhail Baloch, technology director for West Jefferson Hills School District. Baloch tells everyone what the right questions are in his Technology Buying Guide for 2013, which is posted on the district's website.

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Former Atlanta school system CIO admits receiving kickbacks

A former Atlanta Public Schools chief information officer entered a guilty plea over $60,000 in kickbacks he received for influencing the school system to award a $780,000 project to a certain computer vendor.

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