District CIO

New training paths for school tech staff

Given the need for qualified school technologists, there are a few training programs that specifically address the unique combination of technical and pedagogical skills needed for leaders and their staff, including CoSN’s certified education technology leader program and the Leading Edge Certification program.

Focus on inventions, not test scores

If the choice is between (a) having innovation clusters like Silicon Valley and middle-of-the-pack test scores or (b) having top-of-the-pack test scores and a second-rate innovation economy, the choice is clear. Let's focus on all the intangibles of innovation companies started, apps created, and most importantly, dreams fulfilled for judging the future success of our nation's STEM programs for kids.

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Questions persist over troubled iPad deployment in Los Angeles

With Los Angeles USD’s huge iPad purchase suspended, Superintendent John Deasy has alternated between describing the slowdown as a chance to regroup and denouncing those he accuses of politicizing the process.

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Tech firms, Los Angeles officials unveil statewide jobs consortium

In a regional effort to prepare California students for high-tech jobs, the LA HI-TECH Consortium was launched. The consortium will use a $15 million grant to strengthen strategic partnerships and career pathway links across five K12 systems, three community college districts, and a host of industry and community partners as future employers.

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Indiana school unveils security system to thwart shootings

An Indiana high school was chosen to be the first in the country to get a revolutionary security system to thwart school shootings. The multi-tiered system includes a key fob worn by teachers to activate the security system and immediately notify law enforcement. There are also hardened classroom doors, and surveillance cameras and sensors to track an attacker moving through the building.

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Technology, pressure drive rise in cheating on tests

Students and educators say technology is driving cheating to a new level. There are consequences to the easy access to information: It's eroded students' understanding of how to use technology responsibly. But as rule-breaking becomes more prevalent, teachers also are developing their own arsenal of tools to combat would-be cheaters.

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High-tech grant allowing Mich. schools to enhance engineering academy

Grand Rapids Public Schools has announced a new project to offer Project Lead The Way engineering courses in its Academy of Modern Engineering. Students will engage in open-ended problem solving and learn the engineering design process. The academy is among 13 Michigan high schools receiving $35,000, three-year renewable grants.

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School robotics world championship in Ky. boosts local tech interest

In April, the VEX Robotics World Championship competition will be held in Louisville. Local teachers see the technology event as a way to boost interest and student engagement in STEM fields that are often underrepresented in Kentucky.

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Interactive sci-tech exhibit visits Texas schools

A new Mobile Oilfield Learning Unit exhibit traveling to Texas schools will feature six learning centers with interactive sci-tech materials and activities that are based on national and Texas state science education standards. Students will also get the opportunity to participate in hands-on energy, technology and applied science activities.

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Michael Derry named as tech director in Portland, Maine

Portland Public Schools hired Michael Derry as the district's technology services director. He replaces Trey Bachner, who resigned this year to go into the private sector. Derry, a retired Navy chief, was the city's deputy IT director.

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