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Angela Bacon named as Georgia district's technology officer

Interim Cobb Schools Superintendent Chris Ragsdale has chosen Angela Bacon as interim chief technology officer. Ragsdale previously hired Bacon as director of instructional technology in 2011, when he was still deputy superintendent.

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All-girls schools cited as key to women winning in tech

Attending an all-girls high-school or college can keep women on the technology track, a panel of women investors and executives said at Bloomberg’s Next Big Thing Summit this week. Being in a same-sex academic environment erased some of the stereotypes and stigmas that prevent girls from pursuing a passion for technology, according to the Women & Tech Next Wave session panelists.

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Mississippi district integrates software from Compass Learning

Beginning this summer, Greenwood Public School District will personalize instruction with a new digital educational tool through Compass Learning. The district’s 3,000 students will receive direct instruction and immediate feedback both at school and at home through any web-enabled device.

Discovery Education launches digital learning partnership with Maryland county

As part of a six-year agreement, Discovery Education and Maryland’s Kent County Public Schools (KCPS) are partnering to create digital learning environments in classrooms districtwide. KCPS' K12 students will have access to Discovery Education’s digital textbooks and curriculum-based content. Discovery also will provide KCPS educators with professional development.

The business of e-payments

There are six decisions a district leader must make when accepting electronic payments from parents—which is one step for districts in going paperless. Many school systems have had vendors set up secure online portals where parents can pay for AP courses, lunches and field trips, among other items.

2014 AESA Summer Leadership Conference

July 14–17, 2014
Santa Fe, N.M.

NAESP 2014 Conference

July 10–12, 2014
Nashville, Tenn.

ISTE 2014

June 28–July 1, 2014
Atlanta, Ga.

2014 ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence

June 27–29, 2014
Dallas, Texas

NABSE Aspiring Superintendents Summer Institute 2014

June 22–24, 2014
Downers Grove, Ill.