District CIO

Michigan school wins share of $5 million tech grant

By 2015, students at Ann J. Kellogg Elementary School will have an iPad or Google Chromebook after the school won a share of a $5 million technology grant. Receiving about $850 per student, the Battle Creek public elementary school will share the grant with 13 other schools across Michigan.

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Tennessee district approves $1 million for school tech plan

Commissioners voted to give over $1 million to Jackson-Madison County Schools to fund the beginning phase of a long-range technology plan. In addition to a reading mastery program, the initial pilot program will cover funding for access points, hardware costs, digital resources and professional development.

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New York City's Digital Ready initiative spurs schools to experiment

Brooklyn International is one of 10 New York City high schools receiving support from a new Department of Education program designed to boost innovation. The program, called Digital Ready, offers resources to the chosen high schools as they experiment with new tools, partnerships and methods of instruction and assessment.

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Indiana district going full STEAM ahead in 2015

Indiana's Fairfield district is planning on restructuring its schools to use the STEAM model for all grades starting in 2015. Elementary schools would see the biggest change, with two schools focusing on STEAM and a third on practical arts. Parents will be able to choose what learning model would be best for their child.

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CDW earns Google Enterprise global partner award

CDW was named Google Enterprise’s 2013 Global Partner of the Year for Google Chrome. CDW was recognized for its track record of Chrome implementations in 2013—particularly its K12 initiatives in Passaic City Schools, Achievement First and Tuscaloosa City Schools.

AltSchool raises $33M to give K8 education a modern tech makeover

Ed tech startup AltSchool Inc. has raised $33 million to expand its elementary and middle school services. It currently runs several “micro-schools” in the San Francisco Bay area, leasing school building space and operating the schools with its own personnel and proprietary software.

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Director of 21st Century Education

Mobile apps move K12

Administrators are using mobile software applications to remain highly productive no matter where they are. These apps also are making it easier to create learning communities where leaders can share a range of information with other districts.

Lasers, electronics and robotics energize STEAM Carnival

A carnival with a twist is coming to the West coast this spring. Students will navigate a laser maze and measure their strength in volts—all while learning engineering skills. The STEAM Carnival was created by Two Bit Circus, a Los Angeles-based engineering and entertainment company that creates high-tech games.

Where's my Wi-Fi?

The wireless networks at six Alabama high schools are now humming at full power after administrators figured out how to prevent a new wave of new smartphones, tablets and other devices from overwhelming bandwidth capacity.