District CIO

NABSE Aspiring Superintendents Summer Institute 2014

June 22–24, 2014
Downers Grove, Ill.

Virginia county goes Google with 32,000 Chromebooks

Chesterfield County Schools, one of the country’s 100 largest school systems, has purchased 32,000 new Chromebooks for the 2014-15 school year from Google Enterprise.

New blended learning charter school proposed by Ohio district

The Norwood school district is waiting for the Ohio Department of Education's approval of a charter school application for the new Norwood Conversion Community School, which will focus on offering a blended learning environment for students. Although the district will sponsor the school, the charter school will have its own director and board.

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New SRI International research offers insight into blended learning

Blended learning models may improve education by enhancing personalized learning in schools and freeing teachers to focus on helping all students develop higher-level learning skills. However, successful implementation of these models requires adequate infrastructure, reliable technology, quality software content, and changes in classroom management practices, according to new research by SRI International.

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More vocational school graduates opt for college

Once viewed as a place for student slackers with no college ambition, Massachusetts vocational high schools are increasing academic standards, offering honors classes, and producing more college-bound students than ever before. During the past five years, the percentage of vocational school graduates attending four-year colleges rose at schools across the state.

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Idaho districts weigh options for high school WiFi networks

School districts across the state are weighing whether they want to continue with or sign on to a multi-year statewide contract with Education Networks of America for WiFi at every high school in Idaho, or set up their own WiFi networks with state funding that lawmakers approved this year.

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Three myths about technology's role in education

Most of the conversations around technology's role in education are missing the mark — honing in on ed-tech financing or the “technology gap.” There are three common myths surrounding technology’s purpose in the education system, including the thought that new technology developments should immediately “disrupt” current operations.

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Illinois tech academy promotes Bret Hitchings to executive director

Heartland Technical Academy has named Bret Hitchings, formerly the assistant director, as the school's new executive director. Former executive director Jodi Ferriell has accepted a new position as director of the Capital Area Career Center in Springfield.

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Why aren’t more schools using free, open tools?

Schools have many reasons for wanting to systematize technology but are they missing a key element of the technology revolution--a moment for real change--by locking down computing systems and by default ensuring students remain tech-users, not creators?

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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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