District CIO

Intel scoops up e-learning technology start-up Kno For Education

Intel shored up its education solution portfolio with the acquisition of Kno, an education software start-up that includes more than 225,000 higher education and K12 titles. There are 75 educational publishers in Kno's program.

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Rosetta Stone continues expansion into ed tech for kids

Rosetta Stone Inc., a provider of education technology solutions, introduced Rosetta Stone Kids Lingo Word Builder, a new Spanish language learning and English reading app for children ages 3-6. The new app supports the Common Core Curriculum standards for kindergarten, reinforcing early English reading skills while also introducing Spanish speaking in a lively, engaging way.

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Schools embrace project-based learning 2.0

A bank in Albuquerque, N.M., had a limited budget to make one of its branches more environmentally sustainable, so students at the local Architecture, Construction, and Engineering Leadership High School rolled up their sleeves and went to work. They searched websites for green design options, consulted with an engineer, and used spreadsheets to compare potential costs and energy savings.

Report: Administrators–not IT staff–lead app adoption

Principals, superintendents, and district CIOs are increasingly becoming the decision-makers for purchasing school apps. Respondents to the 2013 National Survey on Mobile Technology for K-12 Education said 51 percent of principals were likely to lead the charge to buy apps, compared to 39 percent in 2012. The percentage of superintendents making the decisions rose to 26 percent this year from 10 percent in 2012.

YouTube in the classroom: A new necessity?

Districts are dropping bans on YouTube and allowing students and teachers access to the site’s educational videos. The change is coming about as educators decide YouTube’s library of educational content allows them to teach more creatively.

How states are combating cyberbullying in and out of school

Eighteen states have made cyberbullying a crime, and every state except Montana has passed anti-bullying legislation. Most schools have developed policies in line with those laws as about half of young people report having been harassed online, according to the Cyberbullying Research Center.

K12 Inc. honors six school districts for innovative use of online learning

K12 Inc., provider of proprietary curricula and online education programs for students in pre-K through high school, honored six school districts that have used innovative online programs transform to education for their students.

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Buffalo can lead the way on STEM education

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s support for turning the Buffalo Niagara region into a hub for nanotechnology is expected to bring more job opportunities into the region. However, the issue of educating qualified individuals for these high-tech jobs remains mostly unanswered.

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12 recent technologies that have yet to live up to their hype

With limited budgets, it's important that district CIOs spend their funds on technology that is going to make a real difference in student education. Here are 12 new technologies that haven't crossed the chasm into mass adoption yet, and CIO magazine staff feel the jury is still out on whether they will.

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CoSN IT Leadership Survey

Are budgets increasing or declining? What are the top three priorities and the top three challenges of school district IT leaders? In the latest CoSN IT study, read the top 10 key findings, from budgets to salaries to job titles and more.

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