District CIO

CoSN 2014 Annual Conference

March 19-22, 2014

Washington, D.C.

ASCD 69th Annual Conference & Exhibit Show

March 15-17, 2014

Los Angeles, Calif.

Area schools to partner with new Chicago digital manufacturing lab

Local schools, including Barrington High School and Lake County High School's Technology Campus, have now signed on as partners in the new digital manufacturing and design institute to be built in Goose Island, Chicago. A multi-partner team led by UI Labs will receive $320 million from the U.S. Department of Defense and from industry, government and community partners.

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Next gen science enters new dimension

A new approach to assessing students’ three-dimensional learning should give teachers a clearer picture of the reasoning their students are using to grasp science concepts. This more intensive assessment will be a critical tool for schools implementing the Next Generation Science Standards to boost STEM scores.

Schools learn to outsmart ADHD

When students are diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), tactics that were once excluded from the classroom are now considered a valid option for helping them focus and learn. One approach involves using software and online tools to help students improve key skills.

Repair? Refresh? Recycle? Replace?

Many districts do not realize that making the initial investment in school technology is only phase one. Within several years, they must wrestle with a quandary that all 1-to-1 programs eventually face: What to do when devices become outdated or need repairs.

Money for Utah school equalization shifted to tech initiative

Senators approved taking possibly hundreds of millions of dollars that were targeted to help equalize funding for schools around the state over the next four years, and earmarked it instead for a drive to put more technology in schools.

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New all-digital curriculums hope to ride high-tech push in schoolrooms

English-language curriculums built entirely on a digital platform are about to enter the market, with promises that they will change the nature of classroom learning. While some teachers are reluctant to commit to a curriculum from just one provider, some observers also question whether digital tools would enhance literacy more than superficially.

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Alaskan bill giving tech funding to home schools sticks in committee

The Senate Education Committee questioned the constitutionality of a bill that would fund student equipment and technology service purchases for correspondence schools and home schooling. It calls for an increase from an 80 percent base student allocation to 100 percent.

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Follett partners with ShowEvidence on educational assessment

Follett Corporation announced an investment in ShowEvidence, Inc., a Santa Clara, Calif., education software company that provides a system for authoring, performing and rating student and teacher work that automates the scoring based on evidence found within the work products.