District CIO

Illinois district to conduct 15,000-student tech survey

Illinois' large District 300 will survey 15,500 students and 1,500 teachers and administrators to help shape the future of technology in its classrooms. The survey will assess whether educators and students understand and are comfortable with technologies used in the classroom.

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Games students play in New York City

Quest to Learn, a public school formed by the New York City Department of Education and Institute of Play for grades six through 12, and its sister school in Chicago are among the only schools organized around principles of games and connected learning.

Conditions for building a technology learning plan

The International Society for Technology in Education recommends districts consider its list of Essential Conditions when building a framework for teaching with technology. Tips include empowering leaders, sharing a vision and providing technical support.

Protecting student data in the age of marketing and advertising

District CIOs need to have a complete understanding of a district’s legal obligations to protect student data as more student information is stored with online, third-party providers and parents’ privacy concerns reach new heights.

Business feedback puts seventh graders on technical job track

A suburban Minneapolis, Minn., district has reached out to local businesses for help with revamping the seventh grade technology curriculum to include more hands-on lessons. It also will shift the focus from traditional shop projects to lessons on robotics, lasers, graphic design, 3D modeling software and understanding blueprints.

iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium

November 4-7, 2014

Palm Springs, Calif.

ISTE 2014

June 28-July 1, 2014

Atlanta, Ga.

Whole Child Symposium

May 8, 2014

Washington, D.C.

Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo

April 2-4, 2014

New York, N.Y.

With federal funding, Calif. district giving laptops to all students

Merced Union High School District will spend $8.7 million to give close to 8,000 students their own Google Chromebooks for instruction by August. The funding is a combination of $5.5 million from the Federal Communications Commission and another $3.2 million in funds from a Common Core implementation budget.

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