District CIO

School librarian cutbacks widen digital divide

About one-third of public schools do not have a full-time, state-certified librarian. The librarian’s ability to teach all students digital literacy skills plays a large role in closing the digital divide between students with internet at home and those who don’t have access.

Winncom Technologies partners with GoNet Systems to offer Wi-Fi solutions

Winncom Technologies has announced a new distribution agreement with GoNet Systems to deliver GoNet's optimized Wi-Fi solution with Next Generation MIMO - Beamforming technology. The solution is designed to support the latest Wi-Fi standards from 802.11a/b/g/n to 802.11ac.

Rolling out blended learning

Blended and online learning platforms are changing K12 pedagogy by providing students with some control over their path, time, pace and place of learning. This sharp departure from the traditional factory-based model of teaching and learning is increasing student engagement and freeing up time so that teachers can provide more one-on-one instruction.

Performance Matters picked for Florida county's 185 schools

Performance Matters has partnered with the Palm Beach County School District to provide its 185 schools with new tools for assessment and data management, including Measured Progress assessment resources developed to support Florida’s new math and reading standards.

‘Cyberarts’: Technology pushes art education forward

Art programs in schools are usually the first to be cut in times of budgetary constraints, but technological innovations have presented creative students with opportunities dubbed “cyberarts.” Cyberart can make students more computer literate as well as spark their imaginations.

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N.C. school system picks Lucas Gillispie to head up digital learning

The Surry County Board of Education has named Lucas Gillispie as the Surry County School System's director of academic and digital learning. Gillispie presently serves as district instructional technology coordinator in Pender County Schools.

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Emily Sanders named Pennsylvania district's new IT director

The New Castle school district has brought Emily Sanders to fill its information technology director position. Most recently, she was a department chair assistant and teaching assistant at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Blackboard launches public cloud version of it learning environment

Blackboard plans to launch a new version of its flagship learning environment that is delivered via the public cloud. The public cloud delivery option of the company's learning and synchronous collaboration environment will be fully available later this summer.

Massachusetts school board approves $6 million technology plan

The Springfield City School District board has approved a $6 million technology plan. The plan calls for the addition of laptops for every high school student in 2016 and for students in grades four through six in 2017.

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Restore vocational education

There was a time when vocational and technical education was still a strong part of high school curricula, serving as an effective vehicle for timely, rewarding employment after high school or community college. We need to open our eyes to the tremendous value of vocational and technical education.

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