District CIO

Chris Cerf's decision to leave ed post is New Jersey's loss

New Jersey’s departing Commissioner of Education, Chris Cerf, has a new gig at the education technology firm Amplify Insight. If the Garden State is truly committed to education reform, it will find another commissioner cut from the same cloth.

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Rhode Island schools are on the right course

In Rhode Island, we invest wisely in our children and schools. But despite the progress we've made, we have much more to do to ensure that all our students are achieving. First, we need to welcome technology into the classroom—not just as a tool or resource, but as an essential element in the process of teaching and learning. 

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3 things to include in your digital learning strategic plan

A school- or districtwide digital learning strategy provides a paddle to help steer your organization toward its learning and teaching goals. It’s the shared vision educators rally around to guide effective technology implementation. In Wisconsin, award-winning ed tech advocate Kurt Kiefer helped develop a statewide digital learning strategic plan that serves as a blueprint for schools as they transition toward digital age instructional models. Here, we share his ideas.

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10 key findings from COSN's 2013 IT Leadership Survey

In 2012, 80 percent of school district IT leaders predicted flat or declining IT budgets. That was one trend uncovered in the Consortium for School Networking's 2013 survey. Their 2014 survey is currently underway. In the meantime, here are 10 key findings from last year's report.

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Indian Springs High School students learn high-tech manufacturing

Forget wood shop and auto shop: Students at San Bernardino City Unified’s Indian Springs High School are going to learn computer-aided design of prosthetic limbs, print them on high-end 3D printers and finish the end result.

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Waukee schools to use new technology to screen visitors

Waukee will become the latest Iowa school district to install a high-tech software program, called the Raptor Visitor Management System, that screens visitors to ensure they are not in the national database for sex offenders.

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Franklin Special School District wants more tech help

FSSD in Tennessee will seek another instructional technology specialist to support and lead educators and students. These specialists help integrate technology within daily lessons; one will focus on prekindergarten through fourth grade and the other grades 5-8.

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Old disciplines, new tech help top elementary school soar

Math movies. Yoga. Thanksgiving e-books. Don’t expect the typical at Stonegate Elementary, where teachers are told to try anything that might kindle the flame of student success. That’s the mantra of Principal Stan Machesky and his staff: innovative teachers inspire not only through the creative tools they craft, but by being models of learning that students can emulate.

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Utah school technology price tag as much as $750M

Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart unveiled her plan to invest up to $300 million for technology in schools, but a soon-to-be released report suggests the price tag to put devices in every Utah student’s hands might actually be much steeper. A draft of the report, from a work group associated with the Governor’s Education Excellence Commission, pegs the cost of 1-to-1 devices in Utah schools at as much as $750 million for the first year.

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Indiana redefines the classroom with new tech high schools

New tech high schools are booming in Northeast Indiana. The area is known for its defense and manufacturing industries. To retain those sectors, these schools have found a way to keep young talent by teaching skills that will create opportunities and career advancement within the community.

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