District CIO

Most schools lacking tech muscle

As the state explores shifting its standardized testing system into cyberspace, about two-thirds of Massachusetts schools face a major technological challenge: They lack enough computers, other equipment, or broadband capacity to test large numbers of students online simultaneously, according to a Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education survey.

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A new Denver STEM school wins board approval

The Banneker Jamison STEM Academy will rely heavily on the Core Knowledge curriculum, with an emphasis on STEM. If the charter can meet the Denver school board's initial criteria, the school will open in 2015, with another 17 schools the Denver board has approved.

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TETRIX PRIME robotics system teaches STEM concepts

Pitsco Education's latest innovation, the TETRIX PRIME, is a new robotics building system designed to teach various STEM concepts without the construction complexities inherent in other building systems. PRIME is engineered to be simple and intuitive, enabling students to construct and modify robots easily and quickly.

Largest New Mexico district upgrades with Hayes Software Systems

The Albuquerque Public Schools district will replace its former textbook inventory system with TIPWeb-IM from Hayes Software Systems. The upgrade will extend to all 140 schools and 89,000 students. Hayes will also provide system integration, physical inventory services, client engagement services, and ongoing performance evaluation and process monitoring support.

Computer recycling: What school CIOs need to know

The boom in affordable laptops and mobile devices has left the clunky computers of the past piling up in storage rooms in many schools. Recycling is the best way to properly dispose of outdated technology instead of allowing it to collect dust or to break down in landfills.

Navigating ConnectED and E-rate

The federal push to provide all students with high-speed broadband and mobile devices is kicking into high gear, with over a billion dollars pledged for school technology and an overhaul of the program that provides discount internet access. Administrators need to know how to boost equitable access to technology to help districts close learning gaps.

Too much technology is bad for the brain

Many educational reformers see technology as the panacea for what ails education in America, but technology is more a cause of what ails education than a cure for it. The cognitive risk of abandoning handwriting is a small manifestation of a huge problem. In the money-driven quest to digitize and automate education, we are neglecting the development of many human capacities that matter most.

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As Michigan county moves to 1-to-1 tech, media staff face budget cuts

With the Plymouth-Canton schools moving to a 1-to-1 technology learning model next year, teachers are going to be asked to do more as administrators shave the ranks of their media specialists in a cost-cutting move aimed at helping eliminate a $6.3 million budget deficit. Among the budget adjustments being recommended is an elimination of six media specialists and 6.3 full-time-equivalent interventionists.

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South Dakota district gives 1-to-1 initiative a passing grade

Sioux Falls School District officials say the first use of widespread Chromebook technology in the public schools this past year was successful, with less wear and tear than expected. The 18,000 devices, part of the district’s 1-to-1 student technology initiative for grades three through 12, enabled students to access assignments and information at a much greater speed.

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New director will help Michigan district integrate technology

David Hood, who has been Western Middle School's principal, will become the Western School District's director of instructional technology. In this position, Hood will help all Western teachers integrate technology into their regular classroom lessons.

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