District CIO

CoSN 2014 Annual Conference

March 19-22, 2014
Washington, D.C.

How I talk to my high-school students about the internet

History teacher David Cutler writes that discussing former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner’s sexting scandal with seniors in his United States government course made students examine their own use of social media.

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Adobe supports digital arts school for young adults with autism

As the record number of young adults with autism continues to outpace government resources and employment prospects, Adobe stepped forward this month to support Exceptional Minds, a pioneering digital arts vocational school now preparing individuals with autism for careers in animation, digital graphics, and movie post-production.

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More school textbooks going digital

At Booker Middle School in Sarasota, Fla., sixth-graders use Kindles and laptops to read their digital textbooks. They've watched a National Geographic video on what it was like deep inside Egyptian tombs. Today, they are designing a magazine and scrolling the internet for pictures on their devices.

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A tech-savvy teen test-drives LA schools' iPad educational software

There's no doubt Jesus Vargas is a tech savvy teen—he's built his own app. He's a senior at USC Math, Science and Technology High School in the Los Angeles USD—a school that doesn't have the iPads yet. So he was excited to test drive one as he hung out at the after-school program Urban Teens Exploring Technology near USC's campus.

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New leader for Hillside New Tech High School

Tounya Clayton Wright has been named director of Hillside New Tech High School, a small STEM high school in Durham, N.C. She previously served as the assistant principal for curriculum and instruction at Hillside High School.

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Le Sueur-Henderson Schools look to increase awareness of tech issues

Members of the technology program at Le Sueur-Henderson High School are reaching out to the community in an effort to increase awareness of technological issues, including cyberbullying. The program hosts parent tech support sessions on Tuesday nights at the high school and discusses problems students may face on a regular basis when using technology.

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Edublogs student blogging challenge offers great activities for kids

This semester Edublogs is once again hosting a student blogging challenge. It offers a series of blogging tasks designed to help students (and teachers) improve their blogging skills. Completing the tasks of the challenge will help students not only learn how to write better blog posts, but also how to be better online communicators in general.

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Interactive tables offer ability to collaborate

Educators have suggested that if they had a device or solution that could work as easily as an iPad to fit the needs of small-group collaboration, it would be a valuable addition to any classroom environment or collaboration lab.

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Career tech shifts into higher gear

When career tech students in 21 West Virginia districts returned to school this fall, they didn’t head to classrooms. They went to work. Through the state’s Simulated Workplace pilot program, high school students learn in classes that are restructured to feel like workplace environments. For instance, students will clock in upon arrival, take random drug tests, and be evaluated based on their “company’s” bottom line.