District CIO

More money for Maryland tech positions and projects

Among other approved items in its 2015 budget, the Carroll County Board of Commissioners voted to allocate $1 million in surplus funds for technology improvements and add $200,000 to the Office of Technology Services’ operating budget for new tech positions.

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$650M bond for California district's 41 schools sparks debate

A debate has emerged over Fremont County's $650 million school bond measure, which includes a $39 million technology infrastructure and equipment upgrade that would increase bandwidth and add wireless access points. School leaders say the bond is necessary to modernize aging campuses but opponents call it a financially risky move that won't address half of the district's many needs.

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More help needed to expand tech education

If MassCan can raise more funds from the private sector, the state and foundations, the business-nonprofit coalition hopes to train enough teachers so that, in five years, a computer science course can be offered in the majority of Massachusetts public high schools.

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Code.org launches computer science programs in 30 districts

Code.org is partnering with 30 public school districts, including three of the 10 largest in the country, to enable students to take computer science lessons through an online portal. The organization also helps public schools offer computer science courses by training their teachers in the organization’s curriculum.

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Silver Dolphin Books and Skyreader Media launch app series

Silver Dolphin Books and Skyreader Media Inc. have partnered on the launch of three new interactive apps based on Silver Dolphin Books' "Pretend and Play" series. Using its web-based platform Skyreader Studio, Skyreader Media has developed the e-books for the Apple iPad.

Discovery Education debuts professional development service

Discovery Education has launched Digital Leader Corps. Featuring professional learning, pedagogy and tools, the new professional development service works collaboratively with school districts to help participating educators learn to integrate educational technologies and digital media into classroom instruction.

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.

Staff protest eliminating high school tech director position

A proposed shared services agreement amongst four New Jersey districts would remove the in-house technology director position at Northern Highlands' high school. Under the agreement, one CTO would be appointed to oversee seven schools.

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