District CIO

ISTE 2014

June 28–July 1, 2014
Atlanta, Ga.

2014 ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence

June 27–29, 2014
Dallas, Texas

The unfulfilled promise of educational technology

Outside of the occasional computer lab, basic webpage, or iPad in the classroom, schools have resisted technological innovation. There are three ways in which technology can transform education: personalization, access and productivity.

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Black Box debuts stackable locker system for mobile devices

Black Box Corporation has expanded its portfolio of storage and charging solutions for mobile devices with a new “pay as you grow” stackable locker system. Called the iPad, Chromebook, Tablet, and Laptop Lockers, these configurable, secure and stackable lockers can accommodate standard 19" rack IT equipment in addition to all sizes of tablets and other mobile devices.

N.C. county to grow career tech offerings with Richmond Community College

Scotland County's board approved a remodeling of Scotland High School’s career and technical education program and signed an agreement for Richmond Community College to take over instruction for most vocational and technical classes. In the upcoming school year, the program will grow from one on-campus, college credit-bearing course to 25, in fields including IT and mechanical and electronics engineering.

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New career-tech education center to open in Oregon

The Salem-Keizer School Board approved plans to open a new career and technical education center for high school students. Under the adopted 2014-2015 budget, over $420,000 would fund the center's start up costs. The board also approved a five-year legal agreement between the district and Mountain West Career Technical Institute for the new center

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Ohio schools’ $6 million tech plan seeks to avoid pitfalls

At least two Clark County school districts are looking to adopt 1-to-1 technology plans next year. Springfield City is looking to spend about $6 million on laptops for all students in grades three through 12 in the next three years. Tecumseh Local School District has applied for a state grant to buy iPads for each middle school student.

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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.