District CIO

Fighting the classroom tech war in Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Unified School District decision to enable its schools to choose between Apple, Microsoft and Google-based devices for all of their students is a billion-dollar proposition. U.S. schools are a $13 billion global battlefield for makers of educational technology. Competition is coming on fast as schools are likely to want computers in everyone’s hands.

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$1 million gift brings centralized tech-ed center closer to reality

A centralized technical education center that would serve high school students and adults in Southeast Kansas took a step closer to reality this week with the gift of $1 million by the Bicknell Foundation. The center will bring together technical education offerings by Fort Scott Community College in cooperation with the five school districts in Crawford County.

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New tech school breaks ground in South Carolina

The Richland Two Institute of Innovation, a new technical school in Sandhill, S.C., will be housed in a 180,000-square-foot building on a 32-acre site at a cost of approximately $40 million. It will include a professional development center, student learning labs and a partner space for businesses and educational institutions.

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ALAS Education Summit

October 15–18, 2014
Atlanta, Ga.

Ohio tech center hires David Peltz as supervisor

David Peltz has been named as supervisor of electives and business and information technology programs at Miami Valley Career Tech Center. He currently serves with Ohio's Greenville City School District as the director of its Career Technical Education Center and several other programs.

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Google smartly reaches out to girls

Exposing young girls to computer science may or may not set them up for careers in high tech. But Google’s financial commitment to Made with Code is a reassuring step toward developing a solid pipeline of women in high-tech careers.

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Nebraska high schoolers score tech internships

Recognizing that the demand for tech talent oftentimes outpaces the availability of skilled workers in the state, a number of Nebraska companies, institutions and nonprofits are beginning to invest in the future by creating internship programs for local high school students.

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Apple expands iTunes U education app for iPads

Apple is issuing an upgrade on July 8 for iTunes U, its set of tools for educators. The update introduces a new app that allows instructors to create, edit and assign course work using the iPad.

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Massachusetts schools brings in new info tech chief

Aaron Hyre, currently the director of technology services in Abington, has been hired as information technology director for the Foxboro school system, replacing Paul Bortolotti.

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Los Angeles school district shifts gears on technology for students

Los Angeles USD officials have allowed a group of high schools to choose from among six different laptop computers for their students — a marked contrast to last year's decision to give every pupil an iPad.

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