District CIO

Former N.C. Gov. Perdue announces education tech effort

Former North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue returned briefly Wednesday to the public stage after a year away by announcing her initiative to expand the scope and value of electronic technology for teaching students of all ages.

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Edgenuity approved as California math instructional materials provider

Edgenuity, a provider of online and blended learning solutions, announced that its Common Core mathematics curriculum for grades 6-8 has been adopted by the California State Board of Education. As students progress through the courses, they engage in extended problem sets and apply learning to the context of real-world situations, preparing them for success in higher level mathematics courses.

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Promethean showcases portfolio of connected classrooms solutions

Promethean has unveiled a new suite of educational technology, content development and teacher training solutions designed to significantly improve the quality of learning while motivating students to be more successful, including interactive lesson-plan development and delivery platforms, and next-generation digital classroom surface systems.

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Progress and proficiency: Redesigning grading for competency ed

This paper is part of a series investigating the implementation of competency education. Its purpose is to explore how districts and schools can redesign grading systems to best help students excel in academics and gain the skills needed to be successful in college, the community and the workplace.

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E-reading rises as device ownership jumps

The proportion of Americans who read e-books is growing, but few have completely replaced print books with electronic versions. The percentage of adults who read an e-book in the past year has risen to 28 percent, up from 23 percent at the end of 2012. At the same time, about seven in 10 Americans reported reading a book in print, up four percentage points after a slight dip in 2012, and 14 percent of adults listened to an audiobook.

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City of Modesto’s CIO takes Oakland job

The city of Modesto’s chief information officer, Bryan M. Sastokas, is leaving to take the same job with the city of Oakland. Under his leadership, Modesto was named a top 10 Digital City for 2011, ’12 and ’13, and received several awards, including the 2012 Quality in IT Practices Award and 2013 Excellence in IT Practices Award.

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McElroy named chief information security officer at UW-Madison

Lori McElroy has been named chief information security officer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison after serving in a similar role for six years at Texas State University. McElroy will lead an office that will take risk- and metrics-based approaches to information security.

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Leah Kraus named CIO at North Carolina Central University

Leah Kraus, interim chief information officer at UNC-Wilmington, has been appointed to North Carolina Central University’s chief information officer post. Kraus comes to NCCU with more than 20 years of experience in education and technology. She has served as UNC-Wilmington’s interim CIO since 2011 and as associate vice chancellor for services for the past seven years. She will begin her new role on Feb. 3.

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Hallsville ISD adds virtual high school

Starting in the fall, any high school student in Texas will be able to graduate from Hallsville ISD through a new, tuition-free, virtual academy that the district plans to launch online in time for the 2014-15 academic year. The Hallsville ISD Virtual High School has been approved by the Texas Education Agency and added to the state’s Virtual School Network, which only includes five other public school districts.

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Handing out iPads to students isn't enough

Computer science is driving innovation across all fields, so it makes sense that the Los Angeles Board of Education wants to provide its students with access to the latest technology. Students who develop expertise in computer science will have automatic career advantages. But is the district taking the right steps?

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