District CIO

K12 IT leadership survey shows more districts increasing budgets

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) released the findings from its second annual K-12 IT Leadership Survey, which reveal that one in three districts report budget increases for this year. This marks an upward swing compared to 2013, when nearly 80 percent of school district IT leaders predicted flat or declining budgets.

As clock ticks, experts propose online assessment to-do checklist

At least one midwestern district is ready—or at least thinks it’s ready—for what most states are calling Common Core assessments. The Metropolitan School District of Warren Township, Ind., had a jumpstart on technology and assessments thanks in part to a three-year, $28.5 million Race to the Top grant.

Social media tips for teachers

While social media offers unique opportunities to connect with students and parents, it presents challenges for teachers and administrators. According to a recent survey from the College of Education at University of Phoenix, 80 percent of teachers worry about issues that can arise when using social media.

Teacher’s start-up fills digital literacy gap for students with autism

A first-of-its-kind online learning platform is bringing critical digital and life skills to Philadelphia students with autism and developmental disorders. Autism Expressed teaches basic digital vocabulary, time management, email, internet privacy settings, calendar use, and how to make appropriate, on-topic comments on social media.

Indiana district wins $100K tech grant

The Noblesville School District has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Indiana Department of Education’s Office of eLearning. The money will be used to support the district’s shift to 1-to-1 technology, including iPads for every student in one classroom in each elementary school.

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iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium

November 4-7, 2014

Palm Springs, Calif.

ISTE 2014

June 28-July 1, 2014

Atlanta, Ga.

Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo

April 2-4, 2014

New York, N.Y.

CoSN 2014 Annual Conference

March 19-22, 2014

Washington, D.C.

Virginia lab instructor honored by international tech educators

Adam Kemp, lab director at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology, was named the Star of the Month by the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association. Last fall, Kemp’s students completed work on the TJ3Sat satellite, which was launched into orbit by NASA in November. It was the first spacecraft built by high school students to orbit the Earth.

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