District CIO

Mill Valley SD (Calif.) hires new technology director

James Bowlby, former director of technology for the Menlo Park City School District for 14 years, joined the Mill Valley School District in the same capacity. He took the reigns on July 8.

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Newton, Mass. Elementary School PTO raises $72,000 for technology

Recognizing that Countryside Elementary School (Newton, Mass.) was woefully behind other elementary schools in incorporating technology into the curriculum, the Countryside PTO Technology Campaign raised $72,000 this school year for technology in its classrooms and library.

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Broward County, Fla. schools fall behind in digital education

Students in Broward County's public schools may be graduating without the digital know-how they need to succeed in college and the workforce. While the state is demanding a major technology overhaul, Broward is lagging far behind.

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UAE gifts New Jersey districts with tech funding

The United Arab Emirates donated $4.5 million to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund. The money is to be distributed to 30 schools in nine districts to repair and enhance the schools' communications infrastructure.

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Iowa school testing Z-passes on buses

A northeast Iowa district is testing the Z-pass, new technology by Zonar that uses radio frequency identification to track when students get on and off a bus. A small card students carry passively records their entry and exit as they pass the scanner.

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Frustrated Oklahoma staffs worried about assessment plans

Oklahoma State Superintendent Janet Barresi announced on July 1 that the state would not participate in the PARCC assessments based on the Common Core Standards. But districts have spent the last few years preparing for the technology standards as outlined by PARCC. They are looking for direction on what to do next.

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A start-up brings high-tech sports analytics to school teams

Computer engineer Vasu Kulkarni, a lifelong basketball fanatic, had no luck getting his dream job with Nike or the NBA after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008. But he knew he wanted to stay "connected to the game of basketball." He found that connection in 2009, when he launched Krossover, a company that brings high-tech sports analytics to high school and college athletics.

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How one Indiana district is managing its growing one-to-one program

East Allen County Schools made a push to put an iPad in the hands of every student, doubling the number of digital devices in the district. No technology staff were added, just miles of cable and a wireless access point in every classroom.

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Creative ideas for using video in the classroom

Richard Byrne, author of the Free Technology 4 Teachers blog, discusses an animated video creation tool called Wideo along with several competing products CIOs can recommend to teachers for classroom use.

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Leading technologies that could revolutionize education

With all the technology being developed these days, it’s easy to imagine how technology can transition into classrooms. But most classrooms are still the same as when we were kids, or even when our parents were in grade school.

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