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Technology Insights for Education Excellence
Published by District Administration: 10/30/2013
In the News
NPR

Coachella Valley Unified, one of California's poorest districts, southeast of Los Angeles, is currently rolling out iPads to every student, pre-kindergarten through high school. It's an ambitious effort that administrators and parents hope will transform how kids learn, boost achievement and narrow the digital divide with wealthier districts. Read more>>

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News and Tribune

Indiana-based Clarksville Community School Corporation’s board of trustees have received one proposal for the first phase of construction of the New Tech school from Jeffersonville-based ARC Construction Management LLC. The total amount budgeted for Phase 1 work on the New Tech project is $5.5 million. Read more>>

Victorville Daily Press

Seven Adelanto Elementary School District officials visited a handful of Miami public schools earlier this month, inspiring preparations for the opening of the California district's newest STEM school. Gus Franklin Elementary, a kindergarten through sixth-grade school, is set to open in August and will have a wing with virtual learning classrooms. Read more>>

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Gloucester Times

The main building of the new $133 million Essex Technical High School measures three football fields in length. Clad in laminated wood veneer panels, it has the scale of an airport terminal. The building is large primarily because it’s four schools, or academies, in one. Read more>>

Somerville Patch

This isn't your father's language lab. Since the beginning of the school year, the approximately 750 students of Somerville High School in Massachusetts who study Mandarin, Italian, Spanish, French, and Portuguese have been taking lessons in a state-of-the-art interactive learning lab with slick Apple-computer work stations. Read more>>

Shreveport Times

LaTechSTEP focuses on professional development of high school STEM teachers, followed by “Discovery Weekends” where university faculty and high school teachers collaborate as a team to present engineering design projects to high school students. Read more>>

Elkridge Patch

The Howard County Public School System, in Columbia, Md., has begun outfitting its school buses with new digital camera systems. Four cameras are being installed on each bus, two in the front, one in the middle, and one in the back. The cameras will allow administrators to review incidents on the buses. Read more>>

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Opinion
WPIX 11

It’s a three-year-old school with only about 300 students, but Pathways in Technology Early College High School, or P-TECH, is being called, by a very highly-placed source, the future of America’s presence in the global economy. That source is none other than President Barack Obama. Read more>>

Forbes

For a number of years, educators in both district and charter settings around the country have been leveraging advances in online-learning technologies to move toward blended-learning environments in their brick-and-mortar classrooms and schools to improve the educational opportunities for all children. An ongoing lawsuit in New Jersey, however, is attempting to reverse this trend. Read more>>

ZDNet

The chief information officer's role will become less about developing and maintaining highly customized applications and more about creating a seamless experience across generic cloud apps. Read more>>

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People Watch
The Island Now

Superintendent of the Mineola Union Free School District Michael P. Nagler was a featured presenter at the Oct. 16 meeting of the Association of Suffolk County Supervisors for Educational Technologies. Read more>>

Forsyth News

Bailey Mitchell, who has been the director of technology in the Forsyth County school system in Georgia for 16 years, has resigned to take the position of chief academic officer for an international company called itslearning, developer of a next-generation learning platform. Read more>>

The Morning Call

The former technology director for Easton Area School District in Pennsylvania accused of secretly recording a private meeting will face trial in Northampton County Court. Thomas Drago, 54, acknowledged at a hearing that prosecutors have enough evidence to merit a wiretap violation charge. Read more>>

Industry News
NBC 33 TV

Ascension Parish Schools are taking learning to another level with the use of Edgenuity, an online learning program designed to keep students of all learning styles on track by providing more options. Read more>>

C|Net

Apple CEO Tim Cook said that iPads make up 94 percent of the market for education tablets. Schools represent a potential source of growth at a time when the iPad's market share dominance has eroded in the general consumer market. Cook said the education business represents a potential $1 billion market for Apple. Read more>>

Discovery Education

Discovery Education will provide customized professional development to Idaho’s Meridian Joint School District #2. Among other efforts, the partnership will train educators to assess literacy, incorporate the Idaho Common State Standards, and use digital resources to improve instruction. Read more>>

Events

November 7, 2013

St. Louis, Mo. Read more>>

Virtual Education Conference

November 12-15, 2013 Read more>>

March 19-22, 2014

Washington, D.C. Read more>>

June 28-July 1, 2014

Atlanta, Ga. Read more>>