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Technology Insights for Education Excellence
Published by District Administration: 4/2/2014
In the News
Tech Crunch

Close to 100 venture-backed education-focused startups raised over $500 million in the first quarter of 2014, marking the single biggest quarter for capital committed to the sector in the past five years, according to CrunchBase data. Read more>>

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The Post-Standard

Innovation Tech, a new BOCES high school opening in Liverpool in September, will have an entirely project-based learning curriculum integrating students, teachers, businesses and local colleges. A second high school will be opened in Cortland, N.Y., in 2016. Both schools will be part of California-based New Tech Network. Read more>>

CIO Today

A new Immigration and Customs Enforcement cybersafety program will send agents to school auditoriums to encourage teen and tween Internet users to turn to law enforcement if they are approached or victimized by online predators amid a rise in cases involving the sexual exploitation of children. Read more>>

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WLTX

Two Midlands school districts have been selected to join Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools, a national coalition of schools working toward innovation in technology and education. They join seven other districts to trade ideas on what works to better serve students. Read more>>

The Fresno Bee

Merced Union High School District will spend $8.7 million to give close to 8,000 students their own Google Chromebooks for instruction by August. The funding is a combination of $5.5 million from the Federal Communications Commission and another $3.2 million in funds from a Common Core implementation budget. Read more>>

The Times-Picayune

Jefferson Parish officials are considering delaying technology upgrades until the fall in order to be eligible for federal E-Rate reimbursements. Although the move would save the district up to $15 million, the delay could mean Jefferson might not be fully ready to administer the new PARCC standardized test on computers by May 2015. Read more>>

Green Bay Press Gazette

The Green Bay School District plans to spend nearly $2.5 million on 5,000 Chromebook computers for students in sixth, seventh, ninth and 10th grades to use in math and language arts classes. It will also replace older equipment in some elementary schools. Read more>>

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Opinion
The Bellingham Herald

There’s something about technology, social media and the relaxed boundaries they seem to encourage that are contributing to what some observers perceive as a growing problem of inappropriate teacher-student contact Read more>>

National Journal

Only 16 percent of U.S. high school seniors are considered proficient in mathematics and are also interested in a STEM career. American businesses can no longer accept the status quo. We have an obligation to foster a passion for STEM education right here in our country. Read more>>

Forbes

Women make up about half of the workforce in America, but they only represent 24 percent of the workforce in STEM fields. The Million Women Mentor program is working to create a sustainable pipeline of women by mobilizing and engaging one million men and women to serve as STEM mentors by 2018. Read more>>

Take Part

For the last six years, the buzz about educational technology has grown deafening. Schools are scrambling to figure out just how a new generation of technology—software and devices both in the marketplace and still to be developed—might better educate kids. We need to make sure hype doesn’t overtake good judgment. Read more>>

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People Watch
Chambersburg Public Opinion

The Chambersburg Area School District chose Nevin Greesey as its new supervisor of data collection and integration. He will be responsible for overseeing data gathering and input to fulfill mandates from the state Department of Education. Read more>>

Industry News
Discovery Education

Discovery Education has begun working with Tennessee’s Oak Ridge Schools to create digital learning environments in classrooms districtwide. Through a six-year partnership, Discovery Education will support Oak Ridge Schools’ plan to implement a 1-to-1 learning initiative with digital content and professional development. Read more>>

Follett Corporation

Big Spring School District in Pennsylvania has selected Follett’s Aspen student information system for its student data collection, reporting and management. The Aspen platform connects student information to classroom curricular, educational and communication tools. Read more>>

Insight Education Group

ADVANCEfeedback, a platform designed to manage the observation and feedback process, is Insight Education Group's newest offering for for teachers and school leaders. Through live or video-based observations, the program provides feedback, identifies examples of great teaching and more. Read more>>

Gaggle

With the release of the Gaggle App for Android and iPhone, Gaggle’s online teaching and learning platform is now available on any modern web browser and most smartphone or tablet devices. Read more>>

Events

April 2-4, 2014

New York, N.Y. Read more>>

May 8, 2014

Washington, D.C. Read more>>

June 28-July 1, 2014

Atlanta, Ga. Read more>>

November 4-7, 2014

Palm Springs, Calif. Read more>>