District CIO

DoE releases school-level leading indicator data

For the first time, the U.S. Department of Education has released data on the leading indicators of improvement for SIG recipients, including: student attendance, teacher attendance, advanced course-taking, and more.

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13 free web tools students and teachers should know about

Web-based tools continue to proliferate, giving teachers more to add to their arsenal, but it can be hard to determine which resources are worth spending time exploring. Here are some for your consideration.

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Oklahoma Educational Technology Trust awards 18 grants

The Central High Public Schools (Marlow, Okla.) plans to purchase 60 iPads and much more thanks to a $40,000 grant it recently received from the Oklahoma Educational Technology Trust. Central High is one of 18 districts to receive a grant.

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Tech Treck brings scientific opportunity to middle school girls

The Sonoma County (Calif.) branch of the American Association of University Women offers a unique experience to middle school girls: the Tech Treck, an opportunity to attend a mathematics and science convention at Stanford University tailored for young minds.

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C-TECH will have life-changing impact in Minnesota

One of the most exciting projects to be funded by the Minnesota sales-tax extension is a new Career Technical Education Center at Heintz—aka C-TECH. The city of Rochester is investing $6.5 million for a new, state-of-the-art facility where Rochester public schools and Rochester Community and Technical College, MnSCU and the local business community will team up to offer vocational training to high school students from Rochester and the surrounding region.

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Last-minute call saves Pennsylvania technical school renovations

After decades of failed attempts, the Upper Bucks Technical School in Bedminster Township will receive about $23 million to renovate the nearly 50-year-old facility. But it almost didn't happen. It took an emergency cell phone call to secure the required amount of votes after the first vote failed.



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Copperas Cove (Texas) ISD approves long-term plan

The Copperas Cove (Texas) Independent School District's board of trustees voted this month to approve a long-term technology plan, which lays out a road map to bolster and improve the availability and use of technology over the next three years.

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Younger Americans’ library habits and expectations

Almost all Americans under age 30 are online, and they are more likely than older patrons to use libraries’ computer and internet connections; however, they are also still closely bound to print, as three-quarters (75 percent) of younger Americans say they have read at least one book in print in the past year, compared with 64 percent of adults ages 30 and older.

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Former White House CIO champions disruptive educational technology

Since moving from his White House CIO job to CIO of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Brook Colangelo said he is facing a whole new set of challenges. "I wouldn't even say they are challenges; they're opportunities for disruption," Colangelo said in an interview. "The White House situation was more of a turnaround, but this is an opportunity to disrupt a market."

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How connected is your student experience? Take this quiz to find out.

This quiz, by Lisa Nielsen, author of The Innovative Educator blog, will help you take a close look at how your students and teachers are communicating, connecting, interacting, and engaging today, so you can think about where you want to go in the future.


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