District CIO

Ed tech, privatization and plunder

As much as I love the revolutionary potential of technology in education, I understand why some of those who care about public education and public universities worry about privatization and plunder.

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Teach students good digital citizenship

During my eight years as a teacher and education consultant, I have seen an acceleration in the digital shift in education. When I began in 2005 at age 23, it was at the beginning of Web 2.0. My students weren’t yet posting status updates on Facebook; nor were they tweeting, sharing videos or bringing smartphones to class. Boy, were things about to change.

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K12 Inc. Appoints James Rhyu as New CFO

K12 Inc., a provider of proprietary, technology-based curriculum, software, and education services, today announced that James Rhyu will join the company as executive vice president and chief financial officer in early June.

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Debbie S. Anderson named 2013 Innovative Principal of the Year

The Florida Council of Instructional Technology Leaders has named Debbie S. Anderson, a principal in the Santa Rosa School District (Milton, Fla.), 2013 Innovative Principal of the Year. According to the person who nominated her, Anderson "works tirelessly to ensure that technology positively influences student performance, as well as student behavior."

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Critics don't give New York science schools enough credit

The best American K12 schools, many of them in the New York City metro area, are fully competitive with their peers around the world, even in math and science—though experts often tell us otherwise.

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Middle school students are earning high-tech certificates

If you needed more proof kids are getting better and better with technology, look no further than Murdock Middle School, part of the Charlotte County Public Schools in Port Charlotte, Fla. Students there are earning the same certificates as professionals working in the high-tech industry.

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Parents want schools to take better advantage of mobile

A new survey from the Learning First Alliance and Grunwald Associates suggests that parents whose children are required to use portable or mobile devices in school are more likely to see the educational value in such devices as a result of their first-hand experience.

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Tacoma (Wash.) schools may lay off technical ed teachers

Teachers in Tacoma Public Schools could be facing the first layoffs from their ranks in many years. The cuts, if they happen, will target only career and technical education (CTE) teachers, and likely no more than 10 of them. But that’s nearly 10 percent of the 108-person CTE teaching staff employed by Tacoma schools.

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Molding the next generation of computer scientists

After graduating from UC-Berkeley in 2002 with a degree in electrical engineering and computer science, Kevin Wang turned down industry jobs to teach in the Bay Area. A few years later, he got a masters degree in education from Harvard and then went to Microsoft to work as a software developer. But he couldn't stop teaching.

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High school students train for technology jobs

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been pressing his idea of a "homegrown workforce" to feed New York City's tech industry, and it is one he is trying to foster in the city's public schools. The Academy for Software Engineering, for instance, a high school in Manhattan devoted to computer science, opened in September, and the school received 1,400 applications for its next freshman class of 125.

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