District CIO

Austin Educators Discuss Education's Role in Fueling Tech Industry

During a panel at the 2013 SXSW Interactive conference, Austin educators discussed whether education should be used to help fill jobs in the technology industry. “I'm not sure it's education's job to fill jobs,” said Donald Christian, dean of the College of Business at Concordia University Texas. “[It's] being able to think, add to the community and [to] be a whole person, but that may or may not fill jobs.”

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Five Reasons Digital Learning Matters

Take everything you know about what school was like when you were a kid and throw it out the window. If the fact that nearly every child these days is individually dropped off and picked up by their parents hasn't already alerted you to the fact that it's a different world, well... Let's just say the growing emergence of schools which have official policies surrounding high-tech concerns like smartphone usage, cyberbullying and social networks should rapidly clue you in.

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Kentucky High School Computer Project Bridges Digital Divide

In one Northern Kentucky high school, students have come together to help their classmates get computers and connect to the internet with a classroom project called Communities to Computers.

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Greenwich (Conn.) Schools' Digital Reliability Is the 'Worst'

The Pearson Report called the Greenwich (Conn.) system one of the "worst" they have seen in "a high-priced district," citing poor internet connectivity, weaknesses in network infrastructure, inconsistent use of applications and overall lax standards.

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School Speed Test Tools and Analysis

This report, "The Broadband Imperative," commissioned by SETDA, recommends that all schools will need external internet connections of 100 Mbps per 1,000 students and staff by 2014-2015 and of 1 Gbps per 1,000 students and staff by 2017-2018.

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The Education-Technology Revolution Is Here

Higher education is the next bubble. Facebook will replace classroom instruction. Textbooks will go away, and some colleges will, too. In other words, everything is going to change. Or, at least, that's the talk we in education and technology regularly hear these days. It sounds exciting—and, to some, scary. Is all the talk just hype? Or are we really starting to see the beginnings of major change?

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Promising Practices in K12 Online Learning

Promising Practices is a series of six white papers written for the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL). Topics are: Blended learning; using online learning for credit recovery and at-risk students; socialization in online learning; operations and management; policy and funding; and a parents' guide to online learning.

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Library Spaces for 21st-Century Learners

The American Association of School Librarians added to its series of Learning4Life publications with the release of “Library Spaces for 21st-Century Learners: A Planning Guide for Creating New School Library Concepts.” Written by Margaret (Peg) Sullivan, the book focuses on planning contemporary school library spaces with user-based design strategies.

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Boston Welcomes Assistant Superintendent for Tech/Vocational Ed

Boston Public Schools Superintendent Carol R. Johnson announced the appointment of Roger Bourgeois as Assistant Superintendent for Technical/Vocational Network. Bourgeois, who currently serves as Superintendent of Essex Agricultural and Technical High School in Hathorne, will direct the district’s efforts to expand and enhance technical and vocational opportunities.

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McGraw-Hill Education Hires Harvard Business School CIO

McGraw-Hill Education today announced the appointment of Stephen Laster as the company's chief digital officer. Laster will lead the company's digital initiatives, including creating compelling digital learning experiences for students and inspiring creative innovation across all aspects of the organization.