District CIO

DOE awards $1.4M grant to establish tech center for children with disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $1.4 million grant to Family Health International in Washington, D.C., to establish the Center on Technology and Disability. The center is a collaborative effort among FHI, American Institutes for Research, and PACER Center, designed to help children with disabilities who need assistive and instructional technology to improve their learning.

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Youth Technology Innovation Challenge announced

Leaders of the Kansas City Startup Village (KCSV) – an association of start-up founders, business owners, Kansas City Kansas Community College representatives, and entrepreneurs based in the ‘Google Fiberhood’ – announced their inaugural Youth Technology Innovation Challenge, to be held Sept. 25-29 at the University of Missouri Kansas City and other venues.

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Chicago's Internet Essentials enrollment doubles to 14,000

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Comcast Executive Vice President David L. Cohen, and United Way of Metropolitan Chicago President and CEO Wendy DuBoe, along with civic and community leaders, kicked off the third year of the Comcast Internet Essentials program this week. Internet Essentials helps close the digital divide by providing eligible families with low-cost broadband service for $9.95 a month.

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Cell Internet Use 2013

Sixty-three percent of adult cell owners now use their phones to go online, a figure that has doubled since 2009, when Pew first started tracking internet usage on cell phones. Cell owners ages 18-29 are the most likely of any demographic group to use their phone to go online.

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Vacaville USD selects STEM advocate as board trustee

A former Genentech employee and U.S. Army linguist, Christopher Flask was appointed to the California district's governing board on a unanimous vote. He envisions creating a new magnet school that emphasizes STEM as a way to improve the nation's competitiveness in technology development.

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ISTE names Jodie Pozo-Olano chief communications officer

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) announced the appointment of Jodie Pozo-Olano to chief communications officer. Pozo-Olano has nearly 20 years of experience in public relations, communications, and marketing. Most recently, she led global PR activities for Promethean, an education company that specializes in interactive classroom solutions.

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Building schools designed to succeed includes technology

More than three-quarters of U.S. schools are in need of repairs. The federal government is proposing to respond to that need by investing millions of dollars in school construction and modernization. But those dollars must be spent wisely. The schools of yesteryear, with their rows of desks and stair-stepped lecture halls, simply don't work for the students of today.

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Infographic: Back-to-school tech spending

Annual back-to-school spending is a hot market: $26.7 billion for K12 students, and a whopping $45.8 billion at the college level, according to data from Ceros. Much of that was done online, where 21 percent of shoppers used social networks to look for sales and promotions (83 percent), find recommendations (67 percent), and post product comments (26 percent).

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Video game Minecraft is an obsession and an educational tool

The video game Minecraft is about building, exploration, creativity, and even collaboration. Around the world, Minecraft is being used to educate children on everything from science to city planning to speaking a new language. Should U.S. schools be paying closer attention?

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California district hires online monitoring firm to watch 13,000 students

Geo Listening has been contracted by the Glendale USD in north Los Angeles to monitor social media activities of the district's middle and high schoolers. They will be looking for subjects related to depression, despair, online bullying, hate speech, or other words or phrases that may indicate health issues or possible violation of school codes of conduct.

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