technology plans

Planning for new education technology will be a challenge

As Dr. Verna Ruffin moves into her new role as head of the Jackson-Madison County (Tenn.) school system this week, one of the biggest challenges she faces is to plan for the district's technological future.

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Federal CIO council to form new 'innovation' committee

The federal Chief Information Officers council is creating an innovation committee that will identify and analyze cutting-edge technology. The committee will look ahead three years and identify potential uses and problems associated with technologies being developed, including mobile devices.

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Rockford (Mich.) school board may pilot blended learning program

In a memo, Ryan Kelley, assistant superintendent for instruction at Rockford Public Schools, said most of the approximately 35 students enrolled in a cyber learning program developed by the Kent Intermediate School District failed to make satisfactory academic progress, and the district's board is looking at a blended learning alternative.

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Lakota (Ohio) residents voting on tax levy for upgrades

Lakota (Ohio) school board members voted in special session Monday to place a 5.5-mill continuous levy on the ballot. The millage would generate $13.8 million in new revenue for Lakota Local Schools each year.

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Los Banos (Calif.) district receives grant to upgrade infrastructure

The Los Banos (Calif.) Unified School District is about half way to having the technology needed for computer adaptive testing, which will be mandatory in California in the 2014-2015 school year.

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Tennessee district readies for PARCC with upgrades

Bradley County Schools system (Cleveland, Tenn.) is updating technology devices and its infrastructure to better serve students and prepare for PARCC online testing in time for the 2014-2015 school year.

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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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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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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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