K12 IT Leadership Survey

This survey provides information about how education leaders are leveraging technology to achieve engaging learning environments and paints a picture of potential changes in the field.

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Texas Students Headed to National Competition

The Graham (Texas) High School Technology Student Association Chapter was successful at the state competition in Waco earlier this month. Despite being in only its second year of competition, the chapter sent 45 students to represent Graham. Of those, 39 students placed in the top 10, with six qualifying for the national competition in Orlando, Fla., this summer. Graham also placed first in overall competition against 16 other 3A schools.

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Massachusetts Selectmen Question School's Funding

Technology Director Ryan McGee of the Mattapoisett (Mass.) schools estimates that the district's funding for technology needs over the next five years will cost at least $366,000. While selectmen were not opposed to most of the items included in McGee’s priority list, including computer labs and iPads, they did take issue with the source of the funding.

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Schools Are Buying into Technology Boom

A few weeks ago, Don Greenberg, CEO of eGenio Education Solutions in Cleveland, had lunch with a superintendent who used to forbid students from using their smartphones at school. But his attitude toward technology in the classroom has changed. In fact, his start-up is one of many northeast Ohio companies riding a wave of interest in education technology.

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Illinois Becomes CoSN’s 15th State Chapter Nationwide

Named the Education Technology Council of Illinois (ETCI), the state chapter will address the needs of K-12 chief technology officers and other district technology leaders on a local level across the state.

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Florida Education Dept. Revises Budget Needs from $400M to $100M

In October, the Florida Department of Education requested more than $400 million for digital learning in its annual budget request submitted to state lawmakers. The money was needed to buy computers and upgrade public schools' bandwidth and wireless access, it said. But now department officials say they can make do with just $100 million for next year.

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Kutztown (Pa.) Board Approves Spending for Infrastructure Upgrade

The Kutztown (Pa.) School Board approved a $171,500 technology infrastructure upgrade. "The vision is to provide reliable and current resources," said Dr. Christopher Harrington, director of Bridges Virtual Education School.

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New Jersey School Holds Fundraiser to Buy Computers

From 7:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday, May 11, the Parent-Teacher Organization of the grades 6-8 Madison Junior School will host a special event, “Connections in Bloom,” to raise funds to support the need for advanced technology at the school.

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Muskegon County (Mich.) Schools Pursuing Tax Increase for Technology

Petitions to put a countywide school technology millage on the ballot in September soon will begin circulating throughout Muskegon County (Mich.). Eleven school districts have petitioned the county to seek the 1-mill property tax increase to pay for technology improvements.

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Consumer Technologies Are Making Headway in Schools

Imagine access to your district’s email system on mobile devices tripling in two weeks. This is what Deb Karcher, CIO of Miami Dade Public Schools and her team faced after Christmas 2012. “Santa Syndrome,” a term coined by Karcher, resulted in the 50,000 users accessing the email system on personal devices before winter break jumping to 150,000 when the schools reopened after the holidays.