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Edtech purchasing: What CIOs need to know

CIOs can improve their district’s procurement procedures by asking teachers and students what classroom problems new technology will solve. Determining software goals and finding hardware to match them—as well as performing a pilot test—are also important tips for effective procurement in a complex market.

Documents show new spike in school tech thefts costing taxpayers thousands

Hundreds of items worth thousands of taxpayers dollars turned up missing in a local news crew’s examination of San Diego school districts. At San Diego USD, thieves have swiped cartloads of about 30 iPads each—and also took the Powersync carts. The district report $86,000 in losses this past school year, mostly iPads.

Springfield, other career tech schools improve on state report card

Seven of the Ohio region’s 12 career technology centers received straight A's on their report card. Ten of the schools also had at least 90 percent of their graduates placed in jobs, apprenticeships, colleges or the military in the six months after graduation. That’s up from only six of 12 schools meeting that standard on last year’s report card.

New York district weighs nearly $9M in tech funds

The Niagara Falls Board of Education has appointed a task force to determine how to spend $8.86 million in funds from last year's New York State Smart Schools Bond Act. Around $3.5 million will go toward tablet computers or laptops and another $2.5 million to updated security cameras and related infrastructure. The district is required to spend the the remainder on learning technology, broadband and wireless internet access, security or the modernize of classroom space.

Liberty Tech Charter School approved in Georgia

The State Charter Schools Commission of Georgia approved three new charter programs with statewide attendance zones: Southwest Georgia STEM Charter School, Brookhaven Innovation Academy and Liberty Tech Charter School. In addition to regular K12 classes, Liberty Tech will provide maker spaces, computer coding courses and a focus on real-world STEM education.

Where California schools need to put their money

When students engage in hands-on STEM learning, they aren't just gaining subject matter knowledge. They're developing a mind-set that affirms they can use inquiry and their own logic to reach new conclusions and tackle tough problems. But we have a shortage of qualified math and science teachers, which disproportionately affect schools serving low-income and minority students.

Law could bring school-based telemedicine to Texas schools

Starting Sept. 1, a new law will allow physicians to get paid for seeing children over a sophisticated form of video chat, as long as the student is at school and enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program for the poor and disabled.

Finding purpose for 3D printers in schools

Three-dimensional printing offers multiple ways for students to get hands-on experience and to gain marketable skills before leaving high school. Administrators must find ways to integrate the technology into existing courses (such as engineering and design classes) or to enhance new class offerings.

An energy-efficient STEM school in North Carolina

Sandy Grove Middle School is the first energy-positive school in the nation to be financed by its own expected energy savings. The school includes photovoltaic and geothermal heating and cooling systems, spray foam insulation, a whole-building generator and solar panels. These measures are projected to save the school district nearly $35 million over the next 40 years.

California school's students tackle real-world problems

The first three days at New Technology High School were not about stocking up on textbooks. Instead, the Napa magnet school's 415 students got the chance to design a tool or program that could help people solve problems in the real world. Most of the proposed solutions were app- or web-based.