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Franklin Special School District wants more tech help

FSSD in Tennessee will seek another instructional technology specialist to support and lead educators and students. These specialists help integrate technology within daily lessons; one will focus on prekindergarten through fourth grade and the other grades 5-8.

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Boston U alum building a new kind of carnival to inspire children

Nancy Bennett, a former entertainment executive and television producer and director, has founded the Two Bit Circus, a think tank that will never be confused with the Brookings Institution, but whose latest project may be just as relevant. The project, STEAM Carnival, is a reinvention of a traveling amusement show, aimed at sparking an interest in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math—or STEAM—among children.

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N.C. district hires new tech director

The Alamance-Burlington School System has a new executive director of technology and career and technical education. Dennis Frye was with Rockingham County Public Schools since 2007, and last served as director of instructional technology and media.

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Ohio Blended Learning Network names chairman

Mentor, Ohio schools Superintendent Matt Miller is the new chairman of the Ohio Blended Learning Network. The group was formed this past fall as part of Gov. John Kasich’s Straight A Fund, which offers a grant program based on the concept of blended learning.

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Yeiser to serve as DCPS technology integration specialist

Aaron Yeiser has been selected to serve as the technology integration specialist for Daviess County Public Schools in Owensboro, Ky. Yeiser replaces Catherine Shelton, who recently accepted the position of director of curriculum and technology at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.

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Lincolnwood School District 74 in Illinois hires new tech director

Courtney Lee Adams has been hired by Lincolnwood School District 74 in Illinois as director of technology. She comes from Medinah Elementary School District 11, near Schaumburg, and replaces Jennifer Anderson, who held the position for about a year before resigning last November.

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8 things worth knowing about Microsoft's new CEO, Satya Nadella

While the profile of founder and former CEO Bill Gates still looms large, the board chose an internal candidate—46-year-old Indian-American engineer Satya Nadella—to replace outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer. Nadella is only the third CEO in Microsoft's 38-year history. For the uninitiated, here are eight things to know about him.

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Former Easton school official gets ARD for wiretapping

A former technology director for Easton Area School District in Pennsylvania accused of secretly recording a private meeting will be spared a criminal conviction. Thomas G. Drago was accepted into Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition, a first-offender program that will allow him to have his record expunged, provided he completes a year of probation and undergoes a psychological evaluation.

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Wallingford, Conn. schools’ tech director leaving post

The Wallingford, Conn., school district’s director of technology services is leaving next month to take a similar job in Newington, Conn. Randall Backus’ last day after 11 years on the job in Wallingford is Feb. 21. He will start his job as the Newington school district’s chief technology officer March 3.

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N.D. education technology board names new director

The North Dakota board responsible for developing technology systems for elementary and secondary education has named Jody French as its new director. The North Dakota Educational Technology Council says French is a former elementary school teacher who has been director of the state's EduTech program for the past 16 years.

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