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Portland, Wash., school board hires IT director

Board members of the Portland School District approved the hiring of Paul Dinka as the director of technology. Dinka replaces David Palme, who left the district in November to take a position with the Waverly School District.

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Wisconsin governor signs two bills boosting tech education

Supporting technical education and encouraging young people to consider careers in manufacturing are an important part of improving Wisconsin's economy. To facilitate that goal, Gov. Scott Walker signed two bills into law that aim to bolster technical education.

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Former South Jersey district tech director loses licenses over porn

The N.J. Department of Education Board of Examiners has revoked the licenses of a former Vineland School District supervisor of technology for accessing pornography on district computers during work hours. The decision says that the websites Stephen Dantinne accessed over a 30-day period in September and October 2012 included pornographic images or aberrant and deviant subject matter.

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New CTO leads tech initiative in West Contra Costa schools

Chief Technology Officer Mary Phillips joined the West Contra Costa school district last summer with one of the most important mandates facing schools nationwide: Improve education by bringing students and teachers up to date in learning technology.

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Former tech director wins international honor

Jill Pierce, the McMinn County School System's STEM coordinator and former tech director for Loudon County Schools, has been selected to take part in Microsoft's Expert Educator program, an initiative to recognize educators and schools around the world who are using technology to transform education.

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Norton, Mass., schools may add tech director

To keep the Norton school district moving forward, Superintendent Joseph Baeta says it’s time to hire a director of technology. He has asked the finance committee to consider including the position as it moves forward with next year’s budget.

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Elementary school principal moves to district tech position

Joseph Mazza, who has been principal of Knapp Elementary School since 2007, part of the North Penn School District, is stepping down effective Dec. 4 to accept a grant-funded position within the district that involves helping administrators, home and school associations, teachers and other groups to connect and collaborate through social media.

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S.C. district’s new tech director shares passion for electronics

Andrew Cox, the Aiken County School District's new tech director, is a self-described classic computer geek with a long career in technology that started in the Aiken district. He succeeds Dal Stanley, who will retire in January after 27 years with the South Carolina district.

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Missouri assistant superintendent accepts position with online university

Angie Besendorfer, Joplin assistant school superintendent, announced that she will leave her local post to become chancellor of WGU Missouri, a nonprofit, online university.

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CANeLearn chief innovation officer receives iNACOL award

The iNACOL Innovative Blended and Online Learning Practice Award was presented to Canadian eLearning Network (CANeLearn) Chief Innovation Officer Verena Roberts for her work with emerging educational projects, such as creating the first K12 MOOC for high school students.

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