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Everything might work smoothly now, but Los Angeles USD’s first try at automated payroll in 2007 failed, with some employees getting overpaid while others didn’t get a check or were underpaid.

“We tried to do this too early, before the software was fully developed,” says Shahryar Khazei, the district’s CIO.

Aimed at automating its payroll, the $95 million system went haywire and took a year and a half to fix and customize to the needs of the district.

ACADEMIC EFFICIENCY—Los Angeles USD’s CIO, Shahryar Khazei, has integrated enterprise resource planning software (which streamlines administrative functions) with the district’s student information system.

Some early adopters in K12 education have deployed ERP to manage a range of operations more efficiently.

Superintendent Curtis Cain, whose students in the Wentzville School District in Missouri follow the Project Lead the Way curriculum, have brought CTE education to life through projects such as creating a customized sensory cane for a fellow student.

And students in a biomedical course developed a “Zacket” for a classmate with mobility issues.

It’s a jacket that can easily be worn over the wheelchair.

Vocational education used to be considered low-tech and non-academic. Career and technical education now requires nearly as much ELA and math as any other degree.

Digital library content spans fiction, nonfiction, test prep, professional development materials and more.

Overdrive’s catalog has 4 million ebooks, audiobooks and videos, and is used by 17,000 schools worldwide, says David Burleigh, the company’s director of brand.

Schools pick which titles they want access to, how many copies they want and for how long to lend them. Groups of schools can sign up together to share access.

Here’s a look at how administrators and their teams are redesigning libraries.

Text messages are one of the most effective ways to keep high school students on track once they’ve begun the college application and enrollment process.

Graduates of Chicago Public Schools are returning to class—as tech experts who help teachers and staff with computer glitches.

Schools should create student contracts in the classroom and develop device-usage guidelines that clarify “good behaviors.” (Gettyimages.com: jesadphorn).

Nearly 30 percent of U.S. high school students admitted to using a connected device to cheat on a classroom exam or project, according to a recent survey.

GPS systems not only track buses in real time, but allow administrators to map routes, film drivers for future training purposes and provide data on how well vehicles are functioning. (Gettyimages.co: jaroszpilewski).

A wave of new GPS systems not only tracks buses in real time, but allows administrators to map routes, films drivers for future training purposes and provides data on how well vehicles are functioning.

Brian Garverick, superintendent of Mansfield City Schools in Ohio, banned electronic devices in an effort to disconnect students from social media.

Brian Garverick, superintendent of Mansfield City Schools in Ohio, has banned electronic devices in an effort to disconnect students from social media. 

The percentage of Arkansas high school graduates who have taken an AP exam is nearly 50 percent. (Gettyimages.com: baona).

Requiring high schools to offer at least one AP course would help increase rural student access to rigorous pre-college work, according to a recent report.

Here are five strategies that school administrators are adopting to support the rising demand for special education.

A STEAM learning philosophy is just one of many trends that districts will incorporate more over the next five years, according to the latest New Media Consortium/CoSN Horizon Report,

Educators can find cost-effective solutions in new technologies such as open-educational resources and by partnering with the business community.

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