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Providers respond: “What are some common misconceptions schools have when purchasing charging and storage platforms? How can K12 leaders plan to make the right purchase for their district?”

Charging and storage capabilities: Alabama, California, Pennsylvania and Texas districts at a glance

The challenge for Grapevine-Colleyville ISD in Texas was to make it easier for students to have their devices repaired at school.

Matthew Joseph is director of digital learning and innovation for Milford Public Schools in Massachusetts.

Matthew Joseph, who led the first 1-to-1 device rollout in a Massachusetts public school more than a decade ago, is now overseeing another implementation. His advice: Empower staff with a shared vision and a culture of risk-taking and trust.

Charging and storage solutions are selected not just for their main functions, but also to maximize instruction time. Here are innovative solutions from district technology officials and vendors.

FUTURES TAKE FLIGHT—CTE students at Duval High School in Maryland will soon be able to obtain their drone pilot’s license before they graduate.

How three high schools are implementing CTE programs to help students succeed in high-tech careers.

A Duval High School CTE student uses music and dance to teach the principles of flight.

With the manufacturing industry increasingly seeking workers with more advanced tech skills, high school career and technical education programs now focus heavily on robotics, unmanned aviation technology and mechatronics to help students jump-start potentially lucrative careers.

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may be making your students, staff and parents feel excluded. If you answered “no” to each, you’re taking a great approach.

Educators and administrators should ask themselves these questions to determine whether they’re respecting identities and cultures by learning students’ and staff members’ names.  

A student’s name and identity matters. That’s why educators are spending more time on name pronunciation and are even making it part of the curriculum.

The alarming rate of school shootings in recent years has led to the creation of emergency notification systems that can send various types of messages to multiple devices, giving administrators more control.

Source: 2016-17 Digital School District Survey

School districts use data dashboards for student performance, student information system administration view, IT systems and services, break/fix support, mid-course assessments, and financials/budgeting.

A group of researchers and computer scientists at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education is building an artificial intelligence system that can analyze instruction via speech recognition and natural language processing. Developers want to replicate, as closely as possible, the feedback that a content expert might give to a teacher.

MAP FOR SUCCESS—Teachers at the Innovate@BVSD conference in the Boulder Valley School District share new and innovative ways to bring technology into instruction.

With the influx of $20 million in voter-approved “innovation” funds as part of a $576.5 million bond issue came a need for Boulder Valley School District educators and administrators to share ideas to best integrate technology into instruction.

Trish Rubin is a marketing instructor at Baruch College in New York and is the author of BrandED: Tell Your Story, Build Relationships, and Empower Learning.

How two schools gathered data to help build their brands and more effectively tell their stories. 

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