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<b>What are your district's key technology goals?</b>

We're trying to move forward to all 21st century classrooms. Each classroom would have an interactive smartboard, a projector, wireless connectivity and a computer unit to hook into. Eventually we'd have integrated audio, too.

CDI has joined forces with Numonics to offer cost-effective interactive whiteboards as part of its comprehensive technology solutions for schools.

Numonics, based in Montgomeryville, Pa., developed the first pen-centric interactive whiteboard in 1994 and continues to provide innovations in the field. CDI is North America's leading supplier of certified refurbished computer equipment for the educational market.


Sanija Hodzic has been employed by CDI for 11 years, the last two as customer service manager. He has reason to be proud of his work: A company survey last year found that 93 percent of CDI's customers would recommend the computer refurbisher to a family member or friend.


CDI HAS ALWAYS SHIPPED FREE REPLACEMENT PARTS for its recertified computers, no questions asked. But for some clients, waiting for even overnight delivery of a critical component means too much downtime.


When seeking technology funding, don't overlook new or obscure grant sources, even if their connection to K12 may not be obvious at first glance.

School districts gather an overwhelming amount of information from testing, attendance and disciplinary actions each day. But often they find — as the Ozark School District did — that they are data-rich and information-poor.

As in districts elsewhere, curriculum directors at Garland ISD in Texas were facing a challenge in their efforts to formalize progress monitoring in classrooms: It was very time-consuming to create assessment questions that accurately reflected state standards.

Blended learning, the integration of online instructional and planning resources with traditional classroom activities, emerged with the advent of the Web in the 1990s. Now, educators are seeing the benefits of adopting a formal structure for tying their various blended learning initiatives together.

I retired in June 2010. I thought it would be an easy decision. It was not. It was difficult because I was leaving behind what had defined my professional life for nearly three decades. My journey as a student began in a oneroom schoolhouse in the poorest county in Maine. My journey as a superintendent began in Wiscasset, a small town on the mid-coast of Maine, wound briefly through Easthampton, Mass., and culminated in a 19-year tenure at Waterford (Conn.) Public Schools.

"It's 2010, and the world has changed," says Karen Cator, director of the Office of Educational Technology for the U.S. Department of Education and former Apple executive. "Technology is going more mobile."