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E-rate can (still) help K12 districts connect

Angela Pascopella
April, 2017

The E-rate program, which is entering its 20th cycle and is worth about $4 billion, is still giving. It can still help districts connect their school buildings to the internet—unbeknownst to some leaders, says John Harrington, CEO of Funds for Learning consulting firm.

School buildings on autopilot

Brian Nadel
March, 2017
SAVING THOUSANDS—Cheshire Public Schools in Connecticut saves $390,000 in electricity costs thanks in part to automatic lighting. Superintendent Jeffrey Solan is a strong advocate of the internet of things.

When the central Connecticut town of Cheshire moved to reduce power use, it upgraded six of its eight public schools with the latest internet of things technology. The plan combined energy-efficient LED fixtures with sensors and cloud-based servers that automatically turn the lights off in an empty room or adjust brightness.

The district cut its electricity bill by 84 percent, saving about $390,000 out of an annual $65 million budget.

Tech & content team up in K12

Michael Gagne
February, 2017
ELITEBOOK AT WORK—A  young student gets comfortable at Church Lane Elementary School as he diligently works on his HP laptop, an element of the digital curriculum program in Baltimore’s K12 schools.

Andrew Smith, chief strategy officer in North Carolina’s Rowan-Salisbury School System, is leading a digital-first initiative that three years ago aimed to give an iPad or a MacBook Air to all students—and their teachers—from grades 3 through 12. Rowan-Salisbury became 1-to-1 by the 2014-15 school year.

Analytics expand school CIO role

Jessica Terrell
December, 2016
When it comes to data analytics, Maribeth Luftglass,CIO at Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia, focuses on ensuring privacy of all student data. And, she adds, it should be a top concern for all CIOs. (Photo: Donnie Biggs, Fairfax County Schools)

Just a few years ago, CIOs—if they were involved in data analytics at all—would run a report, export it into an Excel document and share it with teachers and district leaders once a week or at the end of each semester. Now it’s all about creating systems that aggregate and sort data automatically, making it easier for educators to view crucial information every day

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