District CIO

Carteret County, N.C., launches state technology support system

As a new school year begins, so does a new state technology support system for students, teachers, and parents. The $26 million Home Base system is one of two major technology initiatives taking place in 2013-2014.

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North Carolina CIO returns after nine-month hiatus

Burke County Public Schools Chief Information Officer Melanie Honeycutt has rejoined the staff of the Morganton, N.C., district to help prepare students for the rapidly changing technological world.

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Chicago to create an after-school activities web portal for CPS

The city of Chicago is creating ChicagoYouthOpportunities.org, a web portal that will give parents and older students links to the websites of major city agencies and nonprofit organizations that run after-school programs. The link is expected to be live this fall.

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Teachers are key to making technology work

Technology is not a silver bullet. While it may seem that there is an app for just about everything, the classroom teacher remains the most significant influence on student achievement.

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Michigan campus to use sun for energy, education

A $2.2 million project is underway to create solar energy at the St. Clair County Regional Education Service Agency campus in Marysville, Mich. The 2,000 solar panels will produce about 500 kilowatts of energy, which is enough to power about 70 homes.

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The uncomfortable truth about personalized learning

There doesn’t need to be a fight between teaching and technology in the classroom. The right combination of the two can deliver personalized learning to improve kids’ understanding and enable success.

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Is technology the ‘Superman’ that the ed sector has been waiting for?

The 2010 movie Waiting for Superman highlighted a growing problem in our education system: that students are finding it more challenging to get a quality education based on the current paradigm. While the film raised controversial issues, a thought came to me: Is technology the education sector's Superman?

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TeacherCare Online empowers parents with free online social portal

TeacherCare, which matches parents with qualified teachers and child development specialists for learning-centered childcare, is extending its brick-and-mortar business with TeacherCare Online. The new offering focuses on connecting education-minded parents with teachers for in-home childcare, tutoring, and lessons.

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Panorama Education wants to make polling easier for educators

New Haven-based start-up Panorama Education is looking to address a major pain point for educators, students, and parents with its polling app targeted at K12 students. The technology is designed to replace cumbersome legacy players, and improve on less targeted, general-purpose tools like SurveyMonkey to provide meaningful insights for education.

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Christine Quinn proposes five all-girl tech schools

To close the gender gap in New York City science classrooms, City Council Speaker and mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn would create five new science schools exclusively for girls. Quinn unveiled her bold plan to boost female participation in STEM at a Monday press conference in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

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