District CIO

Douglas County teachers go to "geek" camp

At an annual “Geek Camp” run by the Douglas County School District (Castle Rock, Colo.), teachers are equipped with the tools and know-how needed to guide the next generation into the future. 

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Newton, Mass. Elementary School PTO raises $72,000 for technology

Recognizing that Countryside Elementary School (Newton, Mass.) was woefully behind other elementary schools in incorporating technology into the curriculum, the Countryside PTO Technology Campaign raised $72,000 this school year for technology in its classrooms and library.

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Broward County, Fla. schools fall behind in digital education

Students in Broward County's public schools may be graduating without the digital know-how they need to succeed in college and the workforce. While the state is demanding a major technology overhaul, Broward is lagging far behind.

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Frustrated Oklahoma staffs worried about assessment plans

Oklahoma State Superintendent Janet Barresi announced on July 1 that the state would not participate in the PARCC assessments based on the Common Core Standards. But districts have spent the last few years preparing for the technology standards as outlined by PARCC. They are looking for direction on what to do next.

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How one Indiana district is managing its growing one-to-one program

East Allen County Schools made a push to put an iPad in the hands of every student, doubling the number of digital devices in the district. No technology staff were added, just miles of cable and a wireless access point in every classroom.

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Creative ideas for using video in the classroom

Richard Byrne, author of the Free Technology 4 Teachers blog, discusses an animated video creation tool called Wideo along with several competing products CIOs can recommend to teachers for classroom use.

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Leading technologies that could revolutionize education

With all the technology being developed these days, it’s easy to imagine how technology can transition into classrooms. But most classrooms are still the same as when we were kids, or even when our parents were in grade school.

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Innovative strategies for ensuring device equity

School officials wondering what to do for students who lack their own notebook computers, smartphones, or tablets can acquire extra devices with a little bit of ingenuity.

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PARCC responds to Race to the Top program review

The U.S. Department of Education recently released the Race to the Top Technical Review to chart the progress made by the state consortia that received Race to the Top Assessment grants. The review found PARCC's assessment development to be "generally on track," the highest rating possible.

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The NMC presents "Ideas that Matter" in education

The New Media Consortium recently held its 2013 Summer Conference in Hilton Head, S.C. The opening keynote, "Participatory Learning Powered by Technology," by Karen Cator, CEO of Digital Promise, is available here.

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