District CIO

Is your school underrated for tech entrepreneurship?

As the managing director at a tech accelerator, I face a dilemma. I need to fund the most talented people, because they’ll be most likely to build great companies. But I also need to find the hidden gems. I’m the sort of person who’s always looking for the best deals. Let me tell you, great deals almost always come from unexpected sources.

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Education 3.0: Embracing technology to ‘jump the curve’

It may not be as exciting as “The Winds of War” or “Sharknado,” but I would argue that the role of ed tech in Education 3.0 is far more important than anything Hollywood has produced.

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How much should you spend to build an app?

A well executed mobile app idea can boost student/teacher engagement and be a beneficial tool for your district. Whether you're saving your pennies or you've got money to burn, doing your app homework first will ensure that you don't waste money or time.

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Conceptua Math announces Fact Fluency

Conceptua Math announces Fact Fluency: a new adaptive computing module for its groundbreaking math curriculum. Fact Fluency uses personalized learning algorithms along with Conceptua’s patent-pending visual models. With the introduction of Fact Fluency, Conceptua Math adds the power of adaptive learning to its rich adaptive teaching curriculum.

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School cafeterias go electronic

For decades, it was one of the iconic images of childhood: the youngster dispatched to school with lunch money squirreled tightly in his or her pocket or backpack. But perhaps for not much longer: As inevitably as slide rules once gave way to calculators, school cafeterias are embracing technological change.

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State of the portal: A 2013 review of the 50 states’ online offerings

State government internet portals first appeared in the mid-1990s. Like state capitol buildings, state portals share with their historical predecessors the intent to maintain an outpost for doing the public’s business, with the added benefit of collapsing geographical barriers and making government available at the time and place of the citizen’s choosing. This compendium provides a 50-state view of how far states have come in realizing those aspirations.

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The role of location-based services in digital life

A new survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project sheds light on three major aspects of how location fits into digital life: for directions, to share a location with friends and family, and see where friends and family are.

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CoSN survey reveals widespread need for increased bandwidth

Preliminary findings of CoSN's nationwide survey about broadband and the E-Rate show that 99 percent of districts will need greater internet bandwidth and connectivity within the next three years, and more than 90 percent of survey respondents think the current E-Rate program is inadequate for their districts' needs.

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Google in Education announces winners of Google Science Fair

The three winners of this year’s Google Science Fair are Viney Kumar (Australia) in the 13-14 age category, Ann Makosinski in the 15-16 age category, and Grand Prize winner Eric Chen (U.S.) in the age 17-18 category. The first two contestants came up with their own technology.

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iPads open doors in poor school districts

Widespread poverty is inspiring some school districts to create iPad initiatives as a way to give students hope. In California, Coachella Valley Unified, for instance, where 90 percent of students live in poverty, will issue iPads to all 19,000 students -- preschool through high school -- by November.

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