District CIO

Long Island schools step up use of tablets

Some districts in Long Island, N.Y., are finally taking the technology plunge after dipping their toe in the water for several years. Mineola, which started with 100 iPads in 2010, is now providing one iPad for each of its 1,200 students in third through eighth grades, while Bethpage is distributing Google Chromebooks to middle schoolers.

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Digital education shouldn’t bypass the disabled

Students returning to school will find a plethora of new technologies and virtual programs on which their institutions have been spending millions of dollars. Yet even as these new technology-rich environments revolutionize the classroom, few have made provisions for people who are blind, dyslexic, or otherwise print-disabled.

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Online learning resources for reading development

The Department of Education has compiled a resource page of programs that can help teachers improve reading. From rhyming and poetry to coloring books for English language learners to a discussion of the value of water, there are tens of dozens of programs across all grades that can be used in the classroom to help children learn to read.

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Tools for building connected online communities

This list contains 40 different tools that can be used to help create connected online communities. From blogs to webinars to comments to surveys, communities small and large can be created to keep teachers and administrators in touch with each other about cutting-edge issues in engaged learning.

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How to prepare for the transition to online assessment

In the 2014-2015 school year, approximately 40 states will use new online student assessments from PARCC and Smarter Balanced that will be based on the deeper and more rigorous Common Core State Standards. This article describes a state’s history with online assessments, the evolution of their infrastructure, their approach to training and communication with districts, and an in-depth look at what it took a district to implement the assessments.

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Sesame Street widens its focus to include STEM

Simple ABCs and 123s? So old school. In the last four years, “Sesame Street” has set itself a much larger goal: teaching nature, math, science and engineering concepts and problem-solving to a preschool audience—with topics like how a pulley works or how to go about investigating what’s making Mr. Snuffleupagus sneeze.

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What does iOS 7 bring to the BYOD party?

Apple's first rule about enterprise features: 'You don't talk about enterprise features.' While you may not hear it from Cupertino, BYOD features abound in iOS 7 and, according to AirWatch's Blake Brannon, they are 'as innovative as we've seen from Apple.'

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Eyeball scans stay accurate over time, says NIST

Researchers investigating the use of iris recognition for biometric identification, which has been tested in some school cafeterias, have concluded that aging doesn't affect distinguishing characteristics of the average person's iris for almost a decade.

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Education sector most optimistic about impact of tech-led change

Ninety percent of education leaders, the most out of any sector for which respondents were surveyed, believe that technology has made them more imaginative and creative at work, with 80 percent saying it has also made them more productive. These insights are from a study called "Humans and Machines," conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit and sponsored by Ricoh.

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Parents' top 12 back-to-school tech questions

This year, the back-to-school season will bring more technology—both in and out of the classroom—than ever before. Navigating this territory will be challenging, exciting and puzzling. Here are some of the top concerns CIOs might hear from parents trying to figure it all out.

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