Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Sun, 12/15/2013 - 11:35am
Before 4,450 MacBook Airs were distributed to students, before teachers were equipped and trained on their own devices, before test scores increased and the dropout rate decreased, the Mooresville Graded School District’s digital conversion started with a hard look at finances—one result of which was the elimination of more than 35 teaching positions.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Wed, 12/11/2013 - 9:36am
Over the past two years, a blended learning program has substantially improved AP test scores and provided dual enrollment opportunities for students at Red Clay CSD in New Castle, Del.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Mon, 12/02/2013 - 9:27am
The editors of District Administration magazine are proud to present the 2013 Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products. This year’s winners were chosen from more than 1,800 unique nominations sent by K12 leaders who detailed the products’ positive impacts on their schools.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Mon, 11/18/2013 - 10:50am
The rise of 1-to-1 programs has pushed a surge of mobile devices into schools, creating a whole new logistical challenge for district CIOs. These technology managers are wise to deploy a mobile device management system to keep track of both the hardware and the data.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Tue, 11/12/2013 - 8:47pm
A bank in Albuquerque, N.M., had a limited budget to make one of its branches more environmentally sustainable, so students at the local Architecture, Construction, and Engineering Leadership High School rolled up their sleeves and went to work. They searched websites for green design options, consulted with an engineer, and used spreadsheets to compare potential costs and energy savings.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Tue, 11/05/2013 - 12:08pm
When career tech students in 21 West Virginia districts returned to school this fall, they didn’t head to classrooms. They went to work. Through the state’s Simulated Workplace pilot program, high school students learn in classes that are restructured to feel like workplace environments. For instance, students will clock in upon arrival, take random drug tests, and be evaluated based on their “company’s” bottom line.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Mon, 10/28/2013 - 10:33am
Superintendent Joe Kitchens thinks technology will keep students in school and on track to graduate. The 20-year-leader of the Western Heights school district in suburban Oklahoma City is focusing on a strong telecommunications network and analyzing student data through various platforms to raise the 63 percent graduation rate.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Tue, 10/15/2013 - 9:03am
The CIO position in the K12 education sector has changed in three primary ways: From managing boxes and wires to providing service and support; from making decisions in a vacuum to making collaborative decisions with others; and from being an under-the-executive-radar manager to having a seat at the executive leadership table.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Tue, 10/15/2013 - 9:00am
Administrators in the Los Angeles USD may tap the skills of students who hacked school-purchased iPads to strengthen security on the mobile devices. A week after the iPads were distributed in September, about 340 students hacked the security system to browse websites like Facebook and Twitter.
Submitted by Lynn Russo Whylly on Tue, 10/08/2013 - 9:48am
A North Carolina school district has suspended the use of 15,000 tablets after reports of multiple hardware issues, including the device’s charger melting at home. Districts everywhere have had high hopes that the affordable tablet would help bring K12 education into the 21st century. But melting accessories are not a good sign.
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