From the monthly archives:

May 2012

Race to the Top Funds for LEAs

Last week the Department of Education released the draft proposal for the new Race to the Top (“RTT”) District competition, which will send $400 million to LEAs and LEA consortia by the end of this year.  While the focus of this competition is personalized learning, technology is mentioned only a few times in the draft […]

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Student Laptop Orchestra

At the Maine Learning Technology Initiative conference (MLTI) 1000 students play an original piece of music on their laptops. The conference is held to share how laptops are being used in education in Maine. The MLTI outfits every Maine 7th and 8th grader, and most high school students, with a laptop. At the beginning of […]

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An Apple a Day (and then some)

The number of years it took in the United States for the car to achieve a 25% market share was 44 years and for the phone it was 35 years – for the Internet it was only 7 years! This was a tidbit from a Merrill Lynch report I read back in the nineties. I […]

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METAA & CoSN 2012 CTO Clinic

On May 10, 2012 METAA and CoSN held our third annual jointly-hosted CTO Clinic in Massachusetts. The event was a great success – great conversations that I overheard included: people having difficulty choosing between multiple excellent breakout sessions, colleagues from New Hampshire discussing starting a CoSN chapter there, animated follow-up conversations with presenters, powerful demos […]

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Making Information Accessible to Everyone

I am happy to share this post by Susan Hargrave, from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education: Global Accessibility Awareness Day is a great time to learn how new technologies can help make information accessible to everyone. As e-readers and e-books become more common, these technologies have the potential to open doors for […]

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Apple Tune-In Series

If you haven’t tried the Tune-In series from Apple, I recommend it. These are free webcasts. If you are deploying any iPads in your school or district it will be worth your while to sit in on these. Apple holds these all weekdays from April 23 to August 31, 2012. Monday: iPad in Education “In […]

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Successful Technology Program – Leadership

In a recent post  I posited the following list as those elements critical to a successful technology program. Leadership, Vision, & Policy Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment IT Management Infrastructure, including Connectivity Partnerships Budget & Investment Professional Development / Capacity Building Staffing for Support Community Engagement and Support In this post, I’ll take on Leadership, Vision, […]

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Office 365 for Education

Live@edu is being revamped into Office 365. According to a Microsoft blog post, Office 365 for education will become more widely available this summer (2012).  Microsoft has 3 different plans (A2, A3, & A4), with A2 having the fewest features. A2 is what Microsoft will offer free to schools. An earlier announcement had said that […]

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METAA-CoSN CTO Clinic 2012

CoSN press release: CoSN, METAA to Host May 10th Clinic for K-12 District-level Leaders  on Leveraging Digital Tools to Enhance Teaching and Learning   Washington, DC (May 3, 2012) – On Thursday, May 10, the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and the Massachusetts Educational Technology Administrators Association (METAA) will host a Chief Technology Officer (CTO) […]

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