For curriculum directors, the beginning of a new school year brings both new and old issues to deal with, including one that’s particularly difficult to resolve: selling teachers on technology. While younger teachers may actually embrace the adoption of laptops, iPads, interactive whiteboards and classroom software like student information systems and learning management systems, more established teachers often feel more comfortable relying on classic classroom “technologies” — the chalkboard, textbooks, pencil and paper, and a traditional gradebook, for example.
This month we have a guest blogger who comes to us from The Miller Institute for Learning with Technology. Eileen Miller, VP of E-Rate & Technology Planning, will talk with us about how your district could be eligible for E-Rate funding that is going unused across the country.
Shoving in the hallway. Name-calling on the bus. Rumor-spreading on social media. Bullying can take many forms, but there's one thing you can be sure of: It is happening within your schools.
Five post Chief Financial Officer round-up. This week we’re featuring five articles from around the web on one topic. Our topic this week is school district spending.
By Ramiro Zuniga
This weekend, I conducted a webinar on a very interesting topic related to mobile learning.
In Part 1 of this post I will discuss some of the things that need to be reviewed and understood before proceeding with a mobile learning initiative with Part 2 being a continuation.
Differences between Curriculum and Technology occur often with each side remaining steadfast. As technology continues to grow and become a part of the learning process, it will be more important than ever for Curriculum Directors and Directors of Technology to work hand in hand, rather than separately.
Chief technology officers of school districts operating in every region of the US are now expected to be IT experts instead of “boxes and wires” repair people. With many educational tools moving to the cloud, school districts don't have the technical support they used to have before Internet 2.0. Instead, they’re relying on their school district CTO to ensure educational and administrative hardware and software functions smoothly.
Is human resource management an issue for your district? There may be ways to simplify processes. Start with these questions to evaluate how an HR software solution can help your district.
October is Bullying Awareness month. At SunGard K-12, we are committed to helping districts across the country with all of the issues they face. We would love to hear how your district deals with bullying. Tell us on Twitter. If you use #Schoolsagainstbullying and @SunGardK12 in your tweet, we'll enter your district for a chance to win a GoPro Hero Session camera to use to further tell your anti-bullying story with others.
By Dennis PierceIn Pennsylvania’s Central York School District, learning looks different than in most other districts: Students learn standards-based skills by designing and completing projects that solve real-world challenges—and they aren’t held back by traditional grade-level restrictions. But this highly personalized model of instruction, which the district calls “Mass Customized Learning,” didn’t come about by accident.