Organizing Security Protocols

February 17, 2017

By Dr. Ramiro Zuniga

There is no doubt that just about everyone has been thinking about data and network security across the K12 spectrum.  I have had recent conversations with School Board Members, parents, school district auditors, solutions vendors, and many school district security personnel.  It seems that every conference that I have recently attended has some presentation of discussion on security protocols.
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Topics: technology, Privacy, CTO, data, K-12, data security

Helping Teachers Embrace Classroom Technology

February 14, 2017

By Dennis Pierce 

Change is hard in any context, and that’s especially true when it comes to trying something new in front of a classroom full of students. How can K-12 leaders get veteran or reluctant teachers to embrace change and try new ways of teaching with technology?

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Topics: Superintendents, technology, CTO, K-12, Teachers

Top EdTech Trends to Watch This Year

February 7, 2017

By Dennis Pierce 

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Topics: Superintendents, technology, edtech, Best Practices, integration, CTO, K-12

3 Characteristics of Effective Blended Learning

January 26, 2017

By Dennis Pierce

Blended learning, which combines the best of face-to-face and online instruction in ways that can help personalize education for students, often looks very different from one classroom to the next. But when it’s done well, blended learning typically involves some common elements, says Michael B. Horn, co-founder of the Christensen Institute.
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Topics: Superintendents, Best Practices, CTO, Blended Learning, K-12

A Small District Superintendent's Guide to Technology Integration

January 24, 2017

Maximizing Small School Education Technology

Nearly all schools as well as an overwhelming majority of classrooms in the U.S. have access to the Internet, ensuring that tens of millions of children can meet the government requirements. However, disadvantaged school systems and small school districts tend to lag behind.
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Topics: Resources, Superintendents, CTO

Dashboarding 101

January 17, 2017

By Justin McKean

The buzz around dashboards continues to grow, and, as I travel the US providing demonstrations, more and more educators are interested in learning what dashboards can do for them.  I am going to walk through what a data dashboard is, why they are becoming so popular, and then lay out my 5 tips to get started. 
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Topics: Superintendents, CFO, CTO, data, K-12, Dashboards

How to Build an Effective & Qualified School Technology Team

January 10, 2017

Finding the Right CTO and School Tech Team Members

School boards, administrators and superintendents often put all of their faith, and budget, behind new technology in hopes of reaching children and improving results. Unfortunately, that’s only half of the equation. Each district needs an effective school technology team to turn all of this new equipment, software and support into a useful endeavor.
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Topics: Best Practices, CTO, Team

Family First, Always

December 22, 2016

By Ramiro Zuniga

It goes without saying that it is not easy being in a leadership position.  There are so many things to deal with beyond simply doing the work.  There are personnel issues.  There are morale issues.  There are political issues.  So how does one deal with this?  Good question.
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Topics: Superintendents, CFO, CTO, CAO, Opinion, Ramiro Zuniga

CTO Roundup: Rethinking Edtech

December 16, 2016

Five post Chief Technology Officer round-up. This week we’re featuring five articles from around the web on one topic. Our topic this week is rethinking edtech.

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Topics: Resources, CTO, Roundup

The Authoritative Guide to Purchasing a Student Information System

December 15, 2016

It can take anywhere from 6-12 months to choose a Student Information System (SIS). The SIS purchasing process involves a lot of different ideas of what all stakeholders need. This guide is designed to help you get started.

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Topics: Resources, Superintendents, Best Practices, CFO, CTO