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Bing in the Classroom will eliminate adverts at no cost to school districts

Bing in the Classroom will eliminate adverts at no cost to school districts | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it

Recently, there have been efforts by private technology companies to work with the public sector to invest in educational programs.

As the public and private sectors begin to collaborate to invest in and develop educational opportunities for today’s youth, we must work together to prepare technology driven lessons, ensure that classrooms are equipped with enough up-to-the-minute hardware for all students, and most importantly, work to create safe, ad-free spaces online where our children can learn to independently research without being bombarded by advertising or inappropriate material.

Schools are safe havens where children should be able to learn and grow in a supportive atmosphere. At home, parents have the ability to monitor their children’s intake of consumer products by limiting television and internet usage, and helping them engage critically with the content they see. But if we allow advertising in any form in our schools, we run directly counter to the message educational institutions are trying to promote: that these are places of learning, not selling.

Advertising in schools is simply not conducive to a learning-focused environment and we must agree as a society that there are places where advertisements absolutely don’t belong. Earlier this week, Microsoft publicly expanded its free Bing in the Classroom search to all public and private schools in the United States, along with lesson plans and the ability for community members to help schools earn tablets.

With Bing in the Classroom, Bing.com will eliminate all advertisements from search results, and augment adult filters and privacy protections in participating schools, at no cost to school districts.

Watch this brief clip of Bing in the Classroom.

http://youtu.be/_YHKNE6CYCI

I applaud the architects of the Bing in the Classroom program, particularly their groundbreaking decision to remove digital advertisements from the school environment. As educational institutions struggle with budgetary shortfalls, it is far too easy for policymakers and school boards to be tempted to allow advertising displays as an additional source of revenue.

In the same way that New York State school districts do not currently partake in physical advertising in school buildings, I strongly believe that we should not be condoning digital advertising in an academic environment. We have a responsibility as parents, educators, and policy makers to continue to protect our youth in the school environment.

With the introduction of the new Common Core curriculum standards, educational benchmarks are increasing to meet the needs of a new economy. To meet these new expectations, we must ensure that our children are allowed to mature and discover new information in an environment free of advertisements, digital and physical, both now and in the future.

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Ed Sector Worse than Others in Virtual Machine Security -- Campus Technology

Ed Sector Worse than Others in Virtual Machine Security -- Campus Technology | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it
Nearly every large organization has experienced some kind of "significant" IT security incident in the last year, such as a phishing attack, compliance policy violation or unsanctioned device or application use.
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How to Prepare for an Office 365 Migration

How to Prepare for an Office 365 Migration | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it
Although Software as a Service (SaaS) applications such as Microsoft Office 365 hold wide appeal, migrating is not simply a matter of moving to the cloud — it takes time and effort. As with all projects, the more planning and preparation IT managers can do, the more likely they are to succeed. What follows is some advice for organizations that are about to embark on an Office 365 implementation. Tackling Domain Verification One of the first steps in an Office 365 migration is a domain verification. Office 365 can be configured to use an existing domain name, but the organization has to prove to Microsoft that it owns the domain name. The domain verification process involves adding a record to the DNS server. This record is typically a TXT record and contains text provided by Microsoft. Once the DNS record has been added, Microsoft verifies its existence and uses the record as evidence of domain ownership. Next, verify that the organization is running supported versions of Exchange and SharePoint on premises. Those who are running Exchange Server 2003 will need to update to a newer version before migrating to Office 365 unless they have a third-party tool that supports legacy migrations. How to Approach Exchange Server Migration Exchange Server migrations can be involved, primarily due to the relationship between Exchange Server mailboxes and Active Directory user mailboxes. The first decision to make involves choosing a migration method. There are two main approaches to Exchange Server migrations. One option is to perform a cutover migration. Cutovers are the easiest type of Exchange Server migration, but are only suitable for organizations with fewer than 1,000 mailboxes. Furthermore, cutover migrations require all of the mailboxes to be migrated as a part of a single migration batch. Although cutover migrations are intended to be simple, a number of different tasks must be completed first in order to prepare for the move. For instance, IT managers must configure Outlook Anywhere for an on-premises Exchange Server environment. This will make it easier to redirect Outlook clients once the mailboxes have been migrated. Incidentally, organizations will need to make sure they’re running a supported version of Outlook. Microsoft provides instructions for making a cutover migration at TechNet. The other migration method is a staged migration, which involves setting up a hybrid Exchange Server deployment. This method is more difficult, but supports long-term coexistence and the ability to move mailboxes back and forth between Exchange and Exchange online. Choose this method for migrations involving more than 1,000 mailboxes. According to some estimates, there are 200 steps involved in planning for and working through a staged migration. Microsoft offers a free online tool that can assist with the Office 365 migration process as it pertains to Exchange Server. The Exchange Server Deployment Assistant asks several questions about deployment goals and then provides instructions for working through the migration process.
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Should We Stop Teaching Calculus In High School?

Should We Stop Teaching Calculus In High School? | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it
Calculus has been a staple of high school math for decades, but do we really need it? Computer science and statistics are far more relevant, but the math curriculum today completely ignores both.
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Statistics are relevant if used well. A statistic is often confused as having a cause and effect component when in truth it is about correlations and leads a person who is adept at using statistics to question a diagnosis. My point is that if calculus is well-used and has a reason to be taught it should be taught. The same goes for statistics. To make broad sweeping statements is why School will not get the re-boot it needs.

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Carlsbad Municipal Schools approves $2.1M in GO tech bonds w record-low interested rate at 0.2%

By Jessica Onsurez

jonsurez@currentargus.com @JussGREAT on Twitter

POSTED:   07/15/2014 11:31:53 PM MDT# COMMENTS

CARLSBAD >> The Carlsbad Municipal Schools board approved a resolution authorizing the issuance of $2.1 million in general obligation bonds Tuesday night.

The resolution will allow the district to issue the bonds dedicated to education technology. The funds will go toward expanding SmartLabs in the schools including the installation of a lab in the new Intermediate school at the P.R. Leyva campus. In addition, the funds may be used to purchase software, maintain equipment and pay for Internet and implement infrastructure upgrades, which Superintendent Gary Perkowski said is much-needed in the district. An additional benefit of issuing the bonds allows the district to shift the cost of technology and technology maintenance from the operational budget to the bond funds.

The education technology bonds will be placed with the New Mexico State Treasurer's office at arecord-low interested rate for the district at 0.2 percent. With such a low rate, Perkowski explained the cost to taxpayers will be nominal at $11.67 for the entire project. The GO bond resolution was passed unanimously, and will be issued in the following week as they do not require voter approval.

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Educational simulations

Educational simulations | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it
Educational simulations - literature research by Nico Rutten (www.linkedin.com/in/NicoRutten)
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Assessing the Capabilities of Touch-based Devices in the Classroom

Assessing the Capabilities of Touch-based Devices in the Classroom | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it
Do the tablets that you’re considering for your students support the full range of web content and technologies that they’ll need to succeed in school? You might expect that the latest batch of tablets on the market would effortlessly support the needs of education. However, according to a study conducted by Clarity Innovations, tablet devices vary considerably in their capabilities and compatibility. For students to be successful, it’s critical to choose a device that has fewer problems, is less dependent on workaround apps, and is more likely to just work. To assess the browsing capabilities of tablets for education, Clarity Innovations visited a list of top educational websites using each of the major tablet platforms available today. We tested each device using touch only; no external mouse was used on any device during our testing. We asked three teachers who are currently implementing one-to- one and many-to-one technology initiatives in their schools to assemble this list based on what they most frequently use themselves and ask their students to use. These education-based websites were tested in the categories of science, social studies, English, math, arts, productivity, classroom tools and reference. - See more at: http://www.k12blueprint.com/content/assessing-capabilities-touch-based-devices-classroom#sthash.QlRd8RbS.dpuf
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3 Tips to Improve Video Conference Performance Without Cramping Bandwidth

3 Tips to Improve Video Conference Performance Without Cramping Bandwidth | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it

For IT managers, the words “video conferencing” can be frightening.

Design guides call for 1.5 to 15 megabits per second of dedicated bandwidth per participant, with tight limits on latency, jitter and packet loss. Not all networks can meet those high barriers to entry, especially when international circuits or public services form part of the wide area network.

Yet people hold video conferencing sessions using consumer-grade software, DSL and cable Internet connections, and inexpensive web cameras. They may not be thrilled with the quality, but they’re collaborating successfully and getting work done.

Many organizations can find a middle ground. With some attention to detail, IT managers can improve video and audio quality without expensive engineering.

 

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Microsoft cuts prices for OneDrive, cranks up office bonus to 1TB

Microsoft cuts prices for OneDrive, cranks up office bonus to 1TB | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it
Microsoft announces new pricing and capacity details for its cloud storage service OneDrive, which will bring the free storage option up to par with Google and offer 1 terabyte of online storage to Office 365 subscribers.
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The New Digital Learning Playbook, Advancing College and Career Ready Skill Development in K-12 School Speak Up 2013

The New Digital Learning Playbook, Advancing College and Career Ready Skill Development in K-12 School Speak Up 2013 | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it
Key Findings from this year’s report include:

Infographic: The New Digital Learning Playbook: The Digital Content Story

More than 40 percent of high school principals are now offering online classes for students in math, science, history and English/language arts. Only 17 percent of high schools are not offering online classes, according to school principals.Principals are offering online learning for multiple reasons, including providing academic remediation (66 percent), keeping students engaged in staying in school (63 percent) and providing options for students that need credit recovery (61 percent).Teachers who teach online classes, in particular, see a strong correlation between the use of technology and students’ college and career ready skill development. More than half of these teachers say technology use helps students understand how to apply academic concepts to real world problems (58 percent), take ownership of their learning (57 percent) and develop problem solving and critical thinking skills (57 percent).The professional development requests of teachers are fairly common among new and veteran teachers. Even new teachers, who are presumed to be more digitally native and comfortable with technology, have a wish list of professional development support. The rookie teachers have a greater interest than other teachers in learning more about incorporating games and using social media with both students and parents.Parental support of mobile device as part of learning does not appear to have an economic, community type or grade level bias. Around 60 percent of all parents said they would like their children to be in a class where using one’s own mobile device was allowed. Two-thirds said they would purchase a mobile device for their child to use within class, if that was allowed by the school.Two-thirds of community members and a similar number of parents of school-aged children expressed support for paying $.50 more per month on their phone bill if those funds were used to increase school access to the Internet for student learning.One-third of elementary school teachers (32 percent) report using games in their classrooms. The top two reasons given for using games within instruction were increasing student engagement in learning (79 percent) and providing a way for teachers to address different learning styles in the classroom (72 percent).
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The Aspen Institute - LEARNER AT THE CENTER OF A NETWORKED WORLD Report

The Aspen Institute - LEARNER AT THE CENTER OF A NETWORKED WORLD Report | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it

26 ways to ensure kids have safe & vibrant learning opportunities in & out of the classroom. The Aspen Task Force is here: bit.ly/1oAuCah

 

The digital revolution has transformed almost every aspect of society. No facet of this revolution has more potential than its ability to change the way people learn. The availability of a vast array of knowledge and resources at the click of a mouse or the touch of a screen, together with the ability to connect instantaneously with peers and mentors across the street and across the globe, make possible completely new learning environments and experiences. These opportunities are highly engaging and collaborative, and they are based on learners’ own interests and strengths. Students can truly learn any time, any place and at any pace.

However, our traditional system of education is rooted in a model first developed in the Industrial Age. It assumes that knowledge is transferred from an external source—teachers, books and schools—to a student. Students are grouped by age, and progress is often based on the amount of time they spend in class and not on how much they have learned. In most instances, any learning that takes place outside class does not count for credit, nor is it even formally recognized.

This long-held model is struggling to engage a new generation of students for whom learning is happening all the time—online, off-line, in classrooms, as well as after school, in libraries and at museums. The connected learner can access tutorials, lessons and entire courses online while participating in afterschool programs such as code academies and maker labs.

To maximize these learning opportunities, young people must be fully connected. Students need to connect easily with others who can support their learning and to have the ability to share their ideas widely and safely. They need access to broadband, devices and software as well as to high-quality content and the literacy skills to support their full participation. They need to prepare for the world of bits, networks and entrepreneurship.

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Important work.  

Good executive summary. 

 

Give to your superintendent and principals.

 

Webinar recording available for viewing.

 

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, June 17, 8:53 PM

I spent 25 years in k-12 education. The vision described in this report has been in my mind since the early 80's. Now is the time to realize the potential of information technology to engage young minds.

Tom Cockburn's curator insight, June 24, 2:54 AM

Accrediting 'life' experience has always been an issue,though schooling per se is such a small fraction of our lifelong and lifewide learning arena

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Moving IT beyond the department of No | The Enterprisers Project

Moving IT beyond the department of No | The Enterprisers Project | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it
The word “no,” like the word “failure,” has many different meanings. Saying no can be a mark of maturity in some cases and naiveté in others. IT has a legacy of being The Department of No. More recently, IT has been told that if they say no more than three times, someone will lose their job. Neither position is appropriate because every context is unique.
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HEADLINE: Google Education launches Google Educator Groups ~ Edukwest

HEADLINE: Google Education launches Google Educator Groups ~ Edukwest | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it

by Kay Alexander

 

"Google Education announced another service targeting teachers across the globe. Google Educator Groups (GEG) is a program that wants to support communities of educators, online as well as offline and aiming to help teachers to learn, share, and inspire each other to meet the needs of their students through technology solutions, both in the classroom and beyond.

 

Key Takeaway

"Google Educator Groups are essentially personal learning networks (PLN) that use Google+ as its backbone. The local GEGs are organized by volunteers and entirely independent from Google.

 

"At launch there are 51 GEGs across the world with USA, Romania and the Czech Republic having the most local groups established. GEGs offer different activities to learn and share with like minded educators. Teachers connect online via discussions and Hangouts or in the real world through meetups, workshops and other events."


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Schools report Bring Your Own Device success

Schools report Bring Your Own Device success | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it
As the number of students with their own cell phones and other electronic devices grew over the past decade, teachers, administrators and Powhatan County School Board members worked hard on policies to keep handheld devices from being a distraction or a source of trouble.
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Mobile Broadband Equity Poses Challenges for Schools

Mobile Broadband Equity Poses Challenges for Schools | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it
Georgia's Forsyth County Schools district shares what it's doing to provide learning resources to students outside of class.
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What is Learning Analytics? – Infographic

What is Learning Analytics? – Infographic | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it

"Learning Analytics is the measurement, collection, analysis and reporting of data about learners and their contexts, for purposes of understanding and optimizing learning and the environments in which it occurs."


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Jan MacWatters's curator insight, July 20, 10:51 AM

This is definitely something that has piqued my interest to read more. about this topic..

Kiruthika Ragupathi's curator insight, July 20, 4:47 PM

a simple but useful infographic!

John Lemos Forman's curator insight, July 20, 7:55 PM

Muita expectativa mas ainda poucos resultados concretos ... De qualquer modo, esta se formando uma percepção de que o modelo educacional vai ser fortemente impactado nos próximos anos

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Chromebooks beyond the cloud: Everything Chromebooks can do offline

Chromebooks beyond the cloud: Everything Chromebooks can do offline | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it

Born as pure conduits to the web—showcases for Gmail, Drive, and other Google cloud services—Chromebooks have struggled to shake a bad reputation. The basic complaint is that Chromebooks become nothing more than dumb, worthless, keyboard-equipped pieces of glass when your Internet craps out.

While that may have been an accurate description of first-generation Chromebooks, nothing could be further from the truth today. The offline abilities of Chrome OS have skyrocketed since the first Googley laptops hit the streets, and now Chromebooks can tackle many of the most popular PC uses—from blasting out emails to working on spreadsheets to even just playing movies—completely offline.

 

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Social Media Tip #4: Measuring Success

Social Media Tips for Educators: Measuring Success

Our fourth social media tip sheet is now online!

During the past few weeks, we’ve been presenting clear and concise information about social media messaging for educators and now we’ve released information about measuring those engagement strategies.

State and local agencies participating in the Reform Support Network’s (RSN) survey of State education agencies (SEAs) and local education agencies (LEAs) about the use of social media said that measuring success can seem to bethe most challenging aspect of communications work. As a result, many agencies simply are not measuring success at all or as well as they would like.

This latest tip sheet includes information about trackingsocial media reach and engagement. It also discusses the importance of metricsand working with third-party tools and partners  to build comprehensive reports.

To access all of the tip sheets we’ve put together for educators, please visit ourCommunicating and Engaging: Race to the Top Resources page.

 
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The Best Websites for Finding Academic Books and Journals ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The Best Websites for Finding Academic Books and Journals ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it

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Going public: Writing About Research in Everyday Language

This brief describes approaches that writers can use to make impact research more accessible to policy audiences. It emphasizes three techniques: making concepts as simple as possible, focusing on what readers need to know, and reducing possible misinterpretations. A glossary of common concepts is included showing the approaches applied to a range of concepts common to impact research, such as 'regression models' and 'effect sizes.'

 
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Writing about your digital transition is an art. 

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The Guide to Google Drive Sharing

The Guide to Google Drive Sharing | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it
Kasey will be presenting at the following events this summer: Texas Google Summit (Brenham, Texas) Grand Prairie ISD Tech Week iPadpalooza   Lonestar TIA Instructional Technology Symposium Connect...

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Aryaoka's curator insight, June 24, 6:58 AM

Google drive sudah tidak asing lagi dikalangan pecinta tempat penyimpanan 'cloud'. Banyak hal yang bisa dilakukan dengan google drive.

Patrice Bucci's curator insight, June 24, 10:52 AM

For those "going google"...

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New Resource Provides Guidance to K-12 Technology Leaders on Smart IT Management and Investment | CoSN

New Resource Provides Guidance to K-12 Technology Leaders on Smart IT Management and Investment | CoSN | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it
Washington, DC (June 18, 2014) – CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) today unveiled a new strategic resource that provides guidance to school system technology leaders on how to plan and manage their IT investments amid tightening budgets.
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Why Moodle Is Becoming Irrelevant | LearnDash

Why Moodle Is Becoming Irrelevant | LearnDash | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it

For many organizations today, Moodle is the cornerstone of their learning program. From Moodle, they launch courses, administer quizzes, manage users, and much more. When it first hit the scene, it was applauded for the flexibility it gave the everyday user to establish a learning management system.

Today, not so much.

Moodle is still very popular, but this is arguably driven because of the brand and the way that they have preferred partners implementing their platform.

In fact, I would argue that popularity is decreasing, and for two primary reasons:

It is ugly.It is not user friendly.

 

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J. Mark Schwanz's curator insight, June 18, 7:40 AM

Design and aesthetics are important enough to improve Moodle. An LMS doesn't need to be boxy and boring. I agree it needs to be brought up to date and to increase a great deal in user functionality and ease of use.

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Learning through making - US National Science Foundation (NSF)

Learning through making - US National Science Foundation (NSF) | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it

In the Tinkering Studio at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, a group of young people is making tiaras--light-up tiaras. Using copper wire, a soldering iron, batteries and LED lights, they use trial and error to build the kind of design they want. In the process, they start to figure something out. If you want all your lights to glow, you have to create a parallel circuit. A series circuit will not provide enough voltage.

"This is different from the way I was taught in school," says Exploratorium Project Director Karen Wilkinson. "Adding this tinkerable element is powerful; the outcome isn't entirely known at the beginning, and this is a pretty critical part of learning. "

Tinkering is an important element of the "maker movement," a technology-influenced do-it-yourself (DIY) community that, since the early 2000s, has tapped into people's desire to create things in a hands-on way.  Recognition of making as a means to innovation and entrepreneurship is getting a boost this week with the first White House Maker Faire on June 18.

 

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District Leadership and 4 C's: EdLeader21

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SUPERINTENDENT ELIZABETH CELANIA-FAGEN ON DISTRICT LEADERSHIP

What Role Does the 4 C’s Play in the DCSD Strategy for Transformation?

Douglas County School District’s (DCSD) plan for transformation (to dramatically change our district so that it serves the needs of our students and our community/state/country tomorrow) is both systemic and multifaceted; and therefore, the 4 C’s influence our work in multiple ways.

Functional governance is foundational for the success of any school district. In the end, even the most effective superintendents and leadership teams cannot be successful (particularly not with second order change) without it. DCSD is a policy governance (or coherent governance) school district. This means that our board and our leadership team employ the model, concepts, and strategies found in John Carver’s work, as we feel this is the most effective approach to governance for our district. Under policy governance, the Board is responsible to set the “Ends” for the school district (among many other responsibilities). These “Ends” are the outcomes for our students that are valued by our owners (taxpayers). The Board must “link” with our owners/taxpayers to determine their interests, set the “Ends” for our students, and then hold the superintendent accountable for demonstrating that each of our students acquire them during their 13+ years in our school district.

 

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Apple opens applications for $100 million program to improve tech in schools

Apple opens applications for $100 million program to improve tech in schools | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it
Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook is starting to send out letters soliciting applications for its portion of larger White House initiative to improve the connectivity and technology in schools.
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Note they are in for only $100M.  Seems timid considering that they are likely still in existence almost solely due to the education market.

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How do we apply?