Bring Your Own Network (BYON)

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So you’re letting your students BYOD and it’s going well. You’re saving money because students are bringing in their own technology, teachers are excited to be using digital resources, and your superintendent is telling everyone you’re a 21st-century district.

It sounds too good to be true and, sadly, it is.

Read the full article here: http://www.schoolcio.com/cio-feature-articles/0109/bring-your-own-network-byon/53761

Consumer Technologies Enter Schools

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This trend of using consumer products to access a school’s cloud-based applications refers to the“consumerization” of IT. Also involved in the trend is the explosion of the BYOD in schools, forcing students to use personal devices on the school’s network. It’s revolutionizing the way teachers instruct, and requires more support from tech teams.

Read the full article here: http://www.districtadministration.com/article/consumer-technologies-enter-schools

3 School Districts Earn Top Honors for Technology Prowess

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The ninth annual survey from the Center for Digital Education and the National School Boards Association ranked school districts by student population in three categories, with at least 10 districts in each category earning recognition for their work.

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BYOT: No Internet Access, No Problem

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One problem with integrating most technology is that schools and teachers rely too much on Internet access. We forget that even without the Internet, laptops and mobile devices are very powerful learning tools.

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The Changing Role of the Technology Director

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The job description of the chief technology officer is certainly a moving target. In the last 20 years, technology leaders have never really had the same set of challenges, frustrations, and successes two years in a row. And these shifts will continue, according to Robert Moore of the Consortium for School Networking.

Read the full article here: http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/apr13/vol70/num07/The-Changing-Role-of-the-Technology-Director.aspx