Chief Technology Officers

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IT Infrastructure & Management What We Know About District Tech Leaders, in Charts
Male chief technology officers in K-12 tend to come from technological backgrounds while most female tech leaders are former teachers.
Lauraine Langreo, August 1, 2023
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Top View of an Elementary School Classroom: Children Sitting at their School Desks Using Personal Computers and Digital Tablets for Assignments.
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Classroom Technology 3 Ways to Avoid Big Ed-Tech Mistakes
Some educators think their school's use of ed tech is often inappropriate and/or ineffective.
Lauraine Langreo, July 26, 2023
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Privacy & Security It Takes an Entire District to Prevent a Cyberattack: 5 Tips
One of the biggest challenges in making cybersecurity policies work is getting everyone engaged.
Lauraine Langreo, February 15, 2023
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IT Infrastructure & Management Q&A The Essential Tech Question for Schools: What Are the Teacher's Objectives?
One district technology director outlines the challenges that are unique to smaller districts.
Lauraine Langreo, October 18, 2022
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Classroom Technology Q&A How Technology Should Influence Learning for This Generation
A seasoned ed-tech expert puts student engagement, equity, and the tech-curriculum connection high on her priority list.
Lauraine Langreo, September 21, 2022
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School & District Management Q&A 'Decide You're in the Right Room': A Female Superintendent's Path to the Top Job
Kelly May-Vollmar has a unique vantage point as a female superintendent with a deep background in educational technology.
Kevin Bushweller, July 11, 2022
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IT Infrastructure & Management What Schools Can Do Now to Ensure Their New Technology Lasts Beyond the COVID Cash Boom
Devices bought with federal emergency funds are going to be outdated in a few years, with no new money to replace them.
Alyson Klein, May 17, 2022
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IT Infrastructure & Management Stopping Cyberattacks Is Top Priority for Ed-Tech Leaders. But Many Underestimate the Risk
Most K-12 district tech leaders rate common cybersecurity threats as just low or medium risk, survey shows.
Alyson Klein, April 26, 2022
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In this file photo from September 2020, Kristen Giuliano, a seventh-grade social studies teacher at Dodd Middle School in Cheshire, Conn., assists Jane Wood, 11, during a hybrid class session.
Kristen Giuliano, a 7th grade social studies teacher at Dodd Middle School in Cheshire, Conn., assists Jane Wood, 11, during a hybrid class session in September 2020.
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IT Infrastructure & Management From Our Research Center 'Is This Going to Piss People Off?' How to Make Tough Tech Decisions
The reopening of schools carries with it a host of technology decisions that could have an outsized impact on students' and teachers' lives.
Alyson Klein, July 20, 2021
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Doug Vander Linden, Director of Educational Technology, Burlington Unified School District, Kan.
Doug Vander Linden, Director of Educational Technology – Burlington Unified School District, Kansas
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School & District Management Leader To Learn From A Wrestling Coach Pins Down the Education Technology of the Future
A Kansas leader keeps his district abreast of evolutions in broadband and technology—and finds parallels in his role as a wrestling coach.
Alyson Klein, February 17, 2021
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IT Infrastructure & Management Leader To Learn From Making Technology Work for Schools
As the technology director in the Vail School District in Vail, Ariz., Mark Breen’s tech savvy and deep understanding of what principals need has simplified the technology educators need to do their jobs and freed up time for them to focus on students. He is recognized as a 2020 Leader To Learn From.
Alyson Klein, February 19, 2020
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Curriculum Maker Spaces and Virtual Learning: Ed Tech Leader Q&A
Education technology leaders are increasingly called upon to help prepare students for the future of work. For one Tennessee CTO, that means creating maker spaces and helping students learn online.
Alyson Klein, February 18, 2020
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Ed-Tech Policy 'We Just Work Our Way Around It.' CTO Challenges in a Rural District
Internet connectivity, recruiting staff, and finding partners to learn from are all big challenges for an ed-tech leader in a district off the coast of Alaska.
Alyson Klein, January 2, 2020
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IT Infrastructure & Management Austin CTO Kevin Schwartz Speaks: 5 Ed-Tech Problems and Solutions
The school district tech chief talks about helping educators avoid common mistakes, pumping up usage levels for ed-tech tools, getting tech and curriculum folks to talk to each other, and more.
Kevin Bushweller, October 1, 2019
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