- Speechless in Seattle? There is an interesting legal case out of Washington that just reached an out-of-court settlement with three former editors of a high school student newspaper;
- Packin’ a silly punch: BoardBuzz loves a quirky story, and this is actually a two-fer. There are two contests out there for students to participate in — each involving packing supplies;
- No wonder Napoleon had a complex: “Kindergarten teachers typically underestimate the intellectual abilities of boys who are shorter than their classmates”;
- NCLB reauthorization process begins, NSBA testifies: Capitol Hill is abuzz with supporters and critics of the No Child Left Behind law as Congress gears up to start the law’s reauthorization process;
- Film school: For many of us, and certainly for students now, films are used to supplement all different kinds of lessons;
- What does merit pay merit? Should teachers be paid for performance?
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- The cell phone debate has started up again;
- Double vision on how the public sees No Child Left Behind?;
- Recently released reports on 2007 ACT and SAT results;
- Dropout rates among at-risk students
- Utah voucher crowd getting desperate;
- NSBA Annual Conference website now live;
- Deadline approaches for 2008 Magna Awards;
- T+L Conference focuses on creativity and innovation;
- U.K. appoints new Children’s Laureate
Jennifer Ziolko is Assistive Technology Specialist for West Linn/Wilsonville (OR) School District.
Jennifer has worked to implement and support the use of technology throughout the district’s special education classrooms, and is on the forefront of bringing technology to students with disabilities. She is relentless in her quest to match educational needs with technological opportunities.
Bradley Gray is Chief Information Officer for Gallatin (KY) County Schools. He has transitioned the district from failing to meet state standards and requirements in technology to an efficient system that provides students, teachers, administrators, and parents a full range of functioning technology. His positive attitude and view that his “ultimate customers” are the students of the district, has helped to raise test scores by drastically increasing the availability of technology.
Jill Hobson, Director of Educational Technology for Forsyth (GA) County Schools, is responsible for bringing high quality, relevant online instructional material that serves to raise the bar for student engagement to the district. Under her leadership, the district has created a blended appproach to online learning that reaches across all grade levels and has resulted in reducing (and in some cases eliminating) the need for textbooks.
As Senior Project Coordinator at ALTEC, Kari Stubbs is the project leader of the Title IID initiative in Kansas, known as Technology Rich Classrooms. The program has impacted teaching and learning in 168 classrooms across the state. Kari is also expected to complete her PhD in Curriculum with a technology emphasis this winter, and teaches the undergraduate course on technology integration at the University of Kansas.
To provide a 20/20 perspective on the industry of Education Technology, we need to know where we came from. The below interviews are with some of the leaders who were around at its inception and who were instrumental in transforming educational technology into what it is today.
Linda Smith has been a Technology Director for three large school districts. She has been involved in E-rate since she was on the Board of the Consortium for School Networking. For the past two years she has been working with CSM as an E-rate consultant. She works with over 40 Districts on Technology Planning and E-rate.
Cheryl Williams is a nationally recognized leader and executive in education reform. She is currently a Vice President of Conferences and Marketing at Teachscape, a San Francisco based company. Teachscape works with local schools and districts to design and deliver professional development services and resources. Before coming to San Francisco with Teachscape, she served as Vice President of Education at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in Washington, DC. And prior to that, as Director of Education Technology Programs at the National School Boards Association (NSBA) in Alexandria, Virginia.