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Status of Smart Schools Bond Spending

The district has placed its first orders for technology approved in the NYS Smart Schools Investment Plan (SSIP). Included in this order are Dell Chromebook 11 Touch devices for our 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students, and all teachers who … Continue reading

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Start of School Technology Support Summary

“Your team must be quite busy” is a phrase I hear often from teachers and staff during the first week or so of school.  I generally agree, adding that all district employees are busy at the start of the school … Continue reading

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Twitter App was Blocked; Now It is Not

This morning the Department of Technology and Innovation was informed that BHS students were not able to post to Twitter from mobile devices, despite the implementation of the Responsible Use Policy which allows it.  We determined the cause–which was that … Continue reading

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BHS English Department: Great Days Ahead!

This afternoon I was fortunate to meet with the Brewster High School English department, introduce myself, and have the opportunity to listen to some of their hopes for future digital learning opportunities. One of the things we spoke about was … Continue reading

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Emerging Technologies: Avoiding the Marketing Trap

Cross posted at http://www.emergingedtech.org/penn-teller-water-bottle-survey/  Developers of technology devices and services for students and teachers are becoming increasingly aggressive with their marketing to schools.  Many promise unique selling points which promise to make their product  more desirable than that of competitors, but some of … Continue reading

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The “Future Ready Pledge” and Emerging Technologies

Today the president will host an event at the White House with school district leaders and other educational leaders.  Though full details about today’s event have not yet been released, the message is clear; emerging technology is a key part … Continue reading

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CCSD Provides Students with Gmail

As part of the District’s ongoing efforts to increase the use of technology as a learning tool, the district is now providing e-mail for our students. Students will have access to school sponsored Gmail, and the address clearly identifies our … Continue reading

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Online Google Apps Resources: How do I…?

Over the course of the summer I have had requests for self-directed Google Apps materials.  It seems that summertime may be the best time for reviewing on-line tools and learning more about the online resources available in the district.  Below … Continue reading

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Talking About Web 2.0 Can Be a Challenge, but We’re Not the First Generation to Deal with New Technologies (see video link at end)!

It’s difficult to talk about these new Web 2.0 technologies with others who are not familiar with them. Casually using terms like blogs, blogosphere, social bookmarking and (my favorite) wikis usually draws a smirk or other non-verbal cue from a … Continue reading

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Using a Hosted Solution

After hours of trying to work out kinks in our own installation of WordPress mu, I have moved the tufsdblogs.org domain to Edublogs.org. This was done in order to provide our users with the necessary stability and ensure that there … Continue reading

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