Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Happy New (School) Year, Everyone! We're Kicking off the Academic Year by Honoring an Innovative District and Rolling out Our Redesigned Website

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Happy New (School) Year, Everyone! We're Kicking off the Academic Year by Honoring an Innovative District and Rolling out Our Redesigned Website

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WHEN I WAS in school, August was the saddest month. It was officially part of summer, but you could feel the chill of fall in the air--and you could see it in stores, where shelves that had once overflowed with squirt guns and boogie boards now held row after row of notebooks and pencils. As the editor of an ed tech magazine, though, August is not at all sad. It is instead a month of renewal, when educators and industry colleagues are back from well-earned vacations and getting ready for the upcoming school year, perhaps armed with new gadgets, but definitely full of new ideas about how to teach with technology.

To kick off the 2014-2015 academic year in style, this issue features a profile of Richland School District TWo (SC), the winner of this year's Sylvia Charp Award for District Innovation in Technology. On page 13, you can read all about how their thoughtful planning created a learning environment where 1-to-1 and BYOD are the norm, where teachers get plenty of personalized PD, and where an innovation incubator gives grants to educators who come up with ideas to solve the problems that the district is facing. …

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