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Article Name: Content Filter Engineering Review
Author: Phil Scrivano
Publish Date: 2015-06-30
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The study features four vendors, each with their own methodology to solving the content filter problem. This engineering review focuses on the user experience of students, teachers, and administrators in a real time simulation of a classroom environment. Based upon data consisting of 2,000 observations, it is clear that each methodology offers strengths and weaknesses that must be taken into account to determine the overall sentiment and effectiveness of any one content filter. Our conclusion demonstrates that there is a wide array of choices available for districts that must be evaluated according to the local needs and culture.
Article Name: Education Technology at an Important Crossroads in California
Author: Barrett Snider, Capitol Advisors Group
Publish Date: 2015-06-29
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For a long time, technology lived in the general “administration” of schools. Over the past few decades it has evolved from payroll and data processing to copy machines and computer labs to fully networked agencies with email and data reporting to classrooms where technology delivers interactive content to students. But most recently, California’s school have taken an evolutionary leap in technology with the requirement that all students take state standardized tests that are online and adaptive
Article Name: Why zero-based budgeting is more effective
Author: Michelle Plumbtree
Publish Date: 2015-06-29
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FCMAT suggests that you use a zero-based approach in developing your budget. In zero-based budgeting, each expenditure must be justified each year as compared to traditional budgeting, which is often called incremental budgeting, or “rollover budgeting.” Each method may have some advantages, but zero-based budgeting is preferable because rollover budgeting assumes past decisions are correct. Since spending levels are based on these decisions, you will have to live with the same allocation year after year even when they were based on inaccurate information.
Article Name: Technology Services Agreements: Education Lawyer As Frenemy
Author: Gretchen Shipley
Publish Date: 2015-06-29
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In this era of heightened concern for data privacy, in this instance, a community member could easily challenge a school board for failing to comply with legal requirements and thus, allege that it entered into an illegal contract. As readers may be aware, technology services agreements entered into, amended, or renewed after January 1, 2015 must include specific provisions. These requirements apply to contracts for digital storage, management and retrieval of pupil records, as well as educational software that authorizes a third-party provider to access, store and use pupil records.
Article Name: Collaborative Inquiry for Professional Learning Leaders
Author: Dr. Lisa Gonzales and Randy Kolset
Publish Date: 2015-06-29
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Professional development through collaborative inquiry offers learners a chance to investigate shared questions of practice as they relate to both student and adult learning. At the center of this type of learning are collaborative learning sessions, which eschew pre-packaged, one-size-fits-all solutions in favor of experiences that are grounded in the use of technology to communicate and collaborate. Professional learning is also based on a recurring cycle of planning, action and reflection, all while building professional knowledge and reflecting on the impacts of the actions of leaders.
Article Name: Building Partnerships That Work
Author: Amy Fong
Publish Date: 2015-06-29
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Technology is all around us. For some of us, it’s our job to keep the bits moving, 3D printers printing, virtual server farms happily humming in triple redundant, super secure, public-private-hybrid cloud of your (or your local governing school board’s) choice. It’s an exciting time to be technology. Technology is the fun part. Maybe it’s even the easy part. Cisco’s Chief Futurist, Dave Evans, in 2013 inspiringly blogged about the intersection of technology and humanity . Take away the technology, and what do you have left? Clients, peers, staff, management and other stakeholders. Before technology, and after technology, there are people. There are people with needs, and there are people who can help you do great things.
Article Name: President's Message
Author: Peter Skibitzki
Publish Date: 2015-06-29
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Over the last few months I have gone through countless drafts and revisions trying to put pen to paper in crafting a Presidential message befitting of CETPA’s 55th year as the recognized authority supporting educational technologists.