TS Quarterly News
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Ray Chavez, Ed.D.
Interim Chief Technology Officer
Los Angeles County Office of Education


Through the use of new technologies the design and implementation of advanced assessments and reporting systems is possible. Information that used to take months to process and distribute, will be available to teachers, parents and students in a timelier manner.

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Why Computer Adaptive Testing?

Dennis Large
CTAP Consultant III
Los Angeles County Office of Education 


The landscape for student assessment will change significantly in the spring of 2015. So planning for these changes should begin now. The new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) will be implemented in the 2014-15 school year and they represent a considerable shift in how we view standards.

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SBAC and Hardware Options
Rolland Kornblau
Director of Technology 
Whittier City School District 

Budget issues in the last few years caused by the state of the economy had left our district, like many others in California, with aging computers. As in most districts, our purchasing practices were adjusted to fit the new fiscal reality. So when the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) stated the new Common Core Assessments were going to use computers my first thought was, "How on earth would we be able to facilitate such a test for our students?” And then I considered this was the opportunity to begin searching for hardware that can be used for online testing.

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Guidelines for Purchasing New Hardware Released by SBAC

Daniel Gumarang
Coordinator, Instructional Technology
West Covina Unified School District

The California Department of Education and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium understand that schools and districts may be making decisions about what types of hardware and software to purchase for future instructional and assessment use.


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Gatekeepers or Gurus
David Feliciano
Director of Information Services
East Whittier City School District

The consumerization of technology is a controversial issue as it relates to the business of Information Technology (IT) management. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the K-12 sector of IT. One need only skim through the numerous trade journals and listservs to see that there are impassioned opinions on all sides. Although the term "consumerization of technology" is relatively new (think iPhone, iPad, Chrome Books, etc.) the fundamental IT management issues are the same: How to balance restrictive control, user autonomy, and everything in between. K-12 IT professionals must decide whether they will take a gatekeeper approach to "lock down" IT resources, or empower their users to take advantage of powerful new technologies available to the average consumer. This is a brief case study of how my district has approached the proliferation of consumer tech; looking specifically at our strategy in providing iPhones to district staff.

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Mobility in the Classroom
Daniel McHorney, Ed.D.

Director of Technology Services

William S. Hart Union High School District

 

For the past thirty or so years, there has been a popular speculation making the rounds in education. It suggests that if someone from one hundred years ago were to time-travel to today, he would not recognize anything except a school. The implication is that schools have not kept up with the swift and dramatic changes in the way we live. There may be truth in this, but that is all about to change. Metaphorically speaking, classroom walls are disappearing, and learning is becoming increasing mobile.

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Adventures in Mobile Device Management (MDM)
Thomas Tan, Ed.D.
Director of Network and Computer Services
Hacienda-La Puente Unified School District

"I am wondering what you think of using tablets like the Kindle Fire in the classroom."

-First E-mail of the new year, January 4, 2012

 

"We would also like to order 12 iPad 1 or 2 models for our Jr. High teachers..."

-Secondary School E-mail, February 28, 2012

 

"What do you think about Google Chromebooks?"

-Elementary Teacher E-mail, March 2012

 

With prices falling, you'd think the sky was falling with the rainfall of tablets and devices running all flavors of operating systems. Accompanying the devices are the myriad of user expectations for teacher and students to benefit teaching and learning. An adventure in the making, here is a bit on our philosophy, approach and experience with mobile device deployment.

 

Behold the Mobile Device: "Call Me iPad...."  


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