Why some schools are selling their iPads.

posted Aug 18, 2014, 7:50 AM by

Four years after Apple introduced its popular tablet, many districts are switching to laptops.

Federal ERate to focus on Wifi

posted Jul 1, 2014, 12:55 PM by   [ updated Jul 1, 2014, 1:02 PM ]

FCC Chairman Wheeler held a press conference this afternoon to discuss the benefits of his E-rate modernization proposals — in part, we suspect, to put additional pressure on a couple of Commissioners who are balking at some of the proposed provisions.  He provided the attached report to describe his proposals to increase funding for Wi-Fi.  The report includes state-by-state projections of Wi-Fi funding expected to be provided over the next 5 years vs. a comparison of how much (or little) Internal Connections funding had been awarded over the past 5 years

Hillside Middle School Teacher Sue Hannan on NH Chronicle Tonight, June 4 at 7 PM!

posted Jun 4, 2014, 7:27 AM by ‎[ARCHIVE]‎ Liane St. Laurent

Tune in to NH Chronicle tonight, June 4th, at 7:00 PM to hear how Hillside Middle School language arts teacher Sue Hannan is using technology in her classroom. Read more:

Mrs. Hannan was named a State Winner in the 2014 Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. Her entry was chosen for its innovative approach to advancing interest in STEM among her students as well as making an impact in the Manchester community. In response to Samsung’s award notification, Mrs. Hannan, stated, “This is a unique opportunity for a Manchester school. We will be collaborating with students, colleagues, parents, community members and the media to create a project that spotlights the salmon release project, and will spotlight the health of the Merrimack River as well. While this will be a very involved project, it will assist students in concentrating their writing efforts into producing data analysis, integrating all subjects, and including many local and state standards for education. Students and community members will be involved in a service project that serves everyone.”

As a state winner, Ms. Hannan has earned  $20,000 in Samsung technology for Hillside Middle School. Students in her classroom are already using their Samsung Chromebooks on a daily basis. They also received tablets, a document camera, and a large screen television.

How TECH is transforming EDUCATION

posted May 29, 2014, 5:56 AM by

This series from Marketplace is called Learning Curve and "Over the next year, we will explore the expanding role of technology in education; how the digital revolution is transforming teaching, learning and the business of the classroom, for better and for worse."

It seems technology has been going to change teaching for about the last hundred years,

Changing of the Guard - from Scholastic Administrator Magazine

posted May 21, 2014, 11:15 AM by   [ updated May 21, 2014, 11:15 AM ]

Afraid your tech-savvy students are outpacing their teachers?  Don't be.  Let them lead the way to excellence.

Federal E-Rate program being revamped

posted Mar 7, 2014, 6:13 AM by

The FCC released its Public Notice on E-Rate Modernization today.  Initial comments are due April 7th.  A copy of the notice is on our website at


Here’s a basic outline of the notice:


I.                    Focused Funding FOR High-Capacity Broadband

A.                  Broadband Deployment within Schools and Libraries

1.                   Scope of Services to Be Funded

2.                   Access to Funding

a.                   Five-Year Upgrade Cycle

b.                  Rotating Eligibility

c.                   Annual Allocation for Internal Connections

d.                  Other Methods to Prioritize Internal Connections Funding

B.                  Broadband Deployment to Schools and Libraries

1.                   Scope of Services to Be Funded 

2.                   Ensuring Equitable Distribution

C.                  Encouraging Cost-Effective Purchasing 

D.                  Streamlining the Administrative Process


II.                  ReduceD Support for Voice Services

A.                  Reduced E-rate Support for Voice Services

B.                  Alternatives

C.                  Other Issues Related to Voice Services

D.                  Easing Administrative Burdens


III.                Demonstration ProjectS



A more detailed analysis will be provided in next Monday’s newsletter.


Student film festival promotes technology in the classroom.

posted Mar 4, 2014, 12:22 AM by   [ updated Mar 4, 2014, 12:29 AM ]

Here's what happened at the Student Film FestivalThe White House

Last Friday, Washington hosted the first-ever White House Student Film Festival.

Students from all across the country created more than 2,500 short films illustrating the role that technology plays in their classrooms, why it's so important, and how it will change the educational experience for kids in the future.

More than 60 of the young filmmakers went to the White House for the festival, where they screened the 16 official selections. And, as the President said himself, "these movies are awesome."

Watch the official selections and honorable mentions, as well as the President's remarks.

President Obama speaks with students at the White House Student Film Festival.

President Barack Obama speaks with students in the State Dining Room prior to the White House Student Film Festival in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 28, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

2014 Doodle for Google Competition Opens!

posted Feb 5, 2014, 6:21 PM by ‎[ARCHIVE]‎ Liane St. Laurent   [ updated Feb 5, 2014, 6:23 PM ]

Doodle 4 Google
Google Doodles are spontaneous changes made to the Google logo in celebration holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of those who have helped shape history. Since 1998 over 2,000 different doodles have delighted Googlers all over the world! This year Google asks students in grades K-12 to creat a doodle based on the theme “If I Could Invent One Thing to Make the World a Better Place...”. The deadline to submit your doodle is March 21, 2014. To find out more visit:

One talented young artist will see his or her artwork on the Google homepage and receive a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 Google for Education technology grant for his or her school.

Maryland transitioning 54,000 state employees to Google Apps for Government

posted Jan 21, 2014, 3:37 AM by

Today Google and the state of Maryland announced in a blog post that all 54,000 state employees will be transitioning to the Google Apps for Government platform as a replacement for old Microsoft Exchange and Novell mail servers:

Save the Date: Digital Learning Day is February 5, 2014

posted Jan 13, 2014, 12:24 PM by ‎[ARCHIVE]‎ Liane St. Laurent

February 5, 2014 is Digital Learning Day

WHATDigital Learning Day is about engaging students and recognizing great teachers who use digital tools to enhance student learning.

WHEN: February 5, 2014

WHOYou and your students, anyone can participate! Beginners and experts alike are encouraged to plan an activity. Plan big or start small - add your "event" to the Digital Learning Day web site.

RESOURCES: Look for tools, ideas and lesson plans on the Digital Learning Day web site at Look for local NH resources on the NH Dept. of Education Office of Educational Technology web site at
Let us know if you plan on participating: 

Have a look at this slideshow for more information on great ideas for 
staff and students on how to participate including: 
  • OUTREACH - tech showcase, tours & workshops 
  • CONNECT - Try Skype or a Google Hangout. Connect with another classroom in your school, another school in the district...or a school in another state or country!
  • LET STUDENTS LEAD - student demonstrations, student created content, student created videos
  • TEACHERS - try something new, take an online course, host an "app party"
  • SHIFT LEARNING - Flip your classroom for a day, start a project-based challenge, start and after school tech club

Digital Learning Day 2014

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