Category Archives: Features

Student Computer Intake — What You Might Not Know…

Today we will begin to take in the computers for 12th graders for our summer work.  I realized earlier that most people probably have no idea what this process looks like and how it needs to be structured so we … Continue reading

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CCSD Accepted as a Google Reference District!

Google invited CCSD to apply to be a Google Reference District earlier this spring, and our application was accepted.  This is very similar to the Apple Distinguished School title we were awarded in 2013.  This is a nice recognition for … Continue reading

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Don’t Forget About Friendly Disruption

I know podcasts are not everyone’s thing, but if you find them useful, I would put in a plug for the one that Maggie Pickett and I are running — Friendly Disruption.  While we are training ugly, I do think … Continue reading

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Building Bridges 2017

I had the privilege to attend Building Bridges, the Grant Wood assistive technology conference on Tuesday.  I love this conference!  I know I’ve shared this idea before, but assistive technology is not just for kids with IEPs or 504s.  It … Continue reading

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Securly Updates

While far from being a perfect product, Securly is doing some really interesting, new things.  They are a relatively new company, and they are growing their customer base as well as their product very quickly.  There are a number of new … Continue reading

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2016-17 Technology Department Survey Results

Thank you to everyone who took a couple of moments to fill out the survey.  This type of feedback is really important to me and my team.  We read all of the comments and do our best to make adjustments … Continue reading

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Spring Break Infrastructure Projects and a Pleasant Surprise

Last week, like many of you, I took the week off.  It was great to spend some time away from the office and recharge.  However, Chris, Collin, and Sam were here over break.  We had discussed some possible projects for … Continue reading

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Friendly Disruption

I currently serve on the Iowa Special Education Advisory Panel or SEAP.  I’m one of several members appointed to represent the interest of parents.  About a year ago, I attended an event on behalf of SEAP that comprised several breakout sessions which … Continue reading

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The Big Picture: Hardware. What do we have? What’s next?

According to our annual customer survey data, one area where I can get better is “big picture” communication.  So, this seems like the right time of year to reflect on and review some of the details of our macro plan … Continue reading

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Start the New Year Grieving

On Monday, I saw something remarkable.  We hosted Kevin Honeycutt to present digital literacy PL to our staff.  During the keynote, he produced a headband that wirelessly monitored his brain’s activity in real time via a smartphone app.  The Melon … Continue reading

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