Mary Hart, the Associate Superintendent of Business Services at the Santa Cruz County Office of Education shares her vast experience with technology and innovation working as a CBO in a large district and at the county level. She discusses the importance of sustaining technology and innovation and how to financially prepare during budget-strapped times.
California has launched a major open-source electronic textbook (ebook) initiative which implements Governor Schwarzenegger’s vision of providing free textbooks and digital access to a standards-based curriculum. Rowland Baker had the honor of speaking with the Secretary of Education Dr. Glen Thomas, who helped put this initiative into action for high school math and science courses. In this interview, Dr. Thomas provides an overview of the program and where to find more information.
The rise in the mainstream use of open source software in education shows the need for low to no cost software. California has called upon companies to submit their open source textbooks for review in K-12 schools. Radio TICAL veteran and the Director of CoSN’s K-12 Open Technologies Initiative, Steve Hargadon, shares an overview and the benefits of adopting open source software in your schools.