Editor’s Note: Big Ideas
One of the more satisfying aspects of this job is the
opportunity to meet regularly with some of America’s
most innovative educators and to pick their brains.
Most recently, Tech&Learning’s SchoolCIO Summit
brought about 50 of them to Texas Hill Country
outside San Antonio to decipher and debate the
thorniest edtech issues of the day.
From digital curriculum and social media to leveraging the
cloud and BYOD strategies, district leaders shared best practices
and traded war stories and lessons learned. Our crack team of
editors reported and distilled the conversations into concise
executive summaries you can read beginning. Want more? We interview two of our
participants: Richard Culatta, Director, Office of Educational Technology in the U.S. Department
of Education and Dr. William Hite, Superintendent of the School District of
Philadelphia. Log onto our sister site schoolcio.com to dig into presentation resources
and other materials. Also, look for further coverage in November for wrap-up from our Fall
If that weren’t enough to tire your brain, contributing editor Ellen Ullman shares some
inspiring stories of US students becoming global citizens: Students in Maine participating in
the Arab Spring; Students in Michigan learning about the Holocaust by interacting with Israeli
students; and Wisconsin kids connecting with students from China to South Africa. Added bonus:
All of these activities can ultimately contribute to meeting those pesky and imminent Common
Of course, we wouldn’t go a month without collecting the latest and greatest edtech gear to
come on the market staring on page 62. Look for these to be reviewed in the coming weeks as well.
Thanks for reading!
— Kevin Hogan