Traditionally, we dub this month’s magazine the “Back to School” issue. But as most of you will attest, this quaint anachronism belies all the work that happens during the summer months—from curriculum planning to system upgrades to professional learning. We gave a number of our advisors even more duties this past June during our second School CIO Summit in La Jolla, California. For two days, more than 40 district executives participated in working groups that explored and dissected some of the most pressing edtech issues: Mobile and cloud computing, virtual and blended learning, and tech-based professional development. The conversations were spirited and inspiring. The advice and insights, I think, were invaluable. The fruits of their labor can be read in our special supplement. To get more in-depth, go to www.schoolcio.com/ciosummits to download the presentations from our “vault”. Be sure to follow our continuing coverage of these topics during our third CIO Summit in Chicago this month, as well as our fall Tech Forum events in New York on October 19 and Austin on November 8.
Also for this issue, we tapped several of our international advisors, including Terry Freedman in the UK, Özge Karaog˘lu in Turkey, and Kim Cofino in Japan, to report on how schools around the world are improving and innovating (Playing Globally). The authors not only share fresh ideas, they also provide tips on how your school can become worldlier. Follow reader responses to these stories on our TL advisor blog here: www.techlearning.com/section/Blogs. Come join the conversation!
— Kevin Hogan