Playing to learn

If your district has integrated video games as a regular part of the curriculum, then you already know that they can support learning and engage students. If your district has not, you are missing a valuable opportunity, presenters said at the “Playing to Learn” session Saturday at NSBA’s Annual Conference in Boston.

While conducting research for his book, The Game Believes in You, Greg Toppo said he wanted to find out if game play “could make school more rigorous, more enjoyable.”

Lajvardi Recounts Underdog Robots Team Story

Arizona educator Fredi Lajvardi spoke at the Education Technology Luncheon at NSBA’s Annual Conference in Boston on Sunday, April 10.

Lajvardi’s high school robotics team was the inspiration for the movie, “Spare Parts.” It told the underdog story of the team from Carl Hayden Community High School in Phoenix that won first place in a collegiate underwater robotics competition, beating out elite engineering colleges such as MIT.

Transforming with technology

The documentary Most Likely to Succeed examines a California high school that has up-ended the traditional approach to education. Instead of relying on a teacher-centered model that has little changed in more than 100 years, High Tech High in San Diego has become a student-centered model. It emphasizes project-based learning, critical thinking, collaboration, and other skills better suited to a 21st century, information-based workforce.

Attendees at a Friday preconference session at NSBA’s annual conference in Boston got a viewing of the award-winning film.

Tech trends school board members need to know

Every school district needs to have a strategy for ensuring that technology initiatives result in better outcomes for students, according to two speakers at a pre-conference session at NSBA’s annual conference in Boston on Friday. The session was “Setting a Course for the Future: What Board Members Need to Know About Technology Trends.”

FCC gives broadband service helping more children gain internet access at home

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted yesterday 3-2 to update a 30-year-old program to help low-income households and their students gain high-speed Internet access. Previously, the Lifeline program only provided subsidies for voice telephone services; it didn’t include broadband. The decision is a step toward reducing the digital divide and improving student success.  

Sunnyside Unified School District Site Visit Agenda

Wednesday, May 4

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Registration and Welcome Reception

Four Points Sheraton
7060 S Tucson Boulevard

Thursday, May 5

7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.


Four Points by Sheraton - Tucson Airport
Full Breakfast at Hotel (Sheraton guests only)

Colonial School District Site Visit Agenda

Wednesday, April 20

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Registration and Welcome Reception

The Westin Wilmington
818 Shipyard Drive

Thursday, April 21

7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.


The Westin Wilmington
Full Breakfast at Hotel (Westin guests only)

Site Visit Toolkit

We have resources available for you to download to use when promoting our education technology site visits to your school board members. 

EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Recognizing Innovation and Inspiration

By Ann Flynn
Director, Education Technology

Think about the educators you know. Who is that person that inspires others to try new things...especially when those "things" involve using technology? Who is always looking at the latest technology innovations and thinking "how or if it could be applicable to education"? 


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