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ERIC Number: EJ790081
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0192-592X
Point Man
Villano, Matt
T.H.E. Journal, v35 n3 p48-50, 52-53 Mar 2008
In the early days of computer technology, few, if any, school districts had chief information officers (CIOs). Information Technology (IT) was handled by computer or technology coordinators, many of whom were classroom teachers with passing interests in computers and associated high-tech gadgets and gizmos. As districts began embracing CIOs, the earliest administrators upon whom the title was conferred, bought technology, installed it, and tried to keep it running. Most of these folks were focused on instructional technology. Occasionally they bought PCs for the computer lab and maybe for a classroom or two. Software in those days was Apple Works or the early forms of Microsoft Office, as well as teacher tools like crossword puzzles or word-search programs. Modern education technology, however, has become more sophisticated, and so has the role of those charged with the administration of IT in schools. Today, many K-12 CIOs have responsibility for technology that is mission-critical throughout the school district, including everything from applications software to networks, testing, and reporting systems that transmit results to local government, and student information systems that capture attendance records upon which funding is based. Today's CIOs sometimes referred to as CTOs (chief technology officers) are expected to make tactical decisions, always keeping in mind how technology will impact the business operations of their district. This article provides an up close look at the challenges some of these K-12 IT chiefs are currently experiencing. A discussion of coping strategies is also presented.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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