These six tips might be helpful for district CIOs.

Technology is essential for today’s students to succeed in a mobile world—few, if any, would argue that. But how can school administrators, and district CIOs in particular, adapt to ed-tech’s fast pace while still maintaining a secure and productive district networking environment?

Here, Gregory Smith, ASCD’s new and first-ever chief technology officer, talks to eSchool News about six essential things district CIOs must consider as they move to develop and implement innovative ed-tech solutions. In addition to his new role at ASCD, Smith just released a new book, Straight to the Top: CIO Leadership in a Mobile, Social, and Cloud-based World.

1. The world is going mobile.
CIOs must change their approach for dealing with ed-tech applications and network access through mobile devices. That may require purchasing solutions and/or developing applications that are mobile in nature. Content has to be formatted and delivered to myriad different devices that are not necessarily under a school district’s control, such as smart phones and tablets with different operating systems and platforms. At the end of the day, those are the devices that people communicate with and access systems with. School districts must develop a mobile strategy, and before they implement it, they must make sure they have the right architecture to support such an ed-tech initiative.

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Laura Ascione

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