Commonwealth Technology News
KY Secretary of State's Award Winning Web Site
SOS Web Site Continues to Garner Accolades
Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson recently announced that the Secretary of State's Web site was honored by two organizations: The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences and Summit International Awards.
No Child Left Offline Receives National Award
At the annual meeting of governors representing the Southern Growth Policies Board, ConnectKentucky’s No Child Left Offline initiative was recognized as a winner of the 2006 Southern Growth Policies Board Innovator Award.
Telecom Industry Deregulation Leads to Broadband Availability for Kentucky’s Rural Communities
No longer does living in a rural area mean limited opportunities. High-speed Internet access is giving rural Kentuckians improved access to education, healthcare and economic opportunities.
Kentucky to Examine Privacy Issues Linked to Creation of National Health Information Network
The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) announced that subcontracts have been offered to Kentucky and 33 other states and territories by RTI International to participate in an effort to address privacy issues associated with the proposed creation of a National Health Information Network.
Excellence in Innovation Award Recognizes ConnectKentucky as Nation's Leading Economic Development Effort
ConnectKentucky and Kentucky’s Prescription for Innovation have been named the winners of the United States Economic Development Administration’s 2006 Excellence in Innovation Award.
Kentucky Awarded $955,500 to Improve Library Technology
More Kentuckians will have access to free high-quality computers and the Internet in their local public libraries thanks to a $955,500 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that will upgrade 1,525 computers in 116 Kentucky library systems.
Kiosks Provide Valuable Link for Travel & Tourism
Travel, traffic and tourism information about the commonwealth is now at your fingertips inside Kentucky welcome centers and rest areas.
Kentucky Office of Insurance Launches Insure U Web Site
The Kentucky Office of Insurance (KOI) recently launched a comprehensive public education program to assist consumers with information about insurance issues.
Corrections Web Site Now Features Probation & Parole Absconders
If you’re a Kentucky parolee or probationer thinking about running from supervision, you might want to think again. Probation and Parole officers are now using a new tool to track down fugitives; the Internet.
Kentucky Talking Book Library gets Digital Recording System
The Kentucky Talking Book Library in the Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) is replacing its 30-year-old reel-to-reel taping system with the improved sound and clarity of a digital recording system to record Kentucky-related books for patrons who cannot read standard print because of a disability.
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Kentucky Education Technology Scores a Top 10 Finish
A recent study in Education Week magazine ranked Kentucky 5th in their 'Technology Counts 2006: The Information Edge: Using Data to Accelerate Achievement' report, which ranked all 50 states. The rankings were determined by analysis of state policy and practice, access to and use of school technology, and the ability of educators to more effectively use technology.
The states were ranked with traditional academic grades. West Virginia received an "A," followed by VA, with an "A-," ND, WY, GA, ID and KY, each of which received a "B."
Kentucky's grade, a score of 85.1, was determined by averaging grades in three categories: an "A-" in use of technology; an "A" in capacity to use technology; and a "C" in access to technology.
This year marks the ninth edition of the Technology Counts survey.
To learn more about the report, visit www.edweek.org/ew/toc/2006/05/04/index.html
To download Kentucky's full report (in PDF format) go to www.edweek.org/media/ew/tc/2006/35tr.ky.h25.pdf
||COT Trivia Question of the Month
Question: How many students share each instructional computer in Kentucky schools?
Answer: According to the recent national survey and report 'Technology Counts 2006: The Information Edge: Using Data to Accelerate Achievement' by Education Week magazine, each computer in Kentucky schools is shared by about four students. For more information see the State Stat section above.
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