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John has been CIO/CTO at Seattle Public Schools, Oakland Unified School District, and Fremont Unified School District. . Previously, Mr. Krull was Vice President of Technology at the Charter Management Organization (CMO) Envision Schools that runs four high schools in the Bay Area. He prides himself that he has a strong technical background along with a deep understanding of the field of Education. He earned both his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Washington in Seattle. His earlier professional background includes: Autonomy, Sr. Director Application Services, IT, and Training; Microsoft Corporation, Systems Engineer Manager; Shoreline Schools, Teacher, Technology Coordinator; Seattle Pacific University, Adjunct Instructor.

Seattle Public Schools has a Tech Plan

Seattle Schools Department of Technology Services (DoTS) Technology Plan 2019-2023┬áis the five-year plan I developed as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) with the management in DoTS, and senior staff members at Seattle Public Schools with engagement from a wide group of stakeholders. This plan is an effort to document planning for Information Technology (IT) projects …

Book Review: The Teacher Wars

The Teacher Wars is an excellent overview of the role of gender and race in the teaching profession that has persisted from the early 1800’s to today. It also is a good overview of how trends in K-12 Education have come and gone and circle back. The book traces the teaching profession from the early …

What the heck is a Cloud Access Security Broker? And why do you need one…

As we move more and more to the cloud, a school district needs to ensure that its internal business rules and board policies and procedures are applied to cloud resources. This applies to both files and applications.  Before cloud, software as a service (SaaS), and the ubiquitous edtech apps, file access and applications could be …

Throwback: How to Upgrade 350 Servers to Windows 2000 in 30 Days

I found this article after a former Microsoft coworker posted the picture on Facebook. It was still posted on microsoft.com/china. It was originally published on April 1, 2000, as part of the Backstage series on microsoft.com that highlighted behind-the-scenes work running the website. The translation of the picture is “How to Upgrade 350 Servers to …

SBAC FUD and Facts

Originally published in 2013 before the first SBAC testing in California. Given the start of a new testing season I thought I’d repost…. A problem about getting ready for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) assessments is sometimes fear, uncertainty, and doubt, or FUD, as it is called in Technology circles. It is key for …

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