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Saugus Union School District
About Me
Director of Information Services and Technology at Saugus Union School District. ISTE, CoSN, CETPA member currently serving on the CoSN K-12 Open Technologies Initiative Panel, and regular presenter on a variety of topics related to education technology across the nation.

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I am the Director of Information Services and Technology for the Saugus Union School District, a medium sized (11K students) elementary district in Southern California, where I have been for 11 years or so.

Some of the projects I have been involved with include:

Our various technology escapades have been well covered by the media, for which I am currently serving on the advisory boards of the SearchEnterpriseLinux and SearchServerVirtualization online magazines at techtarget.com. I am a conference committee member for CoSN's 13th Annual K-12 School Networking Conference and am an advisor for Technology & Learning's Tech Forum West.

I have presented on a variety of topics (mostly open source related) at CoSN's Annual School Networking Conference (in both Washington and California,) the ISTE National Education Computing Conference (NECC,) the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) Ed Tech Industry Summit, the Community College Foundation's TechEd Conference, Iowa and Minnesota State Education Technology Directors Summits, the Georgia Education Technology Conference (GaETC,) the California Education Technology Professionals Associaion (CETPA) Annual Conference, the Red Hat Summit, and a variety of other meetings, webcasts, and events.

Future speaking engagements (Spring-Summer 2008) include: CoSN's 13th Annual K-12 School Networking Conference, the ISTE National Education Computing Conference, Computer Using Educators Conference, Community College Foundation's Tech Ed Conference, and the CoSN CTO Clinic West

Jim Klein's Blog

Open Source Social Networking for the K-12 Set

Posted on February 7, 2008 at 10:24pm 0 Comments

ISTE (the International Society for Technology in Education) has posted a feature article from the February/March issue of Learning and Leading with Technology entitled "Social Networking for the K-12 Set," written by yours truly (…


Open Source Software in Education

Posted on June 21, 2007 at 10:51am 0 Comments

Jay Pfaffman, an instructional technology professor from the University of Tenessee recently wrote an excellent piece which appeared on the LinuxInsider site entitled, It's Time to Consider Open Source Software. As can be expected, this generated a fair…


Why Hasn't Social Networking Taken Off in K-12 Education?

Posted on June 20, 2007 at 11:44pm 0 Comments

There has been much discussion of late about the potential of social

networking in the K-12 environment. These tools, which include

blogging, podcasting, file sharing, and RSS, as well as the "social"

structure of friendships, communities, and peers, have been said to

have the potential to transform both teaching and learning, and rightly

so. They enable creativity through easy to use tools, and encourage

collaboration and sharing.

Our district has… Continue

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At 11:05pm on May 6, 2009, Donelle said…
There's been an interesting conversation in this forum post. Read more recent posts about Elgg. I would love to have you share your thoughts there. Curious what you think about the questions brought up.
At 11:17am on May 6, 2009, Donelle said…
Oh, there you are. I just sent a message to you on your CUE page. :) I started a Ning for parents and teachers at my school recently. I'm now looking for a different tool to use with students. We have approximately 1200, in grades K-12. Do you think Elgg would be a good fit for me?
At 10:32am on January 31, 2009, Jack said…
Hi Jim. I was wondering if your students would be interested in participating in a nationwide SAT Vocab Video Contest @ MIT university. If not, perhaps you have some other educator contacts you could direct me to. You can view contest details at BrainyFlix.com Please let me know. Thanks!
At 2:14pm on June 20, 2007, Hans Feldmeier said…
Welcome Jim from Germany!
I focus on Web 2.0 at my school and in European projects.
Check out one of my blogs
And consider to join my group DigiSkills (digital teaching methods) on Classroom 2.0 as well.


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