U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra/Photo courtesy of Virginia Secretary of Technology Office Aneesh Chopra, Federal CTO Photo courtesy of Virginia Secretary of Technology Office

some mechanism. If you want to pursue that, you have a friend in the administration."

Pandemic Preparations

Finally, Chopra said continuity of learning recommendations released by the U.S. Department of Education for the 2009-2010 school year have implications for state CIOs.

The recommendations give schools advice on how to continue instruction even if students must be out of classrooms for weeks due to a flu pandemic. Among the proposals are making course materials available online and conducting live class meetings via conference calls or webinars.

CIOs should look for innovative ways to quickly share their state's existing collaboration and remote meeting solutions with school districts, Chopra said.

"Could you flip a switch and make your teleconferencing software available to schools?" he asked. "Have you set up the storefront so that those tools are available without a complicated procurement process?"