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Get excited for CoSN14
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When we turned the calendar page last week, we got even more excited for our 2014 Annual Conference — coming up in just a few months! Join us from March 19-22 in Washington, DC to hear from and network with ed tech leaders from around the world. What's most important and interesting to you? You can seek that out at our conference by choosing from over 55 breakout sessions, 10 highlighted skills, and 3 focus areas. Then personalize your experience even further by starting discussions at CoSNCamp. We can't wait to see you in a few months — register now and stay tuned to twitter (#CoSN14 hashtag) and cosnconference.org for updates!
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Read CoSN statement on keeping your data safe
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Consortium for School Networking CEO Keith Krueger issued the following statement in response to the Fordham University Law School's Center on Law and Information Policy recent study on "Privacy and Cloud Computing in Public Schools": "The new research by Fordham should be a wakeup call by educators, policymakers and the vendor community around privacy of data, particularly in a cloud computing environment. 'Data governance' must be a priority in school systems. And, school leaders, especially those in charge of selecting and managing cloud computing solutions, need to understand what both the law requires and what is best practice in ensuring privacy of student records."
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The 10 biggest trends in education technology
THE Journal
The one guaranteed constant in educational technology is change, and the pace of that change is definitely accelerating. So as we approach the new year, THE Journal pauses to survey the ed tech trends on the horizon. As in previous years, we have assembled a distinguished panel of five experts, including several from our advisory board.
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Options increase as Google enters the educational market
Edutopia
For the past few years, Apple has enjoyed a stranglehold on the education tablet market. With the launch of the iPad 2 several years ago, Apple swooped into the education arena, leaving everyone else behind. Its app store boasts thousands of educational titles across the content area, and the platform has integrated iTunesU and iBooks Author as a digital academic content creation tools. However, the tide is starting to turn. The tablet market is now flooded with devices comparable to the iPad, and the Chromebook, in its many forms, has become a serious contender to Apple's reign.
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The 10 biggest trends in education technology
THE Journal
The one guaranteed constant in educational technology is change, and the pace of that change is definitely accelerating. So as we approach the new year, THE Journal pauses to survey the ed tech trends on the horizon.

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Mobile study: Tablets make a difference in teaching and learning
THE Journal
A pair of studies released Wednesday — the first of their kind — found that tablets can make a difference in the learning habits of students. The studies are part of a new Making Learning Mobile project, an attempt to quantify and qualify the benefits of mobile technology in education and the infrastructure needed to support mobile activities

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Many districts go without a chief technology officer
Education Week
Technology leadership in many districts is provided not by one person, but through whatever arrangements the school systems can muster. Even as schools juggle a daunting array of evolving technological demands, federal data show that roughly half of districts do not have a full-time chief technology officer or technology manager whose sole job is to oversee all digital needs.

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Study: US schools' approach to student data threatens privacy
Reuters
School districts across the United States are failing to properly protect troves of sensitive student data as they rush to adopt new online systems pitched by private companies, a report found. Most of the 23 school districts studied had inadequate privacy protections and poorly defined contracts with outside vendors that left student data vulnerable, said the Center on Law and Information Policy at Fordham Law School, which conducted the review.
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Gates Foundation: Personalized learning will go mainstream
ed Surge
At the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation we envision a future in which students' learning experiences will be markedly different than they are today in several ways: On any day of the year, students will be able to see how they are doing, where they want to be, and how they might get there. They will feel ownership of their learning and motivated to succeed. They will collaborate and connect with their peers in ways that reflect how they live now and how they will work in the future.
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  Consortium for School Networking
From Vision to Action: The 21st Century Teaching and Learning Plan. Designed to help educators understand and implement 21st century teaching and learning, the course includes readings, videos, presentations, questions designed to provide immediate feedback, application exercises and customizable tools that can be downloaded.
 


How to use technology in education
National Review Online
It's hard to talk about schools today without talking about technology. Enthusiasts celebrate the wonders of tablets, virtual schools, and "blended" learning. Skeptics recall a litany of overhyped, underwhelming past efforts. News accounts whipsaw between breathless tales of digital learning and horrific accounts of troubled virtual schools. Last year, Forbes ran a cover story titled "One Man, One Computer, 10 Million Students: How Khan Academy Is Reinventing Education." But we've been there before, plenty of times. Indeed, in 1922, Thomas Edison proclaimed, "The motion picture is destined to revolutionize our educational system.... In a few years it will supplant largely, if not entirely, the use of textbooks."
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Next-gen firewalls give schools traffic-shaping abilities
EdTech Magazine
Textbooks, notebooks and chalkboards used to be the main means for young scholars to master the fundamentals of reading, writing and arithmetic. But as children increasingly pursue their studies online — and arrive at school with mobile devices that are gateways to online education and entertainment — K–12 IT leaders now find themselves more focused on protecting their networks, controlling applications and optimizing bandwidth.
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Building technology fluency: Preparing students to be digital learners
Edutopia
On a given day, how much time do your students spend working on their fluency? At the elementary level, hours are devoted to reading and speaking fluency. In middle and high school, students read aloud, deliver oral presentations, and write in a variety of formats to improve upon their language fluency. And yet, while we devote a significant portion of every school day to a student's reading, writing and language fluency, how much time is devoted to the development of their technology fluency?
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Schools and libraries need a high-fiber diet (Ed Central)
Dreaming of data: Why K-12 needs more analytics (EdTech Magazine)
How school leaders can empower the digital transition (eSchool News)
Mobile study: Tablets make a difference in teaching and learning (THE Journal)
The slow gamification of K-12 classrooms (The Huffington Post)

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Where education technology will — and won't — take us by 2024
The Washington Post
What's the future of education technology? Venturing an educated guess is Larry Cuban, a high school social studies teacher for 14 years and a district superintendent (seven years in Arlington, Va.), is professor emeritus of education at Stanford University, where he has taught for more than 20 years. His latest book is "Inside the Black Box of Classroom Practice: Change without Reform in American Education." This post appeared on his blog about school reform and classroom practice.
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Technology trends for teachers to try in 2014
U.S. News & World Report
Students learn best when they're invested in the material, but getting teens to that point isn't easy. "The student comes in, puts their head down and goes to sleep or just ignores what's going on in the class. How do we stop that?" says Rich Lamb, an assistant professor in the College of Education at Washington State University.
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