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Join CoSN for a Jan. 15 webinar: International perspectives on digital inclusion
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What are other countries doing to make sure that all students have access to a 24/7 digital learning environment? Join us for a webinar that discusses international perspectives on digital inclusion by highlighting 1-to-1 projects in Ireland and Denmark. The webinar, the latest in our acclaimed series, will run from 1-2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15. More

CoSN's closing the gap initiative releases new tools to strengthen learning
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CoSN, AASA and Gartner, Inc. have collaboratively released a collection of tools to help schools and districts utilize data to strengthen their learning environments. School districts have access to vast amounts of student data, but struggle to make the data accessible or draw meaningful conclusions about the schools' learning environments from it. Student information systems and learning management systems can help districts organize and analyze their data, and they are emphasized in Closing the Gap: Turning SIS/LMS Data Into Action, part of CoSN's Data-Driven Decision Making initiative. Closing the Gap seeks to demystify the processes by which education leaders should select and use the SIS/LMS systems by providing nine templates which provide guidance on different phases of SIS/LMS selection and implementation, among numerous other free resources. More

How to sustain technology funding in schools
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Involving the community, identifying backup revenue sources and dedicating time and resources for professional development are the keys to sustaining technology funding and ed-tech initiatives, according to a survey conducted by the nonprofit Digital Wish. The Digital Wish Study on Sustainability, co-authored by Digital Wish Executive Director Heather Chirtea and School Modernization Initiative\Program Manager Eric Bird, examines how schools approach the often complicated matter of technology funding. More

EdSurge talks Common Core assessment with SmarterBalanced's Tony Alpert
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There have been a lot of questions — and anxieties — over what the rollout of the Common Core-aligned tests will mean for schools and students. EdSurge's Tony and Leonard caught up with Tony Alpert, COO of SmarterBalanced (one of the two companies currently designing the assessments), to try to get some answers. More


Instructure is focused on helping institutions improve education through technology. Founded in 2008 by two computer science graduate students, Instructure builds Canvas―the only simple, open learning management system native to the cloud. Instructure services more than 250 post-secondary and K-12 educational institutions. To learn more about Canvas by Instructure visit

Protecting data in the eye of a storm
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Superstorm Sandy swept the East Coast in late October, leaving not only residents and businesses without power and struggling to stay afloat, but thousands of schools in the region without power as well. It reminded administrators of the need for comprehensive emergency plans to ensure student, staff and data security. More

How to promote literacy skills in the digital age
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Digital apps that claim to teach children important reading and literacy skills do not always impart higher-level abilities that children need to develop strong reading skills, according to a report from the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. Most of the skills these apps target are very basic, and parents and educators often do not have in-depth — or any — knowledge of how the apps work or if they work at all, claims the report, "Pioneering Literacy in the Digital Wild West." More

5 ways to prepare schools for bring your own device
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Bring your own device initiatives have been exploding in schools. But not every school is carefully considering how to make these initiatives successful. Here are five ways that schools can prepare for student devices. More

US Education Department offers tools for evaluating education technology
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Education technology, to state the obvious, is everywhere. But how can school officials judge the effectiveness of the myriad tools and products being marketed to them, and their usefulness in terms of meeting the particular needs of teachers and students? The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology has released a draft report, "Expanding Evidence Approaches for Learning in a Digital World," designed to offer the education community some guidance for navigating the crowded tech landscape. More

Students use mobile technology to make teachers' lives 'intolerable'
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According to Scottish teacher union representatives, students are frequently using social media and mobile technology to make teachers' lives miserable. The Press Association reports that union leaders in Scotland, representing the country's secondary school teachers, have complained that nothing is being done to tackle the use of social networking and mobile technology to harass or attack teachers. More

Why schools are turning to Google Chromebooks
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It took just three days for two Marshall Public Schools employees to get 500 mobile devices unpacked, barcoded and configured prior to launching a one-to-one computing initiative at the start of the current school year. That's because officials of the four-school district in Marshall, Wis., chose to invest in Samsung Series 5 Chromebooks. More

How to get parent support for technology use in class
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getting parents on board can sometimes be a challenge. It's not uncommon for the parent of a struggling child to be on the phone with you asking questions like: "Why do you need to use technology to teach math/social studies/English/biology?" or "This is an AP history class — not computer science!" Every teacher who has attempted to integrate technology into the classroom knows that More

Online K-12 public school grows statewide in Indiana
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Although charter schools get most of the attention when it comes to education alternatives, there is the option of an online public education that is rapidly growing in interest. Indiana Connections Academy is a Kindergarten through 12th grade public online school in the state. Principal Melissa Brown says the school began in 2010 with just 280 students and has since grown to 2,600 students in just two years. The school offers what every other public school in the state offers with classes taught by state-certified teachers. Brown says the online education option is a choice for any student. More

Evidence framework
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Change happens big in technology and it happens fast. And when public money is being spent and students' futures are at stake, it is crucial that changes also happen smart. Our new report, Expanding Evidence Approaches for Learning in a Digital World, calls for smart change by presenting educators, policymakers and funders with an expanded view of evidence approaches and sources of data that can help them with decision-making about learning resources. More

Federal effort aims to transform learning technologies
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Can online graphic novels help teenagers cope with difficult social situations? Are 3-D technologies a tool for helping English-learners acquire language skills outside traditional educational settings? And what about the potential for mobile apps that let students manipulate on-screen images with their fingers to help them learn fractions? A federal program, still in its infancy, is supporting research that seeks to answer those and other questions by wedding partners that often operate in isolation — educational technology and scientific research on learning — with the goal of transforming teaching and learning in schools. More

Experts: Trained police needed for school security
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The student's attack began with a shotgun blast through the windows of a California high school. Rich Agundez, the El Cajon policeman assigned to the school, felt his mind shift into overdrive. People yelled at him amid the chaos but he didn't hear. He experienced "a tunnel vision of concentration." While two teachers and three students were injured when the glass shattered in the 2001 attack on Granite Hills High School in El Cajon, Calif., Agundez confronted the assailant and wounded him before he could get inside the school and use his second weapon, a handgun. More


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