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Join us on Jan. 28 for a Security and Privacy Webinar
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Join us on Wednesday, Jan. 28 from 1-2 p.m. ET for a webinar on The Security and Privacy Agenda. Privacy is a huge issue, and it's only growing in importance as technology becomes more and more pervasive. During the webinar (free for CoSN members!), you'll hear from industry and district experts who are engaged in developing policies and practices that ensure the security and privacy of all students. Register now!
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New Affiniti white paper covers E-rate 2.1
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AFFINITI, a national broadband solutions provider for K-12 market, has published a new white paper on the latest E-rate changes with insights into saving money, increasing flexibility, and expanding your options when it comes to broadband deployment. The paper goes into detail about all the changes set forth in the December 2014 FCC ruling, and what they mean for you. You can tell from all the buzz that E-rate is a huge issue and will help shape the future of ed tech — de-mystify it with this white paper! The free paper is available at http://e-rate.affiniti.com/e-rate-2-1/.
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MDR's state of the K-12 Market Report reveals major trends
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MDR just released its yearly K-12 Market Report, based on two large-scale surveys of education decision-makers. Download the report now to get a sense of the important trends that will impact ed tech in the coming year! Major findings include: strengthening ed tech budgets; CCSS shaping actions; growing demand for personalized learning; and increased reliance on digital resources.
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FCC commissioner to tech industry: It's time to reinvent textbooks, teaching
Government Technology
On the heels of its Dec. 19 decision to raise Internet connectivity funding for schools by $1.5 billion, the Federal Communications Commission urged Silicon Valley to couple funding with innovative educational material. FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel spoke to the audience of tech entrepreneurs at Airbnb's San Francisco headquarters on Jan. 8, highlighting the FCC's recent efforts and encouraging the digital disruption within teaching and the textbook industry. The event was hosted by the tech advocacy group CALinnovates.
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Busting the student data privacy myth
Scholastic Administrator Magazine
Tracking student data gives educators the power to make more informed decisions in their instruction for better student outcomes. But with great power comes great responsibility. That's why schools and ed tech companies alike are increasingly making student privacy a top priority. Still, many remain wary about data privacy issues — often due to confusion or lack of information on how the issue has progressed.
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Obama to seek limits on student data mining
Politico
President Barack Obama is expected to call for tough legislation to protect student privacy, adding his voice to a sizzling debate about the best way to bring the benefits of technology into the classroom without exposing students to commercial data mining. Obama is expected to urge Congress to impose a bevy of restrictions on companies that operate websites, apps and cloud-computing services aimed at the K-12 market, according to sources briefed on the announcement.
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How using technology can keep parents in the loop
eSchool News
Six years ago most of Maine Township High School District 207's parent communication efforts were one-way in nature. According to Hank Thiele, assistant superintendent of technology and learning, parent newsletters, email blasts, and website announcement were the communication mainstays for the 7,000-student district in Park Ridge, Ill.
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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.
 


Class tech tips: Easy image transfer for iPhones, iPads and computers
Tech&Learning
One of the biggest logistical challenges in any classroom using iPads is figuring out the best workflow for managing devices. One app that is fantastic for moving camera roll photos from one device to another is Image Transfer. With this app you can send any photos on your iPad to your computer via a Web browser. This means that instead of connecting your iPad to a laptop with a cord you can transfer images wirelessly.
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With today's cloud-based servers, the sky's the limit
EdTech Magazine
When administrators and technicians at Garden City Public Schools in Kansas began considering how to upgrade the district's aging mail server, they knew that their current server was operating on borrowed time. The school district was still running Microsoft Exchange Server 2003. The software giant discontinued support for the product in April 2014, giving administrators all the justification needed to make a change.
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Lower fuel prices could mean K-12 tech windfall
THE Journal
One investment firm estimates that schools will experience a $2 billion savings in lower fuel prices for the current fiscal year and could likely spend this "found money" on technology and consumables such as digital content. However, what could turn out to be a boon for some states could have detrimental effects on other states.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Study: Education technology vendors often in dark on district needs (Education Week)
New laws strengthen protection of student data (District Administration Magazine)
Going #BYOD? Educators share ideas on using devices for learning (Tech&Learning)
7 reasons digital equity is a social justice issue (eSchool News)
Technology revitalizes hands-on education in classrooms (Scientific American)

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Silicon Valley turns its eye to education
The New York Times
The education technology business is chock-full of fledgling companies whose innovative ideas have not yet proved effective — or profitable. But that is not slowing investors, who are pouring money into ventures as diverse as free classroom-management apps for teachers and foreign language lessons for adult learners. Venture and equity financing for ed tech companies soared to nearly $1.87 billion last year, up 55 percent from the year before, according to a new report from CB Insights, a venture capital database. The figures are the highest since CB Insights began covering the industry in 2009.
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Los Angeles Unified's iPad program plagued by problems early, review says
Los Angeles Times
A $1.3-billion iPads-for-all program in Los Angeles schools was plagued by lack of resources and inadequate planning for how the devices would be used in classrooms and, later, how they would be evaluated, according to a federal review. The U.S. Education Department study found similar problems with a faulty student records system that launched at the beginning of the school year.
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