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Jump-start your professional development by registering for the 2014 CoSN Annual Conference. Continuously Connected ... Constantly Learning will be held March 19-22 here in Washington, D.C. Hear from expert keynote speakers and customize your conference experience by choosing among 80 breakout sessions and joining our first-ever CoSNCamp. While you're here, why not extend the experience with our exclusive pre- and post-conference learning tours? Stay tuned to www.cosnconference.org for full information.

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How BYOD programs can fuel inquiry learning
MindShift
Launching a Bring Your Own Device program can be both exhilarating and scary. The opportunity to extend access to technology in the classroom and at home is enticing, but school districts can get hung up on important details like providing a strong network, making sure each child has a device, and questions around distraction. Of course, no one answer will work for all teachers or students, but one guiding principle that’s shown to work is for schools to focus on how mobile technology will help shift instruction to be more collaborative, learner-driven and inquiry-based.
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Apply by Jan. 31 for the P21 Exemplar Program
Partnership for 21st Century Skills
How have schools successfully transformed their students' learning experiences by incorporating 21st Century Skills into teacher practice, curriculum, assessment and professional development? With assistance from a grant from the Pearson Foundation, the 21st Century Learning Exemplar Program highlights best practices in schools and districts across the country that are preparing students for college, career and citizenship by embedding critical 21st century competencies into the learning environment.
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5 best practices in online learning
eSchool News
Though still in its adoption infancy, online learning in K-12 schools and districts has been around long enough for tech-savvy education leaders to have key insights into what makes an online learning program successful. Thanks to a new national survey, most school and district leaders agree that there are five distinct best practices for online learning.
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5 best practices in online learning
eSchool News
Though still in its adoption infancy, online learning in K-12 schools and districts has been around long enough for tech-savvy education leaders to have key insights into what makes an online learning program successful.

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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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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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Making BYOT work
THE Journal
Tim Clark, the coordinator of instructional technology for Forsyth County Schools in Georgia, is our Innovator of the month. Here, he explains how his district makes BYOT work for students, teachers and the community. "I was implementing [bring your own technology] back when I was a middle school teacher; I just didn't know it was called that. In those days there weren't a lot of devices, but a lot of the kids would bring in their own laptops."
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As schools give students computers, price of Los Angeles' program stands out
Los Angeles Times
The Perris Union High School District is paying $344 apiece for a Chromebook for every student. Nearby, Riverside Unified purchased a variety of devices, including the Kindle Fire and iPad Mini, for as low as $150 each. In San Diego Unified, some students are using a $200 tablet. The Los Angeles Unified School District, however, is paying $768 per device for its students, teachers and administrators, making it one of the nation's most expensive technology programs. The reason: L.A. Unified selected a relatively costly product — a higher-end Apple iPad — and also paid for a new math and English curriculum installed on the tablets.
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Cloud computing in K-12 expands, raising data privacy concerns
Education Week
The use of cloud-based technologies in K-12 schools is becoming increasingly complex and expansive, prompting a wide range of approaches for protecting private student data stored in the "cloud" and raising serious concerns about the security of such data. Districts ranging from the 203,000-student Houston school system to the 3,000-student Tomah, Wis., schools have outlined clear policies and practices for storing data in the cloud. Those two districts take very different approaches, however.
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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.
 


4 concerns — and solutions — About online testing
THE Journal
Online Common Core assessments will be required in most schools in the United States in 2015. Many teachers are enjoying facets of the standards, but educators and other stakeholders have raised concerns about the requirement for online assessments. Below are four of the top concerns people have about online testing — and suggestions for addressing them.
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K-12 digital, print sales surging for education publishers
Education Week
The school publishing industry appears to be reaping benefits from rebounding state and local budgets, increased demand for materials aligned to the Common Core, and the continued evolution from print to digital products. Sales for print and digital instructional materials in schools jumped 25 percent in September and 9 percent in October over the previous year, according to the Association of American Publishers. Overall, year-to-date sales for 2013 were up 7 percent over the previous year.
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Americans' tech tastes change with times
Gallup
The International Consumer Electronics Show allows technology developers to showcase the latest gadgets that may become must-haves for many Americans. As attendees get a glimpse of the industry's future, Gallup finds that the devices Americans own have changed over the past decade, with ownership of laptops (64 percent) and iPods/MP3 players (45 percent) up most dramatically from 2005. Meanwhile, far smaller proportions of Americans now own VCRs and basic cellphones, which were a staple to many in the past.
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Many districts go without a chief technology officer (Education Week)

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Obama administration calls for input on accelerating new learning technologies
THE Journal
The Obama administration is asking education leaders for their ideas on accelerating the development of high-impact learning technologies. As part of the Education Datapalooza event, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy called for input from education leaders, tech leaders, nonprofits and federal agencies on using incentives and other "pull mechanisms" to help drive "the development, rigorous evaluation, and widespread adoption of high-impact learning technologies."
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SIIA releases qualitative study on mobile learning
Internet@Schools Magazine
The Education Division of the Software & Information Industry Association, the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries, has released a Qualitative Study on Mobile Learning. The study of educators' mobile challenges and opportunities indicates opportunities for growth in the use of mobile technology in schools.
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School iPads: Not a bust — but not yet a boon
eSchool News
"D" is the letter of the day in Maria Martinez's kindergarten class at Maywood Elementary. On a recent weekday, Martinez drew a capital and lower case "d" on the whiteboard. Her students used their fingers to form a "D" on the wide writing lines that appeared on their iPads. The 5- and 6-year-olds in this largely poor and Hispanic school in southeast Los Angeles County already know how to navigate many educational apps loaded onto tablets, some 10 million of which are in classrooms across the U.S., according to Apple Inc.
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Richmond County, Ga., schools seek to close digital divide
The Augusta Chronicle
Richmond County, Ga., schools have taken a leap in closing the digital divide by installing wireless Internet in virtually every middle and high school, opening the door for more technology-rich learning. The $1 million project began in October and used federal Race to the Top funding to equip 18 schools with a 1 gigabit per second Internet speed, one of the fastest connections available. Every school in the district has had Internet access, but it was mostly confined to computer labs, media centers or certain hotspots in the buildings.
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