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This spring, join us for our Annual Conference or a local CTO clinic!
CoSN
Spring at CoSN is jam-packed with professional development activities. Join us for the 2015 Annual Conference, Enabling Your Digital Leap, March 16-19 in Atlanta. This is the biggest event on our professional development calendar, and will bring together ed tech leaders from around the country and the world to discuss the latest trends and challenges in education technology. We're also offering eight CTO clinics spread between March and June. CTO Clinics are local professional developments hosted in conjunction with our state chapters; think of them as mini-conferences focused on a specific state or region. Check out our full roster and register for a CTO clinic near you!
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Friday institute to offer MOOC on Learning Differences starting Feb. 9
CoSN
Over six weeks, the Learning Differences course will explore the habits of mind and problem-solving tools that a teacher should have in order to address students' learning differences. The course encourages teachers to understand their own learning differences and includes strategies for learning differences in executive function, working memory, and motivation. Instructional coaches, media coordinators and teacher leaders will have the opportunity to participate in an additional two units focused on strategies for coaching and supporting other teachers in their work with learning differences. Click here or visit courses.mooc-ed.org/ld2 to learn more about the course or to register.
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Alliance for Excellent Education hosting 12 Future Ready Summits
Future Ready
Future Ready Regional Summits will offer district teams time and space to make a thoughtful plan for how technology can be used to improve student learning. The agenda will be "brand agnostic" and focus on a comprehensive set of issues that need to be addressed to ensure a smooth transition to digital learning. A key goal is to help district leaders become more informed consumers when decisions about specific technologies are being made.
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New York City lifts school cellphone ban
The Center for Digital Education
A ban on cellphones in New York City schools implemented by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg will soon be lifted, according to officials. The NYC Department of Education announced Jan. 7 that the sometimes-enforced ban will be lifted, according to a press release. "Parents should be able to call or text their kids," Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. "That's something [my wife] Chirlane and I felt ourselves when [our daughter] Chiara took the subway to high school in another borough each day, and we know it's a sentiment parents across this city share." Lifting the ban respects families, he added, and it will end the unequal enforcement that has penalized students at so many high-needs schools. "We are giving educators the tools and the flexibility to make this change responsibly," de Blasio said.
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Is Facebook the new school Web page?
EdTech Magazine
Why use Facebook for school-to-home communication? Your news feed may be littered with advertisements that are personalized to your perceived tastes in an all-too-creepy way. Facebook updates its privacy policies with as much frequency as NFL teams change their coaches. There is also the increased potential for misunderstandings when the wrong word or phrase is posted. Educators can avoid these issues by using only paper, email and a Web page to share school news and student learning.
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Top 10 IT issues, 2015: Inflection point
EDUCAUSE
Change continues to characterize the EDUCAUSE Top 10 IT Issues in 2015. The pace of change seems not to be slowing but, rather, is increasing and is happening on many fronts. There is reason to believe that higher education information technology has reached an inflection point — the point at which the trends that have dominated thought leadership and have motivated early adopters are now cascading into the mainstream.
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Looking to get published this year?
MultiBriefs
In an effort to enhance the overall content of CoSN eNews, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of CoSN, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this experience with your peers through well-written commentary. Make 2015 the year you get published as an expert in your field! Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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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.
 


Tips for hiring the best tech staff
District Administration Magazine
Student-centered CIOs must now focus more on the user experience than on just keeping networks and machines functioning. "To be successful you have to dedicate 80 percent of your resources toward the service side of IT, and 20 percent to keeping the boxes working," says Jason Saltmarsh, an education technology consultant and former district technology director. In the past, before students were in charge of their own devices, the opposite was true.
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Why technology must be invisible during ed tech roll outs
eSchool News
When it comes to classroom and infrastructure technology implementations, it's the equipment, software, and apps that usually take center stage. Rob Dickson thinks he's found a better way to approach K-12 technology implementations, and in his mind the tech itself is not the focal point. In fact, Dickson, the executive director of information management systems at Omaha Public Schools, thinks the equipment and tools being installed and put to work should be "invisible."
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School budgets for K-12 instructional materials, tech on the rise, survey says
Education Week
An improving economy appears to be freeing up school districts' ability to spend on technology and other tools and resources, including instructional materials, according to a survey of administrators. A quarter of school district officials who responded to a survey said that they expected their instructional budgets to increase during the current school year, up from 16 percent the previous academic year, according to MDR, a market research company that tracks education trends.
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Should we use digital technology to 'drill' children?
THE Journal
Once upon a time, paper technology enabled educators to drill children on their number facts and times tables using notecards. This information was necessary for living and, importantly, the bits of information matched nicely with the properties of the technology. The flashcard said "2x2=?." The student said "4," then turned over the card to check the answer. This great use of technology was affordable and effective. Now, software technology enables educators to drill children on virtually every type of factoid. Students can read how infectious diseases are spread or about the Battle of Normandy.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Obama to seek limits on student data mining (Politico)
FCC commissioner to tech industry: It's time to reinvent textbooks, teaching (Government Technology)
Busting the student data privacy myth (Scholastic Administrator Magazine)
Los Angeles Unified's iPad program plagued by problems early, review says (Los Angeles Times)
How using technology can keep parents in the loop (eSchool News)

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Bowling with bumper rails: iPad restrictions in schools
Tech&Learning
Carl Hooker, a contributor for Tech&Learning, writes: "'Pin Sweeper of Shame.' When I was a kid we used to go bowling. No, not Wii bowling. Actual bowling. You know, where you wear someone else's shoes, put your fingers in some greasy ball and take in your share of second-hand smoke? (smoking was allowed in bowling alleys back then). When I first started out, my ball went all over the place, including backwards once into a group of bystanders."
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Tablet computers good medium for educational materials
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign via Science Daily
Despite being more commonly thought of as a device designed for the passive consumption of content, touch-screen tablet computers can support the learning process when used in an educational setting — and not just as a mere e-reader or laptop replacement, according to new research from a team of University of Illinois experts in business and e-Learning. With technology in education becoming the new normal, it's increasingly important for educators to understand how ubiquitous mobile technology such as tablets can enhance learning instead of being classroom distractions, says Dilip Chhajed, a professor of business administration at Illinois and co-author of the study.
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3 ways NYC schools stretch their technology dollars
Center For Digital Education
Over the last five years, Amber Charter School has brought in more laptops, tablets and interactive whiteboards, making it easier for teachers to find activities that match the different learning and engagement levels of each student. "If you teach them the same thing, it's wasting your time, so you want to bring the instruction to them more specifically," said Dan Blackburn, special education teacher at Amber Charter School. "The technology helps with that tremendously."
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