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Register now for CoSN Annual Conference, Audacious Leadership
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Join the conversation this March at the premier gathering of education tech leaders nationwide! The conference will be held in San Diego from March 11-13.

Now is the time for Audacious Leadership. Disruptive, innovative leaders are defining a new vision and are building 21st century learning environments. The effective use of technology for transforming learning requires strong organization, leadership, and vision. At the 2013 CoSN conference, we will showcase Audacious Leaders who have led their schools and organizations boldly, daring to confront convention and have inspiring stories to tell.

How to get America online
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President Barack Obama said that during his second term, Americans would act together to "build the roads and networks and research labs that will bring new jobs and businesses to our shores" and that "we cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries — we must claim its promise." The president is right that digital communication networks — especially high-capacity fiber networks reaching American homes and businesses — can be a powerful economic engine. But we are far away from being able to realize that vision, even as we cede the advantage such technology offers to other countries. More

Equal Internet access is a K-12 must-have
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The days when spiral notebooks, No. 2 pencils and a backpack full of textbooks served as the mainstays of the American classroom are rapidly giving way to a new school environment. Interactive whiteboards, online classes, streaming lectures and digital textbooks are revolutionizing the way students learn and communicate with their teachers. Technology is blurring the brick-and-mortar boundaries of learning in 21st century schools. More

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IBM implements cost-cutting technology for 3 of the nation's largest school districts
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IBM has launched projects to help three of the country's largest school districts maintain profitable campuses amidst budget cuts, according to a company statement. School districts involved in the program are using IBM smarter building technology to help school systems "make smarter decisions on how their physical assets, such as school buildings and facilities, are used." The IBM smarter building technology, IBM TRIRIGA and Maximo software, is meant to allow the 95 percent of schools in the country experiencing budget cuts as high as 20 percent, to use existing facilities more efficiently. More

Finding the right technology tools is easy, if you know where to look
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Kathy Schrock has been a district tech director; an instructional tech specialist; and a school, academic, museum and public librarian. She currently teaches online graduate courses for two universities and is an Adobe Education Leader, a Google Certified Teacher and a Discovery Education Guru. The common thread that runs through all of her work is her mission to help teachers keep up with the latest technology. Whether she is writing, speaking, blogging or tweeting, her goal is to show educators where and how to find tech tools that will engage their students. More

Technology in schools: Who does it best, China or the US?
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More teachers in the U.S. are embracing "flipped classrooms" and are bringing to schools digital tablets and laptop computers to create the 21st century classroom — but how does the U.S. compare in effective use of technology in education to other countries? A new survey from Dell took a look at education technology in the U.S. and in China, and found that the U.S. can learn a thing or two from our foreign educators and students. More

CoSN CEO discusses access gap on CNN/Comcast Newsmakers

Click the image to see CoSN CEO Keith Krueger's appearance on CNN Headline News/Comcast Newsmakers. Keith discussed the importance of closing the technology access gap, a crucial component of CoSN's strategic plan.

Where we are failing our kids
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Here's a story that slaps you in the face. An eighth-grader is working on a school paper and using Internet-based resources to presumably do some of his research. Good so far, right? Unfortunately the Wall Street Journal article, The Web-Deprived Study at McDonald's, takes a hard turn and shows us the student's Internet options mostly run out after his local public library closes. More

Gov. Bill Haslam moves to cap online school enrollment
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Gov. Bill Haslam is moving to rein in enrollment at Union County's rapidly growing online virtual public school after students at the privately operated academy performed poorly on state achievement scores last year. Haslam's bill caps student enrollment at the Tennessee Virtual Academy at 5,000. The school accepts students from across the state and now has 3,200 K-8 students after an initial enrollment of 1,800 in the 2011-2012 academic year. More

Steps to achieving successful digital programs
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Five years ago, the Mooresville Graded School District in North Carolina went digital, with laptops and MacBook Air computers districtwide. The district has not purchased a textbook in over five years, with the exception of those required for high school Advanced Placement classes. And with that, graduation rates and test scores are rising. On state tests in reading, math and science, an average of 89 percent of students across grades met proficiency standards in 2012, compared with 73 percent four years ago. Graduation rates are up 10 percent over four years ago, to 90 percent and more graduates are attending college, the rate rising 8 percent to 88 percent in 2012. More

Making the most of digital devices for kids
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The verdict is in: Kids prefer eBooks. At least that's what researchers at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center recently observed when giving 3- to 6-year-olds the choice between print and electronic books. However, researchers at the same workshop found that about half of children still prefer a print book when their parent is reading along with them. More

Plan to supply LAUSD students with Apple iPads or other tablet computers wins key vote
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Los Angeles Unified students may be closer to stepping into classrooms of the future where much of the world's knowledge is right at their fingertips. In a 9-6 vote, the School Construction Bond Citizens' Oversight Committee approved a $50 million proposal to jump-start a program aimed at giving every student a tablet computer. More

From Vision to Action: The 21st Century Teaching and Learning Plan

Consortium for School Networking and ASCD have launched a new PD Online course called 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.

Open university: Joi Ito plans a radical reinvention of MIT's Media Lab
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Joi Ito, 46-year-old director of MIT's Media Lab since last September, has just selected the faculty's newest outpost: the troubled streets of downtown Detroit. "I was in a rough neighbourhood there yesterday, where there are miles and miles of bombed out buildings, and it just blows your mind to see a bunch of kids building urban farms," he says back in his office in Cambridge, Mass. More

How iPads can support learning for students with autism
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Education-technology advocates are discovering the numerous benefits that mobile devices, including iPads, can have for students. But a growing number of special-education teachers are finding that iPads can have a positive effect on their students with autism in particular. Students with autism often have trouble communicating and might struggle with transitions, such as changing classes, getting on a school bus, or taking a field trip. A report issued by the Centers for Disease Control last April indicated that one out of every 88 children is believed to have autism or fall somewhere on the autism spectrum. More


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