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Can't Make It to The Annual Conference This Year? TRY CoSNVirtual
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You can still be part of the action if you are unable to attend the 2013 Annual Conference. For the first time, CoSN is offering a virtual registration that allows you to live stream the conference plenary sessions and some special session right to your computer or mobile device.

We understand that budget constraints may keep some of our key constituents from attending the annual conference, so we want to make it possible for you to join in the experience. Live streaming of this year's plenary sessions and special sessions via CoSNVirtual tunes you in to the Audacious Leadership conversation and keeps you engaged in the this professional advancement experience.

Feb. 28 webinar features CoSN Board Chair Jean Tower
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Jean Tower, CoSN Board Chair and Director of Technology at the Public Schools of Northborough and Southborough, Mass., will serve as a panelist on the Alliance for Excellent Education's webinar, "Planning for Progress in Digital Learning: Introduction to Technology and Infrastructure." The webinar will be held from 2-3 p.m. EST on Thursday, Feb. 28, and will examine the ways in which the effective use of technology augments teaching opportunities and promotes district-wide efficiency. Panelists will particularly focus on anywhere/anytime learning and the steps which are necessary to establish and refine a network infrastructure. More

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Common Core technology requirements outlined
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One of the two consortia designing tests for the Common Core State Standards recently released new guidance on the minimum technology standards states will need to meet to give those tests, beginning in 2014-2015. The Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, says the guidance is meant to provide direction to states and districts on the extent to which current technology meets testing standards, or whether upgrades will be required. More

FCC, Federal Housing Agency collaborate on digital literacy
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Two federal agencies are unveiling plans today to collaborate on a major effort that they say will bring greater broadband access to families and children in public housing. The Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Thursday are expected to announce a digital literacy initiative, in which HUD will join Connect2Compete, a national effort to expand broadband. More

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Improving educational Web searches
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A major effort to help publishers tag educational content using a new specification could help instructors quickly find age-appropriate resources online. The Learning Resource Metadata Initiative, which is co-led by the Association of Educational Publishers and Creative Commons, is an effort to tag educational content to make it easier to find in internet searches. More

TCEA 13: The state of education technology in Texas
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Benjamin Franklin once said, "By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." Preparing students for future success is the core mission of any school, and as any school leader or educator will attest, failure isn't an option. But as technology's role in students' lives has grown, so, too, has the need for schools to determine how best to integrate such tools into the learning process. More

The new education technology leader models by digital example
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For the Burlington public schools in Massachusetts, Assistant Superintendent Patrick Larkin is the face of an ambitious effort to roll out educational technology at all levels. He has pushed the 3,000-student district into the second year of a 1-to-1 iPad initiative at its high school, he is giving high school students a pivotal role in serving as technology troubleshooters, and he runs a monthly "tech night" for parents to teach them the skills their children are learning in school. 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.

The Web revolution: This is just the beginning
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"Take a look at the smartphone in your hand," Jaime Casap, Global Education Evangelist for Google, told the crowd during his keynote at the FETC 2013 conference in Orlando, Fla. "That smartphone is just a phone to a kid. And to many kids, it isn't even a phone." Casap pulled his own phone from his pocket. "What you have in your hand is going to be their Commodore 64. It's going to be their Apple IIe. When they're in their twenties, it's going to be the thing they buy at a thrift store and put on a shelf in their hipster apartment just because it's cool to have one." That's the generation, he said, that's coming into our schools, and we need to be ready for that. More

Every day should be Digital Learning Day Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As teachers across the country welcome powerful learning technologies into the classroom, students are engaging and benefitting from enhanced opportunities to achieve. Access to technology has become as important to learning as access to a library, yet teachers remain the critical link between students and the content. As new, more mobile technologies have entered the classroom, often in the backpacks of students, teachers become orchestrators of projects and seek the best emerging digital environments for improving motivation, relevance and depth of learning. More

From Twitter to Edmodo: Schools collaborate with social media
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Eric Sheninger, the principal at New Milford High School in Bergen County, N.J., is well-known in education technology circles as an evangelist for the use of web 2.0 tools in K-12 education. New Milford has made collaboration a pillar of its educational platform, and Sheninger believes that social media helps students learn how to collaborate. In fact, he argues that many students are already collaborating with technology — and schools need to catch up. "In many ways, school has been the opposite of real life," he says. "Kids are collaborating and connecting all the time outside school. It's time to experience a shift in schools and mirror that real world within the walls of our school." More

The e-book revolution is bypassing US elementary schools
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The American education system should be benefiting enormously from the e-book revolution, but it isn't. Apple, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and the major children's literature and textbook publishers are screwing up. We hear all the time that the U.S. education system is in need of major reform and that other countries are leaving us in the dust. Education reform is a big subject and can be extremely controversial. But changes in the way children's books are supplied and sold can make a difference, and those changes shouldn't be controversial at all. What is needed is for book publishers and vendors to commit to e-books in a significant way. More

Tennessee schools make technology push
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Tennessee is a long way from putting a laptop in the hands of every one of its nearly 1 million public school students, but it is embarking on a technology plan that might change the classroom as much as the Internet changed the workplace. Officials want parents, who will ultimately foot the bill for millions of dollars in computers, infrastructure, ongoing Internet access and staff, to focus on the touted benefits of technology — personalized learning and immediate feedback. More

20 must-use education technology tools
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Educators may feel sometimes like they're on an island with little help in sight. But as technology teaching resources go, it may encourage you to learn that there are a number of online solutions available to help promote education from teaching reading basics to organizing classroom activities and encouraging civic involvement. Here are 20 of the most promising new apps, websites and online education technology tools or services every teacher should be using to help improve classroom learning. 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.

How 1 school district deployed 10,000 iPads in 5 weeks
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Sticking to its resolution to put iPads in students' and teachers' hands, the Mansfield Independent School District in Texas deployed 10,600 of Apple's popular devices in just 5 weeks — no small feat, but worth the effort, district education technology staff said. Describing the initiative as "kind of a monster job," Kristi Bell, an ed-tech trainer with Mansfield ISD, said the deployment involved students at six high schools, a career-tech school and educators in those buildings. More

Does the smartphone have a place in the classroom?
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With an increasing number of social networks and technologies commanding more and more of our students' time and attention, are we too far gone to successfully integrate smartphones and mobile technologies into classroom learning? More

Aspiring teachers ill-prepared to use education technology effectively
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Students who are studying to become teachers use social media in their personal lives more frequently than in-service teachers do, and they want to use ed tech in their classrooms — but their teacher preparation programs aren't fully preparing them to do this, according to a new report from Blackboard Inc. and Project Tomorrow. More


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