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BYOD: A growing trend in the classroom
By Archita Datta Majumdar
The concept of "bring your own device," or BYOD, started in the corporate sector about 10 years ago. Companies started noticing the trend of employees preferring to use their own laptops and phones for work purposes. Their comfort led to better productivity and job satisfaction, and soon it became the norm. Like all good ideas, it did not take long for the BYOD trend to move on and filter into other areas like education. Though the concept has been in experimental use for a while, it has recently seen stupendous growth and has become a strong presence in educational institutions.
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Obama's ConnectED initiative gets major FCC, corporate financial support
Education Week
It almost sounded like President Barack Obama's ConnectED initiative won a lottery. In the same speech, he announced $2 billion in repurposed funding from the Federal Communications Commission's E-rate program to connect more than 15,000 schools and 20 million students to high-speed broadband, and a donation of $750 million in goods and services from seven companies for schools and students.
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New guidance: Tech and protecting student data
ED.gov Blog
Today, more than ever, schools and districts are managing a lot of digital data. Some of that has to do with teaching and learning, but there’s plenty more: from bus routes, to food service records, to enrollment and attendance information. Districts and schools are working to be more efficient and smarter about storing and using data. Many have chosen to move data “in the cloud,” meaning off-site data centers that securely store information.
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Survey: Students' personal data are at risk
NPR
According to the first survey of how schools gather and use student data, there are no restrictions limiting private vendors use of that information, and most parents have no clue that schools let private companies store personal information about their children.

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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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4 ways digital technology has changed K-12 learning
The Huffington Post
Digital technology has taken the world by storm — particularly in the past decade. It makes sense that this trend would have an impact on K-12 learning because there is nothing in modern American society that digital technology has not touched. While the names of the mobile applications and computer programs may change, there are some foundational ways that technology has already changed the face of education forever.
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Online learning softens impact of snow days
District Administration Magazine
Snow days are melting away as schools increasingly take advantage of online curriculum to keep students learning virtually during weather closures. There are no statistics available on how many U.S. schools are turning snow days into online learning days. In Chicago Public Schools, it is a voluntary practice, with some teachers posting online coursework for students to complete on snow days. In some 1-to-1 Chicago schools, students downloaded lessons to their devices before leaving school in anticipation of snow storms in January and February, according to a district spokesperson.
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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.
 


Survey: Students' personal data are at risk
NPR
According to the first survey of how schools gather and use student data, there are no restrictions limiting private vendors use of that information, and most parents have no clue that schools let private companies store personal information about their children.
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7 strong facts that support school broadband
eSchool News
U.S. public opinion isn't too positive when it comes to technology in the nation's schools. Feb. 4 poll results from the bipartisan Leading Education by Advancing Digital Commission reveal that voters–both parents and nonparents–gave a "C" grade to the state of technology in U.S. schools. "Parents and nonparents prove to be pretty intensely concerned about where classroom technology is in America today," said Joel Benenson, president of the Benenson Strategy Group, which led the survey.
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For cash-strapped schools, smart ways to spend limited tech dollars
MindShift
For schools looking to spend limited dollars allocated for technology in smart and efficient ways, lessons learned over years of making tough decisions can be helpful. Mark Samberg, who has worked in education for 13 years, first as a K-12 tech director and later as a district level technology director, has some sage advice. Samberg is a research associate for the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, a center at North Carolina State University dedicated to helping figure out what tech solutions work in classrooms and to sharing what its researchers learn with educators.
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    10 questions to ask when choosing education technology (eSchool News)
Electronic privacy: Do schools have a role to play? (District Administration Magazine)
Mobile study: Tablets make a difference in teaching and learning (THE Journal)
Many districts go without a chief technology officer (Education Week)
6 BYOD discussions every school should have (Edutopia)

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Schools should be teaching kids how to use the Internet well
The Atlantic
During this year's State of the Union address, President Barack Obama championed the goal of increasing bandwidth in schools across the country. The following day, a group of CEOs wrote an open letter encouraging the chairman of the FCC to "act boldly to modernize the E-rate program to provide the capital needed to upgrade our K-12 broadband connectivity and Wi-Fi infrastructure." These calls to action were answered with pledges from business leaders amounting to $750 million dollars, an influx of money that should help provide more enriching learning environments for students across the country.
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5 critical student data questions for schools
eSchool News
Student security and data privacy are top concerns for today's students, and now federal guidelines are helping to shed light on the often confusing issue of data security. Speaking at the Common Sense Media Privacy Zone Conference on Feb. 24, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said keeping student data secure and using it for its intended purposes are top priorities.
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