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It's not too late to join us at our 2013 Annual Conference next week
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We're gearing up for our 2013 Annual Conference, Audacious Leadership, in San Diego next week. Join us in San Diego from March 11-13 to hear success stories from and share best practices with leaders in education technology. Online pre-registration has closed, but attendees are welcome to register on-site. If you can't make it to San Diego, you can still join us virtually through CoSN Virtual. For the first time, CoSN is offering this innovative virtual registration that allows you to live-stream a variety of plenary and special sessions to your computer or mobile device. Bring the experience to wherever you are: Register now for CoSN Virtual!
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Cloud computing to make up 35 percent of K-12 IT budgets in 4 years
THE Journal
Within one year, cloud computing in K-12 schools is expected to consume a quarter of the entire IT budget; four years from now, that figure will grow to 35 percent. What's driving that growth? According to a study released by CDW Government, storage is the top application in K-12 education, with 40 percent of schools turning to the cloud to house their data. But storage is far from the only reason schools are migrating. Conferencing and collaboration came in as the second-most-used application, at 36 percent. Office and productivity tools came in third at 33 percent.
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14 recommendations for taming the 'wild, wild West' of education technology
eSchool News
A disruptive factor exists today in educational technology, according to a new report, because while virtual schools, personal digital devices and open-source materials are transforming education, these forces are still fragmented and rapidly changing, creating a "wild, wild West" landscape for schools and districts. State boards of education can play a key role in helping to tame this environment, note the authors of the report, "Born in Another Time: Ensuring educational technology meets the needs of students today and tomorrow."
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States struggle to keep online schools accountable
Government Technology
Online classes have exploded in popularity, with more than six times as many students enrolled in electronic K-12 courses now as compared to a decade ago, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Advocates say online classes offer a more flexible and personalized form of education, allowing students to progress at their own pace and on their own time. Supporters also tout online education as a way to dramatically expand course offerings, particularly at rural schools.
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Views of technology differ among elementary, high school educators
Education Week
Teachers and principals in elementary schools are more likely to see school leaders' competence in using technology as important than high school educators are, according to a new nationwide survey. That finding is just one of the nuggets included in the MetLife Survey of the American Teacher, which dissects the views of teachers and principals on a variety of topics, from their workloads to their satisfaction on the job. The widely publicized annual survey revealed frustration among school principals with the increasing complexity and stress associated with their jobs.
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This free online event features visionary educators sharing innovative strategies and practical solutions for improving the quality of education and preparing students to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Don't miss the valuable opportunity to discover the people, ideas, and technologies transforming education today. Click here to register.
 


10 facts about K-12 students' technology use
eSchool News
More than half of students in grades 6-8 now have access to a tablet computer — a percentage that has doubled since last year. And Twitter use has grown three-fold among high school students in the last year, with a third of high schoolers now using the popular micro-blogging service. These are a few of the results that the nonprofit Project Tomorrow has released from its annual Speak Up survey of students' and parents' technology use, as well as their attitudes and opinions about ed tech.
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Classroom maps find new locale: iPads
InformationWeek
A few years ago, as maps began to come down off classroom walls, a prominent classroom mapmaker decided to go digital, with content fit for a smart board. Now it's making the leap from the smart board to the iPad. StrataLogica released its iPad app in January, continuing an evolution begun in 2009 when the business was established as a unit of Herff Jones | Nystrom, which is best known for making classroom maps, globes and atlases, as well as other instructional materials for the K-12 classroom.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Common Core technology requirements outlined (Education Week)
Improving educational Web searches (eCampus News)
The Web revolution: This is just the beginning (THE Journal)
The e-book revolution is bypassing US elementary schools (Computerworld)
FCC, Federal Housing Agency collaborate on digital literacy (Education Week)

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  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.
 


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10 facts about K-12 students' technology use
eSchool News
More than half of students in grades 6-8 now have access to a tablet computer — a percentage that has doubled since last year. And Twitter use has grown three-fold among high school students in the last year, with a third of high schoolers now using the popular micro-blogging service. These are a few of the results that the nonprofit Project Tomorrow has released from its annual Speak Up survey of students' and parents' technology use, as well as their attitudes and opinions about ed tech.

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Common Core technology requirements outlined
Education Week
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.

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Equal Internet access is a K-12 must-have
Education Week
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.

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Are K-12 teachers bearing the burden of digital innovation?
Digital Book World
iPads are entering schools more rapidly than any other technology in recent years. A million iPads were sold to the K-12 market in the month of June 2012 alone. More K-12 school boards, administrators and IT departments answering "yes" to the question of whether to acquire iPads. But now a set of much more difficult and complex questions arises.
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New education technology bill supports digital learning, Common Core
eSchool New
A new bill calls on Congress to fund $500 million in grants to states and districts for educational technology, and supporters say it could replace the old Enhancing Education Through Technology program, which died in 2011. The Transforming Education Through Technology Act was introduced by U.S. Rep. George Miller of California, the ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
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How educators and technology can let students take control
MindShift
For many educators, helping students direct their own learning is a priority. Educator and author Alan November, who has been talking about ways to get students to own their learning for years, draws on his experiences as a teacher, principal and education consultant to tell stories about some of the ideas he sees as integral to education.
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Education technology: 7 ways to bring apps, gadgets, online services into school classrooms
The Huffington Post
The educational possibilities for teaching kids using today's technology and mobile devices are expansive, with online services, apps and connected gadgets easily capable of transforming into distance learning tools, communications and research centers, musical instruments, art boards and more. Are you a teacher or college administrator looking for some bright ideas on how to integrate digital learning into their school or university campus? Following are seven ways to integrate technology into the classroom, whether it be for educational or practical purposes.
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Can technology disrupt education?
Forbes
Larry Magid, a contributor for Forbes, writes: "Sometimes I think there should be a big sign in front of some schools saying 'Welcome back to the 20th century.' True, virtually all schools have computers these days and many are equipped with smart boards and broadband access. But in too many classrooms the basic method of instruction is much the same as it was when I was in school — a teacher, aided by books and now electronic media, imparts knowledge to the students, who regurgitate that information back in the form of tests. And a series of standardized tests are used to measure the school's performance and help determine the students' chances of getting into a good college or finding a job."
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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.
 


Survey finds gap in Internet access between rich, poor students
The Washington Post
Technology has become essential to middle school and high school learning, but a gap in access to the Internet between the rich and poor is leading to troubling disparities in education, according to a survey of teachers. Students depend strongly on the Web to find information and complete their assignments. The vast majority of teachers say they also rely on sites such as Wikipedia and social media to find teaching resources and materials, connect with other teachers and interact with parents, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center.
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Schools confront digital textbook challenges
eSchool News
The federal education department has called for schools to use digital textbooks within the next five years, but what does that mean for school leaders? For one thing, it means figuring out how to deal with a number of challenges, including — but not limited to — ensuring equitable access, overcoming budget constraints, choosing preferred device and textbook platforms, and building infrastructure and capability.
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Attendance data 'scrubbing' tempts low-ranked schools
eSchool News
A former superintendent went to prison in Texas for conspiring to remove low-performing students from classrooms to boost average test scores. Principals in Oklahoma and Missouri are out of their jobs after attendance-related scandals. In Ohio, a recent state audit uncovered nine districts that withdrew students retroactively or improperly reported they were attending alternative programs. In one instance, Auditor Dave Yost said, a district ignored state rules "because [it] didn't like them." It's all part of a percolating national saga in which grown-ups — not kids — are the ones accused of cheating.
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