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Hello from Atlanta, where we're in the middle of Day 1 of this year's CoSN Annual Conference! We're thrilled to see so many of you from all over the country. If you're here with us, stop by the registration table to say hi! If not, you can follow along on social media using our dedicated conference hashtags, #cosn15 and #cosncamp. It's going to be a busy next couple of days!
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Report: K-12 cloud market matured, financial models need improvement
THE Journal
K-12 schools deliver more IT services totally or partially through the cloud, at an average of 42 percent of total IT services, than enterprise in general, which delivers 35 percent of IT services via the cloud, according to a new report from CDW. Despite the widespread use of cloud services, however, models of their financial impact are often inaccurate.
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Researchers hunt for 'secret sauce' of digital learning success
EdTech Magazine
What makes some digital learning initiatives successful and others not? That's the focus of a 2014 study released recently by the America's Promise Alliance's Center for Promise. The study is titled "Wired to Learn: K-12 Students in the Digital Classroom," and it examines how five school districts implemented digital learning strategies to help students succeed in the classroom and how those initiatives performed.
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Twitter 101: 5-step guide for social media in education
Edudemic
If you aren't using Twitter, chances are that you're reluctant to adopt new technology. Or maybe you've used Twitter for years to keep up with friends but now want to use it in the classroom. Either way, you might be hesitant to ask colleagues for help. Fear not. This guide will help you through the Twitter landscape and show you how to find the best educational resources for both yourself and your students.
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Survey: Teachers want tablets in the classroom, still face barriers to access
K-12TechDecisions
A new survey by digital education company, TES Global shows that 96 percent of teachers say technology plays a significant role in the classroom, yet barriers still exist to accessing that technology. The results of the survey were released at SXSWedu and the research provides an interesting peek into the minds of educators and highlights what they feel are the most important technologies and what the barriers are to accessing those technologies.
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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.
 


When data, privacy and communication converge, schools are caught in the middle
eSchool News
Student data holds enormous potential to inform instruction and help students take ownership of their learning, but privacy and security concerns often impede progress when it comes to using data — and developing a common set of practices and standards might help. During a discussion at SXSWedu, panelists addressed the numerous ways in which data can be applied to teaching and learning, and they identified areas in which parents, educators, school leaders and policymakers must work together to use valuable data while keeping sensitive information private and secure.
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5 questions about video games in the classroom
THE Journal
Every year, video games find their way into more and more classrooms around the world. However, not every classroom teacher — especially those who are not necessarily digital natives — is comfortable with the idea of allowing their students to play games as part of the learning process. Even those who can get used to the idea wonder how to get started and, almost as importantly, what to tell their students' parents when they ask why their children are playing video games at home AND at school.
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3 factors that are changing online learning
eCampus News
According to recent data, online enrollments are growing faster than overall higher education; and today's "typical" college freshman is no longer a rising high school senior–two trends that are shaping the future of learning, say researchers. Rising tuition costs and an evolving workforce are two other major factors driving change in online learning in higher education, according to research released by the Online Learning Consortium.
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Survey: Adaptive learning tools most effective education technology
Campus Technology
Eighty-one percent, of higher ed students used mobile devices in 2014, up 40 percent over 2013, according to a new survey from McGraw-Hill Education. Comprising smartphones and tablets, mobile devices were the second-most used among respondents behind laptops. Students surveyed also said that adaptive learning tools were the most effective learning technology available, with 85 percent reporting that they helped with a moderate to major improvement in their grades.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    5 things every school app should include (Elearning Industry)
5 overlooked money-saving ideas for education technology (eSchool News)
4 ways to boost your Wi-Fi performance (EdTech Magazine)
9 IT best practices for BYOD districts (THE Journal)
Schools test impact of blending technology, longer school days (Education Week)

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