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Thanks for joining us at CoSN15!
CoSN
Thank you so much to those of you who joined us for the 2015 CoSN Annual Conference in Atlanta last week! We were thrilled to have you there and hope you found it a productive and enjoyable event. If you want to keep up that conference energy, bidding is still open on a few special items from our Monumental Impact! Advocacy Dinner and Auction. Visit http://ibidmobile.net/cosn/auction to view and purchase items. It's not quite as good as enjoying an evening in the beautiful Fox Theatre, but it’s the closest you can come from your desk!
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Lock in your member rates before April 1
CoSN
Member rates are set to increase this Wednesday, April 1! Good news: you still have a few more days to lock in your current rate by submitting payment or requesting an invoice. Contact membership@cosn.org to beat the clock and lock in those rates. For more information on our Board's decision to increase member dues, please click here.
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CoSN 2015: 10 reasons flipped classrooms could change education
EdTech Magazine
Today's classrooms are outfitted with the latest technologies, but too often the teaching methods don't take full advantage of the options these tools afford. Flipping the classroom — inverting the time spent on lecturing and homework — can create new inroads for learning by leveraging the technology used in classrooms and at home, says Kathleen Fulton, an author and president of Fulton Creative Consulting.
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6 reasons we need to change the ed-tech procurement process
K-12TechDecisions (commentary)
Edwin Wargo, a former teacher and school tech leader, writes: "For me, one of the greatest tests of whether something is truly innovative is simply the answer, 'Oh, Duh!' Take the printing press, light bulb, telephone, car, airplane, smartphone, or computer. In hindsight, they seem so obvious. How could we have ever lived without them? The truth is generations did cope without these modern marvels, but thanks to visionaries who didn't accept the status quo, new technologies increased quality of life, brought about democratization, and opened the doors for further innovation to the masses. It is time Ed-tech procurement be added to this list."
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7 digital resource must-haves for #BYOD / #BYOT teaching + learning
Tech&Learning
Are you allowing students to bring their own devices to learn where you work? If so, you'll want to become familiar with these seven digital resources. Each resource is followed by a link to more information and advice for use in the classroom. What's great about all of these tools is they can be used in environments even if students have a regular phone without browser or app capabilities.
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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.
 


CoSN's 2015 Team Winner: Henrico County Public Schools
Scholastic Administrator Magazine
The fifth graders in Ellen Beane's class at Sandston Elementary School in Virginia are scattered throughout the room, on the floor and at desks, working with an iPad in pairs to do a math activity about elapsed time. "Focus, focus," says Louis to his partner, D'Anthony, as both boys giggle. While one uses an app with the word problem, the other toggles between an app with an interactive clock and an app with a whiteboard to do his work. D'Anthony solves the problem and Louis enters the answer. On the iPad screen good work and a check mark reward the duo.
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CoSN awards showcase going beyond call of duty in K-12 tech
THE Journal
A Virginia school district that has pioneered many aspects of the 21st century classroom, a Virginia CIO who came up with a way to deliver Internet access to students who didn't have any in his district and a Texas CIO who led the effort to produce a new guide on district data interoperability are some of the recipients of this year's CoSN awards to recognize "outstanding commitment and contributions to K-12 education technology."
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Survey: Gender gap in K-12 ed-tech leadership persists
Education Week
Women who hold information-technology leadership positions in K-12 school districts continue to face a pay- and prestige-gap, according to new survey information released Monday by the Consortium for School Networking. While women K-12 IT leaders as a group are more likely to have advanced academic degrees and are more experienced than their male counterparts, they are over-represented in the lowest salary bands within their field, according to CoSN, a Washington-based organization of school-technology professionals.
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How compatible are Common Core and technology?
The Hechinger Report
Technology is in every room at P.S. 101 in Brooklyn — it's even in the hallways. Scan the QR code with your phone outside of the fourth-grade classroom of co-teachers Vanessa Desiano and Jamie Coccia and a video will pop up of a student giving a history presentation on early explorers. Step inside, and fourth-grade students are working together to discover the themes of chapter 13 in their latest book, "The Birchbark House," and typing what they find on iPads.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Researchers hunt for 'secret sauce' of digital learning success (EdTech Magazine)
Report: K-12 cloud market matured, financial models need improvement (THE Journal)
Twitter 101: 5-step guide for social media in education (Edudemic)
Survey: Teachers want tablets in the classroom, still face barriers to access (K-12TechDecisions)
When data, privacy and communication converge, schools are caught in the middle (eSchool News)

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K-12 digital curriculum growing; print shrinking
THE Journal
Curriculum publishers in K-12 have been shifting their product development to digital and away from print, according to Education Market Research, which surveyed around 100 publishers and manufacturers. The most common medium mentioned for delivering supplemental products was "online/digital" delivery; 82 percent of respondents cited that. Print followed with 65 percent. Over the course of 2013, the entire population of digital products grew by 43 percent; non-digital offerings dropped by 8 percent.
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Bill would limit use of student data
The New York Times
Is the digital revolution in the classroom giving the education technology industry carte blanche to exploit student data? That was the question some teacher and parents groups have posed in their public responses to the news that Pearson, the education publisher, had been covertly monitoring social media sites to identify students who might have disclosed questions from its assessment tests. In an effort to ease parent and teacher concerns, two congressmen are planning to introduce a bill that would place limits on how education technology companies can use information about kindergarten through 12th-grade students.
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When students can't go online
The Atlantic
Tim Berners-Lee, the British scientist credited with the creation of the Internet, insists that access to the World Wide Web should be recognized as a basic human right. Using that logic, if education is, as the UN states, "a passport to human development," then Internet access is a right that should be extended to all schools. In America, that goal has largely been achieved. Currently, 99 percent of America's K-12 public schools and libraries are somehow connected to the web, in large part thanks to the Federal Communications Commission's congressionally mandated "E-Rate" program, which went into effect in 1998.
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