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Congratulations to CoSN Awards Winners!
CoSN
We were thrilled to announce this year's Awards winners at our Annual Conference last week. Congratulations to:
  • Withrow CTO of the Year: Keith Bockwoldt, Township High School District 214 (IL)
  • Team Award: Kent School District (WA)
  • Award for Excellence in Public Service: Jessica Rosenworcel, FCC
  • Private Sector Champion: Vicki Bigham, Bigham Technology Solutions
  • Volunteer of the Year: John Vaille, Puget Sound ESD (WA)
Our award winners represent the best of the ed tech community. They're involved in their communities and deeply knowledgeable about aspects of ed tech ranging from BYOD and 1-to-1 programs to advocacy initiatives. We're looking forward to seeing what they do next. For more information about our awards program, visit http://cosn.org/awards.
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Make this the year you get CETL certified
CoSN
Our CETL certification program will soon be more accessible than ever. We're about to publicly launch an online collaborative learning site that will replace traditional prep materials. More interactive and stuffed with multimedia, the site will make it easy to work in study groups and access your materials anywhere. Now that it's this easy to study, it's the perfect time to get certified! Haven't heard of the CETL program yet? Be sure to visit our website for more information: http://cosn.org/certification. Earning the CETL, a nationally recognized credential, will demonstrate to your superintendent and other stakeholders that you have the expertise needed to bring your district into the 21st century.
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CTO Clinic season kicks off
CoSN
Our 2014 CTO Clinics kick off this month and will continue through the spring and summer. Join us for these quick professional development events, hosted in conjunction with our state chapters throughout the country. You’ll get the chance to delve deeply into ed tech issues and network with peers who live and work near you in these focused events. In most cases, they're free for CoSN members! Our first clinic will be held in Massachusetts on April 10 — just a few weeks away! That will be followed by clinics in New York, Illinois, Indiana, Texas, and Missouri. But you don't need to be from a specific state to attend — you're welcome to attend any clinic ... or all of them. We'll come up with a good prize for anyone who makes it to all.
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Education Week releases Technology Counts 2014
Education Week
The 17th edition of Education Week's annual report on educational technology features a host of stories that examine how digital tools are transforming testing. These stories include an up-close look at an Oregon high school that is testing a mix of technologies and formative-assessment approaches to personalize instruction; how assistive technologies are now merging into the mainstream; the emergence of digital simulations to see how students solve problems, communicate, and work with others; how digital learning games are embedding assessments to collect valuable data; and the steps schools will need to take to prevent cheating in the age of digital testing. Check out these resources to get a sense of what's developing now in ed tech!
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10 ways computers are changing public schools
eSchool News
There's a reason many school administrators and teachers get excited when they're talking about one-to-one computer programs. Many new learning possibilities open up when each student is equipped with his or her own device.

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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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Digital Promise announces 2014 League of Innovative Schools
Digital Promise
Digital Promise just announced the newest members of its League of Innovative Schools cohort. We’re looking forward to seeing the work done by:
  • Department of Defense Education Activity Kaiserslautern District — Kaiserslautern, Germany
  • Highline Public Schools — Burien, WA
  • Knox County Schools — Knoxville, TN
  • Lexington County School District One — Lexington, SC
  • Mentor Public Schools — Mentor, OH
  • Pascack Valley Regional High School District — Montvale, NJ
  • Richland School District Two — Columbia, SC
  • Rowan-Salisbury Schools — Salisbury, NC
  • South Fayette Township School District — McDonald, PA
Six of these districts are CoSN members, so we know firsthand the impact they have had on learning. The League of Innovative Schools is working to ensure that these schools don't become exceptions, but rather become guideposts in creating the culture and expectations of learning nationwide.

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Protecting student data in the age of marketing and advertising
District Administration Magazine
District CIOs need to have a complete understanding of a district's legal obligations to protect student data as more student information is stored with online, third-party providers and parents' privacy concerns reach new heights, technology experts say. Some 89 percent of adults are concerned that third-party providers will use students' personal data for marketing purposes, according to a new survey.
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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.
 


Education technology startups raised over half a billion dollars in Q1
TechCrunch
Education technology-focused startups raised over $500 million already in the first quarter of 2014, marking the single biggest quarter for capital committed to the sector in the past five years. What began as a trickle in 2009, with 20 companies raising over $64 million at the beginning of the year, is now a flood as funding leapt to $500 million in 99 venture-backed startups, according to CrunchBase data.
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10 ways computers are changing public schools
eSchool News
There's a reason many school administrators and teachers get excited when they're talking about one-to-one computer programs. Many new learning possibilities open up when each student is equipped with his or her own device.
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    Education technology is poised to go mainstream (Forbes)
7 steps to building strong school networks (eSchool News)
New E-rate funding will take time to reach schools (Education Week)
States show improvement on the 2013 Digital Learning Report Card (THE Journal)

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Technology leadership evolved
THE Journal
Years ago, typical K-12 IT leaders came up through the administrative ranks and focused on keeping computers and business applications running. Whether they were called CTOs or CIOs, they had compartmentalized skill sets that tended to favor technology over teaching. In 2014, however, the role of chief information officer or chief technology officer is just as likely to go to a former teacher or principal with an interest in finding new ways to harness technology to collaborate with curriculum and assessment leaders.
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What do teachers want even more than new technology? Training on how to use it
The Hechinger Report
With apps for everything from annotating poetry to understanding literature through hip hop, it might have seemed teachers in attendance at the sprawling South by Southwest.edu festival last week were hungry for new tools and technology. After all, a dizzying menu of new classroom technology prevailed; there was even an interactive playground to try it all out. The RobotsLab was on hand to demonstrate math and science concepts using what else? Robots. New products like ClassroomIQ promised to give teachers their time back by helping them grade. From Berlin came a new way to learn languages called Unlock Your Brain.
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