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Welcome to the Northwest CoSN Chapter
Earlier this month, we were thrilled to welcome the Northwest CoSN Chapter, our 21st state chapter! Formed under ACPE — a Pacific Northwest nonprofit education technology association — the chapter will provide K-12 technology leaders in Oregon and Washington with valuable resources in leadership, technology planning and community planning. State chapters personalize our work and help us connect with more ed tech leaders all around the globe. We're excited to see that the Northwest Chapter does first!
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Creating a visitor management system
Scholastic Administrator Magazine
In America today, more than 80 percent of schools use pencil and paper to track visitors entering school buildings. In practice, this is the equivalent of leaving the back door open to the public. Pencil-and-paper tracking has several inherent flaws. At the most basic level, nothing compels an individual to write down his or her real name. Even if the person does write the correct name (and you can read it), that doesn't tell you anything else about that individual and his or her suitability for entering the building. Pencil-and-paper sign-in sheets are also nearly useless in emergency evacuations and they don't allow for reporting at the district level.
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Ed tech must do more to 'advance equity,' US Secretary of Education says
The Hechinger Report
The U.S. Department of Education unveiled a new education technology developer's guide during the annual ASU+GSV Summit conference here. In remarks at the conference, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan urged developers to consider the needs of disadvantaged students, so that they are not left behind as more schools adopt new tools that advance teaching and learning. "If the technology revolution only happens for families that already have money and education, then it's not really a revolution," Duncan said.
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  21st Century Software - Happy Educators
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Are cables in the classroom a thing of the past? Maybe
eSchool News
Wires in classrooms are an inconvenience, yet they have been an inescapable fact of life for over a decade. With the advent of mobile technologies, things haven't changed quite as much as one might expect. Many traditional classrooms and learning spaces have a data projector or TV screen that is used by the teacher or students to present information. They usually connect to a computer via HDMI cable or similar that is placed in a "convenient" location. However, a convenient location for one person may not be the best location for another person. Cables force the teacher to stay at that location while navigating the materials on the computer.
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If you haven't paid your repects to paper, you should.
Tech&Learning (commentary)
Lisa Nielsen, a contributor for Tech&Learning, writes: "It's time to get ready for the death of paper. I know you love it. I know it helps you think better if you can just write on paper. I know you love the smell and the feel of paper. Get over it. It's dead. Stop killing trees. Stop wasting time and money. Stop, Stop, saying we can't afford to get tech for every kid so we need paper. That's a lie. We can get a Chromebook that will last three years for $300 bucks. That's $100 a year per student. In places like New York we pay about 10k per year for students, but it's not even about the spending. We’d spend more than that in all the paper books, textbooks, printing, ink, printers and more! Getting rid of paper saves us money."
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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.

A roadmap to total cost of ownership
Cloud Cruiser
Few enterprise IT professionals question the value of moving to the cloud. However, many skip the fundamental step of getting an accurate baseline of their existing environment's usage and costs before starting to consider various cloud options. This paper provides a step-by-step process for determining your Total Cost of Ownership — a critical tool for evaluating and comparing various sourcing alternatives and forecasting your IT costs in the cloud.
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Education on air
Google for Education
Want to inspire educators to innovate in their classrooms? Looking for some ideas to engage students and increase productivity near the end of the school year? Encourage educators to register for Education on Air, a free online conference. On May 8-9 tune in for panels, keynotes, and workshops from over 100 educators, business leaders and others.
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    7 digital resource must-haves for #BYOD / #BYOT teaching + learning (Tech&Learning)
CoSN awards showcase going beyond call of duty in K-12 tech (THE Journal)
6 reasons we need to change the ed-tech procurement process (K-12TechDecisions)
CoSN 2015: 10 reasons flipped classrooms could change education (EdTech Magazine)
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No more school landlines with E-rate update
District Administration Magazine
Landlines are out and Internet-based phones are in for many schools this year, as the modernized E-rate program begins scaling back funds for traditional phone service. Discount rates for long-distance calling, cell phones and other services will drop by 20 percent every year starting this year, as determined in the July 2014 E-rate Modernization Order adopted by the FCC. E-rate funds for email, Web hosting, paging and phone directory assistance were completely eliminated this year.
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Research: Video gamers learn visual activities faster
The Journal
Score one for gamers. An experiment at Brown University has uncovered a correlation between people who frequently play video games and their ability to retain learning about two quickly learned visual activities. The results suggest that video game playing not only improves player performance but also builds up the capacity to improve performance. According to, "Frequent Video Game Players Resist Perceptual Interference," a paper recently published on PLOS One, the researchers ran a small experiment. They had two teams of people, nine frequent gamers and nine non-gamers, participate in two days of learning activities.
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Schools turn to technology for teaching's sake
EdTech Magazine
An intriguing thing has been happening in schools. A decade ago, the idea of integrating technology into the classroom changed the possibility of what teachers and students could accomplish or even imagine. While that classroom tech created seemingly endless opportunities, districts soon realized they didn't have the necessary infrastructure in place to support it all. School leadership then shifted their attention to building or rebuilding networks, tackling data management and bolstering enterprise security in order to advance their academic missions.
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A 1:1 alternative: How the Kinkaid School introduced iPads in the classroom
K-12 TechDecisions
Meredith Kottler and Kathryn Leisz love technology. Both women are teachers at the Kinkaid school in Houston, Texas, and both are iPad lovers, so it's no surprise they were instrumental in bringing the tablet into their classrooms. When the teachers heard the school had technology funds available for iPads they quickly drafted a proposal to advocate for the purchase of the tablets. "It took a couple of weeks to put it together and research why iPads are such great learning tools," says Kottler, who taught Kindergarten at the time. "We did some research mainly around the fact that they're so great for differentiation."
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