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Next CoSN webinar is coming up April 22!
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Join us for our fifth webinar of the year in just a few weeks. Smart Education Networks by Design: Developing Next Generation Networks to Support Personalized Learning will serve as a crash course in one of our newest initiatives, SEND (www.cosn.org/SmartEdNetworks). New advances in technology, notably mobile devices, are making learning possible anytime, anywhere. But that can only happen if schools’ networks are strong and flexible enough to support this new technology. How can you build your ideal network? What components go into a truly 21st century network? We’ll walk you through these questions and introduce you to outstanding resources in our webinar.

Register now and then join us on Tuesday, April 22 from 1-2 p.m. ET. As always, webinars are free for CoSN members!
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Enhance your CETL preparation with our new online collaborative learning Site
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Now it's more convenient than ever to prepare for the CETL exam. Our certification preparation materials are now available in a new online collaborative space. The collaborative content, spaced out among 11 modules, takes an in-depth look at each of the 10 skill areas identified in the Framework of Essential Skills of the K-12 CTO. While there is no resource that will "teach to the exam," CoSN's CETL exam preparation modules are essential tools for anyone preparing for the exam.

Visit CoSN's Knowledge Center to purchase your subscription to the site and view other valuable resources. Special pricing is available to CoSN members and those who have purchased prep materials in the past. Contact certification@cosn.org for more information. Happy studying!

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K-12 administrators affirm need to continue E-rate
District Administration Magazine
One hundred percent of K-12 district administrators participating in a national survey responded that Web hosting should remain funded as a Priority One Service within the E-rate program. A Web hosting service provides a means for a school or library to maintain a website on the Internet. In total, more than 400 educational leaders from school districts of all sizes and types responded in 2010 and 2013 to surveys regarding E-rate issues and the Federal Communications Commission's proposal to modernize the E-rate program and strengthen digital learning.
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Statewide technology initiatives prove there's strength in numbers
EdTech Magazine
Maine's education leaders have learned several lessons in the 13 years since they launched the Maine Learning Technology Initiative — a one-to-one notebook computer program for seventh- and eighth-grade students statewide. A key one is this: "When you buy in bulk, it's great," says Jeff Mao, the Maine Department of Education's learning technology policy director. "When you buy in superbulk, it's even better." Other states are following Maine's lead by leveraging their collective buying and organizing power to achieve three goals: improve service, reduce costs and extend K–12's market reach.
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K-12 administrators affirm need to continue E-rate
District Administration Magazine
One hundred percent of K-12 district administrators participating in a national survey responded that Web hosting should remain funded as a Priority One Service within the E-rate program.

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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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5 must-haves for online assessments
eSchool News
As K-12 schools across the country begin to implement online learning, issues of cheating and lack of credibility are some of the main reasons why skeptics hesitate in supporting online learning — especially MOOCs. The answer to decreasing cheating, as well as giving more credibility to many less traditional forms of online learning, is in good assessments, say supporters.
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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.
 


One-third of US students use school-issued mobile devices
THE Journal
New research indicates virtually all middle and high school students have access to mobile devices and are using them for schoolwork. And nearly a third of them are using mobile devices issued by their schools. According to the report, "The New Digital Playbook: Understanding the Spectrum of Students' Activities and Aspirations," issued by Project Tomorrow in an event taking place in Washington, D.C., 89 percent of high school students (grades 9–12) and 73 percent of middle school students (grades 6–8) have access to smart phones. Another 66 percent in both groups have access to laptops. Sixty-one percent of middle schoolers and 50 percent of high schoolers have access to tablets. And 48 percent of middle schoolers and 39 percent of high schoolers have access to digital readers.
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Teaching adolescents how to evaluate the quality of online information
Edutopia
An essential part of online research is the ability to critically evaluate information. This includes the ability to read and evaluate its level of accuracy, reliability and bias. When we recently assessed 770 seventh graders in two states to study these areas, the results definitely got our attention.
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    Education Week releases Technology Counts 2014 (Education Week)
Protecting student data in the age of marketing and advertising (District Administration Magazine)
Education technology startups raised over half a billion dollars in Q1 (TechCrunch)
10 ways computers are changing public schools (eSchool News)
Technology leadership evolved (THE Journal)

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How would exascale computing impact K-12?
EdTech Magazine
Calculators revolutionized math education by allowing students to scrap the grunt work of multiplying and dividing so they could focus on higher-order thinking. Then along came the Internet, giving them access to nearly limitless information. Eventually, students may even be able to conduct advanced research studies with just a few keystrokes.
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When are tech tools worth the investment for schools?
The Hechinger Report
An ed-tech discussion at a national conference stalled for 10 minutes while organizers struggled with a high-tech method of figuring out who was in the room. The exercise highlighted new software that has spread to classrooms around the world — and proved a perfect case in point for the discussion, "The Cutting Edge of Technology: Exploring the tradeoffs in schools' early adoption of technology." The discussion took place at the Yale School of Management Education Leadership Conference in New Haven, Conn. It featured two school administrators who have brought mobile software platforms into their schools, and two entrepreneurs who built them.
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