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CoSN unrolls new pricing options for CETL program
CoSN
Our Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL)™ program just reached its first birthday, and an impressive crop of ed tech leaders has achieved the CETL recognition. In celebration of this milestone, we’re unveiling reduced prices for the program as well as a payment plan option.

The new exam fees are: $299 for CoSN members, $499 for nonmembers, with a universal retake fee of $200. Be sure to contact Ed Gloninger, our certification manager (certification@cosn.org), for information about how to pay the exam fee in installments using our new payment plan.

We are also offering our exam preparatory materials at bulk discounts; buy more than one for your district or state chapter and save!

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Join CoSN for a cybersecurity webinar April 23. Free for CoSN members!
CoSN
As we increasingly rely on digital networks for information storage and management, ensuring the security of those networks becomes vital. CoSN will host "Securing Your Network against Cyber Attacks, Phishing and Scams," the next installment in our 2012-13 webinar series, on Tuesday, April 23 from 1-2 p.m. ET. Join us to learn about strategies and best practices to strengthen your information security and communicate its importance. Schools and school districts have varying degrees of expertise in network security depending upon their sizes, financial situations, and importance they place on cybersecurity; this webinar will cover a wide range of possible situations.

Denise Atkinson-Shorey, project director of CoSN's new Designing Education Networks initiative, will moderate the discussion between Harold Rowe (associate superintendent of Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District in Texas) and Aaron Barnett (director of IT at Moreno Valley Unified School District in California).

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epic-ed school locator recognized as 1 of year's top pieces of ed tech
CoSn
Networking and collaboration are critical steps in any district's digital transition, but such collaboration is impossible if schools don't know which of their peers are undertaking similar initiatives. epic-ed, which was created by CoSN in partnership with the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation under the U.S. Department of Education's Connected Educator grant, developed its school/district locator to help districts overcome that challenge. The locator is an interactive U.S. map on which districts can enter information about their technological initiatives and locate other schools who share their situations. The school/district locator was just named as one of the "10 educational technologies you should try this year" by eSchoolNews for its work in connecting leaders nationwide.

With this mapping program, you'll be able to find districts based on how far they've gotten in their digital transitions and on key implementation elements like BYOD, tablet devices, blended learning, Common Core implementation and more. Allowing leaders to collaborate with their peers nationwide is at the heart of epic-ed's mission, and the school/district locator allows participants to share resources, planning and success stories.

Put yourself on the map—join epic-ed's locator today! For more information, please click here.

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ED TECH HEADLINES


5 unexpected benefits of a wired school
Digital
Eric Sheninger, principal of New Milford High School in Bergen County, N.J., is an unabashed ed-tech evangelist who has wrought some significant transformations in his "traditional blue-collar," yet highly diverse public school through the use of technology, BYOD programs, and particularly social media. He says the light bulb moment came when he joined Twitter just three years ago, in March 2009.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Project24 launches Massive Online Open Course for Educators (Digital Learning Transition)
Digital learning now! grades states on education technology policies (Education Week)
Digitally aided education, using the students' own electronic gear (The New York Times)
2013 CTO Clinics begin soon (CoSN)
6 best practices for modernizing and upgrading a school district's IT (EdTech Magazine)

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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.
 


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App-for-all: Should every school build its own mobile app?
EdTech Magazine
Life's annoyances and inefficiencies often inspire innovation. Just ask Jordan Riggs, co-founder of SchoolInfoApp, a company that helps schools create custom mobile apps to engage with their communities.

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Teachers, students, digital games: What's the right mix?
MindShift
When St. Louis fifth-grade teacher Jenny Kavanaugh teaches history, she uses her laptop to look at a map, or to give kids a virtual tour of the historical landmarks they're studying. "Students can interact with history in very cool ways online," she said. But when it's time for math, she puts the computer away.

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Project24 launches Massive Online Open Course for Educators
Digital Learning Transition
The DLT MOOC-Ed will help you understand the potential of digital learning, assess progress and set future goals for your school or district, and plan how you and your colleagues will proceed to achieve those goals.

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How districts are increasing student access to technology
EdTech Magazine
In just a year and a half, 45 states, the District of Columbia, and four U.S. territories must begin new computerized student assessments that align with the Common Core State Standards they've adopted. The testing will replace existing state assessments for schools that have moved to Common Core curricula in mathematics and English, which aim to ensure that students graduate with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in college and the workplace.
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How 3 districts are tracking student data
eSchool News
Education stakeholders and reformers increasingly focus on data to help inform instruction and offer clues on student achievement patterns, and a partnership among three organizations aims to help districts use data in pursuit of those goals. "Closing the Gap: Turning Data into Action" is a collaboration among the American Association of School Administrators, Consortium for School Networking and Gartner Inc., a global information technology research and advisory company, to support schools as they move forward in implementing these new systems and practices.
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  CoSN CEO discusses access gap on CNN/Comcast Newsmakers
Click the image to see CoSN CEO Keith Krueger's appearance on CNN Headline News/Comcast Newsmakers. Keith discussed the importance of closing the technology access gap, a crucial component of CoSN's strategic plan.
 


Discussions on classroom technology ask wrong questions, experts say
Deseret News
In the education community, there is a common analogy comparing emerging technologies and blended learning models with the common pencil. The concept behind the analogy is a hypothetical world where writing, pencils and books do not exist. Then, when the pencil appears as an emerging technology, as tablet devices and competency-based learning programs are now, the question is whether it would be quickly embraced or whether policymakers would call for pencil pilot programs to study their effect on classroom learning.
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Why one school district filters with blue coat
EdTech Magazine
For school districts struggling to comply with Web-filtering requirements mandated by the Children's Internet Protection Act and E-Rate, deciding what to block isn't always clear-cut. "It really depends on school culture and the community in which you're based," says Daniel Vomastek, director of information and technology systems for Portage Public Schools in southwest Michigan. "I've worked in three districts, and each one was different."
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Racing the iPad in K-12 education
District Administration Magazine
In the move to 1:1 computing, school district leaders are increasingly looking for alternatives to traditional PCs and laptops, and for many districts, the go-to device is the iPad. But now, for a growing roster of Apple competitors, the time has come to give the iPad a run for its money. Lining up against Apple are some heavy hitters, including Google, Samsung, Lenovo, Dell and CDI, the largest provider of refurbished computers to schools. Such competitors say their devices provide important benefits missing in the iPad: easy content entry, long battery life, lower cost and safe transferability among students.
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Kentucky moves 173 school districts to the cloud
Government Technology
In Kentucky, a private cloud now handles the financial information of 173 school districts, and according to state education leaders, other school districts and states should consider something similar. Kentucky faced a choice when it wanted to move to the next generation of its Tyler Technologies financial system: Switch all of its school districts to a different database engine, operating system and server or move to the cloud.
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8 key considerations for acceptable use policies
eSchool News
With digital technologies taking hold in classrooms across the nation, school technology leaders know they must change acceptable use policies to keep students and school networks safe, while also giving learners flexibility and access to important digital resources. The Consortium for School Networking has refreshed its acceptable use policy guide in an effort to help technology leaders craft policies that reflect the emergence and permanence of digital technologies in students' hands, in classrooms and in teachers' toolboxes.
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App-for-all: Should every school build its own mobile app?
EdTech Magazine
Life's annoyances and inefficiencies often inspire innovation. Just ask Jordan Riggs, co-founder of SchoolInfoApp, a company that helps schools create custom mobile apps to engage with their communities. "My wife and I have six kids that literally play every sport and do every activity possible with their school, and we just went looking to see how we could work with the school to create a mobile app where we can keep up with everything, and we didn't find it," Riggs says.
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Funding technology curriculum in schools
KALW-FM
School districts are increasingly teaching technology as part of their regular curriculum but the high cost of computers and tablets can hinder that effort. Last year, the federal government pitched in to help out some schools. Hundreds of school districts participated in the Race to the Top program, which is awarding major technology education funding to three school districts in California. One is in the Bay Area, Haven Unified, which serves Union City, in Alameda County.
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Computers can't replace real teachers
CNN
Wendy Kopp is CEO of Teach for All, a global network of independent organizations dedicated to expanding educational opportunity, and founder and board chairwoman of Teach for America, a national corps of recent college graduates who commit two years to teach in high-needs schools. She says: "Tech visionary Steve Jobs understood better than anyone the impulse to believe that technology can solve our most complex societal problems. 'Unfortunately it just ain't so,' he said. 'We need to attack these things at the root, which is people and how much freedom we give people. ... I wish it was as simple as giving it over to the computer.' That's certainly true when it comes to education, particularly in impoverished communities."
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