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Legislative and Advocacy Developments
Last week was a busy one in the halls of Congress, and an important one for advancing our 2015 legislative agenda. On Thursday, the Senate HELP committee unanimously approved the Every Child Achieves Act (ESEA reauthorization). Included within this act is the Baldwin-Hatch Amendment, I-TECH (Innovative Technology Expends Children's Horizons), authorizing a dedicated ed tech program.

CoSN worked in support of the I-TECH amendment, and we are very proud of the contributions of our Advocacy Network! The network generated over 1,000 messages in support of the amendment — our voice was heard!

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Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015
Pew Research Center
24 percent of teens go online "almost constantly," facilitated by the widespread availability of smartphones. Aided by the convenience and constant access provided by mobile devices, especially smartphones, 92 percent of teens report going online daily — including 24 percent who say they go online "almost constantly," according to a new study from Pew Research Center. More than half (56 percent) of teens — defined in this report as those ages 13 to 17 — go online several times a day, and 12 percent report once-a-day use. Just 6 percent of teens report going online weekly, and 2 percent go online less often.
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  21st Century Software - Happy Educators
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5 tips to help get the most out of E-rate 2.0
EdTech Magazine
Schools and districts have the opportunity to take advantage of increased funding available through E-rate — a federal program intended to ensure that K–12 schools and libraries, particularly those in low-income or rural areas, have affordable access to telecommunications and Internet services. Changes to the program in 2014 by the Federal Communications Commission increased funding from $2.4 billion to $3.9 billion. Schools and districts looking to take advantage of this increase should consider some best practices and tips when applying for E-rate funding.
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ETIN-SIIA Vision K20 Survey now open
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  Managing Student Desktops and BYOD

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Security essentials for K-12 schools
K-12 TechDecisions
School safety is of the utmost importance to K-12 faculty, parents and administrators. Every school wants parents to know the children entrusted in its care are safe. Prevention is incredibly important, however, if an incident were to occur, schools also need to know they have the knowledge and the resources to react in a quick and effective manner. K-12 TechDecisions' sister publication, Campus Safety is holding a free webinar on this topic on April 30th called "Security Essentials for K-12 Schools." It will be hosted by Campus Safety Magazine's editor-in-chief Robin Hattersley and will feature Nils Wahlander, senior product marketing manager, HID Global.
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Survey: Most districts use cloud services
District Administration Magazine
A large majority of district technology leaders report moving some crucial IT services to the cloud this year, according to a March report from the Consortium of School Networking. More than 65 percent of IT leaders say their district now uses productivity tools such as Google Apps for Education that run through the cloud — a rapid increase over last year, when only 10 percent reported using these services, the 2015 "K-12 IT Leadership Survey Report" found.
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How to stop worrying and love your technology
Scholastic Administration Magazine
Steven Anderson and his team at Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools in North Carolina are used to dealing with tech newbies. They train and support 4,000 teachers on a variety of equipment and software. But when one experienced, and respected, teacher said that she simply did not want to use technology in her classroom, it became the group's challenge to change her mind.
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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.

9 actions + policies necessary to embrace cellphones for #MLearning + #BYOD
While interest is growing in the usage of mobile devices in school, a report on learning with mobile devices and social media tells us administrators still struggle with key concerns. Nearly half of principals identify teachers who are not trained in how to use mobile devices for instruction as the number one barrier. Teachers cite student distraction as their top concern of mobile use in the classroom.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Creating a visitor management system (Scholastic Administrator Magazine)
Are cables in the classroom a thing of the past? Maybe (eSchool News)
Ed tech must do more to 'advance equity,' US Secretary of Education says (The Hechinger Report)
If you haven't paid your repects to paper, you should. (Tech&Learning)
No more school landlines with E-rate update (District Administration Magazine)

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5 ways to create a safer digital environment at your school
eSchool News
In "Securing the Connected Classroom: Technology Planning to Keep Students Safe," authors Abbie H. Brown, Ph.D., and Tim D. Green, Ph.D., outline a process that education leaders can follow to develop a secure environment for learning with technology. According to Brown and Green, "the book guides educators, administrators and IT staff through a step-by-step process for creating a district-wide blueprint for keeping students safe while maintaining an appropriate level of security."
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On alert, online
District Administration Magazine
Only a handful of school districts attempt rigorous, round-the-clock monitoring of social media traffic to spot threats against their schools or students. Leaders in these districts say the extra level of security acts as an early-warning system that can prevent young people from hurting themselves or others. And students who know they're being monitored are less likely to cyberbully their classmates or to post photos, comments or other material that will embarrass them later in life, district leaders say.
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A new era in teaching: The rise of personalized learning
By: Brian Stack
Education is changing. Schools are evolving into places where students can choose their learning pathway and build their own personalized and customized program that will fit their learning goals and needs. Gone are the days when the one-size-fits-all, stand-and-deliver approach to instruction was appropriate. Today's teachers are coming to recognize their new role as a learning facilitator or coach. From sage on the stage to guide on the side, America's teachers have entered into a new era in their profession.
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5 tech tools that support Common Core State Standards
The Journal
According to the 4th Annual Principals' Assessment of Public Education, 95.7 percent of schools in states that have adopted the Common Core State Standards have implemented or are in the process of implementing the standards. Many of those schools are also getting ready to administer the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers and Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium assessments for the first time. To get a sense of what is working in districts around the country, we asked educators to share the technology tools that they are using to help implement CCSS and prepare students for the upcoming assessments.
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