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Tune in to EduTalkRadio today at noon to hear about the CETL program
CoSN
Sorry for the short notice, everyone, but there's a great program coming your way today at noon ET. Pete Just and Pat Haughney, both CETLs, will join EduTalkRadio to talk about the skills a modern ed tech leader needs to succeed. How has the CTO position changed over the past few years, and what do you need to do to stay current? Hint: they're both big fans of our Framework of Essential Skills and our CETL program in general! EduTalkRadio always puts on a great show, so be sure to run it in the background in a few hours.
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Free webinar on the results of our IT leadership survey
CoSN
Join CoSN for a free webinar on Tuesday, May 6 from 1-2 p.m. ET discussing the findings of our second annual IT Leadership Survey! The survey results will give you an inside look at the current state of ed tech by delving into what we found from this nationwide survey. What are your peers' biggest challenges and priorities? What are the trends in the industry? You won't get this information anywhere else! Register for the webinar to hear from Denise Atkinson-Shorey, author of the survey report, and share your views on what ed tech looks like right now.
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Jump-start your digital conversion by applying to TFT 3
CoSN
Apply to join CoSN's Teaming for Transformation 3 (TFT 3) before May 15! TFT 3 is a hybrid professional development opportunity that combines face-to-face meetings with participation in an online community of practice. The continuation of our highly successful TFT 1 and 2 programs, TFT 3 will bring together districts undergoing digital conversions and help empower its participants to find the best possible path. Visit http://cosn.org/onlineCOP for more information or submit a brief application at www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZPWPYLY by May 15.
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IT leadership: Navigating technology in K-12 education
Government Technology
Want to know what's on the minds of school CIOs and CTOs? The Consortium for School Networking gives us a good glimpse with its 2nd Annual K-12 IT Leadership Survey. This year's survey found improvements, but ongoing challenges remain in school technology budgets, a priority to establish digital environments and mobile learning, and the need for succession planning in the face of large numbers of retiring district technology leaders over the next decade, according to the professional association's survey.
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3 ways to use QR codes to connect school and home
EdTech Magazine
For Boss's Day, my office staff at Howe Elementary in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., gave me the book "QR Codes in Education" by David Hopkins. In it, Hopkins describes those ubiquitous squares we see everywhere as being "like a barcode, but [containing] more data than just a number string." When scanned, QR (short for "Quick Response") codes connect users to websites, phone numbers, videos — nearly anything that can be digitized. Throughout his book, Hopkins provides several examples of how schools can utilize these codes to provide a link "between the printed world and the online electronic one."
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Kansas math, reading test results might not go public because of cyberattacks
The Associated Press viaThe Kansas City Star
Kansas education officials say they are considering not releasing the results of state math and reading tests. The annual assessment tests have been plagued this year with computer problems and cyberattacks, prompting some districts to delay or interrupt testing. Deputy education commissioner Brad Neuenswander says test results won't be used in any way if officials are concerned they might give an invalid picture.
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How can the DOE increase transparency and access to data?
Ed.gov Blog
Despite the growing amount of information about higher education, many students and families still need access to clear, helpful resources to make informed decisions about going to — and paying for — college.

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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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Speak Up National findings released
Project Tomorrow
The New Digital Learning Playbook: Understanding the Spectrum of Students' Activities and Aspirations is the first in a two part series to document the key national findings from Speak Up 2013. For the past eleven years, Project Tomorrow's® annual Speak Up National Research Project has provided schools and districts nationwide and throughout the globe with new insights into how today's students want to leverage digital tools for learning based upon the authentic, unfiltered ideas of students themselves.
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4 questions every tech leader should answer
eSchool News
As schools continuously work to construct digital learning plans that will help transform teaching and learning, it is essential that school technology leaders are updated with the latest policies and practices that could impact their district's future decisions. Technology has changed the way students learn, and more importantly, it has changed school and district leaders' roles. But technology and its capabilities are changing at such a rapid pace that even chief technology officers require constant "updates" to solve some of the post pressing questions in schools this year.
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When it comes to IT investments, think value, not return
EdTech Magazine
Return on investment and net present value are common concepts used in business to determine how best to invest in technology to lower bottom-line costs and increase revenues. Both are helpful because businesses seek to maximize profits, after all. If this approach were applicable to school districts, the decision-making process for proposed technology projects would be much easier and more objective.
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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.
 


How can the DOE increase transparency and access to data?
Ed.gov Blog
Despite the growing amount of information about higher education, many students and families still need access to clear, helpful resources to make informed decisions about going to — and paying for — college. President Barack Obama has called for innovation in college access, including by making sure all students have easy-to-understand information. Now, the U.S. Department of Education needs your input on specific ways that we can increase innovation, transparency and access to data. In particular, we are interested in how APIs (application programming interfaces) could make our data and processes more open and efficient.
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Are existing tech tools effective for teachers and students?
MindShift
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation just released a report detailing the results of 3,100 teacher surveys and 1,250 student surveys on the kinds of digital instruction tools that are useful and effective. The foundation has asked teachers and students what they need when it comes to digital instruction, aiming to close the communication gap between commercial developers and schools.
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Grades are in: Digital learning gets more state attention
District Administration Magazine
States are passing legislation to improve technology use in K-12 classrooms, having debated more than 450 digital learning bills and having signed 132 into law last year, according to the Digital Learning Report Card 2013. Digital Learning Now!, a national initiative of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, which pushes to reform education and to improve technology, recently released the report card that grades K12 education policies in each of the nation's 50 states.
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    One-third of US students use school-issued mobile devices (THE Journal)
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Official preview of the 2014 NMC Horizon Report available
The New Media Consortium
The internationally recognized NMC Horizon Report series and regional NMC Technology Outlooks are part of the NMC Horizon Project, a comprehensive research venture established in 2002 that identifies and describes key trends, significant challenges, and emerging technologies likely to have a large impact over the coming five years in education around the globe.
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Student data: Moving past transparent to tangible
EdSurge (commentary)
Frank Catalano, a contributor for EdSurge, writes: "It's hard not to think about data security and privacy right now. NSA's electronic snooping. Target's financial data breach. Heartbleed's online security hole. Combine these developments with the current momentum in schools to move education data from isolated tanks to connected pipes with active flows, and you have a combustible mix. I contend if there's going to be a fire, let's at least ignite something specific — and not indiscriminately burn everything to the ground."
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Mobile apps move K-12
District Administration Magazine
School administrators are using mobile software applications to remain highly productive no matter where they are. These same apps also are making it easier to create learning communities where leaders can share a wide range of information with other districts. Using mobile apps to tap into various school data — from finance and human resources figures to professional development and asset information — ensures that administrators will be able to complete their tasks even when they're away from the office.
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Latest Investing in Innovation contest to start in full force
Education Week
On April 25, applications will be available for schools and nonprofits that want a shot at the largest awards available from this year's $135 million Investing in Innovation grant contest. Between 10 and 20 "validation" awards, worth up to $12 million, are expected to be awarded this year, and between as many as two "scale-up" awards, worth up to $20 million. The rules will be published in Wednesday's Federal Register, with applications available from the U.S. Department of Education. The deadline to apply is June 24.
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