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CoSN welcomes Illinois as its 15th state chapter

Last week, CoSN officially welcomed our Illinois state chapter, named the Education Technology Council of Illinois. ETCI, our 15th state chapter, will address the needs of K-12 technology leaders on a local level across the state. CoSN's state chapter program allows us to serve the needs of district leaders on a locally relevant level.

The ETCI CoSN State Chapter will advocate and elevate ed tech leaders through professional learning, peer networking and collaborative opportunities; serve the best interests of Illinois students; support district technology leaders in providing forward-thinking visions for their schools; and foster collaborative teams with other professions, such as curriculum and finance, to coordinate strategic leadership. The chapter already represents several leading Illinois school districts.

Welcome to ETCI — we're thrilled to have you aboard! For more information, please click here.
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CoSN invites district teams to join Teaming for Transformation II
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CoSN is seeking district leadership teams to join the second phase of our Teaming for Transformation initiative. Teaming for Transformation II will connect teams who are committed to digital conversions which support student-centered learning, continuing the mission of last year's successful Teaming for Transformation team. From June through October, members will engage in discussions face-to-face and virtually (on epic-ed, a national online community of practice). Our face-to-face work will be highlighted by a two-day visit to Katy ISD in Texas, a cutting-edge district whose Bring Your Own Device program is putting mobile learning at the forefront of its digital conversion. Join the conversation with thought leaders like Casey Wardynski, superintendent of Huntsville City School District in Alabama, to develop recommendations for transforming the culture of teaching and learning.

Apply here by May 30, 2013, or click here for more information!

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ED TECH HEADLINES


FCC commissioner calls for overhaul of E-rate to help schools
Education Week
A member of the Federal Communications Commission offered a detailed and far-reaching case for overhauling the E-rate program in order to ensure Web access for students and schools amid rising demands for online access. Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel called for creating an "E-rate 2.0" and said that the pressures that are being put on school districts by the common-core online assessments, and an overall, increasing emphasis on Web-based learning have put on strain on districts' online capacity.
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Framing the school technology dream
Education Week
For more than a century, educational technology ads have glistened with hope. Newly invented devices from the typewriter to film projectors, from the overhead projector to instructional television, from the Apple IIe to the iPad, have painted pictures of engaged students who will learn more, faster and better. They have pictured teachers using new technologies to teach effectively. Of course, it is the nature of advertising to promise a rosier future, appealing to what policymakers, administrators, and, yes, parents yearn for ... a better, easier and even enjoyable way for teachers and students to teach and learn.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    5 unexpected benefits of a wired school (The Hechinger Report)
How districts are increasing student access to technology (EdTech Magazine)
How 3 districts are tracking student data (eSchool News)
Discussions on classroom technology ask wrong questions, experts say (Deseret News)
Racing the iPad in K-12 education (District Administration Magazine)

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Internet2 announces strategic content and distribution initiative with Smithsonian
Internet2
Internet2, the nation's premier advanced technology community for research and education, announced a major collaboration with the Smithsonian at the 2013 Internet2 annual meeting. Internet2 President and CEO H. David Lambert made the announcement to more than 800 technology, research and education leaders from around the world.
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Report: District use of social networks up 44 percent over 2 years
THE Journal
The Center for Digital Education and the National School Boards Association have released key findings of the latest Digital School Districts Survey and have named top-10 districts in three classifications. Social networking is up significantly, according to the survey, with 74 percent of respondents reporting that their district maintains a presence on at least one social network, an increase of 44 percent over two years. Use of micro-blogging platforms such as Twitter increased 38 percent over the same period, according to the report, with 69 percent of those surveyed stating their district uses one.
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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.
 


Schools' education technology budgets shrink as demand grows
eSchool News
While educators and parents continue to report a growing need for technology use in education and learning, schools are struggling to meet today's needs and tomorrow's expectations, according to "From Chalkboards to Tablets: The Digital Conversion of the K-12 Classroom," the latest report from the Speak Up 2012 survey. Given the budget realities — with 74 percent of respondents reporting that they have smaller technology budgets than they had five years ago — administrators are rethinking their opposition to the "bring your own device" approach and districts who are piloting such a program increased by 47 percent in just one year.
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FCC commissioner calls for overhaul of E-rate to help schools
Education Week
A member of the Federal Communications Commission offered a detailed and far-reaching case for overhauling the E-rate program in order to ensure Web access for students and schools amid rising demands for online access.

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Digital learning MOOC now open to school leaders
eSchool News
Enrollment opens for a first-of-its-kind Massive Online Open Course for Educators that will help school district leaders make the shift to digital instruction in their schools.

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K-12 student database jazzes tech startups, spooks parents
Reuters
An education technology conference in Austin, Texas, will clang with bells and whistles as startups eagerly show off their latest wares.

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Bookboard Streams kids' books to the ipad; but are e-books good for your children
Forbes
Jordan Shapiro, a contributor for Forbes, writes: "Bookboard is a new digital subscription service that streams children's books to the iPad. My boys and I have been testing it for about a month. Bookboard provides us with a steady supply of new storybooks at bedtime. It employs gamification elements to keep my seven year old son motivated to keep reading on his own. And it has caused me to reflect on the experience of reading to my kids on a tablet."
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The iPad in schools: Is it a solution or a problem?
Edudemic
The question above comes from Greg Kulowiec's Keynote Presentation — What is the answer with iPads? — at the iPad Summit in Atlanta, and it is a critical question for educators involved in iPad initiatives (or any 1:1 initiative) to reflect upon.
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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.
 


The importance of mobile learning in — and out of — the classroom
Edudemic
There has always been at least some sort of disconnect between how things are taught in a classroom and how things work in the "real world." In some cases, the disconnect is very distinct. It's interesting to take a look at some of the mobile trends highlighted in this handy infographic to see where education might best make use of mobile learning, since this is what our students will be working with when they enter the workforce.
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Thinking about Chromebooks? Here's everything you need to know first
THE Journal
Visit the Website for the Richland School District Two in Columbia, S.C., and you will see the district's motto proudly displayed on every page: Inquire. Ignite. Inspire. They are not mere words. The district tries to put those goals into action with all aspects of its educational strategy. And according to Technology Integration Coordinator Donna Teuber, they are also fitting descriptions of the Chromebooks experiment there, and the interest it has brought from other school districts. Teuber's district includes 18 elementary schools, seven middle schools, five high schools, four magnet centers, and two alternative centers. Richland Two became a Google Apps for Education user in July 2011; and immediately afterward launched a 1-to-1 Chromebooks program.
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How districts are transitioning to digital content
eSchool News
As a concept, using digital content in the classroom is nothing new. But making the leap from using traditional print textbooks to fully integrating digital content in the classroom can be intimidating. During a webinar sponsored by the State Educational Technology Directors Association, some experienced digital content advocates shared how they implemented changes in their schools and districts.
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