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Apply to join TFT 3 by Thursday, May 15
CoSN
Apply now to join Teaming for Transformation 3: Continuing the Journey Towards a Digital Conversion. This unique professional development opportunity blends an online community of practice with an in-person event at Baldwin County Public Schools (AL) in October. As you undertake your digital transition, it will be invaluable to work with other districts going through similar things.

Our highly successful TFT 1 and 2 initiatives showed us the power of hybrid professional development. Blended learning works for educators too, and we're excited to see it in action again with a new cadre! Apply here before Thursday, May 15 to jump-start your digital conversion.
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Join us for our last webinar of the year on May 20
CoSN
Our 2013-2014 webinar series comes to an end next week! Join us on Tuesday, May 20 from 1-2 pm ET for Over the Horizon: Results from the 2014 Horizon K-12 Report. This webinar will provide an exclusive sneak preview of this year’s Horizon Report, scheduled for release this summer. Larry Johnson, founder of the Horizon Project, will discuss the six emerging technologies that will have the biggest impacts on learning in the one to five year horizons. If you miss this one, you'll have to wait months longer for your glimpse into the ed tech future! So don't delay — register now!

Be sure to check out our webinar archives in the Knowledge Center, especially the webinar we held last week on the results of the 2014 IT Leadership Survey. As always, webinars are free for CoSN members and full of good information.

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Hear why our CTO of the Month is proud to be a CETL
CoSN
We're thrilled to feature Pat Haughney, CETL as our May CTO of the Month. Pat, a national and state leader who's in the midst of implementing a 1:1 program in her district, exemplifies the modern ed tech leader. Get to know her by reading her profile and hear why her CETL Certification was the final piece in her professional development puzzle!

Now’s the perfect time to jump-start your own professional development and take the CETL exam. Exam dates are available nationwide, but if those don't work for you, you can take the exam anytime, anywhere — just email certification@cosn.org to set it up. Our new Online Collaborative Learning Site makes it easier than ever to study for the exam in a group or on your own.

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Computer troubles mar standardized testing in multiple states
The Washington Post
If you are wondering how the high-stakes standardized testing season is going around the country — including field testing of new Common Core-aligned standardized exams — here's the answer: Not so great. Since millions of kids began taking standardized tests online in March, computer problems have been reported in California, Florida, Indiana, Kansas and Oklahoma — almost as many as in the entire 2013 assessment season (when six states had issues). And the 2014 testing runs into June.
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5 reasons schools still need desktop computers
THE Journal
Desktops aren't dead. Even as schools increasingly implement 1-to-1, bring-your-own-device and other mobile device initiatives, many are choosing to retain at least some desktop computers — and others are even upgrading to swanky, top-of-the-line machines. Keeping at least one desktop computer in each classroom is a common practice, and some schools are keeping their dedicated desktop labs, either for general use or for specialized classes. It seems that some classroom needs are still better served by a desktop computer than by a laptop or tablet.
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Feds issue 6 data, privacy recommendations
eSchool News
A new White House report on privacy and data collection says the mass collection of information is "saving lives" but calls for additional safeguards in how personal information is stored and collected.

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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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Turning data into action
District Administration Magazine
There's no doubt that data is power. But how do K-12 education leaders harness that power and use data to inform instruction and improve learning? Over the past decade and since the implementation of No Child Left Behind, the use of data in schools and school districts has evolved from being focused primarily on accountability and reporting up the chain of command to becoming a much more useful tool to innovate in education. While the focus has often been on the importance of student information systems and learning management systems, the conversation today has shifted to making those systems powerful tools and leveraging them to move the needle on education outcomes.
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Big question for edtech: But how do we know what's working?
The Hechinger Report
As more than 900 entrepreneurs and educators converge in San Francisco, some will talk academic standards, literacy and charter schools. Others will bypass weighty sessions at NewSchools Venture Fund summit altogether, preferring to tinker with dozens of new tools and products that promise to "transform teaching and learning." Participants can teach to student avatars in a virtual classroom, check out the Two Bit Circus or attend "Hour of Power," sessions that promise to be "provocative, fun and interactive."
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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.
 


Feds issue 6 data, privacy recommendations
eSchool News
A new White House report on privacy and data collection says the mass collection of information is "saving lives" but calls for additional safeguards in how personal information is stored and collected. The report is the result of a three-month review led by White House adviser John Podesta and administration officials. President Barack Obama called for the assessment of so-called "big data" amid pressure over revelations about U.S. spy agencies collecting data on phone records.
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How thieves can use your mobile to empty your bank account
Mail Online
Every day, hundreds of thousands of us pop into coffee shops. While we sip our cappuccinos, we may connect our smartphones to the cafes' Wi-Fi network, and catch up with friends via services such as Facebook. As well as socialising, we may use the time and free access to a wireless connection to get on top of our finances.
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Initiating BYOD? Get advice from a PLN
School CIO
Tim Clark, a contributor for School CIO, writes: "After spending a week observing classrooms at various stages of implementing BYOT, I reflected on how I could encourage the members of those schools to find new ways to learn with their technology tools. I turned to my own Personal Learning Network in Twitter in #BYOTchat for suggestions regarding the components necessary for initiating and sustaining a schoolwide BYOT implementation."
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The past, the present and the future
School CIO
Gary Shattuck, a contributor for School CIO, writes: "In this blog, I will try to explain what I think we in education need to do to prepare our students for a future that is characterized by volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. If we are to predict the near future then we must use that prediction to inform our decisions and our actions today."
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Creating tech-savvier teachers
District Administration Magazine
Decades into the computer revolution, many teachers still lack the training needed to use technology effectively in the classroom, according to a new survey. It's a major problem as schools are investing more in devices and blended learning to improve student achievement, experts say. To realize the full educational benefits of these tech tools, school leaders need to prioritize professional development, says Geoff Fletcher, deputy executive director of SETDA, the State Educational Technology Directors Association.
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