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CoSN's guide to network design for school districts
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The CoSN Smart Education Networks by Design Initiative launched the Design Performance Guide, a platform that delivers resources about strengthening network design in school districts. Leaders will learn how to set performance goals, maximize their investments and make technology choices that will remain current rather than be quickly obsolete.
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New online course available
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CoSN's online education program is the newest professional advancement opportunity for school district leaders. Our online courses target the skill areas in CoSN's Framework of Essential Skills of the K-12 CTO that addresses the goal of improved learning for 21st century learners.

CoSN's new course, Transition to the Role of a 21st Century District Education Technology Leader, is designed for technical or business executives considering a CTO position in a district. The course will provide the information needed to improve your understanding of the K-12 education landscape. Enroll now!

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Join the world's largest lesson this September
TES Global
On Sept. 25, the United Nations will announce The Global Goals for Sustainable Development, a set of goals for the world that aim to make our planet fair, healthy and sustainable by 2030. Wouldn't it be amazing if in the week of the September 27 children across the world knew about The Global Goals and began to contribute to their achievement in whatever way they could?
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Laptops expected to be biggest K-12 tech expense in 2015
THE Journal
IT spending by K-12 in the United States is expected to hit about $4.7 billion for 2015. The biggest single area for technology spending will be laptop computers at $1.4 billion. Those estimates come out of a new IT spending pivot table from IDC Government Insights, which provides estimates and forecasts for the entire U.S. education sector, encompassing K-12, higher ed and "other" education. According to the analyst firm, the guidance will be published bi-annually. The report will include details on education level, individual states, education functional areas, enrollment levels and technology segments.
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  Managing Student Desktops and BYOD
Whether supporting traditional desktops in the classroom or adopting BYOD initiatives, NetSupport School is the leading multiple platform classroom management software designed for monitoring Student activity on any Windows, Chrome, Android and iOS device. Download a trial license today and explore the wealth of assessment, monitoring and collaboration tools.
 


FCC: E-rate funding requests for schools, libraries to be paid in full
Education Week
Schools and libraries will receive full funding of their E-rate program requests this year, as a result of a modernization of the policy and budget changes enacted last year, according to the Federal Communications Commission. Authorized as part of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the E-rate program was implemented to help schools and libraries underwrite the cost of telecommunications services like phones and pagers, and to have Internet access.
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6 steps to a successful BYOD program
eSchool News
Bring-your-own-device and one-to-one laptop/tablet implementations on K-12 campuses usually sound simply enough in theory — but they can actually be quite complex. Lenny Schad, chief technology information office at Houston Independent School District, has spearheaded a number of successful BYOD rollouts, and frequently distills advice to struggling districts.
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Protecting student privacy in the digital age
The Hill
Schools may be winding down to the end of the school year, but as they do so, they are also ratcheting up the use of technology to bolster student engagement. Whether on a computer or in the cloud, digital tools are being used to help improve students' reading, writing and arithmetic skills. But as student information moves from folders in a cabinet to the folders in the cloud, we need to ensure that the enormous power of technology is harnessed to the benefit of students and not for any unknown means.
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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.
 


Beyond the shine: Finding the technology in the standard
Tech&Learning
Welcome to a series of posts that are dedicated to going beyond the shine of technology by examining ways to use digital tools to engage students in real learning. In this particular post you will discover how careful examination of the standard is essential in proper technology integration.
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E-rate funding applications total $3.9 billion for 2015
EdTech Magazine
E-rate applications for the next school year's technologies are in, and educators have taken full advantage of the Federal Communication Commission's 2014 reforms, according to a blog posted by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. The E-rate program provides discounts on telecommunications and Internet services to schools and libraries. Last July, the FCC updated the program to include an additional $1 million to target wireless connectivity in these institutions. The reforms were also aimed at easing the application process for schools and libraries and lowering the barrier of entry for high-poverty applicants. And in December, the commission voted to raise the spending cap from $2.4 billion to $3.9 billion.
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Global market for education technology hardware grows, report shows
Education Week
The global market for educational technology hardware jumped by 16 percent over the past year, to nearly $15 billion, and is poised to climb by much more in the years ahead, according to a new analysis. That surge is being driven by demand for mobile personal computers, which account for 63 percent of the total educational spending on digital K-12 hardware, reports Futuresource Consulting, a United Kingdom-based research and analysis organization.
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BenQ introduces budget-friendly classroom projector
K-12 TechDecisions
BenQ America is introducing a new budget-friendly projector to the K-12 market. It's called the MX570 Colorific projector and it features up to 3200 ANSI lumens of brightness, a 13,000:1 contrast ratio, energy-saving technology and a 10W speaker. The MX570 also offers up to 10,000 hours of lamp life.
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Some schools embrace demands for education data
The New York Times
In this small suburb outside Milwaukee, no one in the Menomonee Falls School District escapes the rigorous demands of data. Custodians monitor dirt under bathroom sinks, while the high school cafeteria supervisor tracks parent and student surveys of lunchroom food preferences. Administrators record monthly tallies of student disciplinary actions, and teachers post scatter plot diagrams of quiz scores on classroom walls. Even kindergartners use brightly colored dots on charts to show how many letters or short words they can recognize.
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What you need to know when shopping for an ID card system
Scholastic Administration Magazine
Being in school every day is vital for a student's success, and with state funding associated with attendance, it is also important financially for school districts to minimize absenteeism. Improvements in ID card system technology are helping to streamline the attendance process in timely, cost-effective ways. Many districts have discovered that implementing such a system is well worth the commitment and investment, and others are finding that it's time to upgrade their current systems. There are a number of important factors to consider when you're shopping around for an ID card vendor/partner; here are some key elements to think about.
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The only metric that matters in education technology: Student outcomes
Forbes
Education technology is getting a lot of attention these days. The Obama administration proposed nearly $4 billion to help wire our schools. Meanwhile, more than $600 million in venture capital poured into ed tech last year — a 32 percent increase over the prior year. Teachers have also embraced the use of technology — almost unanimously. In a recent survey, 96 percent of teachers reported that technology is making a significant impact in their classroom. But despite broad adoption and educator enthusiasm, two opposing narratives have emerged regarding the use of technology in our schools. As is often the case in policy and politics, neither side fully reflects the reality on the ground.
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Online Common Core testing lays bare tech divide in schools
The Associated Press via Federal News Radio
Nestled between mountains 60 miles from the nearest city, students at Cuyama Valley High School in California use Internet connections about one-tenth the minimum speed recommended for the modern U.S. classroom. So when it came time to administer the new Common Core-aligned tests online, the district of 240 students in a valley of California oil fields and sugar beet farms faced a challenge.
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