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Host a CETL exam administration anytime, any place
CoSN
Usually, we host CETL where ed tech leaders are already gathered (e.g., conferences, chapter meetings). But if those don't work with your schedule, you can still take the exam anytime, anywhere. Take it on your own or put together a group — all you need is a CoSN-approved proctor! Visit cosn.org/certification or contact the certification team at certification@cosn.org to apply for the exam, set up an exam administration, request proctor training or order user licenses for CoSN's Collaborative Learning Site and test preparation.
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There's still time to attend a CoSN CTO Clinic
CoSN
Although many of this year's CTO clinics have wrapped up, you've still got at least two more chances to attend a local professional development event! Join us in Texas June 17-18 and in Missouri Nov. 6-7. These events offer professional development with a unique focus on leadership; share strategies, learn from your peers, and network with colleagues and the private sector. Leaders from all states are welcome to attend — book your tickets and sign up now!
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Digital education is supposed to transform public education, but many schools can't even get online
The Hechinger Report
To technology advocates, these scenes are a vision of how technology could transform American classrooms. With a computer — or a laptop, or tablet or even a smart phone — in every student and every teacher's hand, the idea is that school will be better tailored to students' needs and also better able to prepare them for the sorts of high-skilled, technology-centric jobs that will dominate in the future. It could even help close the achievement gap for disadvantaged students.
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4 mobile deployment tips from CTOs
eSchool News
Mobile learning is on the rise, and school leaders recognize that mobile initiatives, when implemented correctly, give students a distinct advantage as they enter college and the workforce. But sometimes, roadblocks such as infrastructure challenges and access barries complicate mobile device deployments.
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BYOD success stories
District Administration Magazine
Districts that have implemented BYOD successfully have found building a powerful Wi-Fi network, developing explicit acceptable use policies, and communicating those policies clearly to students, parents and teachers are critical steps in the technology transition.

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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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2014 IT spending forecast: Slightly slower growth than expected
THE Journal
One industry forecast of worldwide spending is being revised slightly downward, despite market improvements in the United States, Canada and Western Europe. The main culprits behind the slowdown seem to be mobile devices and "macroeconomic wildcards." In 2013, according to IDC, worldwide IT spending surpassed $2 trillion for the first time ever, with hardware topping $1 trillion for the first time. The forecast for 2014 had been 5 percent growth on top of that, but that figure was quickly revised to 4.6 percent. Now it's being revised again, this time to 4.1 percent.
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How to stop worrying and love your tech
Scholastic Administrator 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. "She told her principal that she taught well enough and she had data to show that her kids were growing," recalls Anderson, the North Carolina district's director of instructional technology.
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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.
 


The invisible iPad: It's not about the device
MindShift
Since the launch of the iPad in 2010, we have seen a revolutionary transformation in how we create, consume, and communicate. Whether the iPad is an authentic educational tool is not relevant, because it's not about the iPad. Is the automobile an authentic education tool? What about the refrigerator? Revolutionary inventions are not about the invention itself, but what the invention gives use the ability to do. A truly revolutionary invention should, in time, become invisible. No longer is it viewed as something special, yet its effects are far reaching. The lightbulb changed the way the world functioned.
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BYOD success stories
District Administration Magazine
Districts that have implemented BYOD successfully have found building a powerful Wi-Fi network, developing explicit acceptable use policies, and communicating those policies clearly to students, parents and teachers are critical steps in the technology transition. While the model of bringing in your own device began decades ago with the push for students to use their own calculators in class, the concept of students using their personal phones, tablets and computers in class took off in 2008, according to Sara Hall, the Alliance for Excellent Education's vice president of digital learning. It has only been growing in popularity since.
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Which digital media are worthy of classroom use?
EdTech Magazine
Finding great educational apps for classroom use is a bit like looking for a needle in a haystack. Ask a teacher or instructional technology specialist for guidance — let alone a definitive source of high-quality, high-value content — and they'll likely respond that "It really depends on what you consider to be educational." The reality is that there are hundreds of thousands of loosely categorized and sorted "educational" technology products in online marketplaces right now. Separating the wheat from the chaff — that is, finding relevant tools that match teachers' specific needs — can be difficult.
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What students really think about technology in the classroom
The Hechinger Report
The grownups who make and debate education policy disagree about a lot of things, but they often take it as a given that kids love technology. And tapping into that love of gadgetry and games is a way to make students "more engaged" in learning, or so many believe. Interviews with students in the middle-income, rural district of Quakertown, on the outskirts of Philadelphia’s suburbs, suggest that kids' relationship with technology in school is more complicated than the adults may have imagined.
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