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The moment you've been waiting for: CoSN15 registration, call for presentations now open
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How are you making a digital leap? Let your peers know:
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS IS NOW OPEN FOR 2015 COSN ANNUAL CONFERENCE
March 16-19, 2015
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Atlanta, GA

Conference Theme: Enabling Your Digital Leap

Enabling your district to successfully make the digital leap requires fundamental changes and a culture that is flexible and continuously improving. Explore successful strategies to empower the transformational learning potential of digital resources. How can district leaders strengthen the capacities of their school systems to use technology as a catalyst for a more personalized learning experience, one that prepares students for success in college, career, and life? How can we shift the conversation beyond the "why" of technology investment to the "how?" What is required to successfully make the digital leap?

Share your provocative ideas and innovative perspectives at CoSN15 in a concurrent session, pre/post conference workshop, or sponsored session.

For complete information and an application:
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Deadline: July 16, 2014

Whether or not you're speaking, you can register now for CoSN15! Do you have end of year funds that are searching for a home, or just want to plan ahead on your professional development? Take advantage of this early registration offer!
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FCC focusing E-rate on broadband, but older tech may suffer
EdTech Magazine
The Federal Communications Commission hopes to modernize its E-rate subsidy program for schools and libraries by giving a boost to broadband coverage. However, that shift would come at the expense of subsidies for older technologies, such as analog Internet connections. Thousands of schools and libraries depend on federal funding from E-rate (officially called the universal service Schools and Libraries Program). The program provides these institutions with telecommunications discounts of up to 90 percent in an effort to help close the technology gap. But changes are afoot concerning how that money is spent.
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How much it will cost to connect (almost) all schools
EdSurge
How much will it cost to "Keep calm and connect all schools"? Try $3.2 billion. That's how much CoSN and the EducationSuperHighway say it will cost to equip and update public K-12 schools' existing infrastructure in order to meet President Barack Obama's goal of connecting 99 percent of students by 2018.
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Report: Most districts have deployed mobile tech, want more
THE Journal
Eighty-two percent of districts are "highly interested" in launching or expanding a 1:1 technology initiative within the next two years, according to a new report from Amplify and IESD.

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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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From Apple II to Touchcast, the evolution of computers in the classroom
The Washington Post
Tablet use at schools in the United States is booming, and could be a key component in rethinking classroom education, as Hayley Tsukayama and Michael Alison Chandler reported. The proliferation of tablets maybe the most revolutionary addition of technology in the classroom, but the path was paved with other tools.
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5 AV trends transforming the Common Core
eSchool News
Much of the talk surrounding the Common Core State Standards has been about the content being taught, but few are discussing the audio hardware that districts need to have in place to deliver this content to students. AV equipment is a small but integral component for successfully implementing the Common Core. Both PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessments require students be provided with headphones, and these pieces of technology also assist educators in delivering instruction.
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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.
 


FCC to continue plan to improve rural Internet access
Education Week
The Federal Communications Commission will be able to continue its plan to subsidize high-speed Internet service in rural areas, according to a recent article in The New York Times. The FCC's plan, Connect America, is part of a larger FCC program that provides telecommunications services to schools, libraries, and rural health care facilities. In 2011, the FCC announced plans to focus on providing broadband Internet access to rural areas. Several phone companies challenged the plan in court out of fear that they would lose subsidies they were receiving if the program's focus shifted to Internet access.
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Report: Most districts have deployed mobile tech, want more
THE Journal
Eighty-two percent of districts are "highly interested" in launching or expanding a 1:1 technology initiative within the next two years, according to a new report from Amplify and IESD. The report, the "2014 National Survey on Mobile Technology for K-12 Education," also found that the number of districts reporting that at least one-quarter of their schools had deployed mobile devices had risen to 71 percent, up from 60 percent in 2013. Forty-four percent of districts surveyed said that approximately 75 percent of their schools had deployed mobile technology.
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    4 mobile deployment tips from CTOs (eSchool News)
Many districts go without a chief technology officer (Education Week)
2014 IT spending forecast: Slightly slower growth than expected (THE Journal)
What students really think about technology in the classroom (The Hechinger Report)

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The business of: E-payments
District Administration Magazine
A step for districts going paperless is to stop accepting cash or paper checks from parents. Many school systems have had vendors set up secure online portals where parents can pay for AP courses, lunches and field trips, among other items. "It is about creating a consumer experience for parents," says Douglas Solomon, the senior vice president for FACTS Management Company, a tuition payment solutions provider. "This is how they manage so many other areas of their lives and they think it is terrific they can do it with their schools, too."
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Is all this student data changing the way teachers teach?
MindShift
With so much access to student data these days, teachers are experimenting with different tactics, and figuring out what's working and what's not. As with most scenarios using education technology, it's a mixed bag. But questions of privacy aside, how it's used depends on a variety of factors in each school and in each teacher's classroom. Some teachers are embracing student data to inform their teaching, while others believe there's a risk of an over-reliance on hard numbers that doesn't take into account the human factor.
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