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NMC, CoSN, and ISTE release the 2013 'Horizon Report' K-12
NMC via CoSN
The New Media Consortium, CoSN, and ISTE just released the NMC Horizon Report > 2013 K-12 Edition. The fifth in an annual series, the 'Horizon Report' examines the key emerging technologies which will erupt in the next one to five years, analyzing their potential impact on and use in teaching and learning. The Report serves as a valuable guide for strategic technology planning for educators and administrators — be sure to check it out to hear about the newest trends in your industry!
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CoSN's 2013 CTO Clinics Underway
CoSN
There's still time to join us for a 2013 CTO Clinic! Join us on: June 19-20 in Texas, July 18-19 in Missouri or July 26 in Florida. CoSN delivers its professional development CTO clinics in conjunction with its state chapters to allow leaders to network and learn about emerging technologies on a local level, though you don't need to be from a specific state to attend. Make sure to take advantage of this unique professional development opportunity! Remember, CTO Clinics are free for institutional members.
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Join us for our CTO Forum at the ISTE Annual Conference
CoSN
CoSN's next CTO Forum, "The Technology Department Landscape: That was Then, This is Now!," will be held on Monday, June 24 from 2:00–3:30 pm at the ISTE Annual Conference and Exposition in San Antonio, Texas. CoSN's twice-yearly CTO Forums provide opportunities for district-level tech directors to share information and keep up-to-date on best practices and solutions to ed tech challenges. Join us at this Forum to discuss building your own Technology Department Dream Team, starting with ensuring you have the necessary skills to serve today's students. Today's K-12 technology departments are evolving from departments of technical experts to collaborative teams with business, leadership and instructional skills. Successful technology teams work across departments to create a shared vision, collaborate with instructional departments, and further the district mission. They consistently demonstrate the value and impact of IT.
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Obama to ask for increased eRate aid
eSchool News
President Barack Obama wants to see the nation's classrooms transformed into digital learning centers and he is ready to ask federal regulators to use billions of dollars to pay for the broadband and high-speed internet connections that will be needed to make it happen. During a stop June 6 in Mooresville, N.C., Obama was expected to call on the Federal Communications Commission to use a program that funds internet access in schools and libraries to bring these faster connections to 99 percent of students within five years.
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Cloud technology forecast: Sunshine with chance of showers
District Administration Magazine
Cloud computing is taking K12 by storm with fully 90 percent of K12 institutions relying on or implementing cloud technology in 2012, according to the Consortium for School Networking. District CIOs are under increased pressure to cut costs and keep up with the latest technological trends, and implementing the cloud is an easy fix. According to a recent report released by Lenovo and Intel, What IT Leaders in K12 Need to Know about Cloud Computing, cloud technology can save districts up to 25 percent on IT costs within the next five years by outsourcing network maintenance and allowing schools to access low-cost or free educational software.
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Giant leap forward with Obama's ConnectED
CoSN
Keith Krueger, CEO of the Consortium for School Networking, today praised President Barack Obama's launch of ConnectED — a national education initiative to connect 99 percent of America's students to the Internet. Obama announced the endeavor at North Carolina's Mooresville Graded School District.
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Report outlines strategies for streamlining district procurement
Education Week
A pair of organizations is urging school districts and private-sector entrepreneurs to work more closely together to streamline and improve the process through which school systems choose and buy educational technology. Digital Promise, a nonprofit authorized by Congress to support innovation in education, and IDEO, a design firm, released a report offering suggestions for districts on how they can use procurement to bring more innovative, and more useful tech products to administrators, teachers and students.
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5 tech-savvy schools that focus on education technology
eSchool News
Many schools have learning technologies and education-technology tools. But what sets exemplary schools apart is how they use those technologies. Below are five schools, listed in alphabetical order, that are taking teaching and learning to the next level by leveraging ed-tech and learning technologies to boost student engagement and staff productivity. An ed-tech specialist or administrator from each school describes the school's accomplishments.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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    E-rate needs overhaul for digital era, experts argue (Education Week)
What Adobe's move to the creative cloud means for schools (EdTech Magazine)
The surprising ways BYOD, flipped classrooms and 1-to-1 are being used in the special education classroom (THE Journal)
BYOD: Foster happy employees by allowing personal devices at work (By Peter Martini)
Windows XP deadline puts pressure on schools (Education Week)

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Moving away from an IT department
School CIO
Steven M. Baule, a CIO advisor, wirtes: "About a month ago, I saw some blog posts and tweets articulating that since schools have more tech-savvy teachers and have moved a great deal of our services to the cloud, why do we need an IT department anymore? Let's just get rid of them and save some money. Good idea, right?"
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6 technology challenges facing education
THE Journal
Despite increasingly widespread adoption of technologies in virtually every aspect of K-12 education, significant challenges are preventing widespread effective implementation. According to researchers, though some of those challenges are systemic and some related to the technologies themselves, teachers and education leaders share in the blame as well.
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Microsoft's switch from Windows XP challenges K-12 schools
The Columbian
A decision by Microsoft is impacting educational institutions in Clark County, Wash., from kindergarten through college. Microsoft is ending support for its Windows XP operating system — the dominant operating system in K-12 education — after April 8, 2014. Although information technology directors knew this change was coming, computer upgrades for an entire school district or college campus are expensive. The fleet of more than 6,000 work stations in Evergreen Public Schools, the largest district in Clark County, is still running Windows XP.
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5 tech-savvy schools that focus on education technology
eSchool News
Many schools have learning technologies and education-technology tools. But what sets exemplary schools apart is how they use those technologies.

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Technology problems persist as states administer online tests
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
School districts across several states are rescheduling high-stakes tests that judge student proficiency and even determine teachers' pay because of technical problems involving the test administrators' computer systems.

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CoSN and AASA publish professional development toolkit for educational leaders
THE Journal
The Consortium for School Networking and the American Association of School Administrators have released the latest addition to the collaborative Closing the Gap: Turning Data into Action project.

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Technology in schools: Defining the terms
Edutopia
The topic of technology can be confusing. Maybe the most confounding part is reaching a definition of "technology" that works to foster healthy discussion of the best ways that schools can use technology to enhance learning. The 2014 National Assessment of Educational Progress Technology and Engineering Literacy framework defines technology as "any modification of the natural world done to fulfill human needs or desires." Interestingly, the definition says nothing about iPads, tablets, laptops, Google, Facebook or Instagram.
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6 big tech trends in education to follow
MindShift
Big data, open content, mobile learning and digital printing are the big themes represented in this year's NMC Horizon Report: 2013 K-12 Edition. The report is a collaboration between the New Media Consortium, the Consortium for School Networking and the International Society for Technology in Education, pulling together an international group of experts to discuss trends and measure how mainstream emerging ed-tech approaches have become. As with all of its reports, the group makes near, middle, and long-term projections for technology trends, as well as broader observations about the direction of the field and its challenges.
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Evaluating quality in digital reading products
Education Week
Apps, digital games and other technology products that promise to build early literacy skills through mobile devices and other platforms are everywhere these days. But are those products any good? At first glance, the evolving digital world would seem to offer abundant opportunities for educators and parents seeking to put students on the path to becoming capable readers. Many of those products are easy to access — as easy as downloading an app from iTunes, or visiting a website. Many of them are free, or low-cost. And their claim is that they can engage students as they educate them.
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What should we measure in our technology departments?
School CIO
Steve Young, a CIO Advisor, writes: "It is very easy to assume things are working well and that our IT departments are functioning excellently. But if we really want to confirm that, what metrics would we measure? There may not be a one-size-fits-all answer on this, as there are so many variables in the equation, but ultimately there are a few key things that most of us should be tracking to help us gauge workloads, productivity and customer satisfaction."
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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.
 


School database loses backers as parents balk over privacy
Reuters
A $100 million database set up to store extensive records on millions of public school students has stumbled badly since its launch this spring, with officials in several states backing away from the project amid protests from irate parents. The database, funded mostly by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is intended to track students from kindergarten through high school by storing myriad data points: test scores, learning disabilities, discipline records — even teacher assessments of a child's character. The idea is that consolidated records make it easier for teachers to use software that mines data to identify academic weaknesses.
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5 ways to increase chances of a successful 1 to1 implementation
Tech & Learning
As more and more schools hop on the 1:1 or BYOD bandwagon in one way or another it is important to deeply consider proper implementation. While there is the promise for engaged and inspired learning, these large-scale implementations also present potential pitfalls for school districts that must watch the bottom line, provide adequate support for teachers new to the technology, and engage families in a dialogue about these powerful pieces of equipment that are going to be coming home in Johnny's backpack each night.
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Schools accelerate shift to digital
District Administration Magazine
Districts are trading print for digital textbooks, with 22 states making significant digital content policy changes in recent years — altering the definition of a textbook and encouraging flexible funding, says Geoff Fletcher, deputy executive director of the State Educational Technology Directors Association. SETDA recommends districts complete the shift from print to digital within the next five years, and several have successfully started the transition.
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The persistent appeal of technology in learning
Edutopia
Dr. Victor Frankenstein loved technology, and Mary Shelley's work of fiction was at once a cautionary and promotional tale of technology's incredible potential. In the iconic story, he took the pieces of a human being and stitched them together to create something monstrous — but in many ways more human than the model he was hoping to produce. Who doesn't love a little irony? Education loves technology, too — and for good reason.
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In the digital age, what becomes of the library?
MindShift
Nashville's Main Public Library, located in a stately building in the heart of downtown, has a children's section filled with comfortable sitting areas, oversized art, and a state-of-the-art theater for puppet shows and interactive story time. On a recent afternoon, children of varying ages were sitting or lying on the carpet, reading alongside rows of books lined on two-tiered shelves perfectly sized for little hands. Two grade-school children sat at a row of computers, playing a learning game, while parents and caregivers checked out books via computer. A line of parents and children waited to speak with one of the two librarians on duty. Something about the scene seemed touchingly retrograde: minus the computers and modern furniture, this could have easily been a library scene from 1980 or 2013.
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