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CoSN releases new SmartIT report
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In an era of shrinking budgets, school districts are eagerly searching for any way to save money. CoSN's SmartIT initiative is here to help you do that without compromising the strength of your technology programs. As next year's budgets are being hammered out, we're refreshing SmartIT with a new strategy paper packed with tips about demonstrating ROI, saving money through sustainability, connecting and aligning technical and financial leadership, and more. Download the paper now to help get that money in your pockets before the next school year begins.
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Join us for CTO Forum one week from today
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If you're going to Atlanta for ISTE, be sure to carve out some time for the CoSN CTO Forum on Monday, June 30! From 2:30 – 4:30, we'll be discussing "Building a Powerful Team for Blended Learning." CoSN always focuses on the district leadership team — nobody can effect huge change alone! This highly interactive professional development opportunity will help guide you as you build and work with your team. What roles do specific team members play in facilitating blended learning? How can you get stakeholders on board? All that and more in Atlanta next week! For more information, visit http://www.cosn.org/cto-forums.
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Computer recycling: What school CIOs need to know
District Administration Magazine
The boom in affordable laptops and mobile devices has left the clunky computers of the past piling up in storage rooms in many schools. Recycling is the best way to properly dispose of outdated technology instead of allowing it to collect dust or to break down in landfills, says Jim Lynch, director of green technology at TechSoup Global, a nonprofit that connects charities and public libraries with tech products and services. Electronic devices represent the fastest-growing part of the world's waste stream, Lynch says.
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ALA report on children's Internet privacy act
American Library Association
Schools and libraries nationwide are routinely filtering internet content far more than what the Children's Internet Protection Act requires, according to "Fencing Out Knowledge: Impacts of the Children's Internet Protection Act 10 Years Later," a report by the American Library Association. CIPA requires public libraries and K-12 schools to employ internet filtering software to receive certain federal funding.
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E-rate demand increasing
THE Journal
Demand for E-rate funding is increasing, especially in rural and remote districts, according to a new report from Funds for Learning, an E-rate consulting firm. The report, "FY2014 E-rate Funding Requests: Telecommunications and Internet Access By Schools & School Districts," which analyzes funding requests for funding year 2014 (July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015). It does not include funding requests by libraries or consortia. According to the report, requests for Internet access and wide area network services have continued the trend of shifting to higher broadband speeds.
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7 tips on navigating device choices in schools
EdTech Magazine
Dr. Chad A. Stevens, a contributor for EdTech Magazine, writes: "I recently began to read the work of Seymour Papert, who some call the 'father of educational technology.' In my research, the following quote stuck with me: 'Why are we still having conferences on computers in education? We don't have conferences on pencils in education.'"

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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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Major policy shifts, economic forces shape the education technology market
Education Week
The multibillion-dollar market for educational technology is in one sense being shaped from the top down — through major policies and economic forces influencing spending across states and school districts. But it's also being fueled from the ground up — by a belief among school leaders and entrepreneurs, that digital tools will give schools the power to customize learning to meet individual students' needs.
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National survey: How are teachers using games and gamification?
Gamesandlearning.org
Although technology in the classroom is evolving from computers to tablets, a new survey from the Games and Learning Publishing Council highlights that the use of games in the classroom is becoming more common and teachers are increasingly valuing the ability games have to motivate low-performing students. The results are an initial look at a far larger analysis of the state of games in the classroom that will be released in late summer 2014.
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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.
 


Total school funding fell in 2012 for first time in 40 years
CoSN
We're now five years into recovery from the recession, but most U.S. public school districts and their IT departments haven't seen a recovery at all: their budgets remain flat. Five Thirty Eight Economics recently explained this quandary in an informative research article, "Public Schools Are Hurting More in the Recovery Than in the Recession."
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Do education apps keep kids sharp or just plugged in?
Today
Bored kids complaining about how "there's nothing to do" this summer need look no further than their neighborhood app store. Amazon launched a new personalized summer math program through its Kindle earlier this week, joining competing tablet makers Apple and Google, in a race to own the education market and hook kids who will someday grow up and have money of their own. App developers too are taking advantage of the exploding ubiquity of mobile devices, and parental fears of "summer learning loss." Even mobile carriers encourage parents to keep their kids mobile-engaged over vacation.
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Many districts go without a chief technology officer (Education Week)
Is all this student data changing the way teachers teach? (MindShift)
Mobile study: Tablets make a difference in teaching and learning (THE Journal)

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7 tips on navigating device choices in schools
EdTech Magazine
Dr. Chad A. Stevens, a contributor for EdTech Magazine, writes: "I recently began to read the work of Seymour Papert, who some call the 'father of educational technology.' In my research, the following quote stuck with me: 'Why are we still having conferences on computers in education? We don't have conferences on pencils in education.' I find Papert's quote to be particularly compelling when you consider that it was said nearly a quarter-century ago. Now more than ever, some believe a device is the answer to improve educational outcomes."
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What's a culture of data, and how can schools get one?
eSchool News
Schools are overflowing with data — attendance records, achievement data, even logs from mobile devices — and the question remains, how can education systems create a culture that uses data to make decisions? Central to the creation of a culture of data are three key structures: technology, process and leadership. All are essential to support the shift to a data-centric culture in education.
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What you need to know about student data security
Scholastic Administrator Magazine
There are two types of school CTOs these days. Those who are worried about the security of their student data, and those who haven't yet realized they should be worried. In less than a year, the issue of who has access to information about your students and what they do with it has gone from mild concern to wild speculation. Parents and politicians have railed against school policies, companies have been thrown overboard, and a federal lawsuit may alter every school's relationship with Google.
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