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Call for presentations: CoSN 2014 Annual Conference
CoSN
Mark your calendars for our 2014 Annual Conference, Continuously Connected ... Constantly Learning, from March 19-22 in Washington, D.C. Our Call for Presentations is open until July 18. We also have two special summer registration packages open. Visit www.cosn.org/conference2014 to access these summer rates!

Continuously Connected ... in our hyper-connected world, people are always on, collaborating, communicating and creating. Educators are tasked with harnessing that energy and connection to develop the next generation of critical, thoughtful thinkers.

... Constantly Learning explores how school systems can create digital learning ecosystems to challenge and inspire their students, encourage innovation and deepen learning. The CoSN 2014 Annual Conference is designed for education leaders to better understand their changing roles in creating the new face of learning.
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2 more CTO Clinics coming up
CoSN
School might be out for the summer, but CoSN's programming hasn't let up! Join us for one of our two July CTO Clinics, in Missouri on July 18 & 19 or Florida on July 26. These in-depth professional development opportunities are free for CoSN members and give attendees an invaluable chance to network with ed tech leaders from their region.
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ED TECH HEADLINES


Study gauges value of technology in schools
The New York Times
With school districts rushing to buy computers, tablets, digital white boards and other technology, a new report questions whether the investment is worth it. In a review of student survey data conducted in conjunction with the federal exams known as the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the nonprofit Center for American Progress found that middle school math students more commonly used computers for basic drills and practice than to develop sophisticated skills. The report also found that no state was collecting data to evaluate whether technology investments were actually improving student achievement.
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  ePals Global Community

ePals is the world's largest network of K-12 classrooms, enabling students and teachers to safely connect and collaborate with classrooms in more than 200 countries and territories. Educators can join ePals to find collaborative projects, join discussions in community forums, and search thousands of classroom profiles to engage with others in authentic exchanges. MORE
 


Obama pushes faster Internet, more tech funding for schools
Education Week
President Barack Obama is calling for an ambitious overhaul of the federal E-rate program, a step that many education and technology advocates have been urging for years to improve what they see as schools' badly out-of-date technological capabilities. The administration intends to ask the Federal Communications Commission to consider rechanneling and increasing funding through the program, which is derived from telecommunications fees, with the goal of giving 99 percent of the nation's schools access to high-speed broadband and wireless Internet within five years.
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Does Obama's new ConnectED initiative really mean anything?
The New York Times
On June 6, at a middle school in Mooresville, N.C., President Barack Obama set a goal of high-speed Internet in nearly every public school in America in five years. It was a bold and needed pronouncement — except that in 1996 President Bill Clinton said virtually the same thing, calling for libraries and classrooms to be "hooked up to the Information Superhighway by the year 2000."
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LAUSD spending $30 million to buy 30,000 iPads for students
San Jose Mercury News
The Los Angeles Unified board approved a $30 million contract to buy iPads for 30,000 students, the first phase in an ambitious plan to equip every pupil with a tablet computer within the next 14 months. The deal is a huge win for Apple, as the district expects to continue with the same vendor as it acquires the technology that can support the new Common Core curriculum launching in 2014, as well as a new online state testing system.
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Debating iPads or Chromebooks for 1:1? Why not both?
THE Journal
As more school districts consider 1:1 initiatives, they are faced with the decision of which device to roll out. Chromebooks and iPads are two popular choices, but instead of choosing between them, some innovative school districts are deploying both. Spring Lake Public Schools in Michigan, Sioux Falls School District in South Dakota, Winneconne Community School District in Wisconsin, and the Academy for Urban School Leadership, a nonprofit organization that manages 25 Chicago Public Schools, have implemented or plan to implement both iPads and Chromebooks in the classroom.
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More school districts end ban on cellphones and embrace BYOD
EdTech Magazine
As recently as the 2012–2013 school year, schools in the Thomaston-Upson School System in Georgia banned the use of cell phones on school grounds. But in the new 2013–2014 school year, students will be free to use their phones in the classroom as the school district softens its ban, reports the Thomaston Times. "We realize it is more us getting comfortable with them using the devices than it is them getting used to using the devices," said Dr. Larry Derico, director of curriculum and instruction for Thomaston-Upson.
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New assessments are coming; is your district ready?
Tech & Learning
Whether you live in a state that supports PARCC or SBAC, you're undoubtedly facing the challenges of moving to online assessments. From the infrastructure to the devices to the children taking the tests, there are loads of decisions to make. We've asked a few CIOs who are already working on these issues to share what they've put in place. Perhaps their decisions will help inform yours.
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Debating iPads or Chromebooks for 1:1? Why not both?
THE Journal
As more school districts consider 1:1 initiatives, they are faced with the decision of which device to roll out. Chromebooks and iPads are two popular choices, but instead of choosing between them, some innovative school districts are deploying both.

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What Adobe's move to the creative cloud means for schools
EdTech Magazine
Software maker Adobe surprised the tech world last week when it announced that it would stop selling box sets of its popular Creative Suite design software, including Acrobat and Photoshop, in favor of a subscription-based service available through its Creative Cloud.

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5 unexpected benefits of a wired school
The Hechinger Report
Eric Sheninger, principal of New Milford High School in Bergen County, NJ is an unabashed ed-tech evangelist who has wrought some significant transformations in his "traditional blue-collar," yet highly diverse public school through the use of technology, B.Y.O.D. programs and particularly social media.

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How districts support social networking in schools
eSchool News
Despite restricted network access and concerns about student safety, more and more schools are using social networking in classrooms in an effort to give students a more robust digital learning experience. According to a new Edudemic infographic, overall, some of the most popular social networking tools in school include Skype, Facebook and YouTube.
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Rapid rise seen in use of digital tools for PD
Education Week
Teachers and principals are becoming increasingly comfortable using online tools to hone their professional skills, and are turning to options from social networking to Web-based classes to do so, a new nationwide survey reveals. The findings, which cover a lot of ground, were included in the Speak up 2012 survey, "From Chalkboards to Tablets: The Digital Conversion of the K-12 Classroom." Speak Up is an effort led by Project Tomorrow, a nonprofit group based in Irvine, Calif., that seeks to improve students' academic preparation through technology and other means.
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    Obama to ask for increased eRate aid (eSchool News)
Cloud technology forecast: Sunshine with chance of showers (District Administration Magazine)
Giant leap forward with Obama's ConnectED (CoSN)
Report outlines strategies for streamlining district procurement (Education Week)
Moving away from an IT department (School CIO)

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Using a learning management system to meet digital content needs
eSchool News
As new learning technologies and digital tools appear in classrooms, educators may become overwhelmed as they try to integrate these ed-tech tools into their lessons. But they might find help in their district's tried-and-true learning management system. The typical learning management system has evolved to manage digital content, and can organize and provide access to that content so that digital resources are delivered in engaging ways, said Gail Palumbo, former director of curriculum and technology in New Jersey's Montgomery Township Schools, during a series of edWeb webinars on learning management systems' potential.
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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.
 


Slow school internet is morally unacceptable, says Duncan
U.S. News & World Report
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan asked cable companies to help boost technology in America's classrooms, telling corporate officials slow internet speeds in schools are hurting kids in the classroom. "Most schools have about as much Internet bandwidth as your house," Duncan said during a conference in Washington, D.C. "We are denying are teachers and students the tools they need to be successful. That is educationally unsound and morally unacceptable."
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The rise of education technology
The Next Web
The one-size-fits-all approach to education has never been more outdated or irrelevant. Now thanks to the transformative effects of technology, learning has become something that can be tailored and personalized to suit individual students' unique learning needs. Today's learners, from primary school children to university students, are early adopters who respond intuitively to technological innovation.
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How we created an app for our district — and why you should, too
eSchool News
We've all heard the news and seen the numbers. Mobile technology is everywhere, connecting billions of people through smart phones, apps and tablets — and the industry is growing exponentially. The education sector is mirroring this trend, with tablets replacing textbooks and smart phones appearing in the backpacks of students as early as elementary school.
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Tech, education leaders talk STEM challenges
Politico
Education and tech leaders lauded the Obama administration's efforts to open the science, technology, engineering and math fields to more students — but said the resource challenges in underfunded schools remain a major hurdle. Tom Kalil, the White House's deputy director for technology and innovation, said the Obama administration's efforts include preparing and recruiting 100,000 new STEM teachers and opening opportunities to get more younger students interested in STEM.
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