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CoSN issues resources to complement K-12 education privacy toolkit
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CoSN unveiled two freestanding resources to accompany its in-depth, step-by-step privacy toolkit. Designed to help school system leaders navigate the complex federal laws and related issues, the complementary resources include: Launched in March through CoSN's Protecting Privacy in Connected Learning initiative, the existing toolkit addresses compliance with laws such as the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act and the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act and offers smart practices to better protect student privacy and their data. The security questions for online service providers were included in the v.1 toolkit.

"While the nationwide discussion continues about what privacy laws should be in place and what needs to be done to protect student privacy, school system technology leaders need immediate guidance on what steps they need to be taking. With the release of these two resources, CoSN is providing those leaders with specific, concrete steps they can take today toward better privacy," said Bob Moore, Co-Chair, Privacy Toolkit Committee, Founder, RJM Strategies LLC, and Former Chair, CoSN Board.

To access the new resources or to learn more about CoSN's privacy efforts, please visit: www.cosn.org/privacy.
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What do pop flies and education technology have in common?
EdTech Magazine
Anyone who has spent time watching Little League or even Major League baseball has seen this scenario: Two players converge on a pop-up, and at the last second they both pull away as the ball falls to the dirt. For many years, because technology was so complex, IT called the shots and schools would adapt to whatever tools would work in their environment. But in our current educational technology landscape, this is changing — rapidly.
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Investments decline as education technology grows up
TechCrunch
School may be out for summer, but the nation’s education-focused technology startups are still hitting the books, drumming up new business and new investments to capitalize on overwhelming demand for innovation from primary and secondary schools and colleges. New government initiatives are underway nationally — where education spending is expected to top $1 trillion — and internationally, cheaper technologies are making their way into the classroom, and venture capital firms are backing new companies targeting the market at an unprecedented clip.
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What's the impact of overzealous Internet filtering in schools?
MindShift
Not too long ago, a proposal to give some Nebraska students access to a digital library of books and magazines through the school district's website was thwarted by a district official who objected to students seeing those archetypal photos of naked breasts in National Geographic. While that may seem quaint, a new report from the American Library Association warns it's emblematic of an overzealous and damaging crackdown on websites by school districts that are misinterpreting the federal Children's Internet Protection Act of 2000.
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Report: 6 trends in pushing tech adoption in education
THE Journal
The Consortium for School Networking and the New Media Consortium have released the latest findings of the MNC Horizon Project, an ongoing research initiative "designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on teaching, learning and creative inquiry in education" according to information released by the organizations.

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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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Educational technology isn't leveling the playing field
Slate
The local name for the Philadelphia neighborhood of Kensington is "the Badlands," and with good reason. Pockmarked with empty lots and burned-out row houses, the area has an unemployment rate of 29 percent and a poverty rate of 90 percent. Just a few miles to the northwest, the genteel neighborhood of Chestnut Hill seems to belong to a different universe. Here, educated professionals shop the boutiques along Germantown Avenue and return home to gracious stone and brick houses, the average price of which hovers above $400,000.
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Do teachers need iPad training?
Edudemic
We have come to a point in the education technology journey where it seems rather dull to still be asking if the iPad is the right device for the classroom. The answer, in case you've missed the last few years of debate is that it is a great option, but this is not universally accepted and never will be. Nonetheless, one of the attributes you'll hear put forward is that it is easy to use because of the intuitive nature of iOS. This is absolutely true; you can put the iPad into the hands of almost any child and within a short period of time they will have mastered it.
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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.
 


LAUSD shifts gears on technology for students
Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles school district officials have allowed a group of high schools to choose from among six different laptop computers for their students — a marked contrast to last year's decision to give every pupil an iPad. Contracts that will come under final review by the Board of Education would authorize the purchase of one of six devices for each of the 27 high schools at a cost not to exceed $40 million. In the fall, administrators, teachers and students at those schools will test the laptops to determine whether they should be used going forward. What they learn will affect the future of an ongoing effort to provide computers for all students in the nation's second-largest school system.
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Report: 6 trends in pushing tech adoption in education
THE Journal
The Consortium for School Networking and the New Media Consortium have released the latest findings of the MNC Horizon Project, an ongoing research initiative "designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on teaching, learning and creative inquiry in education" according to information released by the organizations. In addition to six key trends, this year's report also looks into a half-dozen significant challenges and emerging technologies to watch for in the next one to five years.
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Technology in the classroom: Widening a digital divide or narrowing the achievement gap?
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Maureen Downey, a contributor for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, writes: "In the weeks before the International Society for Technology in Education conference in Atlanta concluding Tuesday, I received more than 20 emails from publicists suggesting interviews with makers of educational technology products/programs/software here to tout their wares. I stay away from education products in general on the blog because there are so many of them and there's little evidence — beyond the manufacturers' claims — they are transformative agents. While a lot of edtech stuff seems fun, I don't see compelling research that it has the capacity to close the achievement gap or remake U.S. schools."
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Schools mix 1-to-1 with a helping of BYOD
EdTech Magazine
Like many school districts, the Waxahachie Independent School District is always looking for ways to provide the best educational experience for its students, at the most reasonable cost. Technology — in particular, mobile technology — is a key component of the learning atmosphere leaders want to create in this 13-school district about 30 miles south of Dallas.
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