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CoSN releases Horizon Report Toolkit
CoSN
Last week, CoSN and NMC released the "CoSN Horizon Report: 2013 K-12 Edition Toolkit," a new resource which accompanies the "NMC Horizon Report > 2013 K-12 Edition." The Toolkit will help district leaders utilize the Horizon Report as they work to create 21st century learning environments.

The Horizon Report and Toolkit provide ed tech leaders, policymakers, and other stakeholders with insights into ed tech trends and set guidelines about how to facilitate technology discussions and leverage emerging technologies for student success. The Toolkit is divided into four components which can be used to structure a discussion: a presentation template, discussion facilitators' guide, discussion activities and feedback form.

Download your free Toolkit today at www.cosn.org/horizon!
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Just a few more weeks to submit presentations for the 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 this month!
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. Register now!
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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
 


ED TECH HEADLINES


Connecting teachers and students to the best digital tools
Edutopia
The recent news about ConnectEd, a federal initiative to get Internet connectivity and the technology to use it into America's classrooms, is full of promise for today's students. But overcoming barriers to access is only part of the challenge of unlocking educational technology's potential to transform teaching and learning.
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A key priority for ed-tech leaders: Meeting Common Core needs
eSchool News
School superintendents and curriculum directors aren't the only K-12 administrators worried about the changes being ushered in with the Common Core standards: In a recent survey, 83 percent of ed-tech leaders said preparing for Common Core assessments is among their top three priorities — and 62 percent fear they won't have enough IT infrastructure to support online testing.
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5 solutions for your tablet management woes
THE Journal
At the end of the 2010-2011 school year, the San Diego Unified School District had 10,000 iPads in use and was set to add 18,000 more the next semester. Teachers and students were enthusiastic about using the devices, yet the district faced a serious problem: Teachers were reporting to the instructional technology team that using Apple Configurator and mobile sync stations to add new content to 30 iPads at a time wasn't working well.
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How to improve the e-Rate
eSchool News
The United States is credited with bringing forth some of the greatest technologies of our time — technologies that are being used today to raise the standard of education for people of all ages, in all circumstances, all around the globe. As a nation, we must take steps to ensure that students and teachers in the United States can benefit from these same resources.
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FCC proposal to modernize e-Rate program gathers momentum
Education Week
The acting chair of the Federal Communications Commission recently took initial steps in what is expected to be a broad effort to remake the federal e-Rate program and provide schools with faster online connectivity, putting forward a proposal that mirrors goals outlined by President Barack Obama.
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Minnesota school district's test shows iPads boosted education in many classrooms
StarTribune
A new report shows that a Minnesota school district's investment in technology is paying off in terms of student learning and motivation. Of the 31 classrooms or programs that completed research on newly issued iPads last year, 23 reported increases in student engagement, 24 reported that student motivation went up and 20 observed gains in student learning, according to the "iLearn Research" report, discussed at the recent school board meeting.
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Connecting teachers and students to the best digital tools
Edutopia
The recent news about ConnectEd, a federal initiative to get Internet connectivity and the technology to use it into America's classrooms, is full of promise for today's students. But overcoming barriers to access is only part of the challenge of unlocking educational technology's potential to transform teaching and learning.

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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.

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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.

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Students speak up: Trust us with devices
MindShift
Ten-year-old Jude Koster of Dallas said that he could show his teachers a thing or two on his iPod Touch or 3DS. Koster creates stop-motion animations and videos with original storylines and can cut, crop and blend digital photos he takes himself, too, all of which he taught himself how to do in his limited weekly screen time outside of school, says his mother Wendy Koster. While fourth grade didn't lend itself to much of an opportunity to use digital devices in his classroom — other than a few iPad games at the end of the year — computer use wasn't a large part of Koster's class time at his Montessori school. But Koster said his teachers may not realize what he's able to do with digital technology outside of the classroom.
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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.
 


iPads in the classroom: Worth doing right
InformationWeek
Simply purchasing slick devices like iPads for the classroom is hardly a recipe for educational success. The temptation to do so is a symptom of an exciting, and perhaps confusing, time in educational technology. Never have students at all grades been more tech savvy, and never have educators had such an astounding range of technical resources available to them for pedagogical use. Let's talk about why iPad programs don't always succeed.
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Your child's data is stored in the cloud
CNNMoney
Your child's school knows just about everything about your kid. Now, many school districts are storing all that information in the cloud. Nonprofit inBloom offers an Internet database service that allows schools to store, track and analyze data on schoolchildren. If you think about it, that information is more than just test scores.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Obama pushes faster Internet, more tech funding for schools (Education Week)
Study gauges value of technology in schools (The New York Times)
Debating iPads or Chromebooks for 1:1? Why not both? (THE Journal)
LAUSD spending $30 million to buy 30,000 iPads for students (San Jose Mercury News)
New assessments are coming; is your district ready? (Tech & Learning)

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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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Forget ROI, here's the 5-step tech investment plan districts should be using
THE Journal
Stop me if you've heard this one before. "Show me the ROI of technology in education, and then I will support your budget," says the chair of your school board. "Businesses show the return on investment for technology — why can't our district?" This has become an increasingly common question in today's challenging fiscal environment, where the "new normal" makes for tight budgets. In fact, the Consortium for School Networking's 2013 IT Leadership Survey found that 80 percent of school district IT leaders predict flat or declining IT budgets for the upcoming year.
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