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Ed tech bill up for debate in Senate
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CoSN is working to advance its policy agenda and gain support for the amendment offered by Sens. King and Capito to expand out of school broadband access. We issued a statement in support of the amendment and activated our Advocacy Network to get messages into the Senate. Please contact your Senators today using our sample letter (no registration required). Time is very short, so act now!
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Download new report: 'Trends in Digital Learning: Empowering Innovative Classroom Models for Learning'
Blackboard
Blended learning is helping educators nationwide close the achievement gap and give their students the skills to compete and contribute to the global economy. In this year's Project Tomorrow trends report you'll:
  • Get the latest data on technology adoption and perceptions;
  • Discover how teachers are transforming classrooms with digital tools;
  • Explore how administrators, students and teachers evaluate the impact of technology to ignite student achievement.
Download the trends report now for an in-depth look at how blended learning is driving more engaging and effective learning experiences.

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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  Managing Student Desktops and BYOD
Whether supporting traditional desktops in the classroom or adopting BYOD initiatives, NetSupport School is the leading multiple platform classroom management software designed for monitoring Student activity on any Windows, Chrome, Android and iOS device. Download a trial license today and explore the wealth of assessment, monitoring and collaboration tools.
 


A leader's guide to technology implementations
eSchool News
Establishing a shared vision around a technology initiative is one of the most important success factors for that initiative, according to a panel of administrators from around the country who gathered at ISTE 2015 in Philadelphia to discuss a leadership roadmap to successful technology integration. The panel was based around ISTE's Essential Conditions, which are 14 necessary conditions for effectively leveraging technology. The conditions fall under the categories of people, policy and resources.
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Gates Foundation gives millions to fund education technology innovation in K-12 education
Education World
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has given a $5.1 million grant to Chicago's LEAP Innovations to lead an initiative that will evaluate the current state of Edtech and drive collaboration among edtech evaluators across the country. The move is in response to the need to find ways to better prepare K-12 students for the 21st century world.
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Hot areas for education technology investment in 2015
K-12 TechDecisions
Investment in educational technology has exploded over the past few years, with ed tech companies raising more than $1.36 billion in 2014, according to an Edsurge analysis. This figure accounts for 201 rounds of funding that raised money from nearly 400 unique investors. The largest deals were made in the areas of curriculum products, teacher needs, school operations, post-secondary and "other."
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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.
 


Report: Technology purchases driving up back-to-school budgets
THE Journal
Parents are spending more on school supplies this year, mostly for technology purchases, according to a new Consumer Pulse report from Rubicon Project. The survey, "Back-to-School Consumer Pulse Poll," was conducted online in mid-June 2015 and collected responses from 1000 parents of K-12 and college students. It found that 56 percent of parents plan to spend more money on school supplies compared to last year, with K-12 parents planning to spend an average of $873 per child, and college parents planning to spend an average of $1,124 per student.
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Single-pane-of-glass network visibility eases K-12 BYOD management
EdTech Magazine
As soon as Sarasota County, Florida, schools began experimenting with a bring-your-own-device program, students, faculty and administrators could finally connect to the district's guest network. But not everyone's problems were solved. "Students and staff bringing their personal devices onto the network aren't really guests," says Joe Binswanger, the district's director of information technology. "The guest network was just a straight tunnel out to the Internet. It was very vanilla: very locked-down, very filtered."
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How technology can help beat the heat in unairconditioned classrooms
Tech&Learning
Lisa Nielsen, a contributor for Tech&Learning, writes: "I work in one richest cities in America, though you might not know it if you stepped into one of our schools at the end of the school year. That's because we still haven’t figured out air conditioning for all our public school students. This recent NYTimes article addresses the long-time issue which was also covered 16 years prior in this NYTimes article."
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How connected are your state's classrooms? Check out this map
eSchool News
As efforts to increase bandwidth and internet connectivity in K-12 schools grow, a new report from CDW-G, based on a survey of 400 K-12 IT professionals, reveals just how connected — or not — the nation's classrooms are today. The "CDW-G K-12 Connected Heat Map" outlines wired and wireless connectivity in a state-by-state display. The map is an ongoing project and CDW-G is asking schools to fill in their details to help make it more complete. Currently, there is not enough data to shade several states in the midwest and west.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    What education technology could look like over the next 5 years (MindShift)
Maximizing your education apps (District Administration Magazine)
Survey: 97 percent of educators use some form of digital content, but frequency lags (Tech&Learning)
Ed-tech reboot (Scholastic Administration Magazine)
A look at summer MOOCs for K-12 students (By: Archita Datta Majumdar)

Don't be left behind. Click here to see what else you missed.


The print-digital transition
Scholastic Administration Magazine
There's a revolution afoot in our nation's schools: the departure of print resources and the arrival of digital content. For more than 10 years, the digital wave has gained strength and momentum — fueled by 1:1 initiatives, improvements to bandwidth and infrastructure, and the technological modernization of society. The traditional textbook isn't dead, but its shelf life — so to speak — is dwindling.
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How to use technology to supplement Common Core
Education World
Monica Burns, an edTech and curriculum consultant, shared with Edutopia several tips for educators on how to best use technology to help students learn Common Core standards and therefore learn the best ways to be prepared for college and career. "As we prepare students for life beyond the classroom, including digital tools in our instruction and making connections to technology in the real world is absolutely essential," Burns said.
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