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CoSN applauds important E-rate progress
The Hechinger Report via CoSN
Last week, the FCC took an important step in its reform of the E-rate program, voting to move forward with a funding plan. CoSN released a statement in support of the FCC's decision, which you can read here. Stay tuned for updates on this crucial program as the school year draws nearer!
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How districts divvy up cloud services
EdTech Magazine
Some school leaders put everything in the cloud, while others eschew the technology altogether. "I probably fall in between the two extremes, because I certainly understand the benefits and the concerns," says Dr. Ramiro Zuniga, chief of technology for the Port Arthur Independent School District in Texas. Port Arthur ISD's cloud-based parent notification system, for example, lets him contact parents within seconds in case of emergency. "There's a tremendous benefit for something like that," he says.
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5 essential insights about mobile learning
MindShift
Just a few years ago, mobile devices were almost unheard of in classrooms. Over time, teachers and administrators have been experimenting with how to make mobile devices into powerful learning tools, and have come up with some strategies. A group of administrators from some of the first districts to pioneer Bring Your Own Device policies and other forms of mobile learning are now sharing their experiences with those hustling to get on board. The Consortium of School Networking, a professional group for district leaders, is trying to make that knowledge more widely available through its Mobile Learning Initiative.
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How to read education data without jumping to conclusions
The Atlantic
Education has entered the era of Big Data. The Internet is teeming with stories touting the latest groundbreaking studies on the science of learning and pedagogy. Education journalists are in a race to report these findings as they search for the magic formula that will save America's schools. But while most of this research is methodologically solid, not all of it is ready for immediate deployment in the classroom.
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The e-textbook transformation
District Administration Magazine
A new wave of e-textbooks is giving students more than just words and a few hotlinks on a digital page. Publishers over the last few years have been adding video, interactive maps and gamified quizzes designed to engage students more deeply in their learning.

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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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Schools rewiring to close digital gap
USA Today
The thousands of miles of wiring frantically being strung throughout America's schools this summer may look like everyday Internet cables. They're actually lifelines of high-speed learning. They are part of a more than $2 billion nationwide investment to close the gap between public school haves and have-nots, both of which are increasingly dependent on high-speed Internet to teach students. The bandwidth gap has become the new equality measurement plaguing schools, education experts warn. Stu Johnson, executive director of Connect Ohio, which advocates and monitors Internet accessibility in schools, says school technology will determine school success.
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The e-textbook transformation
District Administration Magazine
A new wave of e-textbooks is giving students more than just words and a few hotlinks on a digital page. Publishers over the last few years have been adding video, interactive maps and gamified quizzes designed to engage students more deeply in their learning. "Think of it as making the textbook a hands-on activity," says Andrew Miller, an ASCD faculty member and technology expert. "It's making the content come to life in a way that meets the needs of different learners — auditory learners, visual leaders, text-based learners."
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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.
 


7 PD tips for your instructional technology integration plan
eSchool News
The role of instructional technology in the classroom has steadily increased over the past decade. These advances include the use of computers and tablets in classrooms, over 300,000 K-12 students enrolled in fully online programs in the 2012-2013 school year, and the use of new instructional technological tools — including interactive whiteboards, digital light processing projectors and digital cameras.
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Where teaching meets technology
The Wall Street Journal
Scott Larsen's first assignment in front of a New York City classroom might have daunted even the most experienced educator: Lead a health class for high school seniors — the day before prom. Unfazed, Larsen had students watch video clips on their laptops of famous dances, from the Charleston to moves by actors John Travolta and Uma Thurman in the movie "Pulp Fiction." Then, he asked students to recreate the movements using an online interactive 3-D model of the body.
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What the FCC's E-rate proposal means for the future of education
National Journal
Recently, the Federal Communications Commission took a significant step toward addressing one of the greatest imperatives in education today: ensuring that every student has access to reliable broadband Internet and the learning opportunities it can provide. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposed E-rate Modernization Order would update the 18-year-old E-rate program, the federal initiative that provides discounted telecommunications and Internet access for schools and libraries in the United States.
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US Education Department offers tips to districts, states on social media use
Education Week
While most states and districts are either using or planning to use Twitter and Facebook, developing the capacity to use those social media platforms effectively — and to expand their presence on newer platforms — remains a challenge, according to research and related documents recently released by the U.S. Department of Education. In May, the department's Reform Support Network, which works to support states and districts that have won grants as part of the federal Race to the Top program, released the findings of a survey and follow-up research involving 23 states and 11 districts.
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Educational technology isn't leveling the playing field
The Hechinger Report
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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Texas district audit finds $2.7 million in unneeded technology
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
More than $2.7 million worth of computer equipment and technology purchased by the Fort Worth school district was either "unncessary" or is still sitting idle after seven years, an internal audit shows. The audit says the district paid $1.8 million for unneeded educational technology, then paid another $823,380 for software — never used — for business and personnel operations. The district also paid hundreds of thousands in annual maintenance fees on unused equipment.
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