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Register now for CoSN 2014!
CoSN
March is just around the corner, so we're offering a couple of summer registration packages for our 2014 Annual Conference, Continuously Connected…Constantly Learning. The conference will be held in Washington, DC from March 19-22, and will bring together ed tech visionaries from around the country. Register now to lock in your rate!
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Join us for the Florida CTO Clinic on July 26
CoSN
We're gearing up for the Florida CTO Clinic on July 26 in Tallahassee! Join us for this free professional development and networking opportunity with leaders from the region. Dr. Mark Edwards, Superintendent of Mooresville Graded School District and AASA's 2013 National Superintendent of the Year, will give an interactive keynote address about the top lessons he's learned in ed tech.
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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
 


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Education program's data collection on kids angers critics
NPR
The federal government has taken a beating recently for sticking its nose where many Americans believe it doesn't belong. We can add another complaint to the list: that the government is learning far too much about your kids by collecting student data. NPR's Cory Turner looked into that charge.
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Textbook publisher Cengage files bankruptcy to cut debt
Reuters
Textbook publisher Cengage Learning Inc. recently filed for bankruptcy protection as part of a prearranged restructuring it said would help it eliminate more than $4 billion of debt. The company, which was acquired in a 2007 leveraged buyout by private equity firm Apax Partners and Omers Capital Partners, sought Chapter 11 protection from creditors with the U.S. bankruptcy court.
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Tech challenges lead Oklahoma to opt out of PARCC exams
Education Week
Shortly after announcing their state would reverse course and scrap its plan to use new online common-core assessments being developed by the PARCC testing consortium, Oklahoma education officials described the daunting technological hurdles that helped drive their decision. A survey of the state's 1,773 schools found that just 1 in 5 had enough bandwidth and a sufficient number of digital devices to successfully administer the exams, said Sherry Fair, executive director of communications for the Oklahoma State Department of Education.
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Frustrated school technology staffs worried about assessment plans, mixed message from state level
The Daily Ardmoreite
Superintendent Janet Barresi announced on July 1 that Oklahoma would not participate in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers assessments based on the Common Core Standards. Districts have spent the last few years preparing for the technology standards as outlined by PARCC. Barresi claims that schools' technology infrastructure is a main reason for the change. According to the Associated Press, Barresi cites the computer glitches during spring testing as an example of technology infrastructure issues.
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ConnectEd: Digital technology initiative modernizes US schools
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The United States' image as a digital innovator does not match the level of high-tech educational opportunities offered in its classrooms. Namely, millions of students lack access to the high-speed broadband Internet that supports learning digital technology. Furthermore, less than 20 percent of educators across the country say their school's Internet connection meets their teaching needs. 

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FCC proposal to modernize e-Rate program gathers momentum
Education Week
Mignon L. Clyburn, 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. An overriding goal of Clyburn's proposal is to increase schools' and libraries' access to high-speed Internet access.

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Minnesota school district's test shows iPads boosted education in many classrooms
StarTribune
A new report shows that the Lakeville 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 Resarch report.

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20 new curriculum software products for schools
eSchool News
At the 2013 International Society for Technology in Education conference in San Antonio, a number of ed-tech companies introduced new curriculum software products, or enhancements to existing curriculum software. Here are some of the highlights. Benesse America announced that schools can sign up for free, three-month pilot licenses of its StraightAce supplementary eLearning system for middle school math and language arts (grades 6-8). The curriculum can be used on virtually any device, the company says — including computers, tablets and even smartphones — and Benesse claims that 15 minutes of use per day can lead to higher test scores.
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10 interactive whiteboard 'don'ts'
THE Journal
When it comes to interactive whiteboards, nearly everybody has heard a horror story. You know, like the one about some ignorant teacher who grabbed the nearest magic marker and began scribbling a lesson all over that inviting, shiny surface. Using IWBs as mere dry erase boards may be an obvious misuse, but it is by no means the only one. These "worst practices" generally stem from failing to understand what whiteboards can really do in the classroom. Here, several educational technology leaders share the top 10 most common "don'ts" for teachers using an IWB.
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How school technology departments keep 1-to-1 programs online
StateImpact Indiana
Schools across the country are launching one-to-one programs that put an iPad, laptop or other device in the hands of every student. But when it comes to technology, accidents happen: Screens crack, keyboards break, components fail. So what happens when a damaged device belongs to a school corporation?
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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.
 


Important steps in a mobile learning initiative
eSchool News
Having a clear vision when contemplating a school or district mobile learning program, as well as being flexible when building that program, are two essential steps if school technology leaders want to bring a mobile learning initiative to fruition. During an edWeb.com webinar on mobile learning, Scott Newcomb, a teacher at St. Marys Intermediate School in Ohio and themobilenative.org blogger, shared experiences and tips he has gained in the five years that his school has operated a "bring your own device" mobile learning initiative.
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6 steps for curbing email miscommunication
Tech & Learning Magazine
How many times have you sent an email and immediately regretted doing so after pushing the send button? How many times have you sent an email, and the receiver of that email got it all wrong about what you meant to say? The media is replete with stories of politicians, public officials and celebrities who make the news because they sent an insensitive email or distasteful joke. When these things happen, the problem isn't with the email. It does what it's supposed to do. The problem is a lack of mindfulness when reading, composing and sending email.
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Everything you need to know about Common Core testing
THE Journal
The words, "When in doubt, just pick B," uttered by teachers, parents and students, have been part of standardized testing folklore for many years. As many current state-level accountability measures are dominated by multiple-choice questions with only four options, guessing has seemed almost strategic. Well, things are about to change.
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6 education technology tips for district CIOs
eSchool News
Technology is essential for today's students to succeed in a mobile world — few, if any, would argue that. But how can school administrators, and district CIOs in particular, adapt to ed-tech's fast pace while still maintaining a secure and productive district networking environment? Here, Gregory Smith, ASCD's new and first-ever chief technology officer, talks to eSchool News about six essential things district CIOs must consider as they move to develop and implement innovative ed-tech solutions.
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Study: Technology in the classroom helps writing (sort of)
The Washington Post
Technology in the classroom has made students better collaborators, but not necessarily better writers, a new study says. The survey by Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project found that most teachers thought the use of technology — from tablet devices to Google Docs — encouraged collaboration among students in middle and high schools. But teachers were worried about students using informal language and improper citations in their writing.
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