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Congress may be nearing its summer recess, but our advocacy work won't stop. Visit http://cosn.org/advocacy to sign up for the CoSN Advocacy Network and get up-to-the-minute information about ed tech happenings on Capitol Hill. Recent developments include:
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Google classroom offers application programming interface preview for better instruction, learning
iSchoolGuide
Google Classroom is providing new tools for administrators, teachers and developers through a preview of its new Application Programming Interface. The preview will be offered until the end of July, and will allow administrators to "provision and populate classes" for their teachers, set up tools to integrate the student data with Classroom and obtain information as to which courses are being administered in their domain.
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  Managing Student Desktops and BYOD
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Education technology empowers students to 'change the world'
District Administration Magazine
Students in coming years will create their own educational content, 3-D printing will become mainstream and wearable technology will put more demand on school Wi-Fi networks, according to a study released in June by the New Media Consortium and the Consortium for School Networking.
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White House 'Connect Home' pilot program brings Internet to low-income children
iSchoolGuide
The White House announced recently a broad initiative that will bring high-speed Internet access to over 275,000 low-income families nationwide. The Obama administration said the pilot program will be launched in 27 cities, including Boston, New York, and Seattle, and Oklahoma's Choctaw Tribal Nation. The effort will initially connect almost 200,000 kids to the Internet.
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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.
 


Should body cameras be used at schools?
EdTech Magazine
Body cameras are changing the way police activity is monitored. But should that same level of oversight be applied to school principals and administrators? Cameras at schools and on school buses have become commonplace, but recording an administrator's everyday conversations with teachers, parents and students is moving into new territory. The 4,300-student Burlington Community School District in Iowa plans to use body cameras at schools, clipped to the ties and lanyards of its principals and administrators.
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Are interactive books in the future for learning?
Education World
As classrooms become digitalized, the Hechinger Report looks at the current place — and future — of "transmedia" books, or hybrid books that are meant to be both read and watched. "Welcome to the Brave New World of reading, the clickable, interactive future of books. Just as digital technology is transforming our work, our social lives and our family ties, it's transforming the slow, solitary act of reading. Think beyond paper vs. pixels — this cuts to the very core of what it means to read a book," the article said.
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Project Connect takes action to support K-12 libraries, librarians
Tech&Learning
Project Connect has announced new initiatives designed to support the cause of future-ready libraries and librarians. The organization's Library Leadership Committee held its first round of think-tank sessions at the ISTE 2015 Conference in Philadelphia, where the team developed plans to advocate for school library programs through the promotion of innovative and progressive models in use around the country.
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New York City schools ask students to 'bring your own devices'
The Hechinger Report
Amy Thiam, a fourth-grader at Harlem's P.S. 129, is staring at her cellphone in class — just as her teacher instructed. She's typing questions about their recent lesson on Native Americans into school software. Later, her classmates will share their questions and they'll answer them together. These students in Stacey Nealy's and Ryann Geldner's classroom only began using their cellphones in class the day before, in early June, but they had no trouble adjusting.
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iPads in the classroom: The right questions you should ask
Edudemic
The pressure is on to make sure the education of U.S. students is on track with their global peers. Unfortunately, according to a 2015 report by Pew Research Center, that's not the case, particularly in the areas of science and math. It's no wonder, then, that in the quest for educational advancement, teachers want their students to have access to the newest, theories, processes and technologies to help the students excel. One of the most popular technologies has been the introduction of tablets, particularly, iPads, in the classroom.
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4 apps that make writing with an iPad possible
eSchool News
Tablets are a fantastic tool for media creation. But when it comes to more traditional needs, like writing, laptop or desktop computers are still the way to go (or so the conventional wisdom says). But as it turns out, tablets are extremely versatile tools for supporting writing instruction in the classroom, for everyone from our littlest learners to high schoolers and beyond. Why use tablets for student writing? Research indicates that using digital tools in teaching student writing encourages students to be more invested in their writing, facilitates collaboration, encourages creativity and personal expression, and allows students to share their work with a wider and more varied audience.
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Digital literacy yields test gains, better behavior
District Administration Magazine
Test scores have improved and online bullying incidents have been virtually eliminated at a California school that added weekly digital literacy instruction to its curriculum five years ago. In response to an online bullying incident in 2010, parent Diana Garber and Journey School, a public K-8 charter with 400 students in California's Capistrano USD, created the Cyber Civics curriculum for the middle school grades.
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