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Summer's the perfect time to dive into CETL preparation
CoSN
You've got a few more weeks until school starts back up, so why not enhance your career this summer by studying for the CETL exam? Studying is now easier than ever thanks to our Online Collaborative Learning Site, which will guide you through the lessons you need to become a CETL. Based directly on our Framework of Essential Skills, the 11-module site will put exam prep right at your fingertips. Reach out to certification@cosn.org to get connected with a study group of your peers!
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K-12 district leaders evolving into smarter ed-tech consumers
Education Week
School leaders debating whether to buy educational technology often find themselves weighing the promised benefits against their worst fears — soaring costs, disruptive breakdowns, and befuddled teachers and students — not knowing whether they're about to make a purchase their districts will come to regret. Now, nascent efforts in schools and districts across the country are underway to help administrators become smarter consumers of technology, so they understand the risks and rewards upfront.
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NAEP pilot study: Fourth-grade students ready for computer-based writing
NAEP
Computers are becoming increasingly important in today's classrooms as tools for both teaching and learning, but little is known about the knowledge and skills of elementary students in large-scale computer-based writing assessments. The Grade 4 Writing Computer-Based Assessment study was conducted to determine if fourth-grade students could effectively demonstrate their writing knowledge and skills during a computer-delivered assessment.
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Can we strike 1-to-1 from the edu-dictionary?
Clayton Christensen Institute
More often than not, when I ask school systems and principals about their approach to instructional technology, I hear one of two things. A victorious "We're a 1-to-1 school!" Or a sheepish, "We're not a 1-to-1 environment. We're just not there yet." A 1-to-1 laptop or iPad roll out is not, however, a new instructional model. Yes, some sort of hardware is required to implement blended learning. And certainly some blended-learning models — like the Flex or Individual Rotation — lend themselves to ensuring that all students have computers or tablets at their fingertips throughout the day.
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K-12 district leaders evolving into smarter ed-tech consumers
Education Week
School leaders debating whether to buy educational technology often find themselves weighing the promised benefits against their worst fears — soaring costs, disruptive breakdowns, and befuddled teachers and students — not knowing whether they're about to make a purchase their districts will come to regret.

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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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10 steps that protect the privacy of student data
THE Journal
Over the past year, data privacy has become a top concern of parents and policymakers. Lead news stories on national security surveillance and the theft of department store credit card information have heightened awareness of the issue and escalated the debate on the political right and left. In education, concerns about privacy were a contributing factor to the failure of the inBloom effort.
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3 new developments in K-12 technology integration
eSchool News
Technology skills for students and educators are essential for college and workforce success, particularly in an increasingly global economy. But how does technology integration match up with education leaders' goals? Bring your own device initiatives continue to increase across the nation, and an annual school technology survey reveals that BYOD use or immediate planned use in secondary schools jumped from 60 percent in 2013 to 66 percent in 2014.
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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.
 


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Smart energy technology saves money
District Administration Magazine
With new, smarter building technology to control energy use, school leaders can reduce their carbon footprint and use the money saved to fund projects that may have suffered from budget cuts. U.S. schools spend more on energy than they do "on computers and textbooks combined," according to a past report by Energy Star. "As much as 30 percent of a district's total energy is used inefficiently or unnecessarily," the report states.
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Accessing multimedia using QR codes
Edutopia
Students of all ages are required to read text for a variety of purposes. With a large emphasis placed on teaching skills that help children tackle nonfiction, it's important to think about the different ways that students are gathering facts and details as they take in information. Teachers need to think beyond traditional text and make sure that their students have the necessary skills for processing, evaluating and comprehending multimedia.
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