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CoSN's advocacy efforts recognized
CoSN
We're proud to be on this year's "smart list" of 40 advocacy organizations who are making a difference! Thanks to Getting Smart for the recognition. As we gear up for another school year, we'll continue to advocate for student success and lead the ed tech conversation.
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Have you downloaded our free CTG Toolkit yet?
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CoSN's Closing the Gap: Turning Data into Action project gives educators the resources they need to strengthen their learning and teaching using data. They recently released a free Professional Development Toolkit that provides educators with a curricular plan to use data in every step of their day. Download the Toolkit now!
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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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The perils of online college learning
Los Angeles Times
Let it not be said that San Jose State University hasn't taught the world a valuable lesson in the promises and pitfalls of the fancy new craze for online university learning. The Cal State University campus set itself up as a pioneer in the field in January, when it announced plans to enroll up to 300 students in three introductory online courses; the fee would be $150, a deep discount from the usual cost of more than $2,000. Two weeks ago the results of the experiment came in. More than half the students flunked.
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What big data means for K-12
EdTech
Want to see what K–12 big data looks like? A good place to start might be North Carolina's Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools system and its 141,000 students. Multiply that figure by the ­number of data points about each of those students that the district captures — names, addresses, ­sibling relationships, ethnicity, ­attendance, disciplinary issues, and performance on ongoing formative assessments and high-stakes tests, among others — and it's easy to see how processing, integrating and analyzing so much information could become challenging.
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Ed-tech chief posits 5 innovation questions for schools
Education Week
School leaders who are trying to use technology to promote innovation in the classroom should consider five critical questions, according to Richard Culatta, director of the Office of Educational Technology for the U.S. Department of Education. Culatta spoke recently at Summer Connection 2013, the Mooresville, N.C., school district's three-day intensive training on digital conversion that attracted 400 school officials from across the country.
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400 US educators visit Mooresville, N.C., to learn how to digitally convert their schools
The Charlotte Observer
As U.S. schools shift to more digital-based learning, Mooresville, N.C., has been a national model because of its digital conversion and high academic achievement rates. During a June visit, President Barack Obama unveiled a plan to connect nearly every U.S. classroom to high-speed broadband and wireless Internet over the next five years.
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FCC official calls for schools to chip in to receive E-rate money
Education Week
The lone Republican on the Federal Communications Commission has unveiled a proposal to make the E-rate program more transparent and less bureaucratic, while also requiring schools to chip in one dollar for every three dollars they receive through the program. Commissioner Ajit Pai put forward his proposal during a recent speech at the American Enterprise Institute, a think thank in Washington, just days before the FCC is scheduled to hold an open meeting to discuss potentially major changes to the program.
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How Skype became the ultimate free teaching tool
Co.Exist
Connecting kids to lots of interesting experiences has become a lot easier with Skype in the Classroom, a program from the online phone service that connects students with guest speakers and other students around the world.
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The 10 free tech tools your class should be using
THE Journal
Even the most tech savvy teachers face challenges when it comes to selecting and implementing the right tools to enhance instruction. One of the biggest: Engaging students in rigorous and relevant learning using tools they're already accustomed to amidst the ocean of potential distractions provided by the Web. Overcoming this obstacle requires developing fresh and exciting projects that utilize these tools.
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The 10 free tech tools your class should be using
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Even the most tech savvy teachers face challenges when it comes to selecting and implementing the right tools to enhance instruction. One of the biggest: Engaging students in rigorous and relevant learning using tools they're already accustomed to amidst the ocean of potential distractions provided by the Web.

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

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FCC: Feedback requested for reforming E-Rate
EdSurge
On July 23, the FCC released its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, a 175-page document outlining categories of E-Rate policy that are up for discussion and reform as they begin the process of overhauling the whole program.
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Infographic: Teachers and administrators want more classroom technology
eSchool News
According to a new national online survey, 92 percent of teachers polled said they would like to use more educational technology in the classroom, highlighting the growing national understanding that educational technology isn't optional, it's essential.
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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.
 


Google hosts Geek Street Fair for tech education in New York
The Epoch Times
Crowds of children filled the circle of tents at 14th Street Park in New York City on July 31 for the Geek Street Fair, hosted by Google. Some played melodies with electronic gloves lined with metallic strips, others tinkered with robotic LEGO kits, while some played at a booth with video games. The event was intended to kindle interest in science, technology, engineering, and math.
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California committed to move forward with Common Core tests as planned
EdSource
Georgia last week became the fifth state to pull out of the nationwide efforts to create the same tests for the new Common Core standards. Indiana is in the process of withdrawing, Florida lawmakers have serious misgivings, notwithstanding full support of former Gov. Jeb Bush, and other states are indicating they may go their own way over concerns of cost and curricular independence. California is not one of the doubters.
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Back-to-school tax-free weekend will include technology this year in Florida
WTVJ-TV
Florida's three-day tax holiday is back and legislators are adding a few new items to their list of school supplies. Florida legislators have expanded sales tax exemptions this year to tech tools like personal computers, e-readers, tablets, software and accessories that cost up to $750, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.
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Can 3-D printers revolutionize education?
redOrbit
Twelve teams of Michigan teachers are visiting Michigan Technological University to get some hands-on experience with 3-D printing technology. There they'll learn about the emerging trend of creating tangible objects from 3-D Computer Aided Design models and even build their own units to take back to the classroom with them.
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