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Brush up on the Framework
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CoSN's Framework of Essential Skills of the K-12 CTO underlies everything we do. Created by and for experts, it provides an in-depth exploration of the diverse skills CTOs need to thrive in their professions. As you're gearing up for a new school year, be sure to get yourself back into the swing of things by brushing up on the Framework. It will also give you a leg up on your CETL preparations, as the CETL exam is directly based on the content of the Framework.
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Why some schools are selling all their iPads
The Atlantic
For an entire school year Hillsborough, New Jersey, educators undertook an experiment, asking: Is the iPad really the best device for interactive learning? It's a question that has been on many minds since 2010, when Apple released the iPad and schools began experimenting with it. The devices came along at a time when many school reformers were advocating to replace textbooks with online curricula and add creative apps to lessons. Some teachers welcomed the shift, which allowed their students to replace old poster-board presentations with narrated screencasts and review teacher-produced video lessons at any time.
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Survey says: 2.3 million tablets in US K-12 schools
EdSurge
Getting exact numbers for device adoption is an imprecise science. But according to Education Market Research, there are "approximately 13.2 million computing devices in K-12 schools, composed mainly of desktops (4.7 million), laptops (3.9 million), and tablets (2.3 million)." Chromebooks, it finds, "appears" to have surpassed the 1 million mark. And tablet spending is expected to increase by 8.6 percent during the 2014-2015 school year.
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Protecting Student Privacy Act sets limits on use of school data
THE Journal
Legislation introduced in the United States Senate would restrict the use of students' personal data for commercial purposes, limit the transfer of such data and require records to be kept of any entities that have access to students' information. The bipartisan Protecting Student Privacy Act, introduced today by Senators Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, would amend the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. It aims to slow the propagation of student information without parental consent, curb the use of student data in commercial applications and secure data held by private companies.
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Why some schools are selling all their iPads
The Atlantic
For an entire school year Hillsborough, New Jersey, educators undertook an experiment, asking: Is the iPad really the best device for interactive learning? It's a question that has been on many minds since 2010, when Apple released the iPad and schools began experimenting with it.

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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.

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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.

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How to get the most out of student-owned devices in any classroom
MindShift
Allowing students to bring their own devices to class can be a cost-effective way to quickly get access to the internet and to the many useful tools those devices carry. But students don't always get the chance to use their devices, especially in low-income schools. As we previously reported, a 2013 Pew study revealed that only 35 percent of teachers at the lowest income schools allow their students to look up information on their mobile devices, as compared to 52 percent of teachers at wealthier schools. And while 70 percent of teachers working in high-income areas say their schools do a good job providing resources and support to effectively integrate technology into the classroom, only 50 percent of teachers in low-income areas agree.
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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.
 


A $5 billion bounty: How to use E-rate support for Wi-Fi
eSchool News
The FCC's new E-rate rules set aside $5 billion over the next five years for the equipment needed to extend broadband access within schools and libraries, including routers, switches, wireless access points, wireless controllers and other Wi-Fi equipment. The new rules include changes that will spread this funding to a large number of applicants, ensuring support for schools that haven't received E-rate discounts on internal connections before.
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5 data protection policies for the new school year
eSchool News
Student data is a hot topic these days, and as the new school year kicks off, educators and school leaders are examining their data storage and data security practices to ensure that sensitive student information remains private and secured. Most school information security approaches are multi-layered and come together from different angles to offer protection from a variety of threats.
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    10 steps that protect the privacy of student data (THE Journal)
Can we strike 1-to-1 from the edu-dictionary? (Clayton Christensen Institute)
K-12 district leaders evolving into smarter ed-tech consumers (Education Week)
NAEP pilot study: Fourth-grade students ready for computer-based writing (NAEP)
3 new developments in K-12 technology integration (eSchool News)

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Rolling out blended learning
District Administration Magazine
Blended and online learning platforms are changing K-12 pedagogy by providing students with some control over their path, time, pace and place of learning. This sharp departure from the traditional factory-based model of teaching and learning is increasing student engagement and freeing up time so that teachers can provide one-on-one instruction with each of their students.
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Rethinking the K-12 wireless landscape with E-rate 2.0
EdTech Magazine
When the FCC approved E-rate 2.0, it must have felt a little like Christmas for some district technology directors. A divided FCC voted in July on a package of massive changes to its 18-year-old telecommunications subsidy program for schools and libraries. The newly revised E-rate adds $1 billion to target wireless broadband connections in schools and libraries, with another $1 billion the following year. It also eases the process for schools and libraries to apply for these funds and lowers the barrier of entry for high-poverty applicants.
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