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CETL Certification Program grows
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Nearly 100 ed tech leaders have now earned the CETL designation, and enthusiasm continues to grow for the program. We have five more exam administrations scheduled during the fall — check them out at www.cosn.org/certification, or schedule your own exam by contacting the certification team at certification@cosn.org!

Two of our CETLs, Anton Inglese and Jeremy Shorr, appeared on Edutalk Radio on Wednesday to discuss the program. Listen to a recording of the program to hear more about certification and its successes so far!
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CoSN 14 summer registration packages still available!
CoSN
The end of the summer is the perfect time to plan out some professional development for next year! Take advantage of our summer registration specials for our 2014 Annual Conference so you can be sure to join us in Washington, D.C., from March 19-22, 2014. The conference, Continuously Connected … Constantly Learning, will bring together ed tech leaders from around the country and the world to discuss how to use our hyper-connected world to improve teaching and learning.
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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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Obama pushes ambitious Internet access plan for schools
The Washington Post
A senior administration official said that if the idea had come up during the presidential campaign, it probably would have been abandoned because of the political risk. Democrats faced withering critiques in the 1990s for advocating gas taxes to fund roads and bridges, and then-Vice President Al Gore was put on the defensive over the "Gore tax," the 1996 law that gave the FCC the power to charge such fees.
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SchoolCIO Profile: Richard Culatta
Tech & Learning
When Richard Culatta was appointed director of the DOE's Office of Educational Technology, he had big shoes to fill. Karen Cator had held that position since November 2009, and had been a respected regular on the education conference speaking circuit, spreading her infectious optimism about how technology can transform learning. When Culatta spoke at the pre-ISTE SchoolCIO Summit in San Antonio, TX, in June 2013, he quickly convinced this audience of district-level leaders that the office would still have a passionate and well-informed spokesperson.
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Schools getting smart in use of smartphones
The Advocate
Most school districts limit or prohibit their students from using cellphones on campus. But two Louisiana schools in Tangipahoa Parish plan to use their students' smartphones for classroom instruction this coming school year. It's an experiment in smart technology that other school districts also are considering.
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St. Paul, Minn., school district's big tech vision starts small — by design
St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Public Schools in Minnesota is starting modestly on its ambitious plan to overhaul learning through technology. The district will spend the coming year laying the groundwork for the eight-year plan, funded with a $9 million-a-year levy increase taxpayers backed last fall. Most students and families won't notice major changes just yet.
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iPads expand time and space in schools
District Administration
Visit the classrooms of Burlington High School in the Burlington Public School District in Massachusetts and you'll see the school's two-year-old 1-to-1 iPad initiative in action. Some students might be taking notes using Evernote, rather than pen and paper. Others may be translating and recording first-aid terms for a Spanish lesson. A music class could be rehearsing with the Garage Band app.
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More schools use cellphones as learning tools
USA Today
Although schools have traditionally banned or limited cellphones in the classroom, 73 percent of Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers said their students use phones in the classroom or to complete assignments, according to a Pew Research Center study.
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Report: States could save millions by consolidating small districts
Education Week
Consolidating small school districts could save some states millions of dollars and offer possibilities for improving the efficiency of district management, according to a report from the Center for American Progress. The new report starts with a brief history of why district lines look so different state-to-state and even within states.

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400 US educators visit Mooresville, N.C., to learn how to digitally convert their schools
The Charlotte Observer
Raul Alanis Jr. sat at a table at Mooresville Intermediate School in North Carolina learning how to use blogs, discussion boards and Wiki as a teacher in Houston. His district is preparing to digitally convert his and 10 other high schools. So Alanis wanted to learn all he could at Mooresville Graded School District's fourth annual Summer Connection conference on using digital technology in the classroom.

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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 at the 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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New magnet program for tech-entrepreneurship education in the works
Miami Herald
Miami-Dade County Public Schools and Venture Hive, an accelerator and incubator for technology startups, are teaming up to create TEAM (Tech Entrepreneurship Accelerator Program), a new tech-entrepreneurship magnet program that will offer high school students the chance to intern with top tech startups."
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Creating your own eTextbooks for Common Core
eSchool News
In an effort to save schools and districts money that's often spent on outdated textbooks, many of which are not aligned with the Common Core State Standards, innovative educators and administrators are using online resources to create customized eTextbooks.
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Utah's Jordan School District using technology, local produce to beef up school lunch
Deseret News
Just before lunch begins, the first students at Fox Hollow Elementary in Utah began trickling into the school cafeteria. Within minutes, tables were filled with the din of frenzied conversation and plastic lunch trays sporting a feast of corn dog bites, french fries, milk and assorted fruits and vegetables. Amidst the hubbub, sixth-grade students Jason Holgate and Haden Bishop flicked through the pages of an iPad app breaking down the day's menu options at Fox Hollow and checking what the rest of the week had in store.
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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.
 


More schools giving kids iPads to make the most of apps
Detroit Free Press
In Zeeland in western Michigan, students have taken it home to watch their geometry teacher lecture. In Novi, students used it to design the chess pieces they created on a 3-D printer. And in New Haven, Mich., it's used to check out one of 30,000 books in a school library that is 80 percent electronic.
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More brains? Teaching STEM by studying zombies
U.S. News and World Report
Educators are trying to spark an interest in science, technology, engineering and math by linking STEM education to things many students already love: zombies, space travel, superheroes and crime investigations.
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