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National education organizations launch effort to build a 'trusted learning environment' in US school systems
In today's technology-rich landscape, school systems across the country are tasked with protecting student data and effectively communicating privacy policies and related measures to parents and communities. To address this responsibility while harnessing the benefits of instructional technologies, CoSN launched a national endeavor alongside lead partners AASA — The School Superintendents Association, ASBO International and ASCD.
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Edtech purchasing: What CIOs need to know
District Administration Magazine
As the lines between instructional and technology budgets blur, CIOs can improve their district's procurement procedures to get what their classrooms need from an increasingly complex edtech market. "The number of product options out there is much larger than it was before, and having more to choose from makes it harder," says Phil Martin, the leader of education marketplace initiatives at the nonprofit Digital Promise, and co-author of the 2014 report "Improving Ed-Tech Purchasing." "There are a lot of products that can potentially help schools achieve their goals," but limited trusted information about them from independent studies, he adds.
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  Managing Student Desktops and BYOD
Whether supporting traditional desktops in the classroom or adopting BYOD initiatives, NetSupport School is the leading multiple platform classroom management software designed for monitoring Student activity on any Windows, Chrome, Android and iOS device. Download a trial license today and explore the wealth of assessment, monitoring and collaboration tools.

3 reasons to start school year paperless with Adobe Document Cloud
EdTech Magazine
It's that time again: Students, teachers and administrators are returning to school for another year of homework, reports, assignments and, yes, papers. Despite many businesses moving toward exclusively digital transactions, every day, educators are still dealing with tons of paperwork. From school field-trip waivers to syllabi agreements to student homework, an endless amount of paper is passed between teachers and students. The newly updated Adobe Document Cloud offers a few solutions that should make it easier for educators to streamline their paper world.
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It's time to ask how E-rate will impact learning outcomes
eSchool News (commentary)
E-rate, officially known as the Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund, was created to provide schools and libraries with an affordable way to obtain telecommunications, internet access and internet-related services. In the beginning, E-rate focused principally on telephone service, which was the most basic and universal way individuals communicated 20 years ago. While the focus on communication has remained, technology has changed radically throughout the past two decades. During this period, E-rate adapted by broadening the range of eligible services to include mobile phones, pagers, voicemail, email, school websites and basic collaboration tools.
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  CoSN's online courses
CoSN's online education program is the newest professional advancement opportunity for school district leaders. Our online courses target the skill areas in CoSN's Framework of Essential Skills of the K-12 CTO that addresses the goal of improved learning for 21st century learners.

CoSN's new course, Transition to the Role of a 21st Century District Education Technology Leader, is designed for technical or business executives considering a CTO position in a district. The course will provide the information needed to improve your understanding of the K-12 education landscape.

Technology lets students 'flip' the field trip
The Hechinger Report
Last spring, crowds of teenagers were let loose in Raleigh's North Carolina Museum of Art. No tour guides, no shushing teachers, just kids following their curiosity through the galleries. As they roamed, they used smartphones and tablets to upload images of the artworks into personalized, virtual exhibits they would later display to their fellow students. It was a field trip with a tech-y twist: For weeks leading up to the museum visit, these same kids had explored these same works of art on a social-media website, where they also posted sketches, ideas and peer critiques in preparation for their own art projects.
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Ready for the new school year? Get on top of these 4 education technology teaching trends
EdSurge (commentary)
The power of edtech is defined by what great teachers can do with the technology. Educators who transform classroom learning experiences are changing how they plan, communicate, provide feedback, and collaborate with their students. All of this is thanks to some powerful and clever edtech tools and resources.
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    Schools boost broadband to meet demand (District Administration Magazine)
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Overcoming the K-12 digital divide with education broadband (EdTech Magazine)
K-12 connectivity heatmap shows state schools in need of more bandwidth (EdTech Magazine)
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One-third of US schools now using clever secure software platform
Clever announced that one-third of K-12 schools in the United States have adopted its technology to secure student data. Founded by educators, Clever is a secure software platform that helps schools and students use learning software in the classroom. Schools use Clever to securely integrate their learning software with their Student Information Systems; Clever also allows students to log in to any application with a single click.
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Poll: 80 percent K-12 teachers say students understand information better when presented on paper than on tablet
The Paper and Packaging Board has released a new survey that explored the use of paper by US-based educators, students and parents, and its role in learning. Results revealed that despite the increasing popularity of digital technology in education, majority of Americans still prefer paper-based learning. The survey, "2015 The Annual Back-to-School Report," revealed that 91 percent of Americans still use paper on a daily basis, and most often in the form of books. In addition, 68 percent of students — aged 13 to 17 — carry books often. A majority of college students (82 percent) also rely on paper most of the time, particularly when preparing for an exam.
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The latest in meal payment software
District Administration Magazine
Serving meals in schools has changed dramatically over the last few decades. Many students suffer food allergies, and others don't have enough money in their lunch account. With the latest software, administrators and parents can access account balances, allergies and other important information from their computers or mobile devices. Breakfast and lunch menus, nutrition tables and purchases can be viewed in real-time. Parents can receive alerts when their student's account balance is low, and can add more funds.
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Back to school: 4 tools to keep students' devices charged all day
EdTech Magazine
Students across the country are beginning to return to school, and they'll need to keep their smartphones and tablets charged throughout the day. With the implementation of district-wide initiatives such as bring your own device and one-to-one, devices have become a vital part of the average school day — and they need to be charged. But not every school is equipped to give each student a dedicated plug.
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