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Happy Labor Day from CoSN!
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It's hard to believe that this summer went by so fast. By now, you're all back to work planning another successful school year. Remember that CoSN is here to help! Stay tuned for new resources from our initiatives and jump-start your professional development by registering for CoSN15. Enjoy this long weekend and diving into a new school year! We have a feeling the 2014-2015 one is going to bring big things.
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Join us for an E-rate Webinar on Sept. 23
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E-rate reform continues to be one of the biggest issues facing ed tech leaders nationwide. We're filling you in on the changes that have been made to the program with a special webinar, The New E-rate: What School Districts Need to Know. In July, the FCC approved important changes to the E-rate program, and CoSN is working with key education partners to develop and submit comments on your behalf. The new program identified changes in three major areas — 1) closing the Wi-Fi gap, 2) maximizing E-rate spending, and 3) making the E-rate administration and application processes more efficient. What are the details you need to know? Where do you start and how do you leverage the new regulations to get the most out of the E-rate program?

We'll answer all these questions in our webinar on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 1 p.m. ET. Stay tuned for registration instructions, or email info@cosn.org with questions!

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Use BYOD strategies to prepare for BYOA
District Administration Magazine
Just when you thought you had devices figured out, it’s becoming apparent that apps are a new, true threat. BYOD has led to BYOA — bring-your-own-app — and focus must now shift from devices to software. Perhaps even more so than devices, apps are proving serious threats to school IT networks, especially as students and teachers become increasingly dependent on them. All of the data being uploaded, downloaded and streamed through these apps can put great strain on those networks and open them up to security threats.
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Arkansas might be the first state to connect all its schools to broadband
Government Executive
A national nonprofit group that works to boost Internet connectivity in schools thinks that Arkansas could be the first state in the country to meet national ConnectED goals to link every student to high-speed broadband. And it's helping officials in the Natural State study how to do it in a cost-effective way. Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe announced a new partnership between his state's Arkansas Department of Education and EducationSuperHighway, which has already performed an initial study of broadband spending and core functionalities of digital learning in the state's public schools.
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Leveraging technology to determine school vision
By: Thomas Van Soelen
Many schools struggle in creating and reviewing core documents — e.g., mission, vision, purpose, beliefs, core values) with internal stakeholders. Therefore, when it comes to asking for external stakeholder input, it is deemed nearly impossible. Jeff Homan, principal of The Main Street Academy, a start-up K-8 charter school in College Park, Georgia, leveraged technology as the school revisited its core documents in preparation for both an accreditation visit and a rechartering process with the local school district, both occurring every five years.
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Schools eye mobile content management
EdTech Magazine
Financially challenged school districts do the best they can with mobile device management, often using core wireless networking system tools to manage tablets and smartphones. That's the tactic Washington County Public Schools in Hagerstown, Md., takes. Jim Corns, chief operations officer for instructional technology for the district, relies on the MDM tools within the Cisco Meraki network to remotely wipe lost or stolen devices and reset passwords. The district uses Google Drive for secure content management.
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Use BYOD strategies to prepare for BYOA
District Administration Magazine
Just when you thought you had devices figured out, it's becoming apparent that apps are a new, true threat. BYOD has led to BYOA — bring-your-own-app — and focus must now shift from devices to software.

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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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10 privacy steps for every district
eSchool News
It can be a challenge for school districts to navigate federal privacy laws, such as the Family Education Rights & Privacy Act, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. With all of the confusion and uncertainty regarding privacy, it can be difficult for school technology leaders to know what they can or should be doing. As schools reopen this fall, the following 10 steps lay outline a plan to get ahead of rising privacy concerns.
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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.
 


3 different ways to go 1:1
Scholastic Administrator Magazine
As most districts know, simply outfitting kids with the latest devices as part of a 1:1 push won't boost achievement. Unless you find the right tool to help students excel at learning, you could spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on high-tech pencils. Three district administrators told us how they made their decisions — and what you need to know to make yours.
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Report: IT leaders need to improve reporting on security investments
THE Journal
With the advent of malicious software that can be purchased online and an underground infrastructure that can be used to set off targeted attacks, cyber security threats are becoming more "democratized," and therefore more likely to gain visibility beyond the walls of the data center. That can lead to more enlightened thinking among executive management about investing in security measures, said Research Director Lawrence Pingree during a Gartner security and risk management summit being held in Australia. At the same time, however, IT leaders may not be doing the best job at communicating how the new risks tie into the organization or justifying security investments.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Why some schools are selling all their iPads (The Atlantic)
Survey says: 2.3 million tablets in US K-12 schools (EdSurge)
Protecting Student Privacy Act sets limits on use of school data (THE Journal)
How to get the most out of student-owned devices in any classroom (MindShift)
A $5 billion bounty: How to use E-rate support for Wi-Fi (eSchool News)

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Trust, equity and student-centered learning with fourth-graders
MindShift
School administrators are looking to Bring Your Own Device policies as a way to bring technology resources in the community to bear in the classroom when there is little funding for classroom devices. School districts that can afford it are opting to issue school-owned devices to students that stay at school. But the drawback to these types of one-to-one programs is that they don’t allow for anytime/anywhere learning. This article focuses on a fourth grade teacher's use of BYOD to give her students the freedom to work at their own pace, with her guidance.
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Lessons from Hawaii: Tracking the right data to fix absenteeism
The Hechinger Report
Good school attendance is associated with all sorts of good educational outcomes, especially higher grades and higher test scores. It's obvious: if you're not showing up for school, you're not going to learn as much. But only 17 states track and report chronic absenteeism data, according to the Data Quality Campaign and Attendance Works, a nonprofit organization that advocates for more focus on absenteeism data and ideas for getting students to come to school.
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