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Upcoming CETL exam dates
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The beginning of the school year is the perfect time to jump-start your professional development by studying for the CETL exam! New study groups based on our online collaborative learning site are launching all the time; email us at certification@cosn.org to get involved. We also have 5 exam administrations coming up this fall. View a full listing here to figure out which one works best for you.
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Saving money with refurbished technology
District Administration Magazine
District CIOs looking to save money on computers are increasingly turning to refurbished technology. Buying preowned equipment puts more devices in the hands of students and keeps old machines out of landfills. Administrators at Spencer Technology Academy, a school of 900 K8 students in Chicago Public Schools, wanted to create a 1-to-1 program for middle school math. But the district could not afford to spend $24,000 on 30 new iPads. Instead, administrators purchased 30 refurbished, second-generation iPads for $7,000. They also purchased 10 used MacBooks for $6,000 — saving about $10,000.
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Survey: 9 in 10 students say tablets will change how they learn
THE Journal
Ninety percent of students said tablets will change the way they learn and 89 percent said the devices would make learning more fun, according to a new survey conducted by Harris Poll for Pearson. The survey of 2,252 students in grades 4-12 found that 81 percent of those surveyed said tablets help them learn in a way that's best for them and 79 percent said the devices help them do better in class. Black and Hispanic students, at 88 and 86 percent, respectively, were even more likely to say that tablets help them learn in their own way than white students, who only agreed 79 percent of the time.
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Making students partners in data-driven approaches to learning
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At Genesee Community Charter School in Rochester, New York, third-grade teacher Jean Hurst leans in and listens intently as her student, Jacelyn, reads aloud. Hurst is listening for greater fluency in Jacelyn's oral reading, a skill they have been working on for several weeks. As she listens, she hears greater cadence and confidence in Jacelyn's voice. Hurst is careful to note miscues and the length of time it takes Jacelyn to read the passage. They start their follow-up discussion by reviewing Jacelyn's previous goals and successes and reviewing a chart that shows the growth in her reading level. They focus in on fluency and the word substitutions Hurst heard as Jacelyn read aloud. "Let's take a look at this word," says Hurst.
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US classrooms slow to move from interactive whiteboards to flat panels
THE Journal
Education sales of interactive displays in the United States dropped in the first half of the year compared to last year, pushed out of tech budgets by more focus on computing device purchases. Whereas the first six months of 2013 saw 76,500 interactive boards sold in districts and schools, that same period in 2014 had only 67,000 sales. Those numbers come from Futuresource Consulting, which tracks market insights on a number of categories, including education technology, in multiple segments. Mike Fisher, associate director of business-to-business electronics, said part of the drop is due to the high penetration — some 60 percent — of interactive displays within K-12 classrooms.
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5 education technology trends to watch for the new school year
eSchool News
The "maker movement" makes waves in K-12 schools, and school leaders try to navigate a data privacy minefield while also bracing for online testing: These are among the top ed-tech trends to watch for the new school year. Recently, eSchool News counted down the top five ed-tech stories to watch for 2014-2015.
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Saving money with refurbished technology
District Administration Magazine
District CIOs looking to save money on computers are increasingly turning to refurbished technology. Buying preowned equipment puts more devices in the hands of students and keeps old machines out of landfills.

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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 avoid E-rate rule violations
eSchool News
This summer, the Federal Communications Commission created a Universal Service Fund Strike Force, which is tasked with combating waste, fraud, and abuse in various USF programs, including the E-rate. This newly created Strike Force, which is part of the FCC's Enforcement Bureau, will almost certainly expend considerable resources ensuring that the procurement practices of schools receiving E-rate funding comply with FCC rules.
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New digital literacy program educates K-12 students on Internet safety
EdTech Magazine
Navigating the ins and outs of online privacy, security and fair use in the digital age can be challenging for parents and educators, let alone students. With the rise of Internet-based learning and greater use of technology in the classroom, how should teachers engage students on topics about digital literacy and Internet safety? What should be discussed in an age-appropriate conversation about healthy and responsible use of the Internet and being an ethical digital citizen?
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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.
 


What online tutoring programs can do for kids
CBS News
Like many 6-year-olds, Maria Baker from Yonkers, New York, has trouble with math. "I do struggle sometimes," she said. "Sometimes I don't do it right, sometimes I get it wrong." Her father Ryan, a cognitive scientist who studies digital learning, signed her up for an online tutoring system called Reasoning Mind. "I've seen major effects from my daughter in her command of math since we started working together at night with Reasoning Mind," Baker said. He said the software helped her develop and improve on specific skills like subtraction.
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How well do schools communicate?
Edutopia
On August 20, the first results of the 2014 PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public Attitudes Toward the Public Schools were released. The report's overall conclusion is that Americans aren't convinced that federal involvement will improve public education. For example, 56 percent of Americans say local school boards should have the greatest influence in deciding what is taught in the public schools.
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