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Have you seen our new look?
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CoSN is thrilled to announce the launch of our new logo and website! We've redesigned the look and feel to ensure that visitors to the CoSN website can easily find what they are looking for as we continue to serve the needs of school system technology leaders throughout the world. Thank you to our members, staff and other people who contributed to the redesign. Explore the website by visiting www.cosn.org! Questions or comments? Just email info@cosn.org!
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CoSN districts showcase use of data
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Are you interested in learning how to use data to transform your school? Join CoSN's Closing the Gap: Turning Data into Action initiative for a FREE four-part series of Google Hangouts on Air. Districts will lead the hangout in a discussion of how they're using data effectively. Mooresville Graded School District in North Carolina will kick off the series on October 2, followed by Henry County Schools on Oct. 16, Huntsville City Schools on Oct. 30, and Forsyth County Schools on November 13. After registering here, you will be sent the link to the Google HOA. Be sure to submit questions prior to the hangouts!
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Teachers paid overtime for sluggish internet
The Riverdale Press
Slow Internet speeds and faulty connections have hindered the work of local teachers and other school staff, costing the city millions of dollars. According to the United Federation of Teachers, the city paid more than 30,000 teachers and other personnel a total of at least $38 million in additional pay for time they spent online at work and at home due to the slow Internet speeds at their schools.
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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
 


Nominate a connected educator as a White House Champion of Change
The White House Blog
In honor of Connected Educator Month this October, the White House will host a "Champions of Change" event to celebrate local leaders in education, whose creative approaches in using technology to enhance learning serve as examples of what we should strive for in every classroom, for every child. These leaders will be invited to the White House to celebrate their accomplishments and showcase their actions to support more connected schools and students.
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Survey: How students prefer to use tablets in schools
MindShift
Not just for games and movies, tablets are becoming more common in educational settings. A recent Neilsen survey found that 71 percent of students who use tablets are interested in accessing textbooks.
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Can school networks handle Common Core demands?
eSchool News
A majority of school districts feel that their networks are not equipped to handle the demand that online assessments — a key part of the Common Core State Standards — will require, according to a survey conducted by Enterasys, a wired and wireless infrastructure company.

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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.

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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.

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Why schools should budget for mobile apps
EdTech Magazine
The evolving mantra in modern education is that we should allow for exploration, discovery and off-the-cuff learning. Tablets are often touted as liberating devices that free students and teachers from the shackles of desktop computing. Mobile apps in particular have helped spur the notion that technology can do anything when it comes to fostering interactive learning. But why then don't more schools allot teachers a mobile app budget to purchase these innovations for classroom as they see fit?
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Blended learning paves way for digital content
eSchool News
Blended learning is by now a well-known concept. However during a day-long ed-tech summit devoted to connecting students and teachers to the technology, broadband and content they need to become college and career-ready, panelists explored how blended learning needs the right supports to become truly effective. "Blended learning is not using technology to diminish the role of teaching; it enhances the role of teaching," said panelist Bob Wise, former West Virginia governor and president of the Alliance for Excellent Education.
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FCC's E-Rate reforms face opposition from austerity-minded policymakers
Bloomberg BNA
The Federal Communications Commission in late July began a major effort to wire the nation's schools and libraries with faster and higher-capacity broadband service through the federal E-Rate program, one of the four programs of the Universal Service Fund. In the process, the Democratically controlled FCC and the Obama administration have found themselves on another collision course with congressional Republicans, many of whom consider E-Rate an archetypal big-government federal spending program — albeit a congressionally mandated one — that they would like to either curb or eliminate altogether.
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New technology helping schools achieve individually tailored education
Forbes
Computer systems are starting to help teachers achieve the dream of providing individualized education for every student. New systems can tailor classroom experience and lesson plans to individuals. Even in the largest high schools, they can help make each student's educational experience unique. Wisely used, computer systems can motivate the gifted and make sure that underachievers don't fall through the cracks. Around the world, nations are competing to improve their children's education. The U.S. needs to bolster its competitiveness by taking advantage of its computer leadership.
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    Parents' top 12 back-to-school tech questions (Common Sense)
States embracing electronic high school transcripts (USA Today)
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Back to school with BYOD (The Wall Street Journal)

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Blended learning overview
Campus Technology
So comprehensively did massive open online courses dominate the conversation in higher education last year that The New York Times dubbed 2012 "The Year of the MOOC." The potential of these courses to lower costs and increase access to education had pundits describing them as the savior of a sector mired in outdated, inefficient practices and predicting a wholesale overhaul of the entire educational system.
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Can technology help students find the 'sweet spot' for learning?
MindShift
Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham wrote a book called "Why Don't Students Like School?" The book is complex and fascinating — and 228 pages — but you can basically boil the answer down to this: Students don't like school because school isn't set up to help them learn very well. The first thing to know is that everyone likes to learn. "There is a sense of satisfaction, of fulfillment, in successful thinking," writes Willingham. But it's not fun to try to learn something that's too hard.
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Can school networks handle Common Core demands?
eSchool News
A majority of school districts feel that their networks are not equipped to handle the demand that online assessments — a key part of the Common Core State Standards — will require, according to a survey conducted by Enterasys, a wired and wireless infrastructure company. Seventy-three percent of survey respondents said they are "not very confident" that their current networks will be able to support the capacity needs of Common Core State Standards assessment.
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  Consortium for School Networking
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.
 


Florida Virtual School faces hard times
Education Week
The Florida Virtual School — the largest state-sponsored online K-12 school in the country — is facing troubled times, a sign of major policy shifts now reshaping the world of online education. On the heels of new state legislation aimed at containing costs and promoting competition among providers offering individual online courses to students, Florida Virtual School officials expect to see a 20 percent drop in state revenue this school year and announced this month that they have shed one-third of their workforce. Experts in online education say the cuts reflect a national trend.
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Tablets for education: Fewer iPads?
eSchool News
As more tablets emerge in the ed-tech marketplace, including Intel's new education-focused tablets designed with science inquiry and online collaboration in mind, tablet users are moving into two separate camps: those who are loyal to iOS devices, and those who favor newer, non-Apple tablets. Many IT leaders remain firmly planted in the Apple camp. One reason, besides Apple’s decades-long relationship with schools (which includes education discounts), is that the iPad was one of the first mass-consumed mobile tablets with an incredibly intuitive interface and thousands of vetted applications, many developed specifically for educators.
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