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Registration is now open for the 2015 CoSN Annual Conference, coming up March 16-19 in Atlanta, GA! Join us to discuss Enabling Your Digital Leap. Enabling your district to successfully make the digital leap requires fundamental changes and a culture that is flexible and continuously improving. Explore successful strategies to empower the transformational learning potential of digital resources. How can district leaders strengthen the capacities of their school systems to use technology as a catalyst for a more personalized learning experience, one that prepares students for success in college, career and life? How can we shift the conversation beyond the "why" of technology investment to the "how?" What is required to successfully make the digital leap? Register now to develop your answers to these questions and more.
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Enter to win 10 free Kajeet SmartSpot devices
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The Kajeet SmartSpot — a portable MiFi device by Novatel Wireless — enables off-campus connectivity by providing managed broadband access outside the classroom, enabling students without Internet access at home to use online resources, complete assignments, collaborate with classmates or teachers, and more. Ensure your disadvantaged students have the resources they need to succeed within your BYOD or 1:1 program. To enter, please tell us more about the number of students connected to mobile broadband in your district and how students are connected to the Internet both on- and off-campus. Click to take a brief survey! The Winner will be chosen on Oct. 13, 2014 and will receive ten (10) kajeet SmartSpot devices and cases; 8 months of service (from November 2014 until June 2015); and 4GB of pooled data.
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Survey finds gender gaps in school IT leadership
eSchool News
While women who occupy leadership positions in school technology are better educated and have more experience, on average, than their male colleagues, men in the school information technology field generally earn more money and hold more prestigious job titles: This is the main takeaway from an analysis of IT leadership in K-12 education by gender. The findings are based on a sampling of data from the Consortium for School Networking's 2014 "K-12 IT Leadership Survey." They raise important questions about fairness, compensation and leadership for women in school IT.
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New training paths for school tech staff
District Administration Magazine
Given the need for qualified school technologists, there are a few training programs that specifically address the unique combination of technical and pedagogical skills needed for leaders and their staff. The staff must not only understand the technical side but also know the education environment, says Superintendent Tom Trigg of the Blue Valley School District in suburban Kansas City, Kansas. But some tech leaders haven't even had adequate professional development.
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With technology taking over in schools, worries rise
The New York Times
At a New York state elementary school, teachers can use a behavior-monitoring app to compile information on which children have positive attitudes and which act out. In Georgia, some high school cafeterias are using a biometric identification system to let students pay for lunch by scanning the palms of their hands at the checkout line. And across the country, school sports teams are using social media sites for athletes to exchange contact information and game locations.
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8 expectations for student information systems
EdTech Magazine
Having a variety of assessment results at educators' fingertips is essential in our data-driven school climate. Being able to quickly access and organize this information allows teams to come together and make the responsive instructional decisions that best meet students' needs. The efficiencies possible through a quality student information system can ensure that multiple measures are considered and little time is wasted when providing learners with the most personalized instruction possible.
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New training paths for school tech staff
District Administration Magazine
Given the need for qualified school technologists, there are a few training programs that specifically address the unique combination of technical and pedagogical skills needed for leaders and their staff.

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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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When schools can't get online
The Atlantic
The community built a new barn, right next to their elementary school. They hung a sign over its red doorway, naming it Sunshine Farms. Inside, the children began conducting science lessons by collecting data on animals. The barn contained 11 hens, two lambs, and one laptop protected with plastic wrap. Until last year, the school in Maryland's western Allegheny Mountains had Internet access through a molasses-slow dial-up connection; it crashed if too many students used it, and the slow speed made it frustrating for teachers. Now, for the first time, the school has reliable, high-speed Internet service.
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Schools move toward 'Bring Your Own Device' policies to boost student tech use
The Washington Post
His iPhone is on his desk, out in the open, and Joshua Perez's teacher does not take it away. Instead, she asks the eighth-grader and his classmates in honors geometry at Argyle Magnet Middle School to Google the words "vertex form parabola." In seconds, Joshua finds what he needs for the day's lesson and homework. "It's way better and faster than looking it up in a textbook," he says. The 13-year-old's enthusiasm is matched in other Montgomery County classrooms as educators take their first steps into a practice known as “BYOD”: bring your own device.
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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.
 


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Wi-Fi in schools: Security vs. accessibility
eSchool News
Wi-Fi has been adopted with great enthusiasm by schools around the country; the opportunities it presents for learning are vast. So, recent news that the Federal Communications Commission will spend $2 billion to boost wireless internet connectivity in U.S. schools and libraries during the next two years is a great step forward. While FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has called it a "watershed moment" to give wireless access to an estimated 10 million students, privacy experts are raising a collective eyebrow.
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With the right technology, can children teach themselves?
MindShift
A rural tribe is living peacefully in the Kalahari desert, free of contact with the modern world. One day, a Coke bottle drops from the sky, falling from a passing airplane. The villagers find many uses for this unfamiliar new technology: a fire starter, a musical instrument, a stamp for printing on cloth. But because of its very uniqueness, they start to fight over it, and one of the villagers decides that to preserve harmony, it's best to return this "gift" to the gods.
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