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COSN15 session list posted
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This year's CoSN Annual Conference, Enabling Your Digital Leap, will be held in Atlanta from March 16-19. We're excited to announce that the session list is now available; look through it to plan your itinerary and get a sense of what to expect in Atlanta. How can we shift the conversation beyond the "why" of technology investment to the "how?" What is required to successfully make the digital leap? Join us in Atlanta to find out!
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Speak Up survey 2014 open
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Each year, Project Tomorrow conducts its nationwide Speak Up survey to get a sense of the current state of ed tech in the classroom. They poll K-12 students, educators, administrators, and parents about the use of mobile devices, online classes, games, and digital content within learning. This year, they've added current topics like BYOD, data privacy, online assessments, and student interest in programming and computing.

Add your voice to the mix! Take the Speak Up survey here: http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2014/. The survey will remain open until Dec. 19. CoSN is proud to be a partner in this effort and looking forward to seeing the results.

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Texas is paving the way for online education
By: Archita Datta Majumdar
In an ongoing effort to expand access to education across the country — both K-12 and higher levels — special focus is being paid to online education. And a recent study ranks Texas as the national leader in online education with Washington coming in as a close second. The main factors that determined the rankings in the study were the quality of Internet connectivity in the state, the scope of distance education programs and the in-state tuition rates. These were compared to the rate and scope of job growth in the state, along with cross-section industry growth and the median salary for those holding bachelor's degrees.
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Are educational apps and tech gizmos helping or hurting students?
TakePart
With 43 percent of all pre-K through 12th grade students using a smartphone, it's no shocker that gaming apps that are popular with youths, such as Minecraft and Clash of Clans, are usually at the top of "most downloaded" lists in app stores. However, the category coming in a close second may surprise you. Educational apps are ranked No. 2 in Apple's app store, and the popularity and need for these apps and tools seems to increase daily. Education-minded entrepreneurs and organizations are hyperfocused on launching the next wave of inventions that will change the way children and adults learn. Investors are just as motivated to support these initiatives. They pumped an impressive $1.25 billion into tech education startups in 2013 alone.
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8 ways school leaders can support the digital transition
eSchool News
Administrators at the local, district and state levels are essential to leading and supporting the digital transition in schools across the nation, and at a Sept. 29 summit, a panel of education leaders outlined a number of key ways that leadership can support and sustain a digital transition. More than 100 educators, policymakers, and stakeholders convened for the Empowering Educators to Enhance Student Learning in the Digital Era, in Washington, D.C., which featured sessions focusing on preparing teachers for digital learning environments, professional development opportunities, and supporting the digital transition from all sides.
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School stakeholders urge FCC to adopt net neutrality
eSchool News
Letting broadband companies charge more for content providers to stream their services at faster speeds threatens ed-tech innovation, thousands of school stakeholders argue. The Federal Communications Commission's latest "net neutrality" proposal has stirred controversy because it would allow companies like Google, Netflix, and Skype to pay extra to ensure faster transmission of their content online. But this proposal threatens the existence of smaller companies that can’t afford to pay these higher rates, many critics say — including ed-tech startups that don't have the resources of larger, more established competitors.
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How iPads can refresh traditional classrooms
Edudemic
Following the trend of mass mobile device adoption, educators increasingly contemplate possibilities of using iPads in classroom. State-of-the-art mobile technology is getting more and more popular in different settings and schools are no exception. Adoption of mobile devices is transforming traditional classrooms into a place that delivers real-world knowledge using efficient tech resources.
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8 ways school leaders can support the digital transition
eSchool News
Administrators at the local, district and state levels are essential to leading and supporting the digital transition in schools across the nation, and at a Sept. 29 summit, a panel of education leaders outlined a number of key ways that leadership can support and sustain a digital transition.

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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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Mining educational data by inventing apps for all to use
The Hechinger Report
One indisputable effect of introducing technology into education has been the generation of unprecedented amounts of electronic data on America's public school students — their attendance, their test scores, their graduation rates, and many other kinds of information that can now be tracked and stored in massive databases. What to do with all this data is another question. The use of students' test score data to evaluate their teachers has already led to controversy, as has the "harvesting" of student data by for-profit companies.
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Why education tech needs to get student privacy right
MarketPlace
Like everything else these days, education runs on data. Our kids data. Every digital move they make in school, on homework websites and apps can be tracked. And it's not always clear where that information is going or how companies are using it. Parents want better protections; the multi-billion dollar education technology industry wants to keep growing. So today some big name ed-tech providers announced a voluntary privacy pledge. It says ed tech companies won't sell a kid's data. They won't use it to target specific ads to specific kids.
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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.
 


New future takes shape for 3-D printers in schools
EdTech Magazine
3-D printing tools have been around for decades. Until recently, they were too expensive for many schools to justify. But with newer, budget-friendly models now available, some schools have taken the plunge. In our workshops on 3-D printing for education, we see rapidly growing interest in this area because student tinkering leads to deeper understanding.
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21st century twist: Video gaming now belongs in the classroom
By: Brian Stack
Over the last few years, video games have started to become a regular fixture in classrooms across America. The movement is known to educators simply as gaming, and it is considered by many to be one of the next great disrupters that is changing the landscape of education in our schools. The evidence available to us today is telling us overwhelmingly that gaming can have a positive impact on student learning.
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What E-rate really means
Tech&Learning (commentary)
While the big picture ramifications of the FCC's E-rate changes are significant, the politics and particulars of how and where and to whom funding trickles is not the most pressing day-to-day issue for educators. Another way to frame the discussion with a bit more urgency may be to ask: "When will there be Wi-Fi in my classroom?" Edgenuity CEO Sari Factor penned a call to arms on Forbes.com a few weeks ago: "If we demand accountability for schools and if we are serious about preparing students to compete globally, we must invest in the necessary tools to help them succeed, starting with the basic online infrastructure that is so fundamental that it's taken for granted across all other industries."
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School spending decisions: Are you getting the best value for dollars spent?
District Administration Magazine
Student achievement, teacher quality, school safety, 21st century teaching and learning — these are but a glimpse into the areas of need each administrator must consider when making school spending decisions. Add to each of these spending decisions the impact of student productivity, and your efficiency and financial anxiety might increase. As the 2014-2015 school year heads into full swing, are you left wondering how to spend your tight budget on the right things?
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