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Webinar this week on CoSN's E-Rate and Broadband Survey
CoSN
This Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 1-2 p.m. ET, CoSN's Denise Atkinson-Shorey will present our "Final Report: E-Rate and Broadband Survey." This past fall, we conducted a nationwide E-Rate survey in partnership with MDR in order to present an accurate picture of schools' broadband access and needs to the FCC. The survey comes at a critical time: the FCC is re-structuring the E-Rate this fall, the most substantial overhaul in the program's history. Join us to hear the results of the survey and a general picture of broadband usage nationwide on the cusp of these exciting changes! You can also access the full survey report at www.cosn.org/eratesurvey.
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CoSN14 registration is open!
CoSN
Our CoSN14 website and registration launched last month — have you signed up yet?

Join us in Washington, DC for the 2014 CoSN Annual Conference from March 19-22. Connect with ed tech leaders from around the world, attend inspiring keynotes, and participate in our new CoSN Camp. Be sure to arrive early & stay late to take advantage of unique pre- and post-conference activities!

Our conference theme, Continuously Connected ... Constantly Learning, will help education leaders understand their changing roles in a hyper-connected world. Keynote speakers, including Hon. Bob Wise (Alliance for Excellent Education), Yong Zhao (University of Oregon), and David Pogue (New York Times tech columnist), will explore how school systems can create digital learning ecosystems to challenge and inspire their students, encourage innovation and deepen learning.

Register today to take advantage of our special early rates and customize your conference experience!

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Nominate education technology leaders for CoSN awards
CoSN
Do you know an awesome ed tech leader who deserves to be recognized? Nominate yourself or a colleague for the 2014 CoSN Awards! Nominations for the Withrow CTO Award and the Team Award are open until Nov. 22.

Both awards recognize leaders who demonstrate exceptional vision in their use of technology in K-12 education; the Withrow CTO Award is given to an outstanding individual, and the TEAM Award to a leadership team. Award winners (who do not have to be CoSN members) will be honored at the 2014 CoSN Annual Conference.

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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
 


ED TECH HEADLINES


Texas schools are expanding the reach of technology
By Archita Datta Majumdar
The Texas Long Range Plan for Technology was adopted by the State Board of Education in November 2006 as a comprehensive program to bring about technology literacy in students. As stated in its mandate, the purpose of this program is to equip students with advanced digital knowledge and prepare them for future technologies by bringing in the latest to them at the earliest. The program also makes available the latest teaching tools so educators can use them to instruct and prepare their students for a digitally advanced future, but there are some drawbacks to the plan.

Survey: Is this technology program working for Texas schools?

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CIOs are not just techies anymore
District Administration Magazine
Sounds like a tall order. But this is exactly what is expected of a K-12 district CIO today — a role that is completely different from what it was just five years ago. The CIO position in the K-12 education sector has changed in three primary ways: 1) From managing boxes and wires to providing service and support; 2) From making decisions in a vacuum to making collaborative decisions with others; 3) And from being an under-the-executive-radar manager to having a seat at the executive leadership table, and being included in long-range district planning and instructional decisions.
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3 state approaches to student data privacy
eSchool News
As school reform efforts receive nationwide attention, collecting and using student data plays an important role in improving teaching and learning in today's classrooms. But accompanying student data are conversations about data privacy.

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iPads open doors for students in poor school districts
USA Today
For Alicia Silva, a single mother with three kids and three jobs, an iPad is out of reach. Silva works as a part-time art teacher, seamstress and home-care provider, and like many hard-working parents, can't afford a tablet computer.

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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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Group presses for safeguards on the personal data of schoolchildren
The New York Times
A leading children's advocacy group is challenging the educational technology software industry, an estimated $8 billion market, to develop national safeguards for the personal data collected about students from kindergarten through high school. In a letter sent to 16 educational technology vendors — including Google Apps for Education, Samsung School, Scholastic and Pearson Schoolnet — Common Sense Media, an advocacy group in San Francisco that rates children's videos and apps for age appropriateness, urged the industry to use student data only for educational purposes, and not for marketing products to children or their families.
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Pennsylvania texting scandal highlights complexities for IT leaders
Education Week
The recent furor caused by the discovery of racist text messages involving a Pennsylvania superintendent has cast new light on the growing professional, ethical and legal challenges faced by many district information technology departments now awash in digital devices. Abdallah Hawa, the information technology director for the 7,200-student Coatesville Area system, near Philadelphia, was erasing the memory of the district-owned cellphone of Coatesville Area High School's athletic director in August when he uncovered a lengthy text-message exchange between the sports official and the superintendent in which racist slurs were directed at district students and staff members.
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K-12 schools are missing out on this education technology trend
PandoDaily
A study by market research organization Ambient Insight says that education technology games are by and large not making their way into K-12 schools. The lead researcher on the study reported that information anecdotally. It's strange because that same study found that consumers are demanding digital learning games more and more, a topic explored by our very own Adam Penenberg in his latest book "Play at Work: How Games Inspire Breakthrough Thinking." Gamification is increasing due to the rise of mobile usage, our portable computers in our pockets. People are learning by competing against themselves or others in Web or digital challenges.
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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.
 


4 tips to keep students on track when using devices in class
MindShift
Bringing technology into the classroom comes with a unique set of challenges, some of which could make classroom management more difficult if teachers don't think out strategies beforehand. It's hard for teachers to keep students focused on their work when they've got the internet at their fingertips. Early adopters of one-to-one device programs discovered with trial and error what works and what doesn't. Now those teachers have a lot to share with others. Liana Heitin's Education Week article does a good job of spelling out the biggest challenges and the solutions teachers are using to deal with them.
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How have Washington's budget battles affected education technology grants?
THE Journal
Lately, all eyes have been on Washington D.C., watching the government in turmoil. During the recent shutdown, nearly 90 percent of the United States Department of Education — about 4,000 people — was furloughed. Rumors abounded about the impact on schools around the country. You must be wondering whether the shutdown and ensuing budget battles will lead to any changes in federal funding for your institutions. Will you still get any money? Will disbursements be delayed? Even though federal monies account for only about 10 percent of the funding for your programs, they are very important for your technology purchases.
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3 state approaches to student data privacy
eSchool News
As school reform efforts receive nationwide attention, collecting and using student data plays an important role in improving teaching and learning in today's classrooms. But accompanying student data are conversations about data privacy. Concerns about how education leaders use and protect student data abound, and some states and state education leaders are making a concerted effort to ensure that adequate protections are in place for student data, while at the same time making sure that educators are able to use data to inform and improve instruction.
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Tablets in schools: What could go wrong?
Bloomberg Businessweek
With the consumer market for mobile devices hurtling toward saturation, tech companies are falling back on the old adage: Get 'em while they're young. And if you're looking for young people, there's no better place to find them than in schools. Amazon said that it had acquired TenMarks, a company that makes math apps that comply with standards for the Common Core curriculum, which has been adopted by a majority of U.S. states. TenMarks says its products are already in use at tens of thousands of schools. The deal allows Amazon to load up its Kindles with exclusive content. This will bolster its pitch as it elbows for space in the crowd of tech companies trying to get in on the educational-technology buying binge.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Many districts go without a chief technology officer (Education Week)
District suspends $30 million amplify program over safety concerns (Tech Crunch)
A manifesto for active learning (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
School districts install, expand iPad programs for hands-on lessons (The Columbian)
How strong state leaders leverage education technology resources (eSchool News)

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What's driving K-12 schools to the cloud?
EdTech Magazine
One week after installing a new wireless network at Fort Worth, Texas, Academy, a private K–8 school of 200 students, Associate Head of School for Operations Darryl Loy was notified of a problem with the network. The fact that he was attending an out-of-state conference that day could have been its own problem. But in practice, it wasn't a problem at all. "I opened my tablet, navigated to the management website and was able to fix the issue remotely, in real time," Loy recalls. Welcome to the new world of wireless networking in the cloud.
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The legal implications of BYOD
Government Technology
Let's face it — public-sector employees are likely using their personal mobile devices for government business, even if they're not supposed to. So what should be your first move when considering a formal BYOD program? Call a lawyer. While it's easy to allow devices onto a public-sector agency's network, handling the fallout from lost or stolen smartphones could be a bigger headache than you think. Sure, you may be able to remotely wipe data, but there are privacy issues that may challenge even the clearest BYOD policy.
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How administrators can leverage mobile technologies
eSchool News
From tablets to computers to mobile phones, our access to information — and each other — is continuous. Young people not only embrace this constant access to information, but they have come to expect it. You could even argue that today's students aren't that interested in "going online." Booting up, opening browsers, logging on, navigating — they will do that when needed. But their preference is really to engage on mobile devices. One-third of children between the ages of eight and 10 have their own mobile phone, and teens aged 13 to 17 are the fastest growing age bracket for smart phone adoption. Even kids in higher poverty areas who don't have access to other forms of technology have higher rates of cell phone access.
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6 reasons to try mobile devices in the classroom
Edudemic
Looking at the recent advancement in computer and technology, the education system seems more organized and systemic than ever. Considering this aspect, one can easily predict a more technology-based classroom environment that will benefit both the teachers and students in future. Tablets and Smartphones have reinforced this ideology further by introducing new ideas and concepts in the traditional ways of schooling.
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