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Webinar: Effective Practices of Blended Learning: Flipped Classrooms & Online Learning
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CoSN will be hosting a webinar on Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 1-2 p.m. entitled Effective Practices of Blended Learning: Flipped Classrooms & Online Learning. As online education becomes more prevalent, teachers must develop learning environments which engage students by blending traditional face-to-face teaching and computer-based activities. This webinar provides insight about how to develop those environments and empower students with crucial 21st-century skills. Jean Tower, Chief Technology Officer of Public Schools of Northborough and Southborough (Mass.), will moderate a discussion between Missy Brooks, Director of Instruction at Mountain Brook Schools (Ala.) and Brian Bridges, Director of the California Learning Resource Network.

Webinars are free to CoSN members and open to the public. For more information, please click here.

Report tracks student-data system usage
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Most educators spend less than an hour a year using the city's $80 million student-data system, which transformed access to basic student information, a new study from New York University found. The Achievement Reporting and Innovation System is most useful early in the year as teachers check out incoming students' test scores and administrators create student schedules, said the study by NYU's Research Alliance for New York City Schools. More

Teacher observation: High-tech or low-tech?
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As short, frequent, unannounced classroom visits become more common in American schools, principals have significant choices on how and when to use laptop computers, tablet devices and smartphones as part of this teacher-evaluation technique. Lots of commercial software products are designed to streamline the process of gathering information on classroom observations and giving feedback to teachers, but is technology always the best tool? More

Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends For 2013
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Another day, another top 10 list from Gartner. Recently, the research firm laid out "10 critical tech trends for the next five years." Gartner took a look at a little closer in, providing a list of the "Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2013." More

State leaders: Here's how we're going digital
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There's been much recent talk about schools going all-digital — from Arne Duncan's call to action to the backlash from educators — but implementing digital resources is no easy task. During a recent stakeholder forum, however, leaders and experts came together to address how to make this shift into a reality. The forum, Advancing Education in the Digital Age, was part of the State Educational Technology Directors Association 2012 Leadership Summit and highlighted SETDA’s recent report on the shift to digital instruction. More


Instructure is focused on helping institutions improve education through technology. Founded in 2008 by two computer science graduate students, Instructure builds Canvas―the only simple, open learning management system native to the cloud. Instructure services more than 250 post-secondary and K-12 educational institutions. To learn more about Canvas by Instructure visit

Teachers: Technology changing how students learn
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There is a widespread belief among teachers that students' constant use of digital technology is hampering their attention spans and ability to persevere in the face of challenging tasks, according to two surveys of teachers. The researchers note that their findings represent the subjective views of teachers and should not be seen as definitive proof that widespread use of computers, phones and video games affects students' capability to focus. Even so, the researchers who performed the studies, as well as scholars who study technology's impact on behavior and the brain, say the studies are significant because of the vantage points of teachers, who spend hours a day observing students. More

Matching funds fail to materialize for some i3 grantees
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Two years after the U.S. Department of Education awarded $650 million in Investing in Innovation grants and set off a mad dash for grantees to raise more than $100 million in matching private funds in five weeks, some of the i3 winners are still facing financial uncertainty stemming from initial fundraising struggles. A businessman who pledged $400,000 to an Oregon school district's arts program did not make his most recent payment, potentially putting the program's future in jeopardy. Other grantees have also encountered problems with matching funds coming through, and some nonprofit grantees have been forced to contribute their own money to match the initial amount. More

School libraries changing with move to digital resources
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As schools across the nation move from printed textbooks to digital materials and digital learning environments, school libraries are adapting to keep pace — and new advancements are changing the very definition of school libraries and library media specialists. Many of today's students do not know what a card catalog is, and challenges lie not in locating information about various topics, but in narrowing it down and determining whether resources are trustworthy or not. More

Schools look to boost use of computers, other gadgets without breaking the budget
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Marisa Perezchica circles her classroom, classical music softly streaming from her iPad, as her sixth-graders take a practice test on their own iPads. Students work out factoring problems on paper or on their tablets before typing in the answers. Perezchica stops at several desks, answering questions or explaining concepts. In another corner, a student who has finished the practice test has moved ahead to the next concept and is watching an animation explaining how to solve a simple algebraic equation. More

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How to uphold online learning standards to quality education
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As the number of K-12 students who take online courses continues to grow — more than two million are currently enrolled — the need to uphold rigorous standards to online education is becoming that much more important. And with criticism leveled at many online schools for poor academic performance, the online education model needs to create a more accurate way to assess the quality of the dozens of programs in the space. More

How to make BYOD work for your schools
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Bring your own device initiatives are relatively new in education, cropping up in the last few years as schools — under tight budget constraints — seek ways to leverage student-owned devices for learning. Supporters of the BYOD movement say students are instantly more attentive and better behaved when they are encouraged to use their own mobile devices in the classroom, but educators face a number of challenges in making BYOD work in their schools. More

Apple sees schools buoying tablet lead with iPad in class
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Julie Garcia handed Apple Inc. iPads to students in her seventh-grade pre-algebra class on a recent morning before showing the pupils how to use the tablet to graph data, hunt for correlations and record how-to videos. A math instructor at Innovation Middle School, Garcia is one of the first to use some of the more than 25,000 iPads the San Diego Unified School District bought from Apple this year. "It's the cool factor," Garcia said as she looks over the room of students tapping energetically on tablets. "They are super motivated." More

Hawaii plan would give all students computers
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The Hawaii Department of Education wants to provide every public school student in the state with a laptop or tablet computer by 2015 as part of an initiative that also would include training teachers on the devices and buying digital materials that reflect new national Common Core standards for math and reading. The department is asking for $42 million over the next two years to kick off the ambitious plan, aimed at standardizing curricula across the state, modernizing classroom instruction and phasing out printed textbooks. More

5 school technologies to watch: Personalized learning is here
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The past few years have seen a steady influx of new investment, new companies and new opportunities in education technology. From technologies that live inside the classroom to technologies that inspire learning outside the classroom; from physical devices to mobile applications. School technology decisions are becoming more democratic, and the pervasiveness of Internet-connected devices is helping to lead a revolution. We are reaching a point in time where technology is empowering people toward a path of personalization, and almost every new technology in the education technology space today fills a cog in that wheel. The following are some of the top trends and market innovators leading the charge this coming year — attracting developers and investors along the way. More

iPads in education: Where's the money coming from?
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When San Diego public school officials decided to distribute 26,000 iPads to students this year, they were lucky: They already had a big pile of money. The city's voters had approved a $2 billion bond issue in 2008—$500 million of which was designated for a five-year "digital transformation program" designed to update the district's curriculum. San Diego schools started distributing inexpensive netbooks to students in 2009; the next year Apple unveiled the iPad. And school officials soon changed direction, believing that tablets were a better educational tool. More

Texas schools begin tracking students with computer chips in ID cards
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Privacy's last stand is taking place not far from The Alamo in Texas right now, to hear some people tell it. Two schools in San Antonio have begun tracking students using radio-enabled computer chips embedded in their ID cards, allowing administrators to know the precise whereabouts of their charges on campus — be it in class, in the bathroom, in a stairwell or AWOL — all while sitting at a computer. The stated purpose of the so-called RFID ID cards is simple: Because state aid is based on attendance, and the chips help schools count kids, tracking equals funding. The district also says the technology makes kids safer. More

Study: Teenage smartphone and tablet users at 50 percent    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The number of teenagers using smartphones and tablets has finally been calculated, and the answer may (or may not) surprise you: according to a mobile learning report released today, 50 percent of high schoolers and 40 percent of middle schoolers now use smartphones or tablets on a regular basis. The number marks a dramatic increase from figures calculated in 2007, but may be expected given the massive popularity boom of such devices in the last few years. The numbers were released today in a report funded and issued by Blackboard, Inc. and Project Tomorrow, which examined K-12 students and their steadily increasing use of mobile devices. More

New Jersey district adds incident reporting tool to comply with anti-bullying law
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A New Jersey school district has deployed a new Web-based incident reporting platform to comply with requirements of the state's anti-bullying law, which was enacted last year. The Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act, which was signed into law on Jan. 5, 2011, created "standards and procedures for preventing, reporting, investigating and responding to incidents of harassment, intimidation, and bullying of students that occur on school grounds and off school grounds under specified circumstances." More

Are you tech-ready for the Common Core?
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School districts are raising concerns about their ability to be technologically ready to give Common Core State Standards assessments to students online in two years. Administrators say they remain uncertain about the types of devices to buy, the bandwidth they need and the funding available for technology improvements. An initial round of data collection launched to determine technology gaps for schools preparing for the Common Core online assessments has so far had limited participation from districts and many states. And state and national education groups are detecting a rising level of anxiety among school and district leaders regarding the technology they feel is necessary to implement online testing by the 2014-2015 deadline. More


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