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2 more weeks to apply for the 2015 CoSN Awards
Nominations for the 2015 CoSN Awards are only open until Nov. 21! Nominate a peer, or self-nominate, for the Withrow Award and Team Award before then. Each year, CoSN honors innovative school districts nationwide for their ed tech successes. We love hearing about your accomplishments, and can't wait to read your nominations! Award winners will be recognized at the 2015 CoSN Annual Conference and receive honoraria, free conference registrations and media coverage. You do not need to be a CoSN member to apply, so visit today to learn more and submit your nomination!
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Join us for a free webinar TODAY on key performance indicators
It's hard to know how well you're really doing if you can't compare yourself to your peers. To help you make those comparisons, CoSN is offering a set of key performance indicators through a partnership with ActPoint and Council of the Great City Schools. You can learn more about these KPIs in a free webinar today from 1:30-2:30 p.m. ET. Come hear school district leaders discuss how KPIs have helped them and answer your specific questions. Don't miss outregister now!
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Snow days turn digital at more schools
District Administration Magazine
Sledding hills across the country may be a bit quieter this winter as snowstorms no longer mean a break from schoolwork for some students. An increasing number of districts are using e-learning to keep class in session during bad weather and to meet the required number of instruction days without having to add makeups to the calendar. Several forecasts, including the Farmer's Almanac, predict a cold and snowy winter for much of the United States.
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11 criteria for evaluating a school's education technology
Whether you are moving to a new school, or staying where you are, it's good to stand back and try to gauge what the school's education technology is like. Why you would want to do that if taking up a new post is obvious: you want to see how the land lies so that you can start to identify any improvements that could be made. How educational is your technology, and how exciting is it? But why would you want to do that if you're already well-established in a school? It's really that things you put into place some years ago may be still in place not because they're useful, but because they have become a kind of tradition, part of the furniture so to speak. There's nothing to lose, and much to gain, from carrying out a fresh evaluation at least once a year.
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Reflections from iNACOL 2014: Realizing the future of education
By: Brian Stack
More than 2,500 educators, experts, researchers and policymakers converged on the city of Palm Springs, California, for the annual Blended and Online Learning Symposium hosted by iNACOL, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning. For more than a decade, iNACOL has been working to ensure all students have access to a world-class education and quality blended and online learning opportunities that prepare them for a lifetime of success. Each year the symposium has grown in popularity with educators and schools from all over the country.
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States backtrack on student tracking technology
The Pew Charitable Trusts
Do you know where your student is? At school? On the bus? Paying for lunch in the cafeteria? Principals in thousands of the nation's schools know the answer because radio frequency chips are embedded in students' ID cards, or their schools are equipped with biometric scanners that can identify portions of a student's fingerprint, the iris of an eye or a vein in a palm. Such technologies have become increasingly common in schools, which use them to take attendance, alert parents where their children get off the school bus or speed up lunch lines.
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5 ways to make the most of the new E-rate
THE Journal
Now that the FCC has adopted the E-rate Modernization Order, you may be wondering what it means for your district and what you should do to prepare. While there is no substitute for reading the 176-page order, you can read the FCC's official summary of the order, which comes in at a much more manageable 10 pages, here. No matter which reading assignment you choose, there are a few high-level things you can expect as you plan for upgrading broadband and Wi-Fi connections over the next five years.
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4 critical decisions when making wireless infrastructure changes
eSchool News
Wireless systems in K-12 institutions have likely been in place for several years now, prior to the large influx of personal devices and district owned devices, and we are beginning to see the ever-growing need for expanding wireless capacity. There are many options that need to be considered.
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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.

How to go digital
Scholastic Administrator
It's pretty much a given that technology has enhanced learning in dramatic ways, but many school districts still don't know how to go about transforming a classroom from analog to digital. It starts with more than resources — you must have the vision and leadership at the top, says Keith Krueger, CEO of the nonprofit Consortium for School Networking. Only 13 percent of U.S. classrooms have 1:1 devices, Krueger observes, so we're a long way from having school systems with ubiquitous access to technology. However, many districts are letting kids bring their own devices to school and/or supplying them to students who can't afford to buy them, he adds.
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Teachers concerned about Common Core's computer testing
After overseeing the introduction of the Common Core curriculum standards in their schools for at least a year, most states must now start assessing student learning in English and math with new standardized online tests. Yet the majority of U.S. public school teachers whom Gallup surveyed believe their own students are not well prepared for these computer-based assessments, given their typing and computer skills.
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Study: Middle school teachers as savvy as students with tech
EdTech Magazine
Researchers found that science teachers inside and outside the classroom aren't lagging behind the "digital natives" they teach when it comes to using technology. The study comes from the work of five researchers, hailing from the New York Institute of Technology, University of Connecticut and Utah State University. The result of their research, posted on the academic research website Springer in October, should bolster the confidence of teachers who feel intimidated about using technology in the classroom. The team surveyed 1,079 middle school students, 774 from Utah and 305 New York, as well as 24 middle school science teachers from those states, ages 23–56, to discover how they compare in terms of tech experience.
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