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Free webinar tomorrow: Is privacy in the cloud possible?
CoSN
Join us tomorrow (Nov. 12) from 1-2 p.m. ET for the first webinar in our 2013-2014 series! During our six-part series, you'll be able to interact with key thought leaders about cutting-edge issues in education technology. Webinars are free for CoSN members.

Tomorrow's event, "Is Privacy in the Cloud Possible?," will examine the do's and don'ts of K-12 cloud computing. In an increasingly cloud-centric world, digital privacy has become a key issue for communities and schools. We’ll discuss the best practices you can use in cloud computing to strengthen that privacy and mitigate risk. Register now and join us tomorrow to hear from experts at the US Department of Education and the Data Quality Campaign!
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Successful International Delegation to Portugal wraps up
CoSN
CoSN's International Delegation has returned from Portugal with lots of insights to share! During a week-long visit, our team dove into Portugal's nationwide 1:1 program, visited local schools, and met with Members of Parliament and the Minister of Education; they fostered a global dialogue focusing especially on mobile learning and 1:1 programs. A full delegation report will be released this winter; in the meantime, you can read participants' insights on our delegation blog or by searching #cosnportugal on twitter.
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2 more weeks to submit nominations for CoSN awards
CoSN
We know that you've made amazing contributions to ed tech in your districts; now it's time to brag a little! Nominations for CoSN's 2014 Awards close in just a few weeks. Be sure to nominate a colleague or self-nominate for the Withrow CTO Award (individual) or Team Award (district level) before Thursday, Nov. 21! Both awards recognize leaders who demonstrate exceptional vision in their use of technology in K-12 education. We can't wait to hear about your accomplishments.
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Report: Young children turning to mobile devices
Education Week
Young children have dramatically greater access to smartphones, tablet computers and other mobile devices than they did just two years ago, and the time they spend using those devices has also jumped significantly during that period. In fact, more than one-third of U.S. children under the age of two have now used a mobile device to watch a video, play a game, or use an app. Those are just some of the eye-opening findings from a national survey conducted by Common Sense Media, a San Francisco-based organization that provides independent ratings, information and advice related to educational media.
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New FOSI research finds teens increasingly concerned about online identity threat
Family Online Safety Institute
Young people are increasingly concerned about the privacy of their personal information online and that their identities can be stolen through their use of social media, according to a new report released by the Family Online Safety Institute on Nov. 6. The report was conducted by Hart Research Associates and supported by Google and Symantec. It included two focus groups and a nationwide online survey conducted in October among 558 teens ages 13 to 17 who access the Internet.
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E-Rate application must-don'ts for 2014
EdTech Magazine
Established in 1997, E-Rate is the largest single source of educational technology funding in the United States. With commitments of more than $2.25 billion annually, the program has been a resounding success, enabling schools to stretch their budgets for mission-critical broadband and connectivity services.

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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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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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How green technology can save you green
THE Journal
Districts have a responsibility to demonstrate that they are dependable stewards of the future by protecting the environment — but boards and communities also require their schools to conserve funding. These dual purposes are forcing education leaders to address green IT issues as a matter of conscience, budget, and political value. CoSN, the professional association of school system technology leaders, offers a comprehensive "green computing" strategy that covers three areas: Purchase and Disposal, Energy Use and Reducing Waste.
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School districts using mobile apps to reach on-the-go parents
The Washington Post
Schools' lines of communication have multiplied over the years, from backpack fliers and home visits to robo-calls and Web sites, group emails and text messages. Then they added Facebook and Twitter accounts. Now, mobile apps are being designed to streamline some of the chatter and put it at arm's reach for a generation of parents accustomed to having smartphones at the ready.
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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.
 


CTOs give their best mobile deployment tips
eSchool News
School leaders hope to give their students access to mobile learning opportunities, but infrastructure challenges and access barriers often create complications during mobile initiative implementations. A group of chief technology officers from across the country shared tips and advice for fellow school administrators and technology leaders who are embarking on mobile device deployments such as one-to-one initiatives or bring your own device programs.
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E-Rate application must-don'ts for 2014
EdTech Magazine
Established in 1997, E-Rate is the largest single source of educational technology funding in the United States. With commitments of more than $2.25 billion annually, the program has been a resounding success, enabling schools to stretch their budgets for mission-critical broadband and connectivity services. And yet, the program is at a crossroads. In funding year 2013 (July 2013 to June 2014), demand for Priority 1 services alone exceeded the program's annual funding cap for the second consecutive year. Thanks to funds that rolled over from previous years, the program can fund all compliant Priority 1 applications for funding year 2013, but the availability of funds for Priority 2 services is in jeopardy.
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Warily, schools watch students on the Internet
The New York Times
For years, a school principal's job was to make sure students were not creating a ruckus in the hallways or smoking in the bathroom. Vigilance ended at the schoolhouse gates. Now, as students complain, taunt and sometimes cry out for help on social media, educators have more opportunities to monitor students around the clock. And some schools are turning to technology to help them. Several companies offer services to filter and glean what students do on school networks; a few now offer automated tools to comb through off-campus postings for signs of danger. For school officials, this raises new questions about whether they should — or legally can — discipline children for their online outbursts.
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Developing and deploying Facebook for school districts
eSchool News
The Norris School District has deliberately cultivated a combined social media brand over the last several years by deploying multiple official district-managed Twitter feeds, and primarily by deploying a Facebook fan page. Our school district is a system of about 2,100 students in southeast Nebraska. The district covers a wide geographic area and is a consolidated system serving students in seven small communities, as well as in rural areas just south of Lincoln, Neb.
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    CIOs are not just techies anymore (District Administration Magazine)
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4 tips to keep students on track when using devices in class (MindShift)
What's driving K-12 schools to the cloud? (EdTech Magazine)

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Texas district looks to device management to control social media
THE Journal
The Lewisville, Texas, Independent School District has adopted a new Web security and mobile device control solution to support its one-to-one computing initiative. As part of its "1:x initiative," as the program has been dubbed, the district has distributed 24,000 iPads — with a goal to distribute 53,000 total — to students and also allows them to use their own devices.
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Broward 'likes' facebook for teachers
Sun Sentinel
The Broward County, Fla., School District's latest Facebook status update: It's allowed, at least for some. Teachers and district employees — but not students — can now use district computers to log onto previously blocked sites like Facebook and YouTube. A new school district policy opened the door for social media saying it "realizes that part of 21st century learning is adapting to the changing methods of communication." Palm Beach County schools still block most social media sites from its computers.
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Common Core readiness check: What schools have done or are doing
EdTech Magazine
The Hamblen County, Tenn., Department of Education is nearly ready for the online standardized testing that will become mandatory during the 2014–2015 school year. As teachers work this year to integrate the new Common Core State Standards into the curriculum, HCDOE's IT department is putting the final touches on network upgrades that will provide all 18 schools with ample bandwidth to handle the transition.
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White House adviser: Technology connectivity is a 'tipping point' in education equity
Education Week
Education technology advocates and government officials, including one of the Obama administration's top economic advisers, described slow and unreliable Web connectivity as a major source of inequity in the nation's schools — and touted a federal plan they said would help close those gaps.
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