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Register for CoSN15
CoSN
This year is speeding to a close, which means it's almost time for CoSN15! Our annual conference will be held in Atlanta, GA from March 16-19 and will focus on Enabling Your Digital Leap. How can we shift our conversations beyond the "why" of technology investment to the "how?" What is required to successfully make the digital leap? Each year, our annual conference brings together ed tech leaders from all around the country to discuss their most pressing issues and most exciting successes. Come join the conversation! Register now (and save $100 if you register in the next 3 weeks)!
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New SmartIT Leadership Guide
CoSN
School districts nationwide continue to face relatively constrained IT budgets. The SmartIT Leadership Guide, a new CoSN resource, helps district technology leaders address this challenge by providing practical, strategic information and tools. The guide is part of CoSN's SmartIT: Strategic Technology Planning and Management initiative.
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New laws strengthen protection of student data
District Administration Magazine
States are ramping up student data privacy laws, with lawmakers in the 2014 legislative cycle passing 30 of 120 proposed bills aimed at protecting personal information. The most comprehensive law was passed in California in September. It prohibits educational sites, apps and cloud services from selling or disclosing students' personal information. The data also cannot be used to target advertising to students.
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7 reasons digital equity is a social justice issue
eSchool News
Digital access and digital equity continue to present a challenge to educators. Meeting that challenge is more important than ever, because, as many stakeholders say, digital equity is about more than access to devices and strong Internet connections — it's about social justice and fair opportunity. Mobile learning equity has been a big focus for educators for many years, but discussions usually center on access to devices and internet.
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Going #BYOD? Educators share ideas on using devices for learning
Tech&Learning
If you're in a school where students have access to technology they have amazing learning tools at their fingertips. While equity and access is wonderful for students, teachers must know how to harness the power of these devices. If they don't, these tools of engagement can turn into weapons of mass distraction.
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Study: Education technology vendors often in dark on district needs
Education Week
Educational technology companies trying to do business with schools often have only a vague sense of district officials' specific buying needs, according to a new study that delves into vendors' and K-12 leaders' frustrations with the procurement process. The study, based on surveys and interviews of district leaders and ed-tech company officials, finds that many business officials regard the district buying process as cumbersome and confusing.
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Technology revitalizes hands-on education in classrooms
Scientific American
Technology has abstracted the educational sphere in the way it has abstracted all other aspects of our lives. Pencils and paper have given way to the more amorphous cloud-based computing, kids are presenting more with Prezi than on poster boards, and work can be turned in online instead of in-hand. Like any technological "progress" or innovation, in education, as in life, some have wholeheartedly embraced this move to the virtual, some have allowed it to seep into their lives, and some have bucked it for as long as they could. Is it possible, though, that human beings crave a certain amount of tactile learning?
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Florida education leaders explore technology in schools
Tampa Bay Times
Technology is here to stay. The question, state Sen. John Legg says, is how to make it work best for students and teachers in Florida's classrooms. Hoping to amp up the conversation, Legg brought together close to 300 education and technology leaders on Thursday for a half-day symposium all about the issue. "Unfortunately, when many students enter school, they have to power down," Legg said. "They actually have to step back in time." Schools need to keep up, he said, and not just by buying gadgets. They must focus on how to integrate the tools with the lessons.
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Google: Chromebooks take top spot in K-12 device market
EdTech Magazine
An upcoming report from IT industry analyst IDC pegs Chromebooks as the best-selling device in the market for K–12 tablets and notebooks this year, Google announced Monday in a blog post. "Schools tell us that Chromebooks fill three big needs: they're easy for students and teachers to use, they're easy to share and they're easy to manage," writes Cyrus Mistry, the lead product manager of Chromebooks for Education. The search engine giant has made bold strides to secure the Chromebook's position in the world of K–12 technology. Hundreds of school districts across the country have adopted the low-cost notebook for one-to-one device initiatives. According to a July survey by Gartner, 85 percent of Chromebooks sold are used in education.
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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 digital games help teachers make connections to lessons and students
MindShift
It's not unusual for educators to use analog games in the classroom, but as more classrooms gain access to technology, digital games are also making a strong showing. A recent Joan Ganz Cooney Center survey of 694 K-8 teachers found that 74 percent of those surveyed use digital games in the classroom, up from 50 percent two years ago. Many of the teachers finding the most success are good at creatively connecting the game back to the curriculum, while allowing it to maintain the qualities of a good game. These teachers are often more comfortable with games themselves, playing for fun in their spare time, and are thus more likely to see valuable classroom connections.
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Principals push for more safeguards for student privacy
Education Week
With rising concern over student privacy ushered in by the increasing use of technology in schools — from apps in the classrooms, cloud services for storage, and other digital products that collect students' personal information — the National Association of Secondary School Principals released a set of recommendations to help safeguard student privacy. The recommendations, which are aimed at federal, state and local school policymakers, were developed by a working group of principals.
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Technology and just-in-time learning
EdSurge
While technology has transformed almost every aspect of modern life, our higher education system has barely changed. Universities teach young adults today in much the same way they did in medieval Europe: "Sage on Stage," the model where a professor lectures in a unidirectional manner to a roomful of hundreds of students. Today's technology and new insights into using it, however, present very real opportunities. The promise of improving learning outcomes while increasing retention and graduation rates is something we can no longer ignore.
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