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Prove your ed tech mettle
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Take a digital leap in your professional development by taking CoSN's Certified Education Technology Leader exam! CETLs have demonstrated that they have the necessary skills to re-shape 21st century learning in their districts. Register now for our exam dates in December: Dec. 6 in Southborough, Mass., and Dec. 14 in Minneapolis. If these don't work for you, you can take the CETL exam anytime, anywhere — just email us at certification@cosn.org to set up an exam near you.
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Save on your annual conference registration through Dec. 13
CoSN
Register now for our 2014 CoSN Annual Conference and save $100! Our early pricing discounts are only available until Dec. 13, so don't delay. Continuously Connected ... Constantly Learning will be held March 19-22 here in Washington, DC. Hear from expert keynote speakers and customize your conference experience by choosing among 55 breakout sessions and joining our first-ever CoSNCamp. While you're here, why not extend the experience with our exclusive pre- and post-conference learning tours? Stay tuned to www.cosnconference.org for full information.
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Join us for a CoSN Webinar on Dec. 10
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The next installment in CoSN's 2013-2014 webinar series will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 10. "Can Learning Analytics Enable Personalized Learning?" will empower you to personalize your students' learning. Cutting-edge districts are successfully using data and learning analytics to re-vamp their instructional strategies — how are they doing it? What are the most potent opportunities for personalizing learning? Our webinar will point you in the right direction with talks from experts and an analysis of CoSN resources including EdTechNext reports and the 2013 Horizon K-12 report. Register now to join us on Dec. 10 — remember, all CoSN webinars are free for members!
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Access newly-released CTO Forum reports
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Take advantage of your CoSN membership to access our 2013 CTO Forum Reports for free! The reports offer high-level summaries and analyses of our CTO Forums. CTO Forums, held twice a year, provide opportunities for tech leaders to share information and keep up-to-date with all of the challenges and solutions of ed tech. Accessing forum reports is the next-best thing to being there!

Our March 2013 Forum report, "The 'Undiscussables' of Technology Leadership: Engaging in Challenging Conversations," examines the challenges CTOs face as they work to elevate learning in their districts. Our June report, "Technology Department Landscape: That was Then, This is Now!," explores the evolving roles and skill sets of CTOs as technology becomes increasingly integral to teaching and learning. Download the reports today — they're almost as good as being there!

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Our educational leaders must get aggressive with technology
The Huffington Post
Technology and social media continue to dramatically change the way we live and work. Social media in particular can be a great equalizer by enabling job seekers to connect with influencers outside of traditional offline social networks. Given its importance, why isn't this technology playing a stronger role in the curricula of our schools? So when a judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit that authors had filed against Google after countless delays, it had the whiff of inevitability. Even the judge, Denny Chin of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, said during a September hearing on the case that his law clerks used Google Books for research.
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More states are collecting and using student data to improve education
U.S. News & World Report
More now than ever, states are expanding the ways they use student data to inform how they make changes to and improve their education systems, according to a report from the Data Quality Campaign. The Washington-based nonprofit measures states by a list of 10 benchmarks that show how effectively they use different data measures, such as linking K-12 and higher education data and creating progress reports with student-level data for teachers, students and parents. The group found that in 2013, Arkansas and Delaware were the first two states to meet all 10 benchmarks.
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As schools become more technologically advanced, who is in charge?
The Hechinger Report
It's hard to argue against having better and more technology in schools. An increasingly high-tech world where students communicate largely on digital devices means educators can easily be left behind.

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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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How schools are managing the move to mobile
District Administration Magazine
The rise of 1-to-1 programs has pushed a surge of mobile devices into schools, creating a whole new logistical challenge for district CIOs. How the iPads, Androids, and other devices are managed depends on whether they are owned by the students or by the district. And while some districts both provide the devices and allow students to bring their own, CIOs are wise to deploy a mobile device management system to keep track of both the hardware and the data.
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Kajeet and Project Tomorrow announce results from landmark 1-to-1 mobile learning study
Kajeet
The Making Learning Mobile Project was implemented with a middle school within a large suburban school district to evaluate the benefits of mobile learning by providing every student and teacher with a tablet computer for use at school and at home. Specifically, this project was developed to evaluate how access to these devices for communication with teachers and classmates increases comfort with technology, extends the learning day, and allows students to develop digital citizenship skills within a safe and secure learning environment.
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Distributing the future: Which children will we leave behind?
Benton Foundation
Blair Levin, a contributor for Benton Foundation, writes: "Today, I will focus on the biggest issue the FCC will face in how it upgrades the E-Rate program; whether all American school children will soon be able to take advantage of transformative digital education or whether that opportunity will only be available to some, with millions left behind for years, if not decades, to come. Before discussing that decision, let me quickly note that I serve in a voluntary capacity as an advisor to the LEAD Commission, a coalition organized to provide policy makers insight into how to advance education through digital technologies, but I am speaking solely for myself, reflecting my experiences running the National Broadband Plan, as a business lawyer and as a Wall St. analyst."
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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.
 


As schools become more technologically advanced, who is in charge?
The Hechinger Report
It's hard to argue against having better and more technology in schools. An increasingly high-tech world where students communicate largely on digital devices means educators can easily be left behind. A harsh lesson emerged in Los Angeles, making it clear that it's not just enough to have iPads in school these days. As LAUSD gears up to try again, education technology experts say the district's experience underscores the changing demands of chief technology experts — technicians who must figure out how to keep them from being hacked, but also must understand how using devices enhances teaching and learning.
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Dade delays tech rollout as other districts struggle
Miami Herald
Tens of thousands of high school freshman and seventh graders were slated to get brand new, high tech hardware this fall as the Miami-Dade school district prepared to launch a massive rollout of digital devices. But after months of planning, sales pitches and dry runs, the first phase of the $63 million project has been pushed back. The reason?
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Checklist: Are you ready for iPads in your school?
MindShift
It seems that every school is considering purchasing iPads these days, and Apple has reported that iPad sales to schools are currently outselling MacBook sales by a very large margin. However, the rush to purchase iPads often precedes the careful planning and preparation that's so crucial to their success as educational tools. Technology alone is never the answer. Instead, iPad use needs to be integrated within a holistic approach to 21st century education that encompasses a thorough and ongoing review of the skills and competencies required in our rapidly changing society and the educational processes that best help students acquire them.
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How school leaders can empower the digital transition
eSchool News
Transitioning to a digital curriculum has been met with a mixture of enthusiasm and concern. While digital resources align with students' learning preferences and will enable them to leave school ready for college and the workforce, education leaders know that the digital shift requires planning, professional development, and support for teachers. As school administrators determine which digital curriculum solution — including packaged solutions with built-in assessments to state-created resources — will best suit their needs, they must ensure that teachers have enough administrator support and professional development to correctly implement truly beneficial digital curriculum resources.
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Google allowed to proceed with book-scanning project
The New York Times
Google's idea to scan millions of books and make them searchable online seemed audacious when it was announced in 2004. But fast-forward to today, when people expect to find almost anything they want online, and the plan seems like an unsurprising and unavoidable part of today's Internet.
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Do built environments impact behaviors?
SCUP
In this article — "Built Environments Impact Behaviors: Results of an Active Learning Post-Occupancy Evaluation" — fresh results from research show that "rigorous research methods embedded in the design of product(s) and contextual solutions result in measurable improvements."
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