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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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Report: Testing and assessment products are now the biggest category of education technology sales
THE Journal
The education division of the Software & Information Industry Association has released the first report in a new series of Behind the Data publications. According to Testing and Assessment: A PreK-12 U.S. Education Technology Market Report, testing and assessment products — which include software, digital content and related digital services — now make up the largest single category of educational technology sales.
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Letting learning technology flourish in schools
District Administration Magazine
A photo on Scott McLeod's popular "Dangerously Irrelevant" blog carries the caption, "We're so busy doing 20th century teaching, we don't have time to initiate 21st century learning." That, in a nutshell, is McLeod's driving concern about K12 education. A country that doesn't embrace technology and innovation in its education system cannot hope to compete in an increasingly knowledge-based economy. "Job growth in America, in terms of numbers, is around non-routine cognitive work — the stuff that requires sophisticated mental thinking, creative work, problem-solving, collaboration — and we aren't doing a good job preparing students for that," he says.
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Tech requirements when innovative educators present
Innovative educators are sharers of their craft. As such they present a lot. When they do, they’re asked to share their tech requirements. It’s surprising that this is still a question as needs are standard.
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How rural schools paid for students' home Internet to transform learning
Like many districts serving low-income populations, it was fairly easy for Piedmont City School District officials in Alabama to find funds for devices. District officials wanted to leverage technology to open up opportunities for the 1,240 students in this rural community, so they started sending devices home with kids in grades 4-12 in 2009 through a program they call mPower Piedmont. However, lack of access to the Internet after school and in kids' homes became a major obstacle to learning with those devices.
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Billions more in spending for school Internet connections under FCC proposal
The Hechinger Report
After months of pleas from the nation's school leaders, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission agreed that billions more dollars each year are needed to improve school and library Internet connections. Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed raising the cap on such spending by about $1.5 billion a year to support work to link nearly every school with a reliable, high-speed Internet connection. About 70 percent lack such service now, according to federal estimates. If the additional funding is approved, it would bring the cap on total yearly spending on this program to about $3.9 billion.
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7 telling statistics about the state of K-12 online learning
EdTech Magazine
A new report on the state of K–12 online education shows growth in the world of connected instruction, but some states are still putting up barriers to bringing classrooms online. Keeping Pace with K–12 Digital Learning, the 11th edition of Evergreen Education Group's annual study, is a 176-page, detailed analysis on how schools across the country have been incorporating online instruction. The report reaches two conclusions: Students have more online learning options than ever before, but wide gaps remain in how these options are distributed among schools. The report also raises concerns about the lack of studies tracking digital learning activities.
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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.

FBI seizes Los Angeles schools' IPad documents
The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
The U.S. attorney's office subpoenaed the Los Angeles Unified School District for records pertaining to its $1 billion iPad project as part of a federal grand jury probe. A copy of the subpoena released Tuesday requests all documents related to proposals for the district's cornerstone technology initiative, which has been plagued with problems since its rollout last year. The requested records include proposal scoring documents, review committee files and employee information, among other materials.
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States expanded availability and uses of student K-12 data, new report says
Education Week
The number of states that provide data to parents allowing them to track their children's academic progress has more than doubled in the last three years from eight to 17, while more than 100 bills designed to better safeguard student data were considered in states, according to a recent report from the Washington-based Data Quality Campaign. The "Data for Action 2014" report from the group, which advocates for the availability and use of student data to improve K-12 achievement.
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