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Save $100 when you register for CoSN14 by Friday!
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Get a head start on next year's professional development by registering for the 2014 CoSN Annual Conference. And don't delay — if you register by Friday (December 13), you'll save $100! Continuously Connected ... Constantly Learning will be held March 19-22 here in Washington, D.C. 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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CoSN webinar tomorrow: Can learning analytics enable personalized learning?
CoSN
Our 2013-2014 webinar series continues tomorrow, December 10th! Join us for "Can Learning Analytics Enable Personalized Learning?" from 1-2:00 p.m. ET to discover the best practices for using data and learning analytics to guide your instructional strategies and improve student learning. Our speaker districts are doing incredible things with data. They'll share their insights on how to personalize and deepen learning and discuss new resources including the 2013 Horizon K-12 report and CoSN's EdTechNext report on data. We'll hear from leaders at Hamilton Schools, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, and Clark County Schools.

Register now to join the conversation! Remember, all webinars are free for CoSN members.

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Join TFT II leaders for a free Google Hangout on Monday
CoSN
CoSN's Teaming for Transformation II initiative brings together school districts from around the country to approach their digital conversions as part of a key blended learning experience. In face to face meetings and an online community of practice, TFT II districts have discussed the best practices for and sketched blueprints of digital conversions. You can get an exclusive peek into their work during a Google Hangout on Air on Monday, Dec. 16 from 4-5 p.m. ET. TFT II leaders will share their experiences and take audience questions in a live video chat.

Just head to CoSN's YouTube channel on Monday to stream the conversation live! While you're there, be sure to mark your calendar for future Hangouts on January 14 and Jan. 21, also at 4 p.m. ET.

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Schools and libraries need a high-fiber diet
Ed Central
Technology infrastructure isn't really a sexy topic in education (even by policy wonk standards), but robust broadband infrastructure in schools is fundamental to the success of many of the most promising innovations in PreK-12 education. To truly support next generation connectivity — in other words, to make sure schools have enough bandwidth to actually use resources such as e-books, online courseware, HD videoconferencing, and more — the FCC's E-rate program should prioritize service standards and encourage investment in fiber infrastructure.
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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.

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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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Success! (after 2 failures) This Georgia district has finally created what might be the most comprehensive digital learning system in the country
Scholastic Administrator
The most interesting moment in Forsyth County Schools' journey to becoming one of the key progressive school districts in the country might just be its lowest point. The medium-size district outside Atlanta had grabbed one of the first federal i3 grants in 2010 with an audacious plan to build a digital system that would allow teachers to differentiate learning more easily than someone switching apps on her smartphone.
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Dreaming of data: Why K-12 needs more analytics
EdTech Magazine
In enterprises and the federal government, the topic that's all the rage these days is Big Data. The ability and the power to capture, store and analyze data to make informed decisions has many in those sectors dreaming of highly efficient, expertly tuned organizations. But the trend is moving at a much slower pace when it comes to K–12 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 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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Mobile study: Tablets make a difference in teaching and learning
THE Journal
A pair of studies — the first of their kind — found that tablets can make a difference in the learning habits of students. The studies are part of a new Making Learning Mobile project, an attempt to quantify and qualify the benefits of mobile technology in education and the infrastructure needed to support mobile activities. The studies were conducted by Project Tomorrow and sponsored by Kajeet, a wireless service provider focused exclusively on kids and education. Funding was also provided by Qualcomm through its Wireless Reach initiative.
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    Our educational leaders must get aggressive with technology (The Huffington Post)
Dade delays tech rollout as other districts struggle (Miami Herald)
Checklist: Are you ready for iPads in your school? (MindShift)
Ed-tech chief posits 5 innovation questions for schools (Education Week)
As schools become more technologically advanced, who is in charge? (The Hechinger Report)

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13 modern challenges today's school tech leaders face
eSchool News
It's not always about funding, though that's still a major challenge for the modern school technology leader. A recent forum held for chief technology officers covered a wide range of 21st century challenges, including one few saw coming: If the technology works "too" well, are tech leaders still valued?
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The slow gamification of K-12 classrooms
The Huffington Post
Children are becoming acutely acquainted with mobile technology long before their K-12 classroom years. When they arrive at their first organized school experiences, they are often already savvy on basic computers and mobile devices. If their parents used this technology correctly, these kids have had at least some exposure to phonics and math through learning websites, downloads and other applications. Research suggests that once these young learners enter a classroom, however, learning through tech "games" disappears. Families may still choose to buy the apps and use them at home but schools are slow to bring gamification of education into their classrooms.
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Cards let schools, parents keep eye on their student
USA Today
When fourth-grader Abby Ahrens boards her school bus in this Cincinnati suburb, she thrusts out a white card as she passes a small computer screen next to the bus doors. It beeps, and the monitor lights up briefly. Her mother gets a text message saying her daughter has made it onto the bus. The same thing happens when Abby gets off the bus at Dater Montessori School in Cincinnati, so Mom knows that Abby has arrived safely. The ZPass program, a partnership between Cincinnati Public Schools and First Student bus company, is billed as a tool to inform parents and improve ridership data. But it's also one way schools are trying to keep tabs of their students — often to track attendance.
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