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As 2012 comes to a close, CoSN would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the CoSN eNews, a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume next Monday, Jan. 7.

CoSN Year in Review
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2012 was a busy year for us at CoSN. As we celebrated our 20th anniversary, we released our new Strategic Plan, held a highly successful annual conference in Washington, D.C., and were continually inspired by our members across the nation. We also launched the prestigious Certified Education Technology Leader certification program, designed to identify ed tech leaders at the pinnacle of their profession. 52 people have already been certified, and more are taking the test each month.

CoSN continued to provide leading resources and professional development for school system leaders, particularly through its Leadership Initiatives. Twenty-five school district teams joined forces as part of CoSN's thriving Teaming for Transformation initiative, a blended learning experience combining an online Community of Practice with a face-to-face meeting in Mooresville, N.C. Online CoPs also flourished on, which was launched in August to empower schools and educators to undertake the digital transition. We partnered with the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation on our Participatory Learning Initiative and with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on using data to inform instruction.

On the membership front, we were thrilled to welcome the Tennessee Educational Technology Association, CoSN's 14th state chapter. State chapters provide invaluable opportunities for collaboration and access to resources at the local level. CoSN continues to grow and thrive because of the support of educational leaders like you, and we are constantly excited by the things our members are doing in ed tech.

In the midst of all this, we produced a number of well-reviewed publications, including the 2012 K-12 Horizon Report & Toolkit, our EdTechNext reports on emerging technologies, and timely offerings like the IT Crisis Preparedness checklist we distributed after Hurricane Sandy. Other offerings like our webinars and CTO Clinics helped round out our busy year.

As 2012 comes to a close, we'd like to thank you for your continued support of CoSN and your leadership in the education technology community. We are looking forward to continuing our efforts and accomplishing even more in 2013. We're excited for a number of great publications and events coming up, especially our annual conference in March; we hope to see you there.

Happy Holidays to all of you from CoSN!

Yours sincerely,

Keith Krueger

Pearson's open book
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Nov. 26, 2012 issue: If you can't beat them, join them. That is Pearson's latest approach to open educational resources — the free online learning materials that have proliferated over the last decade and a half, posing a threat to traditional publishers. The education and media company unveiled Project Blue Sky, a search engine to help instructors locate free materials from popular OER repositories. More

Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends For 2013
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Nov. 5, 2012 issue: Another day, another top 10 list from Gartner. Recently, the research firm laid out "10 critical tech trends for the next five years." Gartner took a look at a little closer in, providing a list of the "Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2013." More


Instructure is focused on helping institutions improve education through technology. Founded in 2008 by two computer science graduate students, Instructure builds Canvas―the only simple, open learning management system native to the cloud. Instructure services more than 250 post-secondary and K-12 educational institutions. To learn more about Canvas by Instructure visit

More districts go BYOD
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Oct. 22, 2012 issue: There's been a fair amount of buzz about schools going "BYOD" — meaning they are allowing students to bring in their own digital devices to use in the classroom. Some schools believe it to be a less-costly way to provide advanced mobile technology to students, and many teachers, particularly in areas of math and science, have found the BYOD infrastructure useful to their lessons. Policies encouraging BYOD models help eliminate the struggle between students and teachers over using mobile devices during the school day and the fatigue that teachers encounter after repeatedly admonishing students to "Put your tech away." More

The hard(ware) choice: Selecting a 1-to-1 computing device
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Nov. 26, 2012 issue: When it comes to implementing a large-scale 1-to-1 computing initiative, deciding which device students will use every day to support their learning requires a significant amount of thought and research. Laptop, netbook, Chromebook, tablet — each device has enough similarities to make the decision seem easy, but enough differences to make a big impact on the way technology is managed in the classroom and across your district. More

Report: Education technology, digital learning not as easy as it seems
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Nov. 26, 2012 issue: A report from the Alliance for Excellent Education identifies four key challenges that public school district leaders must address in the next two years in order to successfully bring digital learning and education technology into K-12 classrooms. The driving force behind the nationwide effort to adopt a comprehensive digital learning strategy is the move by all states to raise academic expectations by requiring students to graduate from high school college- and career-ready. Additionally, the Common Core State Standards adopted by 46 states and the District of Columbia necessitates using technology to prepare students for computer-administered assessments in the 2014-2015 school year. More

Special education concerns emerge with online learning
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Oct. 22, 2012 issue: As schools increasingly turn to online classes, a group tasked with investigating the impact on students with disabilities is raising some serious concerns. In an open letter, officials with the federally-funded Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities say that there are a number of unknowns with this emerging technology. Specifically, they say that online learning is plagued with inconsistent policies, questionable teacher training requirements and accessibility problems, among other issues. More

State leaders: Here's how we're going digital
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Nov. 5, 2012 issue: There's been much recent talk about schools going all-digital — from Arne Duncan's call to action to the backlash from educators — but implementing digital resources is no easy task. During a recent stakeholder forum, however, leaders and experts came together to address how to make this shift into a reality. The forum, Advancing Education in the Digital Age, was part of the State Educational Technology Directors Association 2012 Leadership Summit and highlighted SETDA's recent report on the shift to digital instruction. More

Report tracks student-data system usage
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Nov. 5, 2012 issue: Most educators spend less than an hour a year using the city's $80 million student-data system, which transformed access to basic student information, a new study from New York University found. The Achievement Reporting and Innovation System is most useful early in the year as teachers check out incoming students' test scores and administrators create student schedules, said the study by NYU's Research Alliance for New York City Schools. More

What's worth investing in? How to decide what technology you need
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Oct. 22, 2012 issue: The promise of technology in the pursuit of learning is vast — and so are the profits. The SIIA valued the ed-tech market at $7.5 billion. With daily launches of new products promising to solve all manner of problems — from managing classrooms to engaging bored students with interactive content to capturing and organizing data, to serving as a one-stop-shop for every necessary service, choosing from the dizzying number of products on the market can be confusing. More

Teacher observation: High-tech or low-tech?
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Nov. 5, 2012 issue: As short, frequent, unannounced classroom visits become more common in American schools, principals have significant choices on how and when to use laptop computers, tablet devices and smartphones as part of this teacher-evaluation technique. Lots of commercial software products are designed to streamline the process of gathering information on classroom observations and giving feedback to teachers, but is technology always the best tool? More


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