This message contains images. If you don't see images, click here to view.
Advertise in this news brief.




Text Version    RSS    Subscribe    Unsubscribe    Archive    Media Kit Dec. 23, 2013

Home   Focus Areas   Advocacy   Events   Membership   Certification   Knowledge Center   About        





Marketing Projects, Inc.

Our touchstones are experience, creativity, cost-effectiveness, knowledge, resourcefulness, focus and your revenue-building goals.


 
As 2013 comes to a close, CoSN would like to wish our members, partners, and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on a busy year in ed tech, we'd like to give our readers of the CoSN eNews a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Monday, Jan. 6.

2013 was busy and full of growth for CoSN. We launched a new website and MyCoSN area, welcomed three new state chapters (hello to Illinois, Wisconsin, and New York!), led an international delegation to Portugal, and certified nearly 100 technology leaders as CETLs.

We were thrilled to work and connect with so many of you at our events this year. If you thought this year was busy, just wait for 2014. CoSN will offer even more opportunities for engagement, starting with our 2014 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. We'll see you then!

Thank you for your continued support, and Happy Holidays!





ED TECH HEADLINES

Common Core technology requirements outlined
Education Week
One of the two consortia designing tests for the Common Core State Standards recently released new guidance on the minimum technology standards states will need to meet to give those tests, beginning in 2014-2015. The Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, says the guidance is meant to provide direction to states and districts on the extent to which current technology meets testing standards, or whether upgrades will be required.
   Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE  


Obama pushes ambitious Internet access plan for schools
The Washington Post
A senior administration official said that if the idea had come up during the presidential campaign, it probably would have been abandoned because of the political risk. Democrats faced withering critiques in the 1990s for advocating gas taxes to fund roads and bridges, and then-Vice President Al Gore was put on the defensive over the "Gore tax," the 1996 law that gave the FCC the power to charge such fees.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


5 unexpected benefits of a wired school
The Hechinger Report
Eric Sheninger, principal of New Milford High School in Bergen County, N.J., is an unabashed education technology evangelist who has wrought some significant transformations in his "traditional blue-collar," yet highly diverse public school through the use of technology, BYOD programs, and particularly social media. He says the light bulb moment came when he joined Twitter just three years ago, in March 2009.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


How to improve the e-Rate
eSchool News
The United States is credited with bringing forth some of the greatest technologies of our time — technologies that are being used today to raise the standard of education for people of all ages, in all circumstances, all around the globe. As a nation, we must take steps to ensure that students and teachers in the United States can benefit from these same resources.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


FEATURED ARTICLE
TRENDING ARTICLE
MOST POPULAR ARTICLE
School districts install, expand iPad programs for hands-on lessons
The Columbian
As Mike Holland paced the front of his seventh-grade math class at La Center Middle School in Washington, his students settled into their seats, touch screens in hand. There was no click-a-tat of three-ring binders opening or the rustling of glossy textbook pages turning.

Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
read more
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.

Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
read more
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.

Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
read more


CoSN and AASA publish professional development toolkit for educational leaders
THE Journal
The Consortium for School Networking and the American Association of School Administrators have released the latest addition to the collaborative Closing the Gap: Turning Data into Action project. The "Closing the Gap Professional Development Toolkit" is a step-by-step curricular plan and set of professional resources intended to help teachers and administrators use educational data to improve instruction and student achievement.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


CoSN 2013: Districts transition to digital-rich learning environments
EdTech Magazine
Digital content is changing the teaching and learning paradigm in notable ways. But every district adapts differently, based on its socioeconomic and cultural circumstances. In an effort to leverage the experience and expertise of those districts advancing student-centered learning in digitally rich environments, the Consortium for School Networking assembled a cadre of more than 110 educators and IT professionals from 25 districts in 16 states last summer to participate in Teaming for Transformation, a blended learning initiative. The group focused on how to: lead a digital conversion for student learning; build and advance a culture of instruction with digital resources and tools; and create and support a digital learning environment that reaches every student and teacher.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


District suspends $30 million amplify program over safety concerns
Tech Crunch
A North Carolina school district has suspended the use of 15,000 tablets after reports of multiple hardware issues, including the device's charger melting at home. Guilford County Superintendent Maurice "Mo" Green has suspended the $30 million program on safety concerns. The recall is a major sting for NewsCorp's Amplify, which released details of its digital-first education initiative back at TechCrunch Disrupt 2012. Directed by former New York City education chancellor, Joel Klein, there are high hopes that Amplify can help bring K-12 education into the 21st century. But, melting tablet accessories aren't a good sign.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


  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.
 


K-12 student database jazzes tech startups, spooks parents
Reuters
An education technology conference in Austin, Texas, will clang with bells and whistles as startups eagerly show off their latest wares. But the most influential new product may be the least flashy: a $100 million database built to chart the academic paths of public school students from kindergarten through high school. In operation just three months, the database already holds files on millions of children identified by name, address and sometimes social security number. Learning disabilities are documented, test scores recorded, attendance noted. In some cases, the database tracks student hobbies, career goals, attitudes toward school — even homework completion.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


Ohio online filters to stop blocking educational sites
The Columbus Dispatch
Columbus teachers and students using the Web at school have found their searches blocked at every click. There has been no YouTube, even when science teachers wanted to show a video about cells. Anatomy diagrams for health-track classes at the career centers? Nope. Elementary-school teachers searching for photos of well-known art? Thwarted. Math teachers who wanted kids to compare prices among online retailers? Out of luck. They couldn't access Walmart, Kmart and Amazon.com.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


Study gauges value of technology in schools
The New York Times
With school districts rushing to buy computers, tablets, digital white boards and other technology, a new report questions whether the investment is worth it. In a review of student survey data conducted in conjunction with the federal exams known as the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the nonprofit Center for American Progress found that middle school math students more commonly used computers for basic drills and practice than to develop sophisticated skills. The report also found that no state was collecting data to evaluate whether technology investments were actually improving student achievement.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE
Looking for similar articles? Search here, keyword TECHNOLOGY.


Parents' top 12 back-to-school tech questions
Common Sense
This year, the back-to-school season will bring more technology — both in and out of the classroom — than ever before. Navigating this territory will be challenging, exciting and puzzling. Here are some of the top concerns we've heard from parents trying to figure it all out.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Mobile study: Tablets make a difference in teaching and learning (THE Journal)
Success! (after 2 failures) This Georgia district has finally created what might be the most comprehensive digital learning system in the country (Scholastic Administrator)
Dreaming of data: Why K-12 needs more analytics (EdTech Magazine)

Don't be left behind. Click here to see what else you missed.


School districts install, expand iPad programs for hands-on lessons
The Columbian
As Mike Holland paced the front of his seventh-grade math class at La Center Middle School in Washington, his students settled into their seats, touch screens in hand. There was no click-a-tat of three-ring binders opening or the rustling of glossy textbook pages turning. There was just the silent unsheathing of tablet computers from their cloth vessels and the chatter of excited voices. This is the new classroom.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


The perils of online college learning
Los Angeles Times
Let it not be said that San Jose State University hasn't taught the world a valuable lesson in the promises and pitfalls of the fancy new craze for online university learning. The Cal State University campus set itself up as a pioneer in the field in January, when it announced plans to enroll up to 300 students in three introductory online courses; the fee would be $150, a deep discount from the usual cost of more than $2,000. Two weeks ago the results of the experiment came in. More than half the students flunked.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


Education program's data collection on kids angers critics
NPR
The federal government has taken a beating recently for sticking its nose where many Americans believe it doesn't belong. We can add another complaint to the list: that the government is learning far too much about your kids by collecting student data. NPR's Cory Turner looked into that charge.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


CIOs are not just techies anymore
District Administration Magazine
Sounds like a tall order. But this is exactly what is expected of a K-12 district CIO today — a role that is completely different from what it was just five years ago. The CIO position in the K-12 education sector has changed in three primary ways: 1) From managing boxes and wires to providing service and support; 2) From making decisions in a vacuum to making collaborative decisions with others; 3) And from being an under-the-executive-radar manager to having a seat at the executive leadership table, and being included in long-range district planning and instructional decisions.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


 

CoSN eNews
Colby Horton, Vice President of Publishing, 469.420.2601
Download media kit

Hailey Golden, Senior Education Editor, 469.420.2630  
Contribute news

This edition of the CoSN eNews was sent to ##Email##. To unsubscribe, click here. Did someone forward this edition to you? Subscribe here -- it's free!
Recent issues
Special Blast - Dec. 17
Dec. 9, 2013
Nov. 25, 2013
Special Blast - Nov. 21



7701 Las Colinas Ridge, Ste. 800, Irving, TX 75063