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March 13, 2013
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Does BYOT put some students at a disadvantage?
School districts nationwide have implemented bring-your-own-technology programs as a low-cost solution to providing students with one-to-one access to technology, writes former English teacher AJ Juliani. In this blog post, Juliani writes that such programs save districts money but could put students who don't have the resources at a disadvantage. Students, he writes, have varying levels of access to technology and proficiency in using the devices, particularly for academic purposes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (3/11)
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Coalition studies best practices for digital conversion
At this week's Consortium for School Networking annual conference, members of the Teaming for Transformation blended-learning initiative revealed some of their findings, amassed between May 2012 and March 2013. Participants, who included more than 110 educators and IT professionals from 25 districts nationwide, worked to implement "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." EdTech magazine (3/2013)
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How should teachers be trained on education technology?
There is an increasing focus on professional development for teachers related to education technology. With that focus, however, has come calls for the training to center more on the learning -- rather than on the specific devices. For example, Leslie Conery, interim chief education officer for the International Society for Technology in Education, says instead of training teachers to use iPads, the focus should be on the goal of the iPads, such as helping students read, write or hold classroom discussions. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (3/14)
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3 states join forces to purchase education technology
Maine, Hawaii and Vermont are working together to purchase education technology -- a collaboration driven by the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. At least five other states are considering joining the Multi-State Learning Technology Initiative, which some say could help states save money and gain purchasing leverage by joining forces in the digital-procurement process. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (3/13)
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Skype helps Okla., Tenn. students collaborate for Bill of Rights lesson
A fifth-grade class in Oklahoma recently connected with eighth-graders in Tennessee via Skype for a lesson on the Bill of Rights. Students used the technology to participate in joint presentations on the topic, using PowerPoint, interactive whiteboards and classroom computers. The teachers found each other while doing online research on the topic and joined forces on the lesson, in which one class created slides demonstrating uses for the Bill of Rights, while the other created slides with background information and limitations. The Duncan Banner (Okla.) (3/12)
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Which tech tools are being used in your school or district as part of math instruction or assessment? 
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Tablets top smartphones in Internet traffic volume
Tablets account for 8% of all Internet traffic globally, topping smartphones, at 7%, for the first time, according to Adobe's latest Digital Index. Form factor is the key for tablets, as smartphones are in many more consumer hands, says index analyst Tyler White. "Whether it be leisurely surfing the Web, engaging with video, or shopping online, on average internet users view 70 percent more pages per visit when browsing with a tablet compared to a smartphone," White wrote. CNET (3/7)
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