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Converge Special Report Webinar: Smart Infrastructure for the Future of Education

Converge Special Report Webinar: Smart Infrastructure for the Future of Education | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it
Education is fully immersed in a digital age that continues to bring unprecedented and alarmingly fast technological change. To prepare for and take advantage of this, education leaders need to be well informed to ensure their infrastructure can sustain this change into the future. Based on the Q1 Special Report on Smart Infrastructure for the Future of Education, this webinar highlights some of the major infrastructure priorities for K-20 education to help leaders architect a smart environment for teaching and learning in the digital age.
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Henry partners with BrightBytes to develop technology use in schooling - Henry Herald

Henry partners with BrightBytes to develop technology use in schooling - Henry Herald | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it
“Henry County Schools and BrightBytes, a company focusing on technology analytics and advancements for school systems, have partnered together to provide a research-based questionnaire and analysis aimed at gauging the role of technology use in...”
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Education Week Acquires Learning Matters; Will Boost Video Journalism

Education Week Acquires Learning Matters; Will Boost Video Journalism | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it
In a major expansion of its commitment to video, the newspaper is taking over the TV production company founded by retiring PBS correspondent John Merrow.
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OpenTED

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Welcome to this open experiment in uncovering new ideas – and brand-new ways to communicate them.

If you’ve always wanted to give a TED Talk, dive in! And if the traditional TED Talk style isn’t for you, try something new. Share your ideas in visuals or animation or lyrics or any style you’ve been imagining.

The only restriction: It needs to exist as a video (not a slide deck or audio-only file). And it should be 6 minutes or less.

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Does Not Compute

Does Not Compute | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it
The High Cost of Low Technology Skills in the U.S.--and What We Can Do About ItAlthough American millennials are the first generation of "digital natives"--that is, people who grew up with computers and the internet--they are not very tech savvy. That fact would probably come as a shock to most Americans--especially to millennials themselves. After all, millennials are glued to their phones, tablets, and other devices. Many assume that using technology often means using it well.
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Five Habits of Creative People

Five Habits of Creative People | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it
Whether it's getting into a routine or knowing when to give up, here are the habits creative people have cultivated.
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4G around the globe: Spain has the fastest LTE speeds, the U.S. has among the slowest | VentureBeat | Mobile | by Paul Sawers

4G around the globe: Spain has the fastest LTE speeds, the U.S. has among the slowest | VentureBeat | Mobile | by Paul Sawers | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it
OpenSignal has published its second The State of LTE report, looking at aspects such as 4G speed and coverage on a country-by-country basis.
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Th CE Repor Embracing th Paradoxes of Leadershi and the Power of Doubt

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Build an Innovation Engine in 90 Days

Build an Innovation Engine in 90 Days | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it
By:  Scott Anthony  David Duncan  Pontus M.A. SirenDecember 2014 IssuePractically every company innovates. But few do so in an orderly, reliable way. In far too many organizations, the big breakthroughs happen despite the company. Successful innovations typically follow invisible development paths and require acts of individual heroism or a heavy dose of serendipity. Successive efforts to jump-start innovation through, say, hack-a-thons, cash prizes for inventive concepts, and on-again, off-again task forces frequently prove fruitless. Great ideas remain captive in the heads of employees, innovation initiatives take way too long, and the ideas that are developed are not necessarily the best efforts or the best fit with strategic priorities.

Most executives will freely admit that their innovation engine doesn’t hum the way they would like it to. But turning sundry innovation efforts into a function that operates consistently and at scale feels like a monumental task. And in many cases it is, requiring new organizational structures, new hires, and substantial investment, as the “innovation factory” Procter & Gamble built in the early 2000s did

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Ebooks in 2015: Trends and Forecasts Part 2

Ebooks in 2015: Trends and Forecasts Part 2 
by Nancy K. Herther 
Posted On January 20, 2015
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With all of the Big Five publishers now agreeing to ebook-lending terms with libraries, we are finally seeing stability on this point across the book industry. Additionally, we are also starting to see publishers setting up their own sales/access portals as well as working with vendors and other distribution channels.

This is the second article in a two-part report that aims to provide the information you need to catch up and keep up with this complex area of the information industry. (Click here for Part 1.)

Ebook Subscription Services Arise

YouTube brought video viewing to users anytime, anywhere just 10 years ago, and 2 years later Netflix began to offer streaming video. Given the market dynamics, it was only a matter of time before ebook subscription ventures would also arise. Oyster and Scribd launched their services in 2013. In July 2014, Amazon introduced Kindle Unlimited with a 600,000-plus-title catalog heavy on classics, best-sellers, and books from authors who self-publish on Amazon. Each of these services offers unlimited access to its catalog for $9–$10 per month. There is no limit to the number of books you can read online or download for offline reading (without due dates)—unless you decide to cancel your subscription, when you can no longer access any saved titles.

This model is a bit pricey for all but the voracious reader, perhaps. Amazon’s service has attracted severe criticism from its own self-published authors who clearly see adding their titles to the Unlimited collection as bringing them far less revenue for their efforts than when titles are offered individually. Prolific indie romance author H.M. Ward notes, “I had my serials in it for 60 days and lost approx 75% of my income. That’s counting borrows and bonuses. My sales dropped like a stone. The number of borrows was higher than sales. They didn’t complement each other, as expected. … This model needs to be changed for it to work. Authors shouldn’t be paid lottery style. For this system to work we need a flat rate for borrows, borrowed or not borrowed (not this 10% crap), and it needs to be win win for the reader AND the writer. <-- That is the crux of the matter. I’d like to see Amazon create something new, something better instead of falling in step with Scribd and Oyster.” Amazon has a reputation for strong-arming publishers (which was recently apparent in its negotiation with Hachette Book Group). However, Amazon’s efforts to shortchange its own authors are creating significant frustration in its carefully cultivated indie author community.

Scribd is clearly a company to watch in 2015. On Jan. 5, 2015, it announced “that it has closed a $22 million financing led by Khosla Ventures with reinvestment from existing backers including Redpoint Ventures, Charles River Ventures and Silicon Valley Bank. … This brings Scribd’s total funding to date up to $48M,” with a currently estimated 80 million customers—a number that has been increasing by an average of 31% each month.

“We had a fantastic 2014 at Scribd,” co-founder and CEO Trip Adler explained in the same announcement. “We launched audiobooks with 30,000 titles from publishers like Blackstone and Scholastic. We also doubled our e-Book titles, adding content from 1,000+ publishers—including Big 5 publishers HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster—along with industry leaders like Harlequin, Houghton Mifflin, Lonely Planet, Perseus and Wiley. This new funding round will enable us to work towards achieving our goal of creating the most comprehensive library of the future for our millions of users around the world.”

Is Print Dead? Or Are We Not Asking the Right Questions?


In September 2014, the British trade paper The Bookseller surveyed 16–24-year-olds and found that nearly 75% preferred print to ebooks or audiobooks. In December 2014, Nielsen reported on a survey of the reading habits of 13–17-year-olds, saying, “Despite teens’ tech-savvy reputation, this group continues to lag behind adults when it comes to reading e-books, even with the young adult genre’s digital growth relative to the total e-book market.”


In December 2014, scientists published research on the impact of e-reading on sleep, finding that “those that read from an e-reader such as an iPad or a Kindle before going to bed, had a much more difficult time getting to sleep, and once they were slumbering, they spent less time in a crucial phase of the sleep process and were highly fatigued the following day.” Worse yet, disruption to circadian rhythms can lead to heart attacks, heart failure, stroke, obesity, and a wide variety of other serious health issues. Perhaps technology isn’t always best.


Scott Pack, a HarperCollins publisher, says, “I believe the reader of 2020 or 2030 will have two libraries, print and digital, with different types of books and publications in each. While I have no qualms about trying out a debut author on e-book or loading up some holiday reading on to my Kindle, when it comes to my favourite authors I have to own the print edition, and I remain a sucker for a beautifully designed and printed book.”
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Ownership, Not Buy-In: An Interview with Bob Crumley, Superintendent Chugach School District « Competency Works

Ownership, Not Buy-In: An Interview with Bob Crumley, Superintendent Chugach School District « Competency Works | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it

I had the chance to meet with Bob Crumley, Superintendent of the Chugach School District. He’s worked his way up, starting as a teacher in the village of Whittier, becoming the assistant superintendent in 1999 and superintendent in 2005. Crumley has a powerful story to share, as he’s been part of the team that transformed Chugach into a performance-based system and sustained it for twenty years.

Crumley has tremendous insights into every aspect of creating and managing a personalized, performance-based system. The emphasis on empowerment, situational leadership-management styles, and courage reminded me of my conversation with Virgel Hammonds, Superintendent of RSU2 in Maine. Below, Crumley addresses several key elements of managing a performance-based system:

Personalized is Community-Based: On the Importance of Community Engagement

Creating a personalized, performance-based system starts with engaging the community in an authentic way. Our entire transformation started with the communities and school board challenging us – they wanted to know why their children were not reading at grade level. Our communities were not sure they trusted the schools and teachers. This was partially based on the history of Alaska and how Native Alaskan communities were treated. However, it was also based on the fact that we were not currently effective in helping our children to learn the basics or preparing them for success in their lives. We had to find a way to overcome that.

The superintendent at the time, Roger Sampson, was committed to responding to the community and implemented a top-down reading program. Reading skills did improve, but it also raised questions for all of us about what we needed to do to respond to students to help them learn. With the leadership of Sampson and Richard DeLorenzo, Assistant Superintendent, we took a step back in order to redesign our system.

Twenty years later, we are thankful for how our community guided us in the right direction through difficult-to-answer common sense questions, which we honored by building right into the new system. Should we expect all students to learn the same material, in the same way, at the same pace? Should we allow our system to hold back students who are ready to advance to new learning material? Should we advance students to new learning levels before they are ready? Should we consider the state-tested content areas as the most important, or consider all content areas equally important?

The common sense questions led us to responses, which reversed the traditional education equation. In our past traditional system, time – 180 school days per year – was the constant, and the amount learned by each student each year was the variable.

Community members from Tatitlek, Whittier, and Chenega Bay were involved in the process. Their description of what they wanted for their children helped us to understand we needed to approach students holistically. We needed to be able to prepare students for being successful in their lives – whether that was to live in remote areas, live in urban areas, go to college, work in a business, or create their own methods of supporting themselves. In order to be comprehensive, we created ten content areas that include academic skills, personal and social skills, and employability skills. Our community members also wanted to make sure that their children knew how to learn, so we began to think about the focus of teaching as helping students build content skills through, and with, process skills.

I think the biggest mistake that districts moving towards performance-based systems make is that they skip the community engagement piece. To community members, it quickly becomes “your system” and not “our system.” Too many districts glance through that step, and it always comes back and bites them. When we transform our schools to a personalized system, we have to start with being community-based. We simply can’t think about our students as outside of our own community.

Student Learning: The Core of System-Building

Early on, Sampson and DeLorenzo embraced a continuous improvement model that would be the foundation of the Chugach system. This resulted in CSD receiving the Baldrige award in 2001 and the Alaska Performance Excellence Award in 2009. We continue to be very focused on the continuous improvement approach in our strategic planning process.

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Gigabit-over-TV-cable spec DOCSIS 3.1 passes interop test

Gigabit-over-TV-cable spec DOCSIS 3.1 passes interop test | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it

DOCSIS 3.1, a standard designed to deliver downloads at up to 10Gbps on existing hybrid fibre-coax cable television networks, has passed an interoperability test.

The Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS) standard is overseen by Cable Labs, a not-for-profit outfit that conducts research for the cable companies who fund it and fill its membership roster. Cable companies have an obvious interest in squeezing more out of their existing networks and DOCSIS 3.1 certainly does that: the standard's spec calls for download speeds of up to 10Gbps and uploads at 1Gbps, albeit over short distances.

 

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FCC Boosts Rural Broadband Speed Requirements to 10 Mbps

FCC Boosts Rural Broadband Speed Requirements to 10 Mbps | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it
Broadband providers that want to get funding through the Connect America program to help bring services to more rural users must now agree to provide download speeds of at least 10 Mbps.
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Leadership Fusion | Yashwini Kamdar | TEDxIIT

“When a task oriented, result driven, fierce leader both motivates and genuinely cares, a team can overcome their obstacles and achieve higher results.”
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Cloud Computing Exposes Skill Gap in University IT Shops

Cloud Computing Exposes Skill Gap in University IT Shops | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it
Universities are grappling with how to retrain and redeploy IT leaders in the cloud environment.
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Pen? Keyboard? Voice? Touch? Computer Interfaces and their Impact on Learning - Microsoft in Education Blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

Pen? Keyboard? Voice? Touch? Computer Interfaces and their Impact on Learning - Microsoft in Education Blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it
At Microsoft, we believe providing quality education to the 1.4 billion students around the world is essential to the future of our society. Effective, immersive learning experiences inspire students to demonstrate creative thinking. The right technology can empower education, inspire learning anywhere, and unlock the potential of students, educators, and schools. To make this technology available worldwide we partner with education communities, delivering solutions, services and programs that enhance learning and school management.

Microsoft in education empowers educators to:

• Inspire students to create and demonstrate critical thinking
• Learn anytime, anywhere
• Prepare students for their futures
• Transform and modernize schools and college campuses
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Gig.U | The University Community Next Generation Innovation Network

The University Community Next Generation Innovation Project, or Gig.U, is a broad-based group of over 30 leading research universities from across the United States. Drawing on America’s rich history of community-led innovation in research and entrepreneurship, Gig.U seeks to accelerate the deployment of ultra high-speed networks to leading U.S. universities and their surrounding communities. Improvements to these networks drive economic growth and stimulate a new generationof innovations addressing critical needs, such as health care and education.

Gig.U members understand that next-gen networks lead to next-gen opportunities.

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Do we need a similar K12 non-profit?  What would gig to every building and classroom look like and to what benefits?

 

Then, of course, to every household....

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Apple adds App Store guidelines requiring devs obtain health research data consent, disclose Apple Pay policies, more

Apple adds App Store guidelines requiring devs obtain health research data consent, disclose Apple Pay policies, more | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it
Apple has added some new entries to its App Store Review Guidelines that developers must follow when developing and submitting apps for iOS devices. Among the new additions, Apple is requiring deve...
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Dropbox extension comes to Gmail, solves huge problem for power users - AGBeat

Dropbox extension comes to Gmail, solves huge problem for power users - AGBeat | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it
A hot new Dropbox extension comes to Gmail, offering a simple one-click way to share files with your email contacts.

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FCC's New E-rate Order Brings More Money, Better Rules Supporting Fiber Investment - EdCentral

FCC's New E-rate Order Brings More Money, Better Rules Supporting Fiber Investment - EdCentral | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it

Schools and libraries are going to get a big boost in their Internet connectivity over the next few years.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a second E-rate Modernization Order in December, making further changes to the program that subsidizes Internet connectivity at schools and libraries across the country. Building on the FCC’s July E-rate Modernization Order — which took initial steps to improve Wi-Fi connectivity in schools and libraries and streamline program administration and data collection — the new ordertackles the underlying connectivity challenges and addresses the fact that the program has been historically underfunded. While the media coverage of the latest reforms has focused primarily on the $1.5 billion expansion of E-rate funding, it’s important to recognize that the additional money comes alongside key changes to the program rules to streamline and incentivize cost effective purchasing and investment in long-term, scalable infrastructure solutions. Taken together, these changes will substantially help schools and libraries to meet the connectivity challenges of today and tomorrow.

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Microsoft Surface Hub

Microsoft Surface Hub | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it

Microsoft Surface Hub unlocking the power of the group or classroom or makerspace with a powerful team collaboration device designed to advance the way people work together naturally.

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Mentor High School transforms outdated library into The Hub

Mentor High School transforms outdated library into The Hub | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it
Mentor High School 11th-graders Andrea Wardeiner, Page Cimino and Emma Wagner all agree, The Hub is now a place they will use often to get work done and study. 
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A Guide for Administrators

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“A Guide for Administrators” is the newest resource from CoSN’s Leadership for Mobile Learning initiative. Designed to support school leaders interested in mobile learning, this initiative addresses the capacity of district leadership to overcome the barriers and develop, plan, implement and manage policies to use mobile devices for improving teaching and learning.
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Guide to Implementing Digital Learning

Guide to Implementing Digital Learning | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it
Supporting states and school districts in successful digital learning implementation

With the influx of new technology and increased connectivity, focused strategic planning is more important than ever to ensure digital learning opportunities for all students and educators. Most school districts have made investments in technology equipment, bandwidth and networking, training teachers and supporting both the technology and those using it. Many are looking at upgrading and expanding their use of technology either because of a specific initiative such as online assessment or for a broader push to a 1 to 1 program to accomplish specific school improvement goals. There are a number of factors for districts to consider as they embark upon this effort, key among them being planning, professional learning, software and digital content, broadband, devices, pedagogy and technology support. This resource is intended to provide guidance for districts to consider as they heighten their focus to ensure smooth implementation of digital learning. In addition, this resource includes proven resources and digital learning examples from across the nation to support discussions.

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