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From the Editor

Anne Wujcik, EditorJust a few things that readers may want to know about:

October is Connected Educator Month, the fourth annual celebration of professional collaboration, designed to help more educators get proficient with social media. It's not too late to get your message in front of participating educators.

Applications are now open for the Software and Education Industry Association's 2015 Innovation Incubator Program. SIIA is looking for early-revenue stage ed tech companies with products or services that are innovative and unlike any others on the market.

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is taking a number of steps to ensure a better testing experience for its member states in 2015-16, including an outside evaluation of the quality and performance of its open source test-delivery platform.

The FCC is making progress on bringing broadband to rural America. This week, the FCC announced that with the exception of Verizon, the price cap carriers accepted 95% of their Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II allocations.

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Market Insights

market-insightsIndustry Veterans Share Top 10 Tips for EdNET Networking

Perhaps you saw my Top 10 Tips for Effective Networking at Industry Events. I thought it would be valuable to ask some longtime EdNET attendees and supporters for their tips for maximizing the EdNET experience. Read on for the rundown on their suggestions for helping you!

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She Snoops for Scoops: The Personal Side of the EdNET Community

Vicki Smith BighamOh my, September is starting with a storm. What a week this has been! I should let you know that today is Hug Your Boss Day. I will leave that up to you, but if you consider that your boss has quite a job in just managing you, you can at least express your appreciation for the job he or she is doing! But please read on now for all of this week's scoops....

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McGraw-Hill Education Survey Finds 91% of K-12 Parents Welcome Digital Learning as a Performance-Improving and More Cost-Effective

As students return to schools and universities, a new survey from McGraw-Hill Education has found that parents of K-12 and college-age students overwhelmingly support digital learning as a means to enhance the classroom learning experience for their children. When asked about digital learning, a resounding 91% of K-12 parents said they welcomed the introduction of a more personalized digital experience as an alternative to traditional textbooks. Parents with children in higher education were also surveyed and they too were found to be strong advocates for the increased use of technology in the classroom.

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SETDA Publishes Open Educational Resources in Action: Implementation Case Studies

SETDA, the principal membership association of U.S. state and territorial digital learning leaders, recently published OER in Action: Implementation Highlights, a series of case studies focused on the implementation of Open Educational Resources (OER) at the school level. The online resource examines the definitions and parameters of OER, includes a variety of resources, and provides an in-depth look at the implementation of OER in New York, Utah and Washington.

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