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Anne Wujcik, EditorCapstone chose the perfect venue - the School Library Journal Leadership Summit - to debut "School Libraries Matter: The Changing Role of the School Librarian," a short film it produced with the help of educators across the nation. Watch the film at http://bit.ly/1nzvID3.

Educators are getting access to more Common Core materials. Achieve released 50 lessons rated Exemplar (well-aligned with the Common Core and ready for immediate use in classrooms) or Exemplar if Improved (aligned, but require some improvement in one or more dimensions of the rubric). The materials were submitted by states, districts, partners and educators and were reviewed and rated by the EQuIP Peer Review Panel, a group of expert reviewers who have been trained to apply the EQuIP Rubrics and quality review process. Publishers and developers might want to check out some of these reviewed lessons to get an idea of what characterizes highly-rated materials.

ASCD announced the Common Core Resources Project on iTunes U. The Project is a curation of instructional resources and assessment sample items that will help educators successfully implement the CCSS and teach effectively using iPads. The project features 23 iTunes U courses designed by teacher teams comprised of Apple Distinguished Educators, members of PARCC Educator Leader Cadres, and ASCD teachers.

Apple announced that 114 schools will receive ConnectED grants, fulfilling its $100 million commitment to ConnectED. Every student at the schools will receive an iPad, teachers and administrators will get an iPad and MacBooks, and every classroom will be equipped with Apple TV.

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EdNET Insight AnalystsWhat We Noticed: Reflections and Takeaways From EdNET 2014

We asked the EdNET Insight analysts to share their takeaways from the recently held EdNET 2014. From both sessions and hallway conversations, here are the nuggets of insight and information that caught their attention—the role of teachers, increasing bandwidth, school budgets, business models, marketing messages, district leadership and needs, the promise of edtech, a growing market, and more.

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

Vicki Smith BighamThe Snoop has been on vacation most of this week as George and I have enjoyed a visit from our Pacific Northwest granddaughters, but that certainly doesn't keep me from collecting my scoops. Please read on to find out news of family and friends....

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New Report: Putting Purpose to Public Reporting

Quality public reporting of education data ensures everyone with a stake in education-regardless of where they live-has access to the information they need to make the best decisions for students. When public reporting-like state report cards-meets people's needs, they will be empowered to improving student success. "The value of data isn't in its collection but in its use to provide transparency and public accountability and to empower individuals. People can't use data that they can't see and isn't presented in a timely, contextual, tailored manner. This report highlights the progress states are making to ensure quality information is presented effectively to support student achievement," said Aimee Rogstad Guidera, founder and executive director of the Data Quality Campaign.

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CoSN Survey: Affordability, Adequate Funding Biggest Technology Barriers

New results from CoSN’s (Consortium for School Networking’s) 2nd Annual E-rate and Infrastructure Survey reveal troubling gaps in U.S. school districts broadband and technology infrastructure. The report, released today, identifies affordability and adequate funding as the most significant barriers to delivering sufficient Internet connectivity and transforming the learning environment in schools. This chief hurdle mirrors the major barrier identified in the 2013 survey. Other challenges identified include lack of capacity to ensure the network reliability needed for online assessments and instruction and grossly inadequate networks in the nation’s rural school districts.

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