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EdTech Notebook: CoSN Picks Districts for 'Transformation' Project

The Consortium for School Networking this week announced the 19 school districts nationwide that it will partner with for its "Teaming for Transformation" initiative, a collaboration intended to help expedite and refine the transition of schools across the country to digital classrooms, according to a press release.

The collaborative will meet periodically online through the epic-ed Web community slated to launch in August, convene for a visit to the digitaly converted Mooresville Graded School District in North Carolina, and link up again at CoSN's annual conference in 2013, the release says.

Of the 19 participating districts, there are three each from Indiana and Illinois, and two from Alabama and Texas.

• Meanwhile, the State Educational Technology Directors Association have elected two new board members to join its board of directors. Peter Drescher, the education technology coordinator for the Vermont education department, and Neill Kimrey, his counterpart from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, join the nine-member board.

• And on the online learning front, the Florida Virtual School this week launched its most recent professional development course, its first focusing exclusively on a blended learning model.

"Teaching in a Blended Model" is the fourth course in the school's "Teach Online Series," and may be purchased by any teacher or schools wishing to enroll. The series is an extension of the school's internal professional development operations, something Florida Virtual and other online schools have had to develop for years in lieu of dependable outside training for future online teachers.

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