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The ed tech trends to watch in 2015
Forbes
For many educators, technology is now a key tool, and in some cases it even shapes the way they teach. As the new year gets underway, it's useful to round up some of the key trends in educational technology to look out for in 2015.
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NYSCATE UPDATES


Southern Tier ConnectEd Conference RFP due Jan. 30
NYSCATE
RFPs for the Southern Tier ConnectED Conference are due Jan. 30. This conference, scheduled as an online event taking place March 13, will be centered on student learning, professional growth, and around the core ideas of being ConnectED: Collaborate, Create, Communicate.
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Save the date! Digital Wave 2015
NYSCATE
The Digital Wave Conference will be held Friday, March 13, at Erie 1 BOCES in Western New York. Join Scott Merrick as he discusses "Working in the Space Outside of the Space Outside of the Box."
Note: All participants must register through the Erie 1 BOCES event management system. The $40 registration fee must be paid to NYSCATE (all purchase orders and checks should be payable to NYSCATE).

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Google Camp Cornell coming up
NYSCATE
The fourth Google Camp hosted by NYSCATE and SAANYS will take place Thursday, Jan. 29, at the Statler Hotel on the campus of Cornell University in Ithaca. Registration for the event is $125 per person and includes entry, breaks, lunch and a Google Chromecast unit. Registrations are limited to 150, so please register today.
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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  Jupiter iO All-in-One
Jupiter iO All-in-One gradebook, LMS, analytics and SIS solution, empowers online instruction and learning. The rich features provide the ability to create online tests, lessons, homework calendars, digital file lockers, discussion forums, surveys, essay annotation, peer reviews, critiques, portfolios and more, all with the convenience of automatic grading and analytic reporting.
 


PAECT UPDATES


PAECT 2015 Awards submission: DEADLINE EXTENDED to Jan. 10!
PAECT
PAECT is fortunate to have many great and talented individuals who represent our association. Our members help us connect, develop, lead and advocate for educational technology in Pennsylvania. One way we show our recognition of the efforts accomplished by our members and friends is at the annual conference. This year's awards banquet will be held Feb. 9 at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center as a part of the PETE&C conference. Please look through the awards in the downloadable file and submit your nomination(s) on the PAECT.org awards site. Please submit information about individuals you feel deserve to be honored to Mary Beth Hengelbrok at mhengelbrok@gmail.com, no later than Jan. 10.
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PAECT Virtual Lounge
PAECT
Date: Jan. 21
Come join Southeast PAECT members for our inaugural Virtual Lounge via Google Hangout on Jan. 21, from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. Drop in at any time and stay for as long as you can! Feel free to gather a group in your school and attend together. January's topic is favorite tech tools for the classroom. All details can be found online.

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Still time to register for EduCon 2015 – Southeast Region
PAECT
Date: Jan. 23-25. Details here.
The Southeast region of PAECT is proud to sponsor breakfast at this innovative, conversational conference that brings people together to discuss the future of our schools. In its seventh year, EduCon attracts attendees from all over the country for this weekend learning event. All details regarding the conference and conversation topics can be found online.

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  Build Literacy with Vocabulary & Spelling

Engage students with VocabularySpellingCity while building word recognition, providing multiple exposures to vocabulary, writing practice, and word meanings. Game-based learning for use with any curriculum.
 


EDUCATION IN NEW YORK


Lines drawn for New York state education debate in 2015
Innovation Trail
Education will be a big issue in 2015, with lines already drawn between teachers at public schools and Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the charter school movement.
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New York school beats the odds by 'going rogue' on Common Core
The Hechinger Report
More than a dozen third-graders were doing squats on a snowy Monday morning, followed by punches and push-ups, but they weren't in gym class — this was math.
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EDUCATION IN PENNSYLVANIA


Corbett administration, advocates differ on AP education funding report
Newsworks
The gap between what wealthy and poor school districts spend on education in Pennsylvania has doubled since Gov. Tom Corbett took office, according to a recent study by The Associated Press.
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'Hold harmless' harmful to some schools
Watchdog.org via Pennsylvania Independent
The flawed formula Pennsylvania uses to fund its school districts forces some of its best and brightest to do more with less.
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NATIONAL NEWS


App transforms assignments from textbooks to tablets
The Register-Herald via The Republic
Through Showbie — an iPad app that West Virginia fifth-grade math teacher Emily Greene pioneered — students are completing assignments exclusively with the iPad and getting immediate help with homework from their classroom teachers.
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How to turn computer games into lesson plans
Edudemic
Edutainment is the process of educating through the use of popular forms of entertainment. Arguably, parables and fairy tales with their moral-of-the-story format are a form of edutainment that has existed for thousands of years. Now comes computer gaming.
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DEVICE & SOFTWARE NEWS


8 free apps and Web tools for staying organized in the new year
Edutopia
The start of a new year is a great time to think back and reflect about what really worked for you and what isn't quite cutting it. When it comes to staying organized, there is no one-size-fits-all.
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Acer's H7550ST Projector brings Chromecast to the classroom
Beta News
Acer has announced the H7550ST Projector, with the world's first internal Chromecast compatibility. The device has exciting implications for the enterprise as well as the classroom.
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A tale of 2 tablets
Scholastic
As the inevitable tablets sneak into schools, the battle between iPads and Androids continues to heat up with new school slates from each side. The latest iPad 2 Air and Google Nexus 9 show how far tablets have come in the nearly five years since the first iPad appeared on the scene.
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