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A new resource for bringing making into education
The White House
The Maker Education Initiative (Maker Ed) was formed in 2012 in response to President Barack Obama's "Educate to Innovate" campaign. By building a maker network dedicated to providing creative learning opportunities to youth nationwide, Maker Ed is one of the nonprofit organizations that is fostering students' interest in science, technology, engineering and math through hands-on and interactive programming and activities.
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PAECT UPDATES


PETE&C 2015: Feb. 8-11
PAECT
Registration is still open!
The Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference is a statewide event that provides quality programs focused on technology in the educational field. Each year, hundreds of exhibitors showcase their latest technology products and services to the vast audience of teachers, administrators, technology directors, school board members and more. Monday and Tuesday mornings kick off with keynote speakers that will both educate and inspire you. Throughout the three days, you can attend concurrent sessions and student showcases. There is something for everyone at PETE&C!

PAECT will host numerous events at PETE&C. You can join PAECT for its annual banquet during PETE&C! Make sure you select a Monday night dinner ticket when you are going through the registration process. That's all you will have to do to be with us. Watch our social media and email feeds in case we need to communicate additional information to you. You can attend both the PAECT & PETE&C banquets again this year if you choose. The general PETE&C banquet is Tuesday night, while the PAECT annual banquet is Monday. You can sign up for either, both or neither of the banquets this year.

Check the PAECT website and the PETE&C website for more information.

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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 Radio
PAECT
SW PAECT has been hosting a series of radio shows/podcasts featuring events in their region, well-known speakers and conversations between members. Check out the past radio shows at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/paectradio. Watch for PAECT Radio to be present in the Digital Sandbox (outside the SNL) at PETE&C in Hershey in February!
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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 3:15-4:30 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 here: https://www.smore.com/gzjdj.

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EduCon 2015 – Southeast Region: Still time to register!
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 here: http://2015.educonphilly.org/.

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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  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.
 


NYSCATE UPDATES


Keynote announced for Technology in Special Education Summit
NYSCATE
"At the Crossroads of Technology and Special Education: A Role for Serious Games in Serious Autism Interventions"

Over the past two decades, the videogaming industry has blossomed into a multimillion dollar juggernaut. The quality and quantity of games released to the general public each year is astounding. Critically, a disproportionately small amount of time and money is spent on the development of games designed to teach and train. This keynote address will discuss some of the reasons behind this disparity, as well as possible ways to overcome it. It will also address state-of-the-art computer-based Autism interventions, and speaker Roger Newman-Norlund will share firsthand experience creating and distributing the "Cooperation station," a science-based serious game designed to enhance social skills, to Autism clinics around the country.

Roger Newman-Norlund, Ph.D.
Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of South Carolina

Roger D. Newman-Norlund obtained a B.A. Psychology from SUNY Geneseo in 1999 and a Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience from Dartmouth College in 2005. After 5-year postdoctoral stint in the Netherlands studying human-human and human-robot interaction, Roger returned to the U.S. to teach at the University of South Carolina. As the Director of USC's Perceptual Motor Development Laboratory, Roger's primary aim is to design and implement programs that address motor and social impairments in young children.

The event will be held Saturday, May 16, at the Wildwood School. For more information, please visit www.nyscate.org.

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Registration now open for March 7 Hudson Valley Regional Conference
NYSCATE
The 14th Annual Hudson Valley NYSCATE Conference will feature presentations by teachers from across the state. It has become a tradition for educators in eastern New York and is a great chance to meet colleagues and share ideas about teaching and learning with technology. This year the conference organizers have also partnered with the Hudson Valley Writing Project. The day includes:
  • Presentations by classroom teachers, library media, BOCES, colleges and vendors
  • Hands-on workshops on current applications
  • Exhibits from vendors and other organizations
The cost to attend the 14th Annual Hudson Valley Conference is $45 and includes a continental breakfast and hearty lunch. The host site is Roy C Ketcham High School, 99 Myers Corners Road, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590.

Click here for the complete brochure.

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Last chance to join the Intel Connector Program – a NYSCATE exclusive
NYSCATE
What is the Intel Connecter Program? Intel is searching for an elite group of connecters across New York K12 that can be a conduit to share valuable information to the school districts across the state plus provide a feedback loop on important issues and topics. Does this sound interesting? Read on to learn more…
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EDUCATION IN NEW YORK


Groups to rally at New York Capitol for more school funding
Innovation Trail
Up to 1,000 people, including the president of New York's NAACP, Hazel Dukes, planned a rally at the Capitol to try to convince state lawmakers to fulfill a 2006 court order to spend billions more dollars on New York's schools each year.
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Racial isolation in public schools
The New York Times
New York's schools are the most segregated in the nation, and the state needs remedies right away. That was the message delivered to the governor and the Legislature by the chancellor of the State Board of Regents.
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EDUCATION IN PENNSYLVANIA


Debate on home schooling deregulation heats up
The New York Times
Until recently, Pennsylvania had one of the strictest home-school laws in the nation.
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Pennsylvania releases some recent test results in an accessible format
The Notebook
Say you're someone who's curious about taking a detailed look at how Pennsylvania's schools, districts and students performed over the past few years. As a researcher, policymaker, journalist — or anyone with an interest in exploring the data — it would be reasonable to expect test-score results to be made available in a similar format each year, in a spreadsheet form that can be easily sorted and manipulated.
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NATIONAL NEWS


Kindness: The sometimes-forgotten teaching standard
Brian Stack
Teaching kindness doesn't require the financial commitment of a canned curriculum program. Schools don't need to bring in overpriced consultants or start big initiatives. Kindness is something teachers can and should promote each day in their classrooms.
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Obama to push on student privacy; competing visions for NCLB revamp
Politico
As No Child Left Behind debate kicked off, President Barack Obama addressed other issues concerning students: He was expected to call for federal legislation to protect student privacy.
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Using technology to create a new paradigm
Edutopia
Today, many students hold much more computing power in their pockets than we ever had available to educators in their own school years. They are so connected to the Internet and oceans of information that when educators approach them with new innovative ideas through text and lectures you risk losing many of them. How do you compete against this ever-evolving mass of multi-media?
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DEVICE & SOFTWARE NEWS


Top picks from CES 2015
Wired
The first week in January is when the consumer electronics industry hits its yearly high-water mark. There are plenty of surprising, new ideas at CES. Older ideas get refined, too — things that were only prototypes a year ago show up again this year as full-fledged, retail-ready offerings.
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Silicon Valley turns an eye to education
The New York Times
The education technology business is chock-full of fledgling companies whose innovative ideas have not yet proved effective — or profitable. But that is not slowing investors, who are pouring money into ventures as diverse as free classroom-management apps for teachers and foreign language lessons for adult learners.
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