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Google unveils Classroom mobile app
Education Dive
In January, Google launched a mobile app for its relatively new Classroom learning management system. The app, which is available on Android and iOS, allows users to access Classroom without opening a browser. It also allows for offline caching, which means students can work offline. In addition to releasing the mobile app, Google has updated the Classroom LMS by adding a teacher assignment page where educators can access assignments, check which ones they have already reviewed and see which students have completed their homework.
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NYSCATE UPDATES


Registration now open for 11th Annual Riding the Digital Wave Conference for Teachers and Administrators
NYSCATE
Date: Friday, March 13. Register here.
The 11th Annual Riding the Digital Wave Conference for Teachers and Administrators takes place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, March 13, at the Erie 1 BOCES Education Campus, 355 Harlem Road in Seneca. The cost of $40 per person includes lunch and is payable to NYSCATE.

Keynote by Scott Merrick: "Working in the Space Outside of the Space Outside of the Box"
Scott Merrick has been pushing boundaries with technology in education for decades, starting with stringing telephone lines from an office phone jack through drop ceilings to his public school classroom in order to bring his 4th graders into a national collaborative project, Journey North, in the mid-'90s. He moved to a private school setting, where he once again crawled around in the ceiling in order to facilitate CuSeeMe videoconferencing with his 3rd graders and 4th grade partners in Kobe, Japan. He has served founding and/or leadership roles in the Interactive Videoconferencing, the Virtual Environments and the Online Learning Professional Learning Networks in the International Society for Technology in Education, and he holds the President's Volunteer Service Award. Scott was T.H.E. Journal's Innovator of the Month for June 2014, and he now works with a small team of innovators who crafted, maintain and grow online learning options in a large public school system in Nashville, Tennessee. Scott will share successes, challenges and suggestions not only for thinking out of the box, but also getting past that space and working in the area beyond it. See Scott's personal "About.Me" page for ways to connect.

Co-sponsored by:
New York State Assoc. for Computers and Technologies in Education (NYSCATE) in conjunction with Cattaraugus/Allegany BOCES, Erie 1 BOCES, Erie 2 Chautauqua Cattaraugus BOCES, Orleans/Niagara BOCES, and the Western NY Technology Director Groups

Register here.

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Google Camp Cornell SOLD OUT — additional date added
NYSCATE
Due to the overwhelming support for the Google Camp Cornell, we have added another session. The next event will take place on Thursday, March 26, at Hamilton College in Clinton. Please join us! For additional information, please visit www.nyscate.org.
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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


Spring Into Technology Conference – Northeast Region
PAECT
Date: March 28. Early bird registration until Feb. 22.
The Technology Department of the East Stroudsburg Area School District is pleased to announce the open registration for its 8th annual Spring Into Technology conference. This year's conference will take place Saturday, March 28, (snow date: April 11) at the East Stroudsburg South High School from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. To view the wide variety of sessions being offered that day, visit our website at www.esasd.net/sit. After viewing the 2015 Conference Program, you can also register online. Session registration is limited, so register quickly to ensure the sessions of your choice. Also, remember that in addition to the hands-on workshops, lunch, conference "goodies" and a chance at great door prizes are included.

Conference registration: $40
Early bird registration: $25 until Feb. 22
Space is limited so please register early!

Use the Program Guide to help you select your sessions. In the event you need to cancel, please notify us as soon as possible so we may advance another participant from the wait-list.

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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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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  Phonics Games to Build Literacy Skills

Early literacy requires a complex blend of foundational skills. VocabularySpellingCity’s word study activities help students practice important foundational skills with the added flexibility of using any word list. These phonics activities are among 35 games available on the Web or app.
 


EDUCATION IN NEW YORK


4 cool Brooklyn projects from NYCEDC's 'Next Top Maker' event
Technical.ly Brooklyn
NYCEDC's "New York's Next Top Makers" program wrapped up its five-borough pop-up tour at the Urban Future Lab in downtown Brooklyn. A wide array of creators of interesting local products that could one day make it into mass production were on display.
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Breakaway Senate Democrats unveil 'Invest New York' policy agenda
New York Daily News
The breakaway group of five Senate Democrats unveiled a 15-point policy agenda for the new legislative session that includes a call to give localities like New York City the power to set their own minimum wage rates, along with the creation of an education investment tax credit that private and parochial schools have been pushing for years.
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EDUCATION IN PENNSYLVANIA


Philadelphia works to embed innovation in people, places, processes
Government Technology
Philadelphia has been busy adding to its Office of Innovation and Technology workforce by hiring — in three years' time — 20 employees, some with creative titles like procurement advocate, data scientist and, soon, storyteller.
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Former Philly educator named Wolf's Secretary of Education
Philadelphia
Pedro Rivera, a one-time Philadelphia educator who moved on to superintendent of the Lancaster school district, has been named the Pennsylvania Secretary of Education by Governor-elect Tom Wolf.
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NATIONAL NEWS


White House launches nationwide superintendent summits
EdSurge
Back in the fall, U.S. district superintendents took big steps towards making their districts "future ready." To continue spreading the message of the Future Ready Pledge, the U.S. Office of Educational Technology and the Department of Education have teamed up with the DC-based Alliance for Excellent Education to today announce the locations and logistics of 12 regional Summits, where superintendents can connect and share best practices in seven key areas, including curriculum, budgeting and use of time.
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New e-rate policies could trigger ed-tech industry changes
Education Week
The recent overhaul of the e-rate program won't just bring a tide of new money and policy changes to schools — it also has the potential to encourage innovation across the ed-tech industry, a top federal official predicts.
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DEVICE & SOFTWARE NEWS


SpongeBob Coderpants: Nickelodeon jumps into teaching kids to code
Fast Company
Nickelodeon U.K. is the latest company to invest in teaching kids to code — and they're bringing SpongeBob along to help. Kids can jump on Nickelodeon's Code-It site and follow instructions to animate Nickelodeon characters using simple code.
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Investors back Lynda.com with $186 million
The New York Times
Investor confidence in the education technology sector suddenly looks a lot more serious — at least for digital learning companies with proven business models.
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