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Is this the end of standardized testing as we know it?
Caitlin Harrison
No Child Left Behind is back in the news again. And this time it may mean big changes are in store. The U.S. Senate has begun its most concentrated effort yet on revamping the 13-year-old law. The sweeping overhaul began with a hearing focusing on one of the law's most notorious requirements: standardized testing. In the works are proposals to revamp testing by removing the tests' high stakes or even toss out the requirement that students be tested annually.
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PAECT UPDATES


Education Leadership Conference: STEM – Educate to Innovate
Clarion University
Date: June 17. Register by June 2.
Experience the excitement of a regional technology conference and share best practices with your peers throughout the state at the Riverview Intermediate Unit #6 Education Leadership Conference: STEM – Educate to Innovate. This daylong event hosted by Clarion University is ideal for college and graduate students, K-12 teachers, administrators, technology staff, after-school providers and anyone interested in learning about the future of education and technology integration.

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ISTE 2015: Be a Super Early Bird registrant!
ISTE
Date: Sunday, June 28 – Wednesday, July 1. Super Early Bird registration ends March 1.
ISTE 2015, the world's premier ed tech conference and expo, this year being held in our own backyard: Philadelphia. Registration to ISTE 2015 includes:
  • Four full days brimming with rich, inspirational and highly relevant professional learning opportunities.
  • Three powerful keynote addresses from leaders and experts in the field of ed tech.
  • The opportunity to choose from hundreds of sessions in a variety of formats, including lecture, BYOD and hands-on learning environments.
  • Access to a massive expo hall featuring the latest ed tech products and services from more than 500 companies and 1,400 industry reps.
  • Unlimited networking opportunities with the nearly 18,000 educators, education leaders and corporate representatives from around the world.
  • One-year standard membership to ISTE (when paying the non-member rate).
PAECT members receive a discounted fee when registering for ISTE! It's important to make sure your PAECT membership is current or up-to-date when registering for ISTE. Check the PAECT website and the ISTE 2015 website for more information and to locate volunteer opportunities.

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  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.
 


NYSCATE UPDATES


Join us for 14th Annual Hudson Valley NYSCATE Conference
NYSCATE
Date: March 7. Registration form.
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. Get the registration form here.

Host Site:
Roy C. Ketcham High School
99 Myers Corners Road
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

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Google Camp Hamilton announced for March 26!
NYSCATE
With the registration crunch behind us for Google Camp Cornell, we are pleased to announce the next Google event. Google Camp Hamilton will take place on the beautiful campus of Hamilton College on March 26. Please be sure to register early as this is sure to be another sold-out event.
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Call for presenters is open: Technology in Special Education Summit
NYSCATE
Consider presenting at the Technology in Special Education Summit coming up on May 16! The RFP can be found online at http://www.nyscate.org/conferences.cfm?subpage=698. Join our keynote speaker at this inaugural event focusing on the meeting the needs of challenged students through the use of technology.

"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 disproportianately small amount of time and money is spent on the development of games designed to teach and train. This keynote will discuss some of the reasons behind this disparity, as well as possible ways to overcome it. Speaker Roger Newman-Norlund will also discuss state-of-the-art computer-based Autism interventions and share firsthand experience creating and distributing the "Cooperation station," a science-based serious game designed to enhance social skills.

Keynote presenter: Roger Newman-Norlund, Ph.D.
Professor of cognitive neuroscience, University of South Carolina

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EDUCATION IN NEW YORK


Cuomo is spoiling for a fight on education reform
Auburn Citizen
It's an ambitious element of a bold agenda: reforming the state's education system. And New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo knows he's in for quite a battle.
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Small cities fight for more school aid from New York State
The Wall Street Journal
Utica is one of eight small cities fighting for more state aid in a legal battle before the state Supreme Court in Albany. The attorney general's office has sought for six years to get higher courts to throw out the lawsuit. Lawyers for the plaintiffs say the court's ruling could affect needy districts statewide.
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EDUCATION IN PENNSYLVANIA


Students learn to 'be a buddy not a bully'
The Courier-Express
Elementary students from grades kindergarten to second grade in the DuBois Area School District learned about "being a buddy, not a bully" through the Captain McFinn and Friends program.
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School shows off new computer lab, other improvements
The Associated Press via Reading Eagle
At a recent open house, the Epiphany School in Sayre, Pennsylvania, showed off its computer lab, which is equipped with all-new computers. "We're up to date with electronics" that are used in schools today, said Epiphany School history teacher Cheryl Ciotti. "Every classroom is equipped with a smartboard."
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NATIONAL NEWS


How to sell education technology to even the most technophobic teachers
Ideas Out There
Most modern teachers already use digital technology — yes, even the most technophobic ones. The problem is that they refuse to let their students do the same thing in the classroom.
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How do you personalize learning at your school?
Brian Stack
Personalized learning has been one of the hottest trends in education, especially in the past two to three years. A personalized learning system must include flexible learning environments that allow the system to adapt to the individual needs of each learner on an ongoing basis, one with personalized learning paths. Such a system must also maintain accurate individual learner profiles, ones for which students can view their strengths, needs, motivations and goals.
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DEVICE & SOFTWARE NEWS


Tablet that can block the Internet created, disables classroom cheating
Standard Media
A Finnish company has developed an educational tablet that can block the Internet when needed and thus makes dishonesty in tests difficult, Finnish media reported.
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TeachMate365, platform for special needs educators, stresses collaboration
Tech Crunch
Organizing special needs education is often complicated because teachers have to juggle learning materials for students with different requirements. TeachMate365, a new cloud-based teaching platform developed by education technology startup SpecialNeedsWare and Boston Children's Hospital, wants to make it easier for educators, therapists and parents to collaborate so kids get the help they need.
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Can you count to $2 billion? Ed tech investment hits new record
Geek Wire
Education technology is a weird little industry. But you may never fully appreciate exactly how weird until you start to dig into the numbers for 2014 — a record year for investment in education technology companies.
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