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Call to action: Write your senators to support a stand-alone digital learning program
ISTE
The U.S. Senate is moving quickly to revamp the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, known as the No Child Left Behind Act for the past 13 years. Unfortunately, as drafted, the current Senate bill does not include language for a dedicated digital learning program. We strongly encourage you to write to your senators to help them better understand the importance of reinstating a dedicated program for learning with technology. ISTE believes that all students should have an opportunity to learn in a connected classroom. If we hope to achieve this vision, we must make bold investments and take decisive action to address the growing needs of educators as they transition to digital age learning. Overlooking the importance of a program focused on advancing digital learning for all would be a major misstep for the next iteration of our nation's K-12 law. ISTE has drafted a letter that you can personalize and send to your two U.S. senators with the click of a button. Send a letter today!
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Save the date: Google Camp comes to Hamilton 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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14th Annual Hudson Valley NYSCATE Conference
NYSCATE
Date: March 7. Registration form.
The 14th Annual Hudson Valley NYSCATE Conference is scheduled March 7 at Roy C. Ketcham High School in Wappingers Falls. The event will feature presentations by teachers from across the state. It has become a tradition for educators in eastern New York, and it's 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.

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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, Roger Newman-Norlund, Ph.D., at this inaugural event focusing on the meeting the needs of challenged students through the use of technology.
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PAECT UPDATES


PETE&C 2015: Feb. 8-11
Registration is still open!

PAECT
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, and register today.

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PAECT Radio
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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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EDUCATION IN NEW YORK


Fariña calls for collaboration with (and from) charters
Capital New York
New York City schools chancellor Carmen Fariña pushed for more collaboration between district and charter schools during a professional development day for district teachers and principals held at an Uncommon charter school in Brooklyn.
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Teacher's lawsuit tests the dangers of big data
Gant Daily
Sheri Lederman, a fourth grade teacher on Long Island, sued the New York State Education Department in October in what is perhaps the clearest legal test case of the dangers of big data.
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EDUCATION IN PENNSYLVANIA


What does online learning look like? Examples from Pennsylvania, Florida
Education Next
In the past 10 years, cyber-charter schooling has exploded in Pennsylvania, with 14 options now offered statewide. Public school districts, which lose their per-pupil funding each time a student enrolls in one of the cyber charters, are creating their own programs to compete. The Philadelphia school district is the latest, launching its virtual school in 2013.
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'Every child can learn': Pennsylvania Title I schools earn recognition
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Paula Heinzman, principal of Pittsburgh Schiller 6-8, insists that her teachers follow one guiding principle. "Every child can learn," she said. Her belief is well-founded: Schiller is one of 97 Distinguished Title I schools, which have been recognized for either achievement or school growth in state test scores. They also must maintain high attendance, graduation rates and test participation rates.
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NATIONAL NEWS


Obama budget seeks boosts for early education, high schools, technology
Education Week
President Barack Obama may not have many allies left in the newly GOP-dominated Congress — but he's still planning to ask lawmakers for a sizable increase for the U.S. Department of Education in his fiscal year 2016 budget request, sources say.
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Differentiated instruction: A primer
Education Week (free registration required)
How can a teacher keep a reading class of 25 on the same page when four students have dyslexia, three students are learning English as a second language, two others read three grade levels ahead, and the rest have widely disparate interests and degrees of enthusiasm about reading?
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Nickelodeon show teaches kids about STEM
The Philadelphia Tribune
Preschoolers are learning about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through Nickelodeon's hit animated series "Blaze and the Monster Machines."
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DEVICE & SOFTWARE NEWS


These amazing kits make electronics simple and fun for every student
eSchool News
Very young students often have a hard time engaging meaningfully in electronics projects. But one tool erases frustration and boredom and makes electronics fun for students.
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STI integrates Chalkable tools with InformationNow
T|H|E Journal
STI has integrated Chalkable's classroom management tools with its student information system, InformationNow, in an effort to improve student achievement and task management and streamline workflows.
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Green screen technology powers amazing app
Graphite
Using Green Screen by Do Ink, students can create original videos using green screen technology to change the background.
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