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5 top trends in education technology
Inc.
Pressure continues to increase on education budgets around the globe. Yet despite this fact, the education sector is continuing to increase its investment in technology related to learning. Ed tech funding jumped 55 percent in 2014 with no signs of slowing down, according to CB Insights. A report from Global Industry Analysts predicts that the global e-learning market will reach $107 billion in 2015, propelled by technological advancements and demand for additional skills. With that in mind, here are five top trends in ed tech to keep on your radar screen in 2015 and beyond.
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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 eighth 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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  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.
 


Student Technology Showcase now accepting applications
PAECT
Date: Monday, May 11. Apply online now!
The annual Student Technology Showcase will be held Monday, May 11, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Think about bringing your students to show off what they are doing in your classroom in the way of using technology to improve their learning. The showcase, located in the East Rotunda of the Capitol Building in Harrisburg, is held annually to present legislators and the public with the opportunity to learn how teachers are integrating technology into K-12 classrooms across the Commonwealth.

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PAECT, CoSN host inaugural Pennsylvania CTO Clinic
PAECT
Date: May 27-28. Register now!
We know that where you live and work directly determines what your biggest challenges are. To help address those challenges, CoSN and PAECT are hosting our first annual Pennsylvania CTO Clinic, May 27-28 in Downingtown. This event will provide in-depth professional development for ed tech leaders from Pennsylvania and surrounding areas. Network with local peers and hear about the emerging technologies that are most relevant to you! Best of all, registration is free for one person from each CoSN member district, so register now. For details, visit the CTO Clinic website or contact mhalpert@cosn.org.

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Students struggle with complex text when they have gaps in vocabulary. VocabularySpellingCity is a game-based website and app that encourages practice and word study. Engage your digital natives while differentiating instruction.
 


NYSCATE UPDATES


2 new Google Camps announced
NYSCATE
After selling out, we are working to keep up with the demand by adding two additional Google Camps to the schedule. On March 26, the team will head to Hamilton College in Clinton for a K12 Google Camp, and on April 20, the team will head to Syracuse to offer the first higher ed Google Camp in conjunction with the Doodle Group. For additional information or to register, please refer to the www.nyscate.org website.
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Southern Tier ConnectEd will feature Kristen Swanson
NYSCATE
Date: March 13. Register for only $20!
Come join us for a fun-filled day of connecting and learning. This conference is aimed at helping educators "Connect, Collaborate, Create and Communicate" about enhancing student learning through effective technology integration in classrooms. All sessions will be focused on helping teachers evolve classroom pedagogy and guiding teachers in new and innovative ideas in enhancing student learning through creation. The highlight of the event will be the keynote presentation by Kristen Swanson.

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Hudson Valley Regional Workshops released
NYSCATE
Date: March 7. Register for $45.
The Hudson Valley Regional Conference will take place on Saturday, March 7, at Roy C. Ketchum High School in Wappingers Falls. The schedule is complete, with a full lineup of two-hour workshops and one-hour program sessions. Keep reading for a listing of one-hour sessions being offered, and click here for complete conference details.

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EDUCATION IN NEW YORK


De Blasio's 2nd budget: What we know so far
Gotham Gazette
Through announcements by the mayor and stories in news publications, the administration has shared a few choice elements of new spending that will be included in New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's second draft of the budget.
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New equivalency exams cause confusion, if not failure
The Hechinger Report via Capital New York
Last year, new high school equivalency exams were introduced nationwide in an effort to update the decade-old General Educational Development test and align it with new high school standards, known as the Common Core. A few states, including New York, opted out of the revised GED and are administering a new alternative: the Test Assessing Secondary Completion, or TASC.
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EDUCATION IN PENNSYLVANIA


Top 50 public high schools in Pennsylvania, based on SAT scores
Philadelphia Business Journal
Curious which Pennsylvania public high schools have the highest SAT scores? The Pennsylvania Department of Education has re-released its database of the top SAT scores statewide.
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Business leadership program goes statewide with PA Cyber students
PR Newsire
An innovative program that puts middle and high school students in personal contact with top Pittsburgh business, community and governmental leaders is available statewide for the first time in a partnership with the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School.
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NATIONAL NEWS


The delicate path to passing a new education law
National Journal
The one major bill that stands a chance of becoming law this year passed its first test of decorum last week. Democrats in the Senate protested the quickened timeline for consideration of a No Child Left Behind rewrite.
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STEM-focused studies expanding in York County classrooms
The York Dispatch
STEM education, sometimes referred to as STEAM with an added arts initiative, has grown in its emphasis in York County schools for the past several years. Schools have always incorporated math and science lessons at all grade levels, but offering hands-on activities to show how all of those disciplines interact is a newer undertaking.
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DEVICE & SOFTWARE NEWS


Teaching in the age of Minecraft
The Atlantic
With more than 18 million downloads to date, Minecraft is the best-selling computer game of all time; the game's free-form structure has made it popular with kids and adults alike. But little by little, teachers, parents and students have discovered that the game can be used for educational purposes, too.
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9 free apps to help create the best Common Core-aligned lessons
Education World
Teachers are always looking for new ways of scaffolding their lessons to help students and to meet Common Core requirements. Fortunately, there are technological tools that can make lesson planning much more efficient, taking some strain off educators.
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ISE 2015 preview: 5 tech trends on the radar
AV Network
As the audio visual industry gears up for the largest its biggest gathering of the year, let's look at some of the technologies and stories that are making waves.
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Waterford Institute deploys SmartStart software
iSchool Guide
Waterford Institute has recently launched its new Waterford SmartStart pre-K program, a multimodal resource for teaching age-appropriate reading, math and science concepts in classrooms and childcare centers to bridge the readiness gap of the students.
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