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Google will teach Boys & Girls Clubs to code
USA Today
Google is teaming up with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to bring a program that teaches computer science to more elementary and middle-school students across the country. Called CS First, the program teaches kids ages 9 to 14 how to express themselves and their interests through computer code.
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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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Winter SLaM – North Central
PAECT
Date: March 7
Winter SLaM will be held at Southern Columbia School District March 7, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. This is a fast-paced learning experience where participants are encouraged to share or simply watch and learn. Presentations last 2 minutes, with a Learning and Mentoring session after the first round of presentations.

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Keystones Program returns for another year
PAECT
Nominations due March 10.
The Keystones Technology Innovators program is back for another year. This program recognizes innovative classroom teachers using technology for the benefit of their students. The initial nomination process is open! Do you know or are you an innovative classroom teacher? If so, have your principal nominate you today.

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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. Full program information is available at www.nyscate.org.

Keynote: Unleashing Student Superpowers: How Do We Stimulate Inquiry?
The best learning involves problem solving AND problem finding. As educators, we must engage our learners in the deep thinking that arises from considering questions that have no clear answer. In this session, we'll examine the role of inquiry in the classroom, analyze specific classroom examples and determine the role of technology in learning. Data from over 10 million students will drive this interactive conversation.

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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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Riding the Digital Wave
NYSCATE
Date: Friday, March 13. Register by March 9.
Erie I BOCES and NYSCATE will team up once again for the 10th Annual Riding the Digital Wave Conference, being held Friday, March 13, at Erie I BOCES in Western New York. Registrations are still being accepted. For additional information, please visit www.nyscate.org.

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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.

Keynote: "At the Crossroads of Technology and Special Education: A Role for Serious Games in Serious Autism Interventions" by Roger Newman-Norlund, Ph.D.
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 developing games designed to teach and train. Roger Newman-Norlund, professor of cognitive neuroscience at the University of South Carolina, will discuss some of the reasons behind this disparity, as well as possible ways to overcome it. He 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.

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EDUCATION IN NEW YORK


The New York Times, CIG Education launch new education initiative
iSchoolguide
The New York Times and CIG Education Group recently joined hands to launch NYT EDUcation, a new education initiative that will offer innovative courses and programs to students.
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Schools file suit to stop change
Albany Times Union
Nine private high schools, including six from the Capital Region, and one charter school filed suit in New York's Supreme Court Monday regarding a new transfer rule enacted because the state's athletics governing body felt the old rule was being abused.
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EDUCATION IN PENNSYLVANIA


Philadelphia officer donates iPads to children with autism
WPVI-TV
A Philadelphia police officer went above and beyond the call of duty by raising nearly $8,000 to purchase specially-equipped iPads for dozens of children with autism.
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Grant money leads to new elementary reading curriculum
The Kittanning Paper
Elementary students enrolled at Armstrong School District's six elementary and intermediate schools, as well as through home school, will have new reading books this fall.
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NATIONAL NEWS


Department of Education: It's time for equitable spending
U.S. Department of Education
It shouldn't matter what a child looks like, how much his or her parent makes or what zip code they live in; all students should be given the same opportunity and resources to achieve. However, because our country has long used local property taxes to fund schools, school funding is not spent at equal levels.
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Will you be the next great education-tech entrepreneur?
Entrepreneur
The education-technology sector is ripe for disruption, investment and rapid growth, while offering the coveted opportunity to dramatically alter people's lives and the global economy.
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Top 12 global teacher bloggers address classroom innovation
The Huffington Post
The top 12 best global teaching bloggers have been invited to answer one big-picture question each month. Up next: What will be the most significant classroom innovation in the next 10 years?
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DEVICE & SOFTWARE NEWS


#NoMoreTextbooks: BirdBrain Education kickstarts to 'crush' literacy gap
Education World
BirdBrain Education, an education technology company, has just launched an adaptive social studies tool for teachers that will help them close the literacy gap.
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BetterLesson launches videos of blended teacher practice
Digital Journal
The Learning Accelerator, a nonprofit organization supporting the implementation of high-quality blended learning in school districts across the U.S., and grantee BetterLesson have launched the Blended Master Teacher Project, a new online resource showcasing the practices of top blended learning teachers nationwide.
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The education company that wants to take down Blackboard
BuzzFeed News
Education-technology startup Instructure has been anything but shy about its pursuit of one of the education industry's behemoths: Blackboard.
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