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Should we replace textbooks with e-readers?
Archita Datta Majumdar
It seems that millennial students — whom we think are buried in electronics all the time — are more attracted to the white pages of physical books than we thought. Their main reason? The awareness that they can retain information better when they read print. Still, proponents of e-readers say the benefits far outweigh the negatives.
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NYSCATE UPDATES


NY State CTO/CIO Clinic
Moving from Vision to Action for a Digital Transformation

NYSCATE
Date: April 24. Register online.
Join the NYS CTO Chapter, NYSCATE and CoSN for their second annual CTO Clinic on Friday, April 24, at the Huntington Hilton in Melville. NYSCATE is committed to advancing the role of district technology leadership and transformative learning environments across the state. Do not miss this opportunity for an intimate professional development opportunity, featuring award-winning CTOs, a national panel of CTOs speaking on their professional and personal advancement in the field and all the exciting work the NYS CTO Chapter is planning in the future. To register, please go to http://cosn.org/events/2015-new-york-cto-clinic.

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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.

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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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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PAECT UPDATES


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 Downington. The CTO Clinic 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. Registration is free for one person from each CoSN member district. Questions? Visit http://cosn.org/events/2015-pennsylvania-cto-clinic or contact mhalpert@cosn.org.

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Open House — Southeast
PAECT
Date: March 29, Noon - 4 p.m. RSVP today!
Are you a current member who is interested in networking and learning? Are you someone who is interested in learning more about our organization? Come join us for a fun afternoon that gives you the opportunity to network with members, experiment with a green screen, explore Little Bits and Makey Makey, play with OSMO and much more. We will also have time for app sharing and prizes. Get details and RSVP to join us.

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Edcamp NEPA – Northeast
PAECT
Date: April 18. Get details and register.
Edcamp NEPA is back for its second year! This "unconference" is being held April 18 at the University of Scranton, and the cost is FREE! Join us for a day of amazing conversation and learning.

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EDUCATION IN NEW YORK


What it takes to build the next ed-tech hotspot
EdSurge
New York's Economic Development Corporation recently asked the local ed-tech community to share ideas for ways to build a vibrant ed-tech ecosystem in the city.
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95 percent of teachers rated effective; New York leaders doubt it
Ithaca Journal
More than 1,300 ineffective teachers stood in front of New York state classrooms last year, including 36 entrusted with teaching the students of the Southern Tier region. But some state officials warn that the roughly 1 percent of teachers rated ineffective does not accurately depict the true level of ineptitude in schools across the state.
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EDUCATION IN PENNSYLVANIA


Philadelphia principals join 'Principals at ED'
The Inquirer
Three Philadelphia school leaders joined U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and other top principals from around the country this week for "Principals at ED," a program designed to share education success stories from around the nation with top policy makers.
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Woodland Hills superintendent: 'We're trying to change the culture'
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
If Woodland Hills Superintendent Alan Johnson succeeds, the school district won't make another national list of the 10 districts with the highest out-of-school suspension rates of elementary school students.
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NATIONAL NEWS


As Common Core testing is ushered in, parents and students opt out
The New York Times
A new wave of standardized exams, designed to assess whether students are learning in step with the Common Core standards, is sweeping the country, arriving this week in classrooms in several states and entering the cross hairs of various political movements. The arrival has been marked with well-organized opposition, a spate of television attack ads and a cascade of parental anxiety.
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9 IT best practices for BYOD districts
T|H|E Journal
Districts with successful bring your own device programs share their key strategies for rolling out and managing student-owned devices in school.
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How does your school use social media to connect with families?
Brian Stack
Brian Stack writes, "As I was walking down the hall the other day, I was struck by some recent student artwork that had been posted by one of our art teachers. I took a few pictures of them on my phone and quickly uploaded them to our Facebook page with a caption that read, 'Check out some of the latest pieces of art by students in Ms. Ladd's class!' I regularly post pictures and quick updates like this to our school's Facebook page several times a day. These updates, combined with posts of links to blog articles and our weekly newsletter, help our families stay connected to our school community."
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DEVICE & SOFTWARE NEWS


3 technologies teachers may be using improperly
The Huffington Post
Technology should be used to give students an experience or insight they would otherwise not be able to accomplish without the use of technology. Use this theory as the litmus test any time you bring technology into your classroom.
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HP's latest laptop reflects a simpler PC future
Wired
Someday we'll look back on the past three years of the PC industry and remember it as the "throw stuff at the wall" phase.
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5 questions educators need to ask ed-tech companies
Education World
Using technology in the classroom is becoming a popular trend among schools nationwide; however, one research scientist and STEM educator believes there are a few questions educators must ask about the technological tools they use.
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