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Should schools be allowed to copyright teachers' work?
Archita Datta Majumdar
A growing debate about copyrighting K-12 students' and teachers' work is taking place across school districts. As more K-12 teachers are using the latest technology to create and sell unique lesson plans and other teaching materials, the authorities are up in arms. The question is whether these lesson plans belong to the school districts for whom those teachers work or the teachers who created the materials.
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NYSCATE UPDATES


Register now for next week's Google Camp at Hamilton College
NYSCATE
Date: March 26. Get details and register.
If you are planning to attend the upcoming Google Camp at Hamilton College, please register ASAP, as it is nearly sold out! Registration forms and full program information can be found here: http://www.nyscate.org/conferences.cfm?subpage=706.

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Dr. Bill Brennan headlines 4th Annual Blended and Online Learning Summit
NYSCATE
Date: April 27. Get details here.
The agenda has been set for the 4th Annual Blended and Online Learning Summit, which will take place Monday, April 27, at the Marriott on Wolf Road in Albany. Dr. Bill Brennan will provide the keynote address, with educators from all over NYS sharing best practices and lessons learned in the area of blended learning. For additional information, please visit http://www.nyscate.org/conferences.cfm?subpage=723.

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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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PAECT UPDATES


23rd Annual Technology Fair and Student Showcase – Northwest Region
PAECT
Date: March 28, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Register by March 21.
The 23rd Annual Tech Fair and Student Showcase is coming! March 28 will be your opportunity to showcase your students' technology projects. This is a non-competitive event designed to give your students access to a potential audience of about 1,500 people from several school districts and communities. Please consider sharing in this event. Registrations are due no later than March 21. Get details and register today!

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Student Showcase: Registration is now open!
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. in the Capitol Building in Harrisburg. 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.

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Boyertown Tech Fest — Southeast
PAECT
Date: May 2. Registration is open.
Boyertown Area School District is holding its annual Tech Fest on May 2. Dr. Lodge McCammon is the keynote speaker for this event, which is focused on blended and flipped learning. PAECT members receive a $10 discount on registration. All details and registration information can be found online.

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EDUCATION IN NEW YORK


How compatible are Common Core and technology?
The Hechinger Report
In many American classrooms, the effort to teach the new Common Core standards has become intertwined with a growing movement to add more technology into daily lessons. New online standardized tests matched to the Common Core that will roll out in roughly 30 states this spring have only added to the urgency many school leaders feel to purchase more computers, tablets and software to prepare their students for the digital age.
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EDUCATION IN PENNSYLVANIA


Lawmakers grill Wolf's education nominee on budget plan
The Associated Press via York Dispatch
Gov. Tom Wolf's nominee as state education secretary has his work cut out for him. Pedro Rivera was questioned by members of the House Appropriations Committee for more than three hours about details of Wolf's proposed boost in education spending and a plan to cut local school property taxes by $3.2 billion.
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NATIONAL NEWS


Digital learning success is about more than the technology
EdTech
Across the world on Friday, educators celebrated Digital Learning Day by sharing the strategies that have worked in the classroom. Technology's role in schools includes connecting the informational dots, capturing and reflecting on student artifacts and helping teachers personalize their approaches.
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Schools get technology through gasoline program
The Moulton Advertiser
Several Alabama school districts received some needed technology thanks to the Fuel Your School program, which was a collaboration between Chevron, Baggett Oil, Sibley Oil, Vulcan Oil and DonorsChoose.org. The program generated $75,000 for the school systems in Lawrence, Colbert, Franklin and Lauderdale counties.
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DEVICE & SOFTWARE NEWS


Aegis Identity launches platform to protect student data, advance learning
K-12TechDecisions
Aegis Identity Software Inc., a provider of identity and access management solutions for education, has launched EduZone Education Community Platform, which enables student achievement and enhances teacher effectiveness while creating a place for educators, students, administrators and parents to securely discover and access district approved resources.
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Dell boosts security, access capabilities
eCampus News
Dell has released Dell One Identity Cloud Access Manager 8.0, which leverages Dell's new Security Analytics Engine to give organizations control of Web-based applications and OpenID Connect-compliant mobile application access activities within the organization.
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