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Obama: $240 million going to new STEM commitments
Official Wire
President Barack Obama hosted the 2015 White House Science Fair March 23 to celebrate the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math competitions from across the country. As part of the Fair, Obama announced over $240 million in new private-sector commitments to inspire and prepare more girls and boys — especially those from underrepresented groups — to excel in the STEM fields.
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PAECT UPDATES


NPAECT Extra Mile Award Dinner/Meeting – Northwest Region
PAECT
Date: April 9. Register or nominate someone by April 2.
Once a year, we take time to recognize teachers, administrators and others in the region who have gone the "Extra Mile" with educational technology. Show your appreciation and respect for someone who shares his/her educational technology experience with peers. Nominate that person for the 2015 Extra Mile Award. Winners will be honored at a banquet at Nick's Place in Edinboro on April 9. Nominations and registrations can be submitted at any time prior to April 2.

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Teaching & Leading 3.0 – Southeast Region
PAECT
Date: April 20 at Cabrini College. Register by April 15.
Teaching & Leading 3.0 is designed with a workshop format to give you a hands-on opportunity to explore the new ideas presented to you. The first hour of each session will be the "presentation time." The next half-hour will be dedicated to hands-on exploration with support from the session facilitator, so be sure to bring a device on which you can work. PAECT members can register for free. Please contact southeast@paect.org for the discount code. Find all details and registration information online.

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3rd annual PAECT at Knoebels event — save the date!
PAECT
Date: July 12, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Mark your calendars, because this annual event will be held once again at Knoebels Grove in Elysburg. Registration information will be emailed to members in May, so check your inbox. Knoebels is one of the largest free admission parks in the U.S.! This day is for PAECT members and their families. Aside from the great rides, there will be a scavenger hunt for the whole family, swimming and great food! There will be prizes, and lunch is provided. This event is held rain or shine.

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NYSCATE UPDATES


Breaking news! Lawmaker to attend Blended and Online Learning Summit
NYSCATE
Date: April 27. Get details here.
Sen. Catharine Young of the 57th Senate District of NYS has confirmed her attendance at the upcoming 4th Annual Blended and Online Learning Summit. The senator proposed bill 5509C, which called for the creation of an online and blended learning program and was signed into law on Dec. 17. Kathleen Moorehead of the New York State Education Department will also be in attendance, presenting an update on the Smart Schools Bond Initiative and the District Technology Planning Process. NYSCATE is honored to have both guests join us for the important discussions that will take place that day.

Please note: Due to these program additions, the schedule has been revised. Please access revised schedule for updates or refer to www.nyscate.org for updates. Registration is still open. We will close registration once capacity has been reached.

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Are you ready for digital transformation? Attend NY State CTO/CIO Clinic
NYSCATE
Date: April 24. Register online.
The NYS CTO Chapter, NYSCATE and CoSN have made big plans for their second annual CTO Clinic. Join us for "Moving from Vision to Action for a Digital Transformation" 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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EDUCATION IN NEW YORK


Court upholds property-tax cap once again
The Journal News
A second attempt by the state's teachers union to get New York's property-tax cap tossed was rejected in state Supreme Court.
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EDUCATION IN PENNSYLVANIA


Education Leadership Conference: STEM – Educate to Innovate
Riverview Intermediate #6
Riverview Intermediate Unit #6 and Clarion University of PA are putting on an Education Leadership Conference on June 17 at CUP. Enjoy a keynote address from Thomas C. Murray, a state and district digital learning director for the Alliance for Excellent Education, choose from 36 different education technology and STEM in the classroom sessions, network with classroom leaders from across the state, participate in vendor bingo for an opportunity to win an Apple TV, a laptop, document camera, gift cards and more — all while receiving Act 48 hours!
Visit our website for detailed descriptions of the sessions and to register.

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NATIONAL NEWS


Duncan: 'Step up and fund education'
U.S. Department of Education
On March 13, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited Edwin M. Stanton Elementary in Philadelphia to highlight the need to support teachers and students by investing in our nation's schools.
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Why tweens and teens need a vacation from technology
Corinne Garcia
Technology is fully ingrained in our busy lives, and even more so in the lives of tweens and teens. Think about it: If it weren't for time spent in the classroom, students in the tween and teen years could easily fill the day without looking up from their handheld devices.
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Education technologies and concepts every teacher should know
Education Week
The Information Era began some decades ago. Since its inception, though, it has dramatically changed the way we educate our children.
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DEVICE & SOFTWARE NEWS


Chromebook sales reach 5 million as Microsoft loses education sector
Tech World
U.S. Chromebook sales rose sharply to almost 5 million in 2014, boosted by software initiatives such as Google's Apps for Education, market analysis firm ABI Research has reported.
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Honeywell, NASA bring hip-hop physics series to middle school
Space Ref
Honeywell and NASA's award-winning, hip-hop physics education program, FMA Live! Forces in Motion, is making its way to Northeastern U.S. middle schools this spring.
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