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The barriers to technology in education
The Huffington Post
Despite the apparent proliferation of technology in the education sector, education experts often bemoan the languidness of technology insertion — especially into conventional K12 classrooms. Such complaints arise from comparing education to the industrial sector. In industry, the goals and effects of technology can be measured by quantifiable metrics such as productivity and net profit. In education, there are no such metrics. Is the goal of education reaching more children and teaching more existing material, or fostering creativity and independence among them? Any teacher would answer that it must be a mix of the two, but is there a golden ratio?
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PAECT UPDATES


PETE 2016 now accepting RFPs
PAECT
It seems like we just left PETE&C 2015, but it is already time to begin thinking about PETE 2016. The Request for Proposal process is now open! Have you considered presenting a unique and/or innovative classroom practice or approach? PETE&C is your chance to do just that. While PETE 2016 is still 10 months away, you need to put on your thinking caps now. What is working with your kids that others can benefit learning about? Turn it into a session proposal that energetically shares with an audience. Sessions are just one hour long, so it is very easy to plan for a session. You have until May 17 to get proposals in, so don't wait. Brainstorm, plan and propose now! Visit www.peteandc.org and click on Concurrent Session Submission to start the submission process!
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Friend of PAECT Award: Eduspire
PAECT
Nathan Hammond, a former German teacher at Central York High School, began his career in 1996. As Hammond's interest in technology and classroom uses grew, he found himself torn between the classroom and a new venture: setting up graduate classes through Eduspire, a company Hammond started in 2011. This past year, Eduspire partnered with PAECT to make the dream of a revived Keystone Technology Innovator program a reality. Their generous support allowed PAECT to re-launch the KTI program in 2014, and their continued support is allowing the program to continue in 2015. Thanks to Nathan Hammond and the entire Eduspire team, 2015's Friends of PAECT, for their support!
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2015 Chief Technology Officer Award: Aileen Owens
PAECT
For the past four years Aileen Owens has developed an articulated K-12 approach to using computational thinking as a strategy for teaching and learning. For this and her many accomplishments, Aileen Owens has received the 2015 Chief Technology Officer Award from PAECT.
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EDUCATION IN NEW YORK


State teacher's union chief calls for Common Core testing boycott
New York Daily News
The head of the state teacher's union in New York on Monday called for a boycott of the controversial Common Core curriculum testing.
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EDUCATION IN PENNSYLVANIA


The good, the bad and the buggy: Technology in Philly schools
The Notebook
Some Philadelphia schools have pioneered technology use in several ways. But its overall use is spotty, often dependent on school leadership, teacher training and buy-in and overall district stability.
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NATIONAL NEWS


Should teachers have a national standardized text?
Archita Datta Majumdar
The nation's education system has been going through a rough patch in which the smallest of developments in one corner of the country are having ripple effects in other parts of the country — and not always positive ones. For example, New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's proposal to bring about drastic changes in teacher evaluations has created quite a furor. His proposal suggests that 50 percent of the evaluations should be tied to how students are faring in standardized test scores.
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7 proven strategies for winning ed tech grants
T|H|E Journal
In this era of limited budgets, K-12 educators looking to add technology to their classrooms often have to find creative ways to pay for their projects.
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NYC accelerator launched for ed-tech startups
PR Newswire
EDGE Edtech®'s Accelerator is now accepting applications for the September 2015 class from innovative startups focused on technology solutions to improve education and learning across all stages, from birth through lifelong learning. Each of the 10 companies selected for the program will receive $170,000 in funding.
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DEVICE & SOFTWARE NEWS


Why texting should be part of teaching
EdTech
Research into texting between teachers and students shows it can drive engagement and deliver results.
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Code RED, Education Technology Partners team up to promote STEM
Techli
St. Louis startup and Arch Grant Recipient Code RED Education, the leading provider of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math curriculum for K-12 classrooms, announced an exclusive global partnership with Education Technology Partners. Under this agreement, Education Technology Partners will serve as worldwide distribution partner for all Code RED products and services.
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Digital disruption meets education
WhaTech
According to Gartner vice president and distinguished analyst Jan-Martin Lowendahl, traditional educational business models are being fundamentally challenged by digitalization.
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