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America's high school graduation rate
Education Dive
The high school graduation rate in America reached an historic 81 percent in 2013, according to the latest report from the National Center for Education Statistics. U.S. Education secretary Arne Duncan called the achievement a "record-setting milestone" and a "vital step" in preparing students for future success. So it stands to reason that the record number of graduates should result in a windfall of qualified applicants for college and universities across America — but the data suggests otherwise.
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NYSCATE UPDATES


Google Camp Higher Ed
NYSCATE
Date: April 20. Register early!
NYSCATE is excited to announce our first-ever Google Camp focused on higher education discussion. This intimate event will take place April 20 at the Syracuse Sheraton Hotel. For registration information, please refer to the website at www.nyscate.org. This Edcamp event in an "unconference" without keynote addresses or a structured format. Everything discussed that day is determined by the attendees on the morning of the event. Four exciting, interactive, practical sessions will result, with a focus on all things Google.

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Senator to present at Blended and Online Learning Summit on April 27
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, and Sen. Catharine Young of the 57th Senate District of NYS has confirmed her attendance. Educators from all over NYS will share best practices and lessons learned in the area of blended learning. For additional information and complete program details, please visit www.nyscate.org.

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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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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  Jupiter iO All-in-One
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Student showcase: Register by this Friday, April 10
PAECT
Date: Monday, May 11. Register by April 10.
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. Registration is now open! 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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2015 Outstanding Teacher of the Year
PAECT
PAECT's Outstanding Teacher of the Year award is presented based on excellence in implementing technology to improve education at the classroom level. The 2015 recognition goes to Matt Bergman.
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2015 Outstanding Leader of the Year
PAECT
PAECT's Outstanding Leader of the Year is presented based on excellence in implementing technology to improve education. This year we honor Dr. Randy Ziegenfuss.
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EDUCATION IN NEW YORK


AQE joins testing opt-out movement
Capitol Confidential
The Alliance for Quality Education is urging parents to consider opting their children out of state standardized tests this month as the opt-out movement gathers steam.
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EDUCATION IN PENNSYLVANIA


STEM grants give boost to 4 Western Pennsylvania school districts
Trib Total Media
Students in the Albert Gallatin, Belle Vernon Area, Carmichaels Area and Yough school districts will benefit from enhanced instruction in science, technology, engineering and math through grants from an organization that promotes education in those subjects, school officials said.
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NATIONAL NEWS


4 ways technology can empower teachers and students
Fast Company's Co.Exist
All too often, technology is treated as a silver bullet for perceived problems in education. This sometimes leads to knee-jerk investments, using scarce resources to invest in software or hardware without a clear notion of how either might actually empower learning. Instead of having more technology as a goal, we should have more human interaction, personalization, access and content mastery as the goals, and then think about what tools can get us there.
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A leader in education tech, Knewton eyes low-tech schools with HP deal
New York Business Journal
Knewton, the education-tech startup that allows teachers to individually tailor student assignments, has quickly become a leader in the digital textbook world. But its potential market has always been limited by one simple fact: Schools digitize slowly, and many will still be using paper and hardbacks for the foreseeable future.
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DEVICE & SOFTWARE NEWS


New accelerator for ed-tech startups launches in New York City
Education Week
Ten ed-tech startups will be chosen for the first EDGE Edtech Accelerator, a newly launched New York City-based program co-founded by two veteran entrepreneurs in digital education.
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Vending machine dispenses iPads
PSFK
In a partnership with the Free Library of Philadelphia, Drexel University is adding an iPad vending machine in their Dana and David Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships. The machine will rent out up to 12 iPads at a time.
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BoomStartup launches global ed tech accelerator
PR Newswire via Virtual-Strategy Magazine
BoomStartup opened applications for a new ed tech-focused seed accelerator program, due to begin July 6.
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