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What the 21st-century classroom looks like
Edutopia
As technology continues to advance — and impact learning in all environments — savvy educators focus on the best ways to integrate that technology into the classroom. No matter what level of tech you and your school might be using, it's a good idea to know how it complements your existing curricula and teaching methods.
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2015 Corporate Council Member
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Vin Riera
President & CEO, Edmentum
Edmentum is redefining the 21st-century classroom. They enable educators and administrators to deliver achievement in the classroom, blending individual teaching approaches with proven, award-winning online learning programs that specifically address the needs of individual learners and the expectations of everyone with a stake in learner success. With more than 50 years of experience driving significant advances in the industry, Edmentum offers a wide variety of innovative solutions spanning a multitude of program areas to empower 21st century teaching and learning.

Edmentum believes education is a lifelong process that contributes to productive citizenship. It strives to add quality and innovation to the learning process through its inspired solutions.

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Boyertown Tech Fest — Southeast
PAECT
Date: May 2. Get details.
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 here.

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North Central Technology Conference — NorthCentral
PAECT
June 11-12. Details to come!
On June 11 & 12, the Region will be sponsoring the North Central Technology Conference in the Potter County School District. More details are forthcoming, so check back and check emails for this two-day event. The conference is low-cost, with similar presentations both days so attendees can get a chance to see all the sessions have to offer. Many great presentations and ideas from classroom teachers in our Region's Northern Tier schools! A 30 percent discount is being offered to PAECT members.

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Registration is open for Technology in Special Education Summit
NYSCATE
Date: May 16. Register online.
Join NYSCATE and Wildwood Programs in Schenectady May 16 for the Technology in Special Education Summit. Learn best practices for using technology to promote learning, increase independence and advance the potential for students with special needs. Keynote speaker Roger Newman-Norlund, Ph.D., will present "At the Crossroads of Technology and Special Education: A Role for Serious Games in Serious Autism Interventions." Vendors, workshops and innovative exhibits round out the daylong summit. Plan your summit schedule to make the most of your time!

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Want to know what you'll get at ISTE 2015?
ISTE
Watch "Preview ISTE 2015" for a sneak peek at the dynamic content you'll find in this year's program. ISTE 2015 is just around the corner. Register now for the best rate.
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Smart Schools Bond Act Implementation Guidance released
NYSCATE
The Smart Schools Bond Act of 2014 was passed in the 2014-15 Enacted Budget and approved by the voters in a statewide referendum held during the 2014 General Election. The Smart Schools Bond Act authorized the issuance of $2 billion of general obligation bonds to finance improved educational technology and infrastructure to improve learning and opportunity for students throughout the State. Be sure to study the complete document and guidance.
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Grant and award applications due April 30
NYSCATE
NYSCATE is honored to recognize outstanding New York State teachers, leaders and Superintendent every year. In addition, we provide more than $10,000 in grants for innovative classroom ideas that support the NYSCATE mission statement. The deadline for 2015 Grant Applications and 2015 Award Nominations is April 30. For complete applications, click here.
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EDUCATION IN NEW YORK


Buffalo considers public boarding schools to solve education issues
The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
Buffalo's chronically struggling school system is considering an idea gaining momentum in other cities: public boarding schools that put round-the-clock attention on students and away from such daunting problems as poverty, troubled homes and truancy.
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EDUCATION IN PENNSYLVANIA


Year-long cram for PSSAs may miss point
The Daily Item
Students throughout Pennsylvania have concluded the first round of standardized testing, a welcome respite for those taking the exams, their parents, teachers and school administrators.
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NATIONAL NEWS


More parents opt in to 'Opt Out'
The Wall Street Journal
This spring, more parents have shown their dissatisfaction with high-stakes student testing. They're having their children "opt out" of standardized state exams aligned with Common Core standards aimed at setting a national educational agenda. Schools are now confronting a full-fledged "opt-out movement" in states such as New York and New Jersey.
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School accountability: Where do we stand?
Archita Datta Majumdar
In the light of the raging debates on school accountability and the opposition to Common Core testing, a decade-old thesis has found new relevance. "Does School Accountability Lead to Improved Student Performance?" has reached an important milestone since it has singularly influenced major education reforms since it was published in 2005.
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Leaders gather to chart future for games in education
EdTech
With technology in classrooms more pervasive than ever, what's the future for games in education? To help decipher that riddle, game developers, public officials and education leaders gathered for the Games for Learning Summit, a one-day event during the 12th annual Games for Change Festival.
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DEVICE & SOFTWARE NEWS


Mobile phones and tablets: Good for children?
Newsroom America
Smartphones and tablets have become part of everyday life, but parents still worry that mobile devices may not be the best thing for their children, according to a study. The scientific literature has not kept pace with how technology is affecting family life.

Related: Babies under 1 year old already use smartphones, tablets (Parent Herald)

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Google faces huge forces in fight over Android's future
Wired
Google and its Android mobile phone operating system are facing an antitrust investigation in Europe. But the roots of the probe stretch across the Atlantic and well into the past.
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