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Inside the school Silicon Valley thinks will save education
Wired
Founded in 2013 by former Google head of personalization Max Ventilla, AltSchool has poached high level executives from Google and Uber. It's got users — in this case, parents — applying by the thousands. It's actually making money. And as of today, Mark Zuckerberg just became one of its largest investors.
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Survey for K-12 technology-using teachers and technology coordinators
NYSCATE
Take the K-12 ed-tech survey now!
The Indiana University School of Education is conducting a national study to investigate teachers' and school technology leaders' perceptions of the most effective technology-related professional development experiences. We would like to share these results with school districts and universities to help them offer more relevant technology-related professional development experiences. As a member of an important educational technology organization, we value your opinion — you have likely seen many of these experiences (good, bad and ugly). Specifically, we are interested in hearing about your own professional development needs for technology integration and your perceptions of effective technology professional development programs. For questions, contact Dr. Anne Leftwich at left@indiana.edu at any time.

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Come see what's new in education technology
NYSCATE
Date: May 13, 3-7 p.m. Register here.
There's still time to register for Tech Bash, presented by Logisoft and NYSCATE. This is an exciting technology showcase highlighting the most innovative products in the industry. Join us at Cobblestone Creek Country Club in Victor, New York, to visit the vendors, food stations, wine tasting, demo labs and more. All are welcome: Teachers, IT and tech directors, administrators and anyone who uses technology in education. Learn more about Tech Bash.

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Voting now open for 15-16 NYSCATE Board of Directors
NYSCATE
Voting is open for the 2015-16 NYSCATE Board of Directors. Polls stay open until midnight May 31. *Please note you will need your membership number in order to cast a vote. To receive a reminder of your membership number, click here.
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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  Jupiter iO All-in-One
Jupiter iO All-in-One gradebook, LMS, analytics and SIS solution, empowers online instruction and learning. The rich features provide the ability to create online tests, lessons, homework calendars, digital file lockers, discussion forums, surveys, essay annotation, peer reviews, critiques, portfolios and more, all with the convenience of automatic grading and analytic reporting.
 


PAECT UPDATES


Classroom Techventures @ Carbon Lehigh IU — Northeast Region
PAECT
Date: July 14. Register or apply to be a presenter.
NE PAECT is sponsoring Classroom Techventures 2015, a mini ed-tech conference aimed at K-12 educators, to be held July 14 at Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit in Schnecksville. Including an exciting keynote address from Steve Dembo of Discovery Education and a variety of concurrent sessions throughout the day, this mini-conference is sure to be an excellent event to learn about classroom technology integration and network with like-minded colleagues.

This regional event, to be held at Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit at 4210 Independence Drive in Schnecksville, costs $75 ($65 for PAECT members) and will provide participants with 5 hours of Act 48 hours. If you are interested in presenting a 45-minute session at this event, the registration fee will be waived.

For more information, to register or to apply to present, please click here (and feel free to pass this along to friends). For questions, please contact Eric Lech (leche@cliu.org) or Diahann Snisky (oulyd@cliu.org).

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Pennsylvania CTO Clinic
PAECT
Date: May 27-28. Register now!
We know that where you live and work directly determines what your biggest challenges are. To help address those challenges, CoSN and PAECT are hosting our first annual Pennsylvania CTO Clinic, May 27-28 in Downington. The CTO Clinic will provide in-depth professional development for ed tech leaders from Pennsylvania and surrounding areas. You need not be a Pennsylvania resident to attend. Network with local peers and hear about the emerging technologies that are most relevant to you. Registration is free for one person from each CoSN member district. Questions? Visit http://cosn.org/events/2015-pennsylvania-cto-clinic or contact mhalpert@cosn.org.

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Student showcase to feature tomorrow's tech ideas
PAECT
Date: Monday, May 11. Get details.
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. If you are in the area and want to see some of the great things happening with students and in classrooms from across the state, please join us during this awesome event.

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EDUCATION IN NEW YORK


Parents petition NYS attorney general to investigate Common Core tests
The Post-Standard
A group of parents has submitted a petition to the New York State Attorney General's office asking for an investigation into Common Core exams and their validity.
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EDUCATION IN PENNSYLVANIA


Drive to depoliticize school funds adds intrigue in Harrisburg
The Associated Press via Education Week
It's the first thing each Pennsylvania state lawmaker checks in a governor's brand-new budget proposal: How much more money the public schools in their districts would get. Then it's closely watched until the governor signs a budget bill. This year, a move to de-politicize the process that drives billions of dollars in state aid to public schools is injecting another level of intrigue as Gov. Tom Wolf seems determined to give schools their biggest-ever one-year increase.
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NATIONAL NEWS


Alliance announces new K-12 education technology pledge
District Administration
Schools will soon have a new tool in the growing and choice-rich $12 billion ed-tech industry to help efficiently identify vendors committed to a learning-first approach, open and transparent communication, business and data ethics, and possessing ed-tech industry knowledge.
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TechShop launches new Maker Space Academy
ED Print
As the prices drop and accessibility of 3-D printing technology and robotics increases, there has been a quiet revolution in schools throughout the world. The growing demand and need for STEAM education is opening up the funding for more and more educational institutions, libraries and community centers to establish makerspaces.
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DEVICE & SOFTWARE NEWS


60 smarter ways to use Google Classroom
TeachThought
Google Classroom is quietly becoming the most powerful tool in education technology. It may lack the visual appeal of iPads, or the student credibility of a BYOD program. It may not be as forward-thinking as we’d like here at TeachThought, but Google Classroom excels in providing solutions for a broad swath of teachers who have a variety of expertise and comfort level with education technology.
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Swivl named a 'Cool Vendor' in education by Gartner
PRWeb
Swivl, ed-tech video pioneer and creator of the Swivl Robot, has been included in the "Cool Vendors in Education, 2015" report by Gartner Inc.
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