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Date: Aug. 12. Get details and register!
EdcampPAOilRegion is back for a second year. This "unconference" is being held Aug. 12 at Clarion University, and there is no cost to attend! Join us for a day of amazing conversation and learning about technology in education.
3rd annual PAECT at Knoebels event
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. Sign-up information will be emailed to members in May, so check your emails. Knoebels is one of the largest free admission parks in the U.S.! This day is for PAECT members and their families, and it includes some ride tickets. Aside from the great rides, there will be a family scavenger hunt, swimming and great food! There will be prizes, and lunch is provided. This event is held rain or shine.
Upcoming Meeting Dates
PAECT Board Meeting: Day's Inn, State College.
Meeting will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 13, and end Sunday, June 14, at noon.
RFPs released for 2015 Annual Conference
NYSCATE is pleased to release the RFPs for the 2015 Annual NYSCATE Conference! There are three separate RFPs this year:
Hands-on workshop sessions;
Please make sure you fill out the correct form in order to be considered as a presenter. The RFP will close Friday, July 10. Due to our enhanced scheduling system, there will be no extensions for RFPs.
NYSCATE encourages all members to share best practices, fail stories and lessons learned with the entire NYSCATE community.
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Grant and award application deadline extended
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 new deadline for 2015 Grant Applications and 2015 Award Nominations is May 15. The deadline for the 2015 Outstanding Superintendent Award is Sept. 15.
For complete applications, click here.
Upcoming workshop: 'Using Technology to Support Deeper Learning'
Personalized learning structures — made increasingly available through technology and online opportunities — empower teachers and students to take charge of their education experiences. As a district leader, learn how this approach is a major paradigm shift from the traditional "one-size-fits-all" to education. Hear how schools have begun the journey toward personalized learning environments and how this is altering the dynamic landscape between teacher and student, and improving outcomes. In this workshop, leaders will understand what elements are present in a personalized learning environment, explore different models of personalized learning for their school or district, and engage in strategic planning activities to help guide teachers to engage in deeper learning activities with students through the use of technology. Find out dates and details.
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Why an award-winning principal feels she must retire early
The Washington Post
Carol Burris is the award-winning principal of South Side High School in the Rockville Centre School District in New York. Before she took that position in 2000, she taught at the middle and high school levels and earned a doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University. And now, she is leaving her job — retiring early because, she says, corporate education reform is killing education in America.
EDUCATION IN PENNSYLVANIA
Penn State tech expo shows off future of education
Technology vendors from across Pennsylvania and New Jersey set up shop May 11 at the Penn Stater Conference Hotel, where they displayed a range of technologies that represent the future of education.
For the love of reading: Using technology to draw students to literacy
Students with diagnosed reading disabilities spend more of their educational hours in intensive reading instruction than the average reader. For this student, reading as a leisure activity often seems just out of reach.
Report preview: Makerspace, BYOD among potential mainstream trends
A preview of the K-12 Horizon Report has revealed the major ed-tech trends that are becoming more mainstream and more prevalent in classrooms across the country are makerspaces and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device).
Obama introduces 2 literacy-based initiatives to expand digital learning
The Obama administration has unveiled two new initiatives to provide low-income students more access to digital learning materials. The first initiative would provide these students over $250 million in e-books from major book publishers, while the second would encourage local schools and governments nationwide to ensure every student has a library card.
The best interactive Web tools for educators
Innovative teachers are frequently using intuitive programs and websites that are easy to learn. These Web tools can save you a lot of daily hassles you might not even realize you have been tolerating.
Q-and-A with Google Classroom's manager as the app turns 1 year old
Since the app's launch, more than 20 new features have been added to Google Classroom. As the first anniversary is celebrated, learn more about what's to come for Google Classroom.
Research: Many apps risk losing what's truly educational
Games and Learning
A group of learning scientists and a digital learning consultant recently came together to comb through the literature on the science of learning to determine how we can put the education back in educational apps.
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