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Can K-12 districts really bring broadband to the community?
eSchool News
When it comes to providing free broadband access, most communities are far more likely to consider their local coffee shop over their school district, but in reality such institutions can serve as the vital link between high-speed Internet capabilities and those families and students who may not have such access at home. And while many Americans do have high-speed broadband at home, such capabilities are not ubiquitous. In fact, according to the FCC's 2015 Broadband Progress Report, approximately 55 million Americans (17 percent) live in areas unserved by fixed 25 Mbps/3 Mbps broadband or higher service.
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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:
  • 1-hour sessions;
  • Hands-on workshop sessions;
  • Vendor presentations.
  • 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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    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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    The Global Educator Workshop
    Experience the power of global connections with The Global Educator Workshop. Learn how you can reach outside your classroom so that you and your students can experience global connections with others. Recognized author Julie Lindsay will facilitate this workshop at the School District of Philadelphia on June 25-26 just prior to ISTE 2015. Click here to check out this flyer for more information and to register.
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    ISTE 2015: June 28 - July 1
    Registration is still open!

    ISTE 2015 is the world's premier ed tech conference and expo this year being held in our own back yard, Philadelphia, PA.

    Registration to ISTE 2015 includes:
    • Four full days brimming with rich, inspirational and highly relevant professional learning opportunities.
    • Three powerful keynote addresses from leaders and experts in the field of ed tech.
    • The opportunity to choose from hundreds of sessions in a variety of formats, including lecture, BYOD and hands-on learning environments.
    • Access to a massive expo hall featuring the latest ed tech products and services from more than 500 companies and 1,400 industry reps.
    • Unlimited networking opportunities with the nearly 18,000 educators, education leaders and corporate representatives from around the world.
    • One-year standard membership to ISTE (when paying the non-member rate).
    PAECT members receive a discounted fee when registering for ISTE! Make sure your PAECT membership is current or up-to-date when registering for ISTE.

    Check our website and the ISTE website for more information and to locate volunteer opportunities.

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      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.

    Pennsylvania CTO Clinic
    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 on May 27-28 in Downington, PA!

    The CTO Clinic will provide in-depth professional development for ed tech leaders from Pennsylvania and surrounding areas. Network with local peers and hear about the emerging technologies that are most relevant to you! You need not be a Pennsylvania resident to attend this clinic.

    Best of all, registration is free for one person from each CoSN member district, so register now!

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    Some schools embrace demands for education data
    The New York Times
    In this small suburb outside Milwaukee, no one in the Menomonee Falls School District escapes the rigorous demands of data. Custodians monitor dirt under bathroom sinks, while the high school cafeteria supervisor tracks parent and student surveys of lunchroom food preferences. Administrators record monthly tallies of student disciplinary actions, and teachers post scatter plot diagrams of quiz scores on classroom walls. Even kindergartners use brightly colored dots on charts to show how many letters or short words they can recognize.
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    191 Pennsylvania high school seniors receive $200,000 in scholarships from Comcast
    The Comcast Foundation, an organization that invests for digital literacy, has recently announced the recipients of its annual Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program awards at the State Museum of Pennsylvania. All of the 2015 Pennsylvania Leaders and Achievers recipients received $1,000 scholarships and one student of Swenson Arts and Technology High School in Philadelphia — Michele Holland — was given a $10,000 Comcast Founder's Scholarship — instituted in honor of Ralph J. Roberts, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Comcast Corporation.
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    The only metric that matters in education technology: Student outcomes
    Education technology is getting a lot of attention these days. The Obama administration proposed nearly $4 billion to help wire our schools. Meanwhile, more than $600 million in venture capital poured into ed tech last year — a 32 percent increase over the prior year. Teachers have also embraced the use of technology — almost unanimously. In a recent survey, 96 percent of teachers reported that technology is making a significant impact in their classroom. But despite broad adoption and educator enthusiasm, two opposing narratives have emerged regarding the use of technology in our schools. As is often the case in policy and politics, neither side fully reflects the reality on the ground.
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    FCC: E-rate funding requests for schools, libraries to be paid in full
    Education Week
    Schools and libraries will receive full funding of their E-rate program requests this year, as a result of a modernization of the policy and budget changes enacted last year, according to the Federal Communications Commission. Authorized as part of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the E-rate program was implemented to help schools and libraries underwrite the cost of telecommunications services like phones and pagers, and to have Internet access.
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    Online Common Core testing lays bare tech divide in schools
    The Associated Press via Federal News Radio
    Nestled between mountains 60 miles from the nearest city, students at Cuyama Valley High School in California use Internet connections about one-tenth the minimum speed recommended for the modern U.S. classroom. So when it came time to administer the new Common Core-aligned tests online, the district of 240 students in a valley of California oil fields and sugar beet farms faced a challenge.
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    It's time for every student to learn to code
    eSchool News
    Recently, there has been a lot of discussion around the importance of coding in the K-12 classroom. Should it be compulsory for all students? An elective? Reserved for those students considering a computer science major in college? The answer may come down to supply and demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, by 2020, there will be 1.4 million computing jobs and only 400,000 computer science students to fill those roles. This represents a gap of one million jobs that will go unfilled, and amounts to a $500 billion opportunity lost.
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    Laptops expected to be biggest K-12 tech expense in 2015
    THE Journal
    IT spending by K-12 in the United States is expected to hit about $4.7 billion for 2015. The biggest single area for technology spending will be laptop computers at $1.4 billion. Those estimates come out of a new IT spending pivot table from IDC Government Insights, which provides estimates and forecasts for the entire U.S. education sector, encompassing K-12, higher ed and "other" education. According to the analyst firm, the guidance will be published bi-annually. The report will include details on education level, individual states, education functional areas, enrollment levels and technology segments.
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