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Global market for education technology hardware grows, report shows
Education Week
The global market for educational technology hardware jumped by 16 percent over the past year, to nearly $15 billion, and is poised to climb by much more in the years ahead, according to a new analysis. That surge is being driven by demand for mobile personal computers, which account for 63 percent of the total educational spending on digital K-12 hardware, reports Futuresource Consulting, a United Kingdom-based research and analysis organization.
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Code Studio Workshop — Free! — Northwest
Date: June 6, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
A free workshop being put on by Harvey Scribner at IU6 on Saturday, June 6. The event will take place 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Register today.

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2015 Education Leadership Conference: STEM – Educate to Innovate – Northwest
Date: June 17 at Clarion University.
Ideal for college and graduate students, K-12 teachers, administrators, technology staff, after-school providers and anyone interested in learning about the future of education and technology integration, this one-day conference will include a keynote address from Thomas C. Murray, breakout sessions and a vendor area for participants to explore STEM based and educational technology products and services. Check out the conference learning options.

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Low cost Internet access
Do you know families that don't have Internet? PAECT is now partnered with EveryoneOn. Depending on need, families can get high-speed Internet for as little as $10. Even if a family doesn't have a need, they may still qualify for discounted services.

Feel free to share with parents, administrators and other educators. Membership in PAECT isn't required to join EveryoneOn — it's just something we wanted to offer to families and kids in PA.

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NYSCATE Google Camp Schedule
Types of sessions that will be offered:
  • Collaborative Learning
  • Conversations / Round Tables
  • School Showcase
  • Lecture / Presentation
  • Make and Take / Hands On
  • How I Own Chrome Smackdown
Google Camp is conducted in an Edcamp format. Edcamp is a form of unconference designed specifically for teachers, administrators and their needs.

What makes Edcamp an unconference? Unlike traditional conferences which have schedules set months in advance by the people running the conference, Edcamp has an agenda that's created by the participants at the start of the event. Instead of one person standing in front of the room talking for an hour, people are encouraged to have discussions and hands-on sessions. All of the space and time are reserved for the things the people there want to talk about, with the focus of GoogleCamp on all things Google.

Built on principles of connected and participatory learning, Edcamp strives to bring teachers together to talk about the things that matter most to them: their interests, passions, and questions. Members who attend Google camp can choose to lead, participate or attend sessions on those things that matter, with an expectation that the people in the room will work together to build understanding by sharing their own knowledge and questions.

Topics Include but are not limited to:
  • Chromebooks in the Classroom
  • Google Apps Management
  • Google&$43; Hangouts
  • YouTube
  • Going Google
  • Customizing Chrome to Make Your Life Awesome!
  • Google Scripts
  • Google Apps for Mobile Devices
  • Deep Dive with Drive
  • Google Glass Demonstration
August 12 — Madrid Waddington CSD (Madrid, NY)
August 18 — Bethlehem High School (Albany)
August 20 — Dansville High School (Dansville, NY)

  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.

2015 Board of Director Elections
The online voting system will close on May 31.
Click here to vote, you will need your NYSCATE membership number to vote, if you forgot your membership ID please click here.

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Deeper Learning
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 towards 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.

June 3
North Eastern Regional Information Center
90 Watervliet-Shaker Road
Albany, NY 12205
Registration link
Please check the NYSCATE website for additional dates in the summer.

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High-tech software allows city schools to track progress of students and teachers
New York Daily News
Cutting-edge new tracking software distributed to schools across the city on Tuesday will chart student and faculty performance with laser-like accuracy, the Daily News has learned. In a nod to city agencies like the NYPD that already rely heavily on new technology, the software will mark the first time up-to-date information about grades attendance and other metrics will be available to educators.
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School districts tighten social media contacts among teachers, students
Pittsburg Post-Gazette
A rash of local teachers charged with having sexual relationships with students raises the question of whether there is an increase in the number of sexual predators among teachers or simply heightened awareness and increased reporting. Although the answer may not be clear, one thing is certain: All of the teachers were charged after social media or text messages with their alleged victims were exposed. The electronic messages, including cell phone texts and messages on Facebook and Twitter, left a digital trail for investigators to follow, making it easy to identify victims and present the suspected teachers with specific evidence of wrongdoing.
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State lawmakers balance concerns on student-data privacy
Education Week
Building on last year's energetic debate in states over how best to protect student data, legislators have intensified efforts in 2015 to address the issue in statehouses. And this year, there's particularly prominent tension between privacy advocates concerned about loopholes through which data can be shared and used inappropriately, and the education technology providers who don't want restrictions on access to learning software and other services.
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Using technology to help students show their thinking
THE Journal
Mark Hammons, the educational technology coordinator at the Fresno County Office of Education, is a trainer, speaker and former music teacher and percussion director. He devotes much of his professional time to coaching Fresno educators through hands-on learning sessions as well as sharing ideas at ed tech conferences. An Apple Distinguished Educator and Google Certified Teacher, Hammons talks here about the many ways that technology can show what students are thinking.
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Looking to the future of classroom tech
EdTech Magazine
Some educators are called to the classroom, but others are called to take on leadership roles on the national stage. Through his work as the state and district digital learning director for the policy and advocacy organization Alliance for Excellent Education, Tom Murray has testified before national legislators on educational technology issues. He also helps lead educational online awareness programs, such as Digital Learning Day and Future Ready.
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Best of the best: Apple and Google educator programs
Can you imagine life without Google? How about without your iPad? Both Apple and Google products have become indispensable to many teachers. And both companies have designed programs for educators who want to make the best use of technology in their jobs. If you feel that you need more technological training, or if you want to take on a leadership role to help push your school into the modern, high-tech age, these programs might be for you. And they aren't limited to classroom teachers. Librarians often need to be the go-to source for information technology, and principals might want to stay a step ahead of what is happening in the classroom.
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Favorite tech tools for social studies classes
Educators are looking for ways to help students participate in a digital world, but the choices for digital engagement in the classroom can be overwhelming. Many teachers have little to no money to pay for premium versions of apps and are looking for quick and easy ways to determine how an app works. They must also consider why it might be useful for their teaching practice.
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Report outlines how to shift to tech-enabled personalized learning
eSchool News
A new report has combined the recommendations and observations more than 100 educators who gathered last year to compare experiences, discuss common challenges and barriers, explore case studies and identify potential solutions and models that all must be addressed collectively to scale the implementation of personalized learning through technology. The educators gathered at the Technology-Enabled Personalized Learning Summit hosted by the Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University in collaboration with Digital Promise, the Software & Information Industry Association and the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators.
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Coding in the classroom: 16 top resources
As cool as technology is, its intricacies and inner workings are sometimes intimidating, especially for young people who may be more interested in what technology can do for them rather than what they can do with technology. However, when students hurdle that obstacle and see the value of computer science — specifically coding — they gain a broadened perspective and the potential for a rewarding career in the tech field. The following resources will help you teach your students the basics of coding and will provide tips on how to keep kids interested as you go.
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The future of education? Smart and personalized microschools
By: Archita Datta Majumdar
It didn't take too long for the intriguing nature of microschools to capture America's attention — especially the attention of parents who are disillusioned by the education system. Many are still facing the consequences of their own knowledge gap and don't want their children to face the same. In such a scenario, a school that promises students to be future-ready seems too good to be true. But AltSchool, a chain of technology-centric private schools in San Francisco, is actually making this a living reality.
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