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IT spending on the rise in K-12 schools
IT spending in K-12 schools is expected to hit 4.7 billion in the U.S. by the end of 2015, according to a new report by IDC Government Insights. The report, titled "The Pivot Table: U.S. Education IT Spending Guide", is the first of its kind and takes into account tens of thousands of data points to forecast IT spending in U.S. K-12 schools and higher education institutions. Much of the projected 4.7 billion in K-12 is expected to go towards purchasing PC's and investing in equipment and infrastructure upgrades. The report predicts spending on tablets and readers in K-12 to increase by eight percent, resulting in a spend of $522 million on devices in that category.
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PAECT/NYSCATE Reception at ISTE 2015
Monday, June 29 from 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
1150 Filbert St, Philadelphia
(down escalator from Convention Center)
EdTech DigiFest Roadshow — Coming to you FREE
Want to enhance digital learning in your school? Join Common Sense and NYSCATE for a day focused on leveraging the opportunities of the digital world for learning. The morning will focus on the fundamentals of digital literacy and citizenship and how to help students think critically, behave safely and participate responsibly with the digital world. We'll explore lessons that address digital footprints and help you think about how to infuse
digital citizenship in your school. In the afternoon we'll explore how to "tech up" your lessons and evaluate how effective a tool is for learning.
Dates and Locations:
July 15 — Western Suffolk BOCES Wheatly Heights, NY
July 16 — North Eastern Regional Information Center Albany, NY
Aug. 11 — Central NY Regional Information Center Syracuse, NY
Aug. 12 — Genesee Valley BOCES Leroy, NY
FREE for NYSCATE Members (please become a NYSCATE member for free to attend)
Materials to Bring:
BYOD (bring your own device — preferably tablet or laptop)
Headphones (we'll be doing explorations and many of our materials have video)
For more information and to register please visit http://www.nyscate.org/popup_info.cfm?story=347
Request for presentations
NYSCATE is pleased to release the RFPs for the 2015 Annual NYSCATE Conference! Please note that there are 3 separate RFPs this year for 1 hour sessions, hands-on workshop sessions and vendor presentations. Links for each of the forms can be found below. Please make sure you fill the correct form out in order to be considered as a presenter.
The RFP will close on Friday, July 10. Due to our enhanced scheduling system, there will be no extensions for RFPs.
1- Hour Sessions RFP
Pre-Conference Workshop RFP
Conference Exhibitor RFP
Core Connections to Instruction & Technology Conference — Southeast Region
The goal of this two-day conference is to build a deeper understanding of best practices in instruction when implementing the PA Core standards and how effectively leveraging technology improves the teaching and learning environment. Participants may attend one or both days. Click here for the registration link. PAECT members attend for free! Follow these instructions to register for free:
- Visit the registration link above and choose the out-of-county option.
- Select PO as your payment option.
- Email Heidi Gamler and let her know that you are a PAECT member so you do not get charged for the event.
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Bucks/Lehigh EduSummit — Southeast Region
The purpose of the EduSummit is to collaborate, connect, share, and learn together for the benefit of our kids. Focus areas of include the following: Educational Technology, PA Core, Social Media, Best Practices, etc. Registration is free and you can sign up for one or both days. Click here for details and registration.
Summer BBQ — Southeast Region
Bring your family to a fun-filled, relaxing afternoon with fellow PAECT members at our annual BBQ. Let's network and discuss ideas for the upcoming year while sitting by the pool! Please RSVP by Aug. 5. Click here for the Evite.
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Student voice in the ed tech conversation: More measured than you'd think
If you thought that students wanted the latest 3-D printers or virtual reality software, you might be wrong. According to the four student panelists at the May 19 NY EdTech Meetup event, their needs are a little more practical. "We are no longer the consumer we serve," said Kathy Benemann in her introduction. So she and fellow NY EdTech organizer Michelle Dervan arranged for an evening devoted to "Raising Student Voice & Participation in the EdTech Conversation."
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Blended learning gets tentative boost in Philadelphia
The cash-strapped School District of Philadelphia authorized up to $10 million in spending on blended-learning software, thus adding its name to the growing list of big-city districts to embrace one of the hottest trends in education technology. Unlike some of its counterparts, however, the Philadelphia district is not attempting to strategically roll out a comprehensive plan for integrating software-based instruction into its classrooms.
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What's your end-of-year device collection strategy?
The academic year for many school districts across the country is coming to a close. That means it's collection time for districts with one-to-one device policies. This can be stressful for IT departments without a solid footing on how to go about the laborious task of ensuring each device from every class, grade level and school has been returned properly. But using tips from more experienced districts can help make that process easier.
Districts tighten social media rules among teachers, students
School officials are tasked with trying to figure out how to embrace the seemingly limitless educational advantages of the internet and social media tools, but preventing them from being used to initiate and foster covert, inappropriate relationships among staff and students.
Storytelling with wearable technology
Wearable technology is incredibly exciting for educators and students of all ages. In the past few years, mobile devices have found an essential place in the classroom. If you've used smartphones and tablets as instructional tools, you know how powerful these devices can be in the hands of students. Will this also be true for wearable technology?
Principal speaks out on the power YouTube can have on school
Videos have become a powerful force for reaching new audiences in education. In January, a small Rhode Island school became a viral-video hit with a music video featuring its head of school announcing a snow day closure set to the tunes of Disney's blockbuster animated feature "Frozen." It's an example of educators tapping into the power of online videos. Students have also used videos to share new ways of learning, like this video series featuring rap as a teaching tool.
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Does Google help students learn (or just think they do?)
There's no question that in the era of the smartphone, the Internet has become a go-to place to find out something in a hurry, but does "outsourcing your memory" actually help students learn new concepts, or does it just make people think they are smarter than they are? A little of both, find researchers at the annual Association for Psychological Science conference here. In a symposium on the effects of students' online searches, several studies looked at how using the Internet affects both the way we remember and the way we think about what we learn.
Scholastic Administrator Magazine
For several years, three educators from Elk Grove High School in Illinois met regularly with families living in local mobile home parks to provide parents with progress reports on their children. The meetings were necessary because the mobile home parks lacked Internet access, a situation that presented multiple problems for Township High School District 214, where the 2,000-student school is located. Parents couldn't log on to school websites for progress reports or to learn about school accomplishments, initiatives, or staff and operational changes.
Can technology get kids to play outside?
Would you pay $230 for your toddler to take formal classes on making mud pies, catching bugs and climbing trees? That's the hope of Tinkergarten, a Northampton, Mass.-based startup that aims to use technology to re-connect young children to the outdoors via community-based classes led by instructors who have been recruited and trained online and given access to the company's extensive Web-based curriculum. "Ultimately, we want to be able to recreate the childhood that we had and that you most likely had: Go out the door, explore the world and come back," said co-founder Meghan Fitzgerald, a former principal and classroom teacher who heads Tinkergarten's educational operations.
Can software spot a great essay?
District Administration Magazine
Three times each year, middle school students in Birmingham, Michigan, take a 30-minute, timed writing assessment online. The test is done through Criterion, an ETS online writing evaluation service. Student writers receive immediate feedback on their grammar and mechanics, as well as links to exemplary writing that displays techniques the test-takers need to work on. Remember, a computer tool, not the teacher, is doing this.
To put tech into any lesson, start with the lesson
Seymour Papert begins his landmark book "Mindstorms" with a story about a set of gears he played with as a child. The tangible experience of working with gears accelerated his understanding of physics in a way that would have been much harder with only books and lectures. Because of this, he refers to gears as "objects-to-think-with." One simple way of understanding our ed-tech pedagogical theory is that we don't want computing devices to just become replacements for notebooks and textbooks. We want them to be objects to think with. We want students to use them to construct understanding, to demonstrate their learning within their courses of study, and to mess around with.
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