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Education technology is spreading fast, but there's no recipe for success
The Hechinger Report
Many people are seeking the "secret sauce" for digital learning. As educators expand the use of education technology, they often face a tricky balance. These tools offer the possibility for innovation — trying something new in a quest to improve teaching and learning. But technology isn't cheap, and the risk of failure looms. To assure success, many educators try to find and follow a recipe for digital learning. But many crucial ingredients can't be found in a case study about "best practices," said Julie Evans, the CEO of Project Tomorrow, a nonprofit organization that advocates for math, science and technology education and annually surveys students and educators about their experiences with those topics.
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Presenters in the Pennsylvania Room at ISTE 2015
As a programming collaborator for ISTE 2015, PAECT had the unique opportunity to select a host of presenters to feature in our very own location: the Pennsylvania Room. Throughout ISTE, these sessions will be featured in our room. All are held during regular session times, so why not stop by and support some of your fellow Pennsylvanians presenting at ISTE?"
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)
Global Educator Workshop
Join PAECT friend Julie Lindsay (of Flat Classroom fame) for the Global Educator Workshop on Thursday, June 25 and Friday, June 26 at the School District of Philadelphia. If you're going to ISTE, this is worth arriving a few days early! Click here for more info.
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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)
Click here for more information and to register.
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
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Bloomsburg STEM programs receive grant
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The Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corp. granted Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics initiatives over $40,000 in funding for tuition, books, transportation, supplies and food costs. The STEM Magnet Program, founded in 2013, allows high-achieving high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to get a head start on a college career in the STEM disciplines. From the CPWDC grant, an estimated $300 per person will go to cover partial tuition and book costs for up to 60 students, adding up to a total of $18,000. Another $6,000 will benefit the Summer STEM Teacher Institute for 20 kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers.
Rochester Institute of Tech grant aims to improve STEM equity for middle, high school students
An associate professor of engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York has been awarded a $25,000 grant for an initiative designed to increase the number of male African American students participating in science, technology, engineering and math fields. The initiative, called The Brashear Project, will expose middle- and high school-aged students to the field of engineering through design projects related to rehabilitation and assistive robotics, according to information from the university. Rehabilitation robotics is Brown's area of expertise, and he said he believes he can connect young African American males to the field through the issue of gun violence.
How to survive an ed-tech crisis
When North Carolina's Guilford County Schools had a tablet charger melt inside a student’s home in October 2013, it could have marked the end of the district's $16 million effort to give every middle school student a digital device. Instead, district leaders reacted quickly and decisively, suspending the program until they could ensure the safety of every child. They also negotiated for higher-quality devices and other concessions from their tablet supplier, Amplify, and they kept the community informed at every turn.
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Why technology alone won't fix schools
The Atlantic (commentary)
Kentaro Toyama, a contributor for The Atlantic, writes: "For about a month in the spring of 2013, I spent my mornings at Lakeside School, a private school in Seattle whose students are the scions of the Pacific Northwest elite. The beautiful red-brick campus looks like an Ivy League college and costs almost as much to attend. The school boasts Bill Gates among its alumni, and its students come from the families of Amazon and Microsoft executives. Unsurprisingly, there is no dearth of technology: Teachers post assignments on the school's intranet; classes communicate by email; and every student carries a laptop (required) and a smartphone (not)."
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Researchers testing the impact of text formatting on learning
A four-year research effort at the University of California, Irvine will test out the impact of changing the formatting of text to help middle school students improve their reading and writing abilities. The U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences has awarded $3.5 million to a School of Education research team that will be working with local Garden Grove Unified School District on a project that involves Chromebook computers, iPads and "visual syntactic text formatting." The project, "Digital Scaffolding for English Language Arts," is expected to begin in July and run until September 2019.
Digital literacy: Unlocking technology's potential
With 1:1 technology initiatives and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) programs increasingly being implemented in schools across the globe, the need for digital literacy education has become more important than ever. Although technology enables students to access more information in much less time, it does not always foster learning. Teaching digital literacy helps to manage all of the benefits of technology while helping students understand how to safely weed through the vast amounts of information online.
Which funders are leading the growing push for blended learning in K-12?
Blended learning continues to be all the rage in K-12 education among traditional public and charter schools, and a bevy of funders stand ready to help with such projects. National and local foundations have laid out millions of dollars to design, implement and evaluate blended learning initiatives. Blended learning is an approach to K-12 instruction in which students learn at least in part through the online delivery of academic content and instruction. Most programs combine teacher-led instruction and online content, with the latter usually delivered via laptop computers or tablet devices. Most blended learning initiatives give students some element of control over the pace of their learning.
Learning management systems enhance K-12 instruction
District Administration Magazine
Widespread use of digital learning materials, an intensifying focus on achievement and the influx of digital devices into classrooms are increasing districts' need to have some form of learning management systems, experts say. Without an LMS, teachers and students trying to access online education tools must sign in and out of multiple applications, including open education resources, subscription-based learning programs, and websites that teachers created for their courses. Teachers also need to log in to the student information system and administrative applications, such as grade books.
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