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How E-rate 2.0 helps schools afford broadband and Wi-Fi
The Federal Communications Commission recently made the biggest changes to E-rate since the program was created 19 years ago to help schools pay for telecommunications and Internet services. Public K-12 schools and districts should be aware of what these changes mean to funding and eligible services. The changes, which went into effect this year, include increased funding and the phasing out of some services and technologies, as well as increasing support for broadband and wireless networks in classrooms.
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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)
Click here for more information and to register.
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Lead and transform: An ISTE Town Hall
Attention all educators, whether the building, district, university or state level. Lead & Transform: An ISTE Town Hall is an exclusive event happening at ISTE 2015 specifically for education leadership. We are hoping to ensure that all PA leaders are informed of the event and are invited since it is so close to you. This year, the event will also host local high school students from the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia to share their experiences in this progressive technology high school and engage with leaders in their discussion.
Details of the event and the ability to register can be found on our website. Participants must be registered for the conference to attend, but the event seating is limited.
Message from Digital Wish
Digital Wish has a limited number of document cameras to liquidate at ridiculously low pricing (see below). If your schools need document cameras, please circulate — this is the end of our stock.
We also need to know what technology products are in high demand in your schools. We're approaching manufacturers to negotiate new grants and discounts for your schools.
HoverCam Kudos 3 document camera — We only have 40 units left for $99 each. The retail price was $300 on these, and they aren't available anywhere. It's also a scanner, a video recorder with built in microphone, and a high-resolution webcam. There's even a second camera for picture-in-picture. Mac and PC compatible. Here's the link.
HoverCam Mini 5 — I've got about 200 left at $149. They retail for $249. It's 1080p full motion HD video — but really compact. Here's the link.
NJ/PA ECET2 Conference — Southeast Region
PAECT has limited spots available for this free, invite-only professional learning event. All details can be found here. Interested in attending? Contact Brooke.
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Teachers union initiative focuses on funding tech education
The Associated Press via Lancaster Online
The American Federation of Teachers and its New York City chapter announced a $500,000 initiative to fund career and technical education in New York and four other cities. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, AFT President Randi Weingarten joined United Federation of Teachers' President Michael Mulgrew to discuss the five-city partnership.
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Education subcommittee holds roundtable on tech education
Republican & Herald
Connecting job creators and educators to prepare future employees in many different careers in the trades was the focus of a roundtable in Mar Lin. The roundtable was held by the Select Subcommittee on Technical Education and Career Readiness, a subcommittee of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Education Committee.
Guess who: These people rarely control the education technology budget, but they're expected to make it work
The Hechinger Report
Teachers are the people who must effectively blend high-tech tools into their instruction, but relatively few of them have much say over what classroom technology is purchased. As a result, education technology companies spend a lot of time courting school administrators, because they're the people most likely to decide what to purchase, according to several leaders who track these trends.
3 ways to be a better digital citizen, online and in real life
Walk down the street, look around in a restaurant, or watch people waiting in line and you'll notice how fully technology has become integrated into our daily lives. Views of technology and its place in society can be seen in movies, television and cultural references. It has become such a part of what we do and who we are that it become to be defined as a sort of "digital" citizenship. So what describes a digital citizen?
What do teachers really think of data tools?
Two-thirds of teachers in a Gates Foundation study said they are not completely satisfied with the data, or tools designed to help them work with data, which they are able to access on a regular basis. Teachers Know Best: Making Data Work for Teachers and Students examines digital instructional tools that help teachers collect and use student data and attempts to outline the challenges teachers face when working with these digital tools.
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Effectively incorporating technology with English learners
By: Erick Herrmann
As the school year comes to a close for students across the United States, some districts are planning and purchasing technology to incorporate into instruction. Purchases for teacher and/or students may include interactive whiteboards, tablets, computers or other devices. Other districts are implementing a "bring your own device" program. In either scenario, districts, schools and teachers should take certain considerations into account when implementing technology.
4 digital safety tips for summer break
As the school year comes to an end, students and staff are eagerly waiting for their first day of summer break. Thoughts of vacations to the beach or trips to see friends and family members can distract our minds from those last few days in the classroom.
Why education technology is not transforming how teachers teach
Public schools now provide at least one computer for every five students. They spend more than $3 billion per year on digital content. And nearly three-fourths of high school students now say they regularly use a smartphone or tablet in the classroom. But a mountain of evidence indicates that teachers have been painfully slow to transform the ways they teach, despite that massive influx of new technology into their classrooms. The student-centered, hands-on, personalized instruction envisioned by ed-tech proponents remains the exception to the rule.
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Study: US millennials know technology, but not how to solve problems with it
The U.S. education system isn't adequately preparing students to use technology for problem-solving, according to a newly released analysis, which recommends what public schools and businesses can do to address that problem. Change the Equation, a Washington-based organization promoting science, technology, engineering, and math, or "STEM" studies, looked at how American millennials — the first "digital natives" because they were born after the Internet — fared in an international study of adult skills in 19 countries.
11 mistakes schools make when buying charge and storage carts and how to avoid them
A laptop cart is a laptop cart, right? Wrong! All charge and storage solutions are not created equal. That's rule number one when choosing a mobile device management solution. Unfortunately, not all schools realize this and they spend money on a product that it isn't exactly what they need. Correcting technology problems can be time consuming as well as disruptive if class time is affected. Educators don't have time for that. They're counting on you to make the right tech decision from the get go.
How Google play for education fits into K-12 learning
As one-to-one initiatives gain speed, more apps are making their way into the classroom and into teachers' hearts. The Google Play for Education store is one way for teachers to find and download student-focused apps that have an impact on learning. In a recent EdTech webinar, four K-12 educators were asked how they incorporate Google Play into their technology programs.
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