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Senators look to close broadband gap for schools with Digital Learning Equity Act
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United States Senators Angus King, I-Maine, and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.V., have introduced the Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015 as a way to improve broadband access and close what they call an education gap for all students. A key focus of the act is the recognition that access to a broadband Internet connection is an important enabler for students to get access to new personalized learning options made available through online and blended learning. The Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015 aims to narrow this growing divide by supporting new methods to ensure students stay connected and extend access to digital learning opportunities when they leave the classroom.
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PAECT Radio Show — ISTE Q-&-A
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Are you headed to the ISTE conference for the first time? Do you want advice from previous ISTE attendees regarding session choices and logistics? Join PAECT's radio show at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24 as we discuss All Things ISTE. Kristin Hokanson, ISTE's Regional Program Chair, will provide information about sessions taking place in our PA room as well as other facets of the conference. What questions are on your mind? Email us at radio@paect.org.

For instructions on joining the show, click here. There will be a phone number to call into the show or you can open the chat area and talk with the show that way.

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Get Current on game-based Learning at the Serious Play Conference July 21-23 at Carnegie Mellon


Educators are proving that games can have a huge, positive impact on student learning. But how do you choose the best titles and integrate game-based learning in the classroom? Or should educational games be introduced to children K-12 only for weekend play?

Hear from teachers with solid experience using games, federal agencies that sponsor educational games and public sector organizations that offer free game play online. Talk to researchers and publishers of educational games.

Click here for a list of speakers.

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Request for presentations
NYSCATE
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

Hands-On Workshop RFP (2, 4 or 6 hours)

Exhibitor RFP

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Deeper learning
NYSCATE
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.

July 30 — Eastern Suffolk BOCES
Sept. 21 — Erie 1 BOCES

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EDUCATION IN PENNSYLVANIA


Cheaper, faster Internet? These Lancaster County, Penn., schools will take it.
Lancaster Online
In the final months of the school year, Penn Manor School District's Internet capacity was maxing out. "As we were just going about our business of education, we would see things like online testing tools and Study Island slow down to the point that it would be very frustrating," said technology director Charlie Reisinger. "We were blocking a lot of video not because we wanted to, but because we had to." All that's about to change, as the district transitions to a nonprofit broadband network that will give it 10 times more bandwidth.
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EDUCATION IN NEW YORK


TechCHAT: Using Book Creator with lead yech integrator at NY's Avenues School
Education World
The Book Creator app has been used to created 10 million e-books so far. Students and teachers have found that the tool provides a simple way to turn a classroom tablet into a publisher of share-ready content. Kristen Paino is lead technology integrator at New York's Avenues School. She discussed using Book Creator with Education World.
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A look at summer MOOCs for K-12 students
By: Archita Datta Majumdar
There was once a time when K-12 students had a huge list of summer homework handed over to them on the last day of school. Today, parents get an exhaustive list of websites for their children to visit over summer to continue learning from. The concepts of flipped classrooms and digitized lessons have brought Massive Online Open Courses into the mainstream. MOOCs are increasingly replacing summer school and bridge programs through platforms that students can easily manage and parents can monitor simultaneously.
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Poor students often lack a home Internet connection. Is this FCC program a solution?
The Hechinger Report
The hunt for after-school Internet connections needed to do homework might soon be over for some of the nation's poorest students. The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to include broadband connections in a $1.8 billion federal program that subsidizes telephone services for low-income people. This program isn't reserved for families with school-aged children, but supporters say the change will inevitably help the neediest students get online at home.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    How E-rate 2.0 helps schools afford broadband and Wi-Fi (EdTech Magazine)
Why education technology is not transforming how teachers teach (Education Week)
11 mistakes schools make when buying charge and storage carts and how to avoid them (K-12 TechDecisions)
3 ways to be a better digital citizen, online and in real life (eSchool News)
Teachers union initiative focuses on funding tech education (The Associated Press via Lancaster Online)

Don't be left behind. Click here to see what else you missed.


Blended learning: The great new thing or the great new hype?
The Washington Post
If you haven't heard the claim that blended learning is the present and future of education, you haven't been listening. It is one of the central features of modern school reform, with proponents proclaiming that it helps personalize education, cuts costs and allows students to be more productive. Sounds great, doesn't it? But is it? Here's a look at the hype, the harm and the hope of blended learning, by Phil McRae is an executive staff officer with the Alberta Teachers' Association and adjunct professor within the faculty of education at the University of Alberta, where he earned his PhD.
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Report: Is it game over for gamification?
EdTech Magazine
Gamification has been around for several years. According to Merriam-Webster, the term's first known use was in 2010. But it's still being flagged by some spell-checkers as a typo. This may be fitting, because gamification was retired in the 2015 New Media Consortium Horizon Report on emerging technology for K–12. Gamification — or incorporating elements of games into learning to drive engagement — has thrived in other industries like business. But NMC CEO Larry Johnson said it hasn't quite taken hold in the classroom.
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How to maximize your district's E-rate spending
EdTech Magazine
When the Federal Communications Commission modernized the E-rate program in 2014, to help increase access to Internet services at K–12 schools and libraries, it also made several rule changes to drive down the cost of services and equipment for the program. These changes ensure that schools are spending E-rate funds as efficiently as possible.
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DEVICE & SOFTWARE NEWS


Who's got our stuff?
Tech&Learning
Some variation of this question is asked on a daily basis in most districts. The amount of time and energy wasted in tracking down the district's "stuff" is significant enough that they would save many hours by not having to do it manually. The benefits of efficient management of scarce resources can be easily quantified. By knowing exactly where it is and exactly who is in charge of individual equipment, administrators are able to get the exact resource to the exact student or teacher at exactly the right time to impact teaching and learning.
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How to manage cellphones in the classroom
Edutopia
Ben Johnson, a contributor for Edutopia, writes: "When I ask the students why they are so attached to their devices with the small (some aren't so small) screens, I invariably get the response, 'It's my life.' I just don't get it and probably never will, but here is my attempt at understanding. After careful observation, I have determined that the cellphones are analogous to what happened when the Walkman first appeared on the scene for the older generation. A Walkman was a portable cassette player that sometimes came with a radio."
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