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Report: Blended learning emerges as a leading trend in education technology
The Hechinger Report
The use of blended learning in schools has increased the adoption of educational technology as the public has grown fond of online learning, according to a new report. A closely-watched report that provides insight into digital learning trends — both in and out of school settings — named blended learning as a key topic to watch in the next two years. The annual New Media Consortium Horizon Report's K-12 2015 Edition was released at the ISTE 2015 conference in Philadelphia, a conference devoted to educational technology that's expected to draw about 18,000 attendees.
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EdcampPAOilRegion is back for a second year. This "unconference" is being held Aug. 12 at Clarion University, and there is no cost to attend! Join us for a day of amazing conversation and learning about technology in education.
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Last call — 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
Hands-On Workshop RFP (2, 4 or 6 hours)
Blended Book Study (virtual sessions available)
Enroll in the NYSCATE's 1st Blended Book Study for a review of and instruction based on the book "Blended — Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools" (authors Michael Horn and Heather Staker). Lessons, interaction and assessment will focus on the ways that education is being reformed to reach today's digital natives. Blended Learning experts from districts and NYSCATE will provide effective examples of ways teachers throughout NYS are blending "chalk and talk" with technology to better engage students. Face-to-face Kickoff event: July 8
Regional Google Camps
NYSCATE will continue our partnership with SAANYS as we offer one-day Google Camp events scheduled throughout New York State. Please visit our website for detailed program information for each day.
Aug. 6 — University of Buffalo
Aug. 12 — Madrid Waddington CSD
Aug. 18 — Bethlehem CSD
Aug. 20 — Dansville CSD
Oct. 17 — Rochester
(in conjunction with SAANYS Conference)
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A leader's guide to technology implementations
Establishing a shared vision around a technology initiative is one of the most important success factors for that initiative, according to a panel of administrators from around the country who gathered at ISTE 2015 in Philadelphia to discuss a leadership roadmap to successful technology integration. The panel was based around ISTE's Essential Conditions, which are 14 necessary conditions for effectively leveraging technology. The conditions fall under the categories of people, policy and resources.
Engaging parents in kids' STEM education
U.S. News and World Report
Though much of teaching around STEM occurs in the classroom, that isn't where students spend most of their time. It is the time they spend outside of school that can be most valuable in helping them learn about STEM careers and how they can solve problems — and that's where parents can help to inspire, support and develop their children's learning.
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Gates Foundation gives millions to fund education technology innovation in K-12 education
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has given a $5.1 million grant to Chicago's LEAP Innovations to lead an initiative that will evaluate the current state of Edtech and drive collaboration among edtech evaluators across the country. The move is in response to the need to find ways to better prepare K-12 students for the 21st century world.
Frequency of digital content use varies, survey shows
Ninety-seven percent of educators surveyed for an annual report said they use some form of digital content, and more than 50 percent of those respondents said they use apps, websites, and/or digital games in the classroom. But there also remains a gap between teachers' and administrators' views on digitally-enhanced instruction and professional development.
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What education technology could look like over the next 5 years
In a fast-moving field like education technology, it's worth taking a moment to take stock of new developments, persistent trends and the challenges to effective tech implementation in real classrooms. The NMC Horizon 2015 K-12 report offers a snapshot of where ed tech stands now and where it is likely to go in the next five years, according to 56 education and technology experts from 22 countries.
The Common Core and digital skills development
The Common Core State Standards is a powerful set of expectations for student learning that has been adopted by districts across the country. One of the phrases associated with this document is college and career readiness. As we prepare students for life beyond the classroom, including digital tools in our instruction and making connections to technology in the real world is absolutely essential. Students of all ages need experience using technology and developing digital skills that can be applied to multiple tasks. If we truly want children to be college and career ready, schools must take thoughtful and strategic action to include technology tools in classroom instruction.
Educators report on uses, wish list for student data in K-12
Educators have a long wish list for the use of student data, and their own use of technology, including more training in both areas. Those are among the findings in a new analysis of how educators view their schools' and districts' use of technology and student data. The research by the Education Technology Industry Network of the Software & Information Industry Association at ISTE 2015.
Scholastic Administrator Magazine
In Lauren Smith's sixth-grade math class in Greensboro, North Carolina, students who are ready to advance to a new topic aren't held back by those who need more time. And students who need extra time to learn aren't dragged ahead before they understand a concept. Smith uses an app called Lensoo to create self-paced math lessons for her Jackson Middle School students. She records video lessons for each topic, and her students watch the videos, practice their skills and take an assessment that shows whether they have mastered the content. While her students are completing these activities, she walks around the room, offering help and individual attention as needed.
Teachers' pets: 3 devices that work in the classroom
While no two educational technology programs are the same, one planning question influences them all: Which device will best serve students' needs? In the free recorded webinar "Getting Started with Google Play for Education," K–12 experts discuss three devices they've used to implement Google Play for Education in the classroom. Learn how each device benefits students and faculty, and then register for the free recorded webinar to learn more about Google Play for Education.
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