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Report: Technology purchases driving up back-to-school budgets
THE Journal
Parents are spending more on school supplies this year, mostly for technology purchases, according to a new Consumer Pulse report from Rubicon Project. The survey, "Back-to-School Consumer Pulse Poll," was conducted online in mid-June 2015 and collected responses from 1000 parents of K-12 and college students. It found that 56 percent of parents plan to spend more money on school supplies compared to last year, with K-12 parents planning to spend an average of $873 per child, and college parents planning to spend an average of $1,124 per student.
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NYSCATE UPDATES


Regional Google Camps
NYSCATE
NYSCATE will continue our partnership with SAANYS as we offer one-day Google Camp events scheduled throughout New York State. Please visit each event link 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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Deeper learning events: Using Technology to Support Deeper Learning
NYSCATE
Personalized learning structures — 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.
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NYSCATE's Outstanding New York State Superintendent — Applications are due by Sept. 15
NYSCATE
A superintendent who has actively promoted technology and supported the work of his/her district to further technology initiatives in meeting the goals of the NYSCATE mission statement will be selected and honored at the NYSCATE statewide conference in November.
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PAECT UPDATES


PAECT Radio Show is back on Thursday, July 16 at 8:00 p.m. to discuss ISTE HIGHLIGHTS!
PAECT
What were your biggest takeaways from ISTE? What resources would you like to share with other PAECT members? Join us for our ISTE Highlights PAECT Radio Show this Thursday, July 16 at 8:00 p.m. Let's pool our resources together and discuss ideas for the upcoming year. If you did not attend ISTE, email us at radio@paect.org and let us know what topics you would like to hear discussed. Access the radio show on Thursday night via this link: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/paectradio.

We hope you can join the conversation!

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EdCamp Hershey — South Central Region
PAECT
July 27
Edcamp Hershey is a day of free professional development organized by educators for educators. It is being held at Hershey Middle School on July 27 starting at 9 a.m. Anyone who is interested can register for our day of #sweetpd at edcamphershey.weebly.com.

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Bucks/Lehigh EduSummit — Southeast Region
PAECT
Aug. 4-5
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.

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EDUCATION IN NEW YORK


As New York City prepares to redouble focus on career and tech programs, Fariña names new leader
Chalkbeat New York
The longtime principal of "Coop Tech" is the city's new head of career and technical education. John Widlund is well-versed in the city's programs mixing practical skills and academics, having started teaching electrical installation at just 19 years old through an apprenticeship program. Twenty years later, and after a seven-year stint leading the School of Cooperative Technical Education, he will be overseeing CTE programs citywide Chancellor Carmen Fariña, Mayor Bill de Blasio, and the teachers union have all promised to ramp up their support.
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EDUCATION IN PENNSYLVANIA


Students' education technology opinions might surprise you
eSchool News
Students see equity of access as a key ed-tech challenge for their schools, and they'd like to have newer technology in their classrooms. But they're also more thoughtful about their tech use than many adults give them credit for, expressing concerns about distractions and a lack of face-to-face interaction when using devices in class. Those were some of the key takeaways from a panel discussion held during the International Society for Technology in Education conference in Philadelphia.
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NATIONAL NEWS


Hot areas for education technology investment in 2015
K-12 TechDecisions
Investment in educational technology has exploded over the past few years, with ed tech companies raising more than $1.36 billion in 2014, according to an Edsurge analysis. This figure accounts for 201 rounds of funding that raised money from nearly 400 unique investors. The largest deals were made in the areas of curriculum products, teacher needs, school operations, post-secondary and "other."
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How connected are your state's classrooms? Check out this map
eSchool News
As efforts to increase bandwidth and internet connectivity in K-12 schools grow, a new report from CDW-G, based on a survey of 400 K-12 IT professionals, reveals just how connected — or not — the nation's classrooms are today. The "CDW-G K-12 Connected Heat Map" outlines wired and wireless connectivity in a state-by-state display. The map is an ongoing project and CDW-G is asking schools to fill in their details to help make it more complete. Currently, there is not enough data to shade several states in the midwest and west.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Report: Blended learning emerges as a leading trend in education technology (The Hechinger Report)
A leader's guide to technology implementations (eSchool News)
Engaging parents in kids' STEM education (U.S. News and World Report)
Gates Foundation gives millions to fund education technology innovation in K-12 education (Education World)
What education technology could look like over the next 5 years (MindShift)

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The print-digital transition
Scholastic Administration Magazine
There's a revolution afoot in our nation's schools: the departure of print resources and the arrival of digital content. For more than 10 years, the digital wave has gained strength and momentum — fueled by 1:1 initiatives, improvements to bandwidth and infrastructure, and the technological modernization of society. The traditional textbook isn't dead, but its shelf life — so to speak — is dwindling.
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How to use technology to supplement Common Core
Education World
Monica Burns, an edTech and curriculum consultant, shared with Edutopia several tips for educators on how to best use technology to help students learn Common Core standards and therefore learn the best ways to be prepared for college and career. "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," Burns said.
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DEVICE & SOFTWARE NEWS


Single-pane-of-glass network visibility eases K-12 BYOD management
EdTech Magazine
As soon as Sarasota County, Florida, schools began experimenting with a bring-your-own-device program, students, faculty and administrators could finally connect to the district's guest network. But not everyone's problems were solved. "Students and staff bringing their personal devices onto the network aren't really guests," says Joe Binswanger, the district's director of information technology. "The guest network was just a straight tunnel out to the Internet. It was very vanilla: very locked-down, very filtered."
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Minecraft in school? How video games could be the future of learning
The Christian Science Monitor
Math, geography, art, design — these are just some of the things that children can learn from the popular video game Minecraft, a new study shows. Essentially a kind of digital Lego through which users can create their own building-block worlds, the game has the potential to engage students in problem-solving, research, creative thinking, and even social interaction, say the Australia-based researchers. Their findings add to a growing body of research supporting not only the use of video games in classroom learning, but also the idea that learning is less an exercise in one-time memorization than an exciting, continuous experience.
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