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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 each event link for detailed program information for each day.
Aug. 6 — University of Buffalo
Aug. 12 — Madrid Washington CSD
Aug. 18 — Bethlehem CSD
Aug. 20 — Dansville CSD
Oct. 17 — Rochester
(in conjunction with SAANYS Conference)
Deeper learning events: Using technology to support deeper learning
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 student through the use of technology.
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NYSCATE's Outstanding New York State Superintendent — Applications are due by Sep. 15
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 NYSCATE statewide conference in November.
EDUCATION IN PENNSYLVANIA
Can teachers author their own textbooks on the fly?
What happens when a school throws out the textbooks and tells teachers that they are going to become authors themselves by creating curriculum in real time as the semester progresses? That's what the String Theory School, a charter school in Philadelphia and one of only 37 Apple Distinguished schools in the country, is discovering. In fall 2013, String Theory opened a performing arts charter high school on Vine Street in Center City Philadelphia that featured a one-to-one iPad deployment from day one. Christine DiPaulo, the school's director of innovation, remembers starting to work with the curriculum coordinator on choosing textbooks for the new high school, when they had the radical idea: Why use textbooks at all?
New York City schools ask students to 'bring your own devices'
The Hechinger Report
Amy Thiam, a fourth-grader at Harlem's P.S. 129, is staring at her cellphone in class — just as her teacher instructed. She's typing questions about their recent lesson on Native Americans into school software. Later, her classmates will share their questions and they'll answer them together. These students in Stacey Nealy's and Ryann Geldner's classroom only began using their cellphones in class the day before, in early June, but they had no trouble adjusting.
The summer school blend
Scholastic Administration Magazine
In New Jersey's Morris School District, summer school is a priority. The district's program has been successful and engaging for many years, but in 2014, Morris schools tweaked the model to further boost results. Our summer school now features blended learning as another way to engage and motivate students during these months. Because of our careful planning and execution, the summer of 2014 was an overwhelming success.
Exposing every student to STEM
According to the National Center for College and Career Transitions, about 20 percent of careers — and many of the fastest growing areas — directly relate to science, technology, engineering and math. But by one count, an insufficient number of students today will pursue STEM careers. So how do we convince students that STEM is important even if they don't think they will pursue a career in a related field?
The maker movement and the classroom
The maker movement is a new trend based on old school traditions in which philosophy of doing, building and creating prevails over just simply buying. By looking at the benefits and upsides of the maker movement and analyzing why it re-emerged, we can use it productively in the classroom by intertwining these new techniques with the classic methods such as lecture, reading and so on.
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Education technology empowers students to 'change the world'
District Administration Magazine
Students in coming years will create their own educational content, 3-D printing will become mainstream and wearable technology will put more demand on school Wi-Fi networks, according to a study released in June by the New Media Consortium and the Consortium for School Networking.
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Google classroom offers application programming interface preview for better instruction, learning
Google Classroom is providing new tools for administrators, teachers and developers through a preview of its new Application Programming Interface. The preview will be offered until the end of July, and will allow administrators to "provision and populate classes" for their teachers, set up tools to integrate the student data with Classroom and obtain information as to which courses are being administered in their domain.
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