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3 ways ed-tech is moving beyond the classroom
Edudemic
Lately all eyes seem to be on ed-tech, specifically technology's role in education, especially in terms of how new offerings are reshaping the classroom. New tools are meant to help improve educators' teaching abilities, help enhance the actual learning process and also help students become more tech-savvy. But while such tools are important to the overall education ecosystem, technology can also make an impact long before and after a lesson takes place.
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Welcome to Education Technology Today!
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Welcome to our new electronic newsletter. This weekly email will bring you updates that are much more immediate in nature. You'll still be able to see what is happening in the various regions around the state as well as what is going on with our neighbors to the North in NYSCATE (via their section of the newsletter). We think you will find this to be an easy-to-read format with links to articles that will interest you. All content will be screened prior to publication so that you are getting only the best content related to educational technology.
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Google Camp heads to Western NY!
NYSCATE
NYSCATE and SAANYS will be offering its second Google Camp! This event will take place Aug. 20 at the Genesee Country Village & Museum in Mumford. The full program is available at www.nyscate.org. Make plans now to join us for this "All Things Google" event, featuring:
  • Google Drive
  • Google Apps
  • ChromeCast
  • ChromeBooks
  • Life in the Cloud
  • … and more!
Join our Google+ Community today for Google Camp! This community is open to all, whether you can attend Google Camp or just want to be part of the online group.

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Call for Makers — Rochester Mini Maker Faire
NYSCATE
Rochester Mini Maker Faire
Saturday, Nov. 22
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Rochester Riverside Convention Center
Calling all Makers for the Rochester Mini Maker Faire! What is a Maker, you ask? Anyone who thinks, imagines and creates. You are a Maker and it doesn't matter if you create arts and crafts out of new and used materials, the latest in walking robots, or create music and dance arts. Share your Maker know-how and enthusiasm! We're especially interested in interactive and hands-on opportunities for attendees.

We have rooms for Maker talks, a stage for robotics demonstrations and artistic performances, and we have space for dozens and dozens of Maker booths.

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EDUCATION IN NEW YORK


Stepinac VP: 3 secrets to a successful digital transformation
eSchool News
In just one year of eliminating textbooks to become all-digital, the Archbishop Stepinac High School academic probation rate was cut in half, according to a report from Frank Portanova, vice principal for Academics & Curriculum.
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The physics lesson of the future looks insanely fun
Fast Company's Co.Design
On a breezy spring afternoon at the New York Hall of Science in Queens, designer Jake Barton is watching a pair of middle schoolers chuck an iPod across a playground while another kid films the scene with an iPad. This is the physics lesson of the future, and it looks like a blast.
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First-year principal wins $25,000 to scale up collaborative teaching
Chalkbeat New York
It didn't take long for Jodie Cohen to distinguish herself when she became principal of James Madison High School last year. After just one year in charge, Cohen bested over 150 principals to win the 2014 Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize, an award that recognizes school leaders who jump-start successful initiatives at their schools.
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EDUCATION IN PENNSYLVANIA


Panel aims to revamp Pennsylvania education funding formula
KYW-TV
A new commission impaneled by the Pennsylvania legislature to redraw the state's formula to fund basic education has held its first meeting.
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Patton teacher attends Discovery workshop
The Unionville Times
Robin Martin, a teacher from Charles F. Patton Middle School in Unionville-Chadds Ford School District, joined 149 esteemed educators from across the U.S., Canada and United Kingdom at Vanderbilt University in Nashville this summer for a prestigious professional development experience hosted by Discovery Education's Discovery Educator Network.
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Reading program hopes to help Philly kids give 'summer slide' the slip
The Notebook
The "summer slide" can be especially tough on students from families who can't afford quality summer programs. To combat this loss, Pennsylvania state Sen. Vincent Hughes has organized the Save Our Skills summer reading program — a free, four-week summer literacy program that gives students a free breakfast and lunch while sharpening their reading skills with certified teachers.
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NATIONAL NEWS


A swivel chair: The most important classroom technology?
U.S. News & World Report
What if the key to boosting student engagement was as simple as swapping out desks and chairs and rearranging the layout of a classroom? The most important classroom technology nowadays is not a classroom projector, laptop or tablet — it's the swivel chair, according to one environment and behavior researcher.
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ROI in schools: A district-by-district evaluation of US educational productivity
Center for American Progress
In an updated report, the Center for American Progress examines the productivity of the nation's school districts. How does it differ? What could be some key areas of reform?
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Bringing the hashtag to teacher professional development
Brian Stack
It's 8 p.m. on a Sunday evening. Dinner is finished, and the dishes have been put away. It's time to get ready for another busy week at school. For many teachers, this is also a great time to engage in much-needed professional development with their peers. At this hour, social media sites like Twitter begin to light up with teachers from all over the world participating in all sorts of professional dialog on topics that are of interest to them. Welcome to the next generation of professional development for teachers.
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Managing your digital classroom with wearable technology
EdSurge
Tanesha Dixon, a middle school social studies teacher from Washington, D.C., shares a creative way to use wearable technology to manage the classroom.
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