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50 top ed-tech products, straight from educators
eSchool News
Here is a list of ed-tech products and services that have proven to be effective, as noted by your colleagues in K-12 schools and districts nationwide.
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NYSCATE UPDATES


Google Camp West, to be held on Aug. 20 is almost SOLD OUT!
NYSCATE
Make sure you register today if you are planning to attend. On the heels of a hugely successful Google Camp in Albany, NYSCATE is pleased to annouce Google Camp West! This event will be held on Aug. 20, 2014 at the historic Genesee Country Museum in Mumford, New York. Registration and program info can be found here. Make plans to bring the entire family to this outdoor historic museum with state of the art conference facilities.
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Digital Leadership 101 and Beyond

Sept. 19, 2014 — The Century House, Latham, New York
Keynote: Eric Sheninger
DIGITAL LEADERSHIP: CHANGING PARADIGMS FOR CHANGING TIMES
The educational landscape is changing as a result of continuous advances in technology and a changing learner. As a result, educators must recognize this shift, anticipate needed changes, and lead by example in order to meet the diverse needs of key stakeholders in the 21st century. Learn how to harness the power of digital tools and social media accessible today to improve communications, enhance public relations, establish a brand presence, increase student engagement, transform learning spaces, discover opportunity, and grow professionally like never before.

RECEIVE ERIC'S NEW BOOK FREE WITH YOUR REGISTRATION!

Testimonial:
"The Digital Leadership 101 Workshop was a great way to meet connected learners. The presenters shared valuable information to move us from administrators to connected lead learners. Eric Sheninger's keynote is always on the mark to move us beyond the 21st century. It makes all of us better leaders and teachers."
— Victoria L. Day
Principal/Lead Learner East Side
Elementary School, Gouverneur, New York
and Digital 101 Syracuse participant

Topics covered may include:
  • Computer-based Testing
  • 1 to 1 Implementation - BYOD/Chromebooks/iPads
  • Blended Learning
  • Community Engagement Through Social Media
  • The Power of Professional Learning Networks (PLNs)
  • Cloud-based Applications - Implications For My School District
  • Ditching Textbooks for Digital Curriculum
Registration is open Click here.

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2014 Annual Conference Tidbit-of-the Week!
NYSCATE
The official hashtag for this year's conference is #nyscate14. You can start using it now!

All content using the official conference hashtag will be aggregated for you using Eventifier. This is a great place to visit to see who's sharing and actively involved with NYSCATE and #nyscate14. You'll also have quick access to any photos, videos, tweets or slides that people share using this hashtag.

You can also check out the #nyscate14 Tagboard for tweeted content!

Save the date! Nov. 22-25, Rochester, New York.

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PAECT/NYSCATE Reception @ ISTE 2014
PAECT/NYSCATE
The PAECT/NYSCATE Reception @ ISTE 2014 ranked as the best reception of the conference again this year. The reception, sponsored by Edmentum and LightSpeed Systems for the second year, was held in the International Ballroom at the Omni Hotel. The reception provided networking, collaborating, door prizes, great food and refreshments. The 400+ attendees included Darin Rasmussen, Senior Vice President of Edmentum; Brian Lewis, CEO of ISTE; Kecia Ray, ISTE Board President; several current and former ISTE Board members; Holly Jobe, ISTE Board Past President and PAECT Past President; the 13 members of the Australian Study Group led by Karen Swift; Michael Golden, former Pennsylvania Deputy Secretary of Technology and CEO of Educurious; Kathy Hurley, Chair of the Pearson Foundation; Keith Kruger, CEO of CoSN; Irene Spero, COO of CoSN; and Richard Cullatta from the U.S. Department of Education.

The event was moderated by James Bolton, PAECT Past President and ISTE Affiliate Representative, and welcomes were provided by Amy Perry-DelCorvo, NYSCATE Executive Director; Ann Noonen, PAECT President; Bill Reynolds, NYSCATE President Elect; and Sean McDonough, Edmentum.

Many thanks to Edmentum and LightSpeed Systems for their support. This is the second year for these two organizations' involvement. Mark your calendars for the PAECT/NYSCATE Reception @ ISTE 2015 in Philadelphia!

See you in Philadelphia!

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PAECT UPDATES


Summer "Appy" Hour — PAECT Northeast Regional Summer Event
PAECT
Aug. 7, 2014 - 6:00-8:30 p.m. (RSVP by: Aug. 5, 2014 — http://goo.gl/VYLcTn)

Come on out, and mingle with like-minded educators in the Northeast. We will be connecting, networking and sharing apps and other fun information. There will be giveaways and light appetizers, and an added bonus will be LIVE music on the beautiful deck! Bring a friend … or two!

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Annual Summer BBQ — PAECT Southeast Regional Summer Event
PAECT
Aug. 9, 2014 — 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. (RSVP by: Aug. 6, 2014 - http://tinyurl.com/phe63oh)

Join us for a fun afternoon of socializing at our Annual Summer BBQ! Mark Perlman will be hosting at his house in Ambler. Bring the family! He has a large yard for lawn games and an indoor pool for those who want to go for a swim.

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Bucks/Lehigh EduSummit — Southeast/Northeast
PAECT
Aug. 11-12, 2014 (RSVP by: Aug. 10, 2014 - http://tinyurl.com/n2s7yol)

The Bucks Lehigh EduSummit is a collaboratively organized and facilitated two-day professional learning experience coordinated by educators in the Quakertown Community School District, Palisades School District, Salisbury Township School District, Southern Lehigh School District, Bucks County IU and Carbon Lehigh IU, which are all located in northern Bucks County and southern Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. Teachers in other neighboring districts are welcome to attend as well! The purpose of the EduSummit is to collaborate, connect, share and learn together for the benefit of our kids. Focus areas include: Educational Technology, PA Core, Social Media, Best Practices, etc. Details about the event can be found here: http://buckslehighedusummit2014.wikispaces.com/Home. PAECT is a sponsor for this event.

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PA Summit for Google in Education — Southeast
PAECT
Aug. 13-14, 2014 (RSVP by: Aug. 13 via https://sites.google.com/site/ecpasummit/home)

*PAECT members receive a 10 percent discount. Contact southeast@paect.org for the discount code. This summit is an open event primarily focused on Google Apps for Education, Chromebooks, Google Earth, YouTube and many other effective and efficient technology integration solutions to help digitally convert a school district. Organized by members of the Google Apps for Education community, the goals of this two-day innovation summit are to build a deeper understanding of how effectively leveraging technology can tremendously improve our educational system, teaching, learning and collaboration. PAECT is a sponsor for this event.

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ISTE Affiliate Meeting
PAECT
The Annual ISTE Affiliate Meeting was held on Friday, June 26, 2014. The Annual Meeting consists of renewing connections and networking of the over 70 ISTE Affiliates worldwide. This year the attendance consisted of over 130 attendees from 51 different affiliates. Susan Larson of ISTE led the program that included round table discussions covering areas of membership, governance, fundraising and other issues common to all affiliates. PAECT was represented by President Ann Noonen and past Presidents Mary Beth Henglebroke, Shirley Campbell, Sean McDonough and James Bolton. The Affiliate Reception that evening was attended by more than 175 Affiliate and ISTE leadership and board members as well as Affiliate Representatives.

This year PAECT's attendance at the Annual Affiliate Meeting and PAECT's gift basket for the Affiliate Reception was sponsored by the Northwest Evaluation Association. Our thanks go out to NWEA for their continued support of PAECT.

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EDUCATION IN NEW YORK


Education technology companies play the name game
The New York Times
The name of the company was 2gnoME. 2gnoME is pronounced "to know me," according to the company's website (although in my head it sounds more like a vinyl recording of some actual word playing in reverse). It is a pun on the word "gnome," which means "thought" in Greek. There's a Ŗ" in the mix as well because we live in the future now.
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A mad rush to enroll preschoolers in New York
The Wall Street Journal
Across the city, preschool directors are gearing up for an unusually ambitious expansion. The program was a major campaign promise of Mayor Bill de Blasio, and the clock is ticking for opening day in September. Many centers were still hunting for staff at July job fairs, outfitting classrooms and training teachers. The city aims to offer 33,000 full-day seats in community centers this fall, up from 3,360 last year. District public schools will have 20,400 full-day spots, up from 16,100.
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EDUCATION IN PENNSYLVANIA


Philadelphia school advocates carry funding demand to Harrisburg
KYW-TV
Parents, teachers, students and education advocates boarded two buses Aug. 4 in center city Philadelphia, heading to Harrisburg to urge action from lawmakers on stalled legislation needed to help fund Philadelphia schools.
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Philly principal awarded 'Nobel Prize' of educational community
WCAU-TV
The Harold W. McGraw Jr. education award is known in school circles as the Nobel Prize of the educational community. Past winners include former U.S. education secretaries, top Ivy League education policy thinkers and the creator of "Sesame Street."
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NATIONAL NEWS


Google, Hispanic Heritage Foundation team up on STEM program for summer school
Fox News Latino
The stem of a plant is its fundamental support system. In economics, "STEM" is an acronym used to shorthand the science, technology, engineering and math sector, which is where a large part of the future job growth in the U.S. is expected to come. Do minorities in the U.S. have the necessary STEM support?
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A call for tempered rhetoric among educators
Dr. Sheri Williams
As a seasoned administrator, I've witnessed multiple reforms in the pre-K-12 system. Some of the reforms have been initiated from within and others from outside the education profession. In my experience, the internal reforms tend to generate democratic forms of participation and more local buy-in. In sharp contrast, external reforms tend to generate complaints, politicization, widespread use of media and escalating cases of "blame and shame." Isn't it time to temper our rhetoric?
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8 printable classroom posters for device best practices
Edudemic
When you bring devices of any kind into your classroom, there need to be some rules to go along with them. Establishing guidelines for your students when they're using technology is best done early on and reinforced often — with students of all ages! This doesn't mean just setting out rules about not eating and drinking around the devices — it includes all types of guidelines including what is and is not appropriate to use the device for.
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