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Can mobile devices make the grade in the classroom?
A nationwide survey indicates that 71 percent of U.S. school districts are putting mobile devices in the hands of their students, and many more would follow suit if their budgets allowed. Buy-in from school administration hasn't been easy, but now districts are facing a new problem: parental acceptance.
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PA Summit for Google in Education — Southeast
Aug. 13-14, 2014 (RSVP by: Aug. 13 via https://sites.google.com/site/ecpasummit/home)
*PAECT members receive a 10 percent discount. Contact firstname.lastname@example.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.
PAECT Awardees for 2014: Outstanding Teacher of the Year
This is the first in a series of articles featuring PAECT's 2014 award winners, announced at PETE&C this past February. For the next several weeks, each of our award recipients will be recognized in this publication. This week we focus on Zee Ann Poerio, Outstanding Teacher of the Year.
Attend the Sept. 19 summit: Digital Leadership 101 and Beyond
Join your colleagues for "Digital Leadership 101 and Beyond," scheduled Sept. 19. This one-day learning summit features keynote speaker Eric Sheninger, who will discuss how to harness the power of digital tools and social media.
Anticipation builds as Google Camp West is only 1 week away!
NYSCATE and SAANYS
NYSCATE and SAANYS will be offering a second Google Camp! This highly anticipated, sold-out event will take place Aug. 20 at the Radisson Hotel in Rochester. Make plans now to join us for this "All Things Google" event, featuring:
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. Register online today and find all the details at www.nyscate.org!
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NYSCATE Mini Maker Faire tickets on sale now!
The Rochester Mini Maker Faire Committee is proud to announce that tickets are now on sale for the Rochester Mini Maker Faire! Maker Faire is the greatest show (and tell) on Earth — a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It's a place where people show what they are making and share what they are learning.
Schools eager for tech money if state bonds approved
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Three months before a public vote on whether the state can borrow $2 billion for school technology, most observers expect little opposition to embattled Gov. Andrew Cuomo's pet project.
3 strategies for improving STEM education
"Science is an engine of prosperity. You want to invite people in at all stages of life." Such were the words of Marietta DiChristina, editor in chief of Scientific American and co-organizer of the second annual Executive STEM Summit in New York City. On Aug. 5, leaders in academia, educational technology and policy gathered at the event focused on "the Science of Learning." And although they came from different fields, the attendees were united by a sense of urgency in improving STEM education.
EDUCATION IN PENNSYLVANIA
Students spend summer making — not playing — video games
Instead of wasting their summers, say, playing video games, 11 Pennsylvania teens spent it learning how to make video games. The games were entirely original. One was even unique to Philadelphia.
Drexel gets $3.1 million from NSF for minority STEM program
The National Science Foundation has awarded $3.175 million to Drexel University for a regional program that aims to increase the number of minority STEM majors. Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Philadelphia, the lead appropriator for the NSF, announced the grant this summer.
Revenge of the textbook: Why textbook adoption policy matters
Observers have noted that one of the primary market failures in the educational technology marketplace is that "the buyers are not the users." However, this issue has long existed; many a teacher can tell you of a time he or she left a set of inadequate textbooks on the shelf and instead created his or her own materials. And even as digital tools threaten to render textbooks obsolete, our textbook policies may yet haunt the quality of instructional materials.
Chicago-area 'tech hospital' gets iPads ready for the school year
In preparation for the school year, four of District 30's staff members have spent their summer preparing and upgrading roughly 900 iPads, laptops and computers in the "Tech Hospital" of Maple Middle School in Northbrook, Illinois.
Promethean debuts 6-touch whiteboard
Promethean has launched a new interactive whiteboard with support for up to six simultaneous touches in an effort to improve classroom activities.
WizIQ wins 'Best Virtual Classroom' award for 3rd consecutive year
Online education platform WizIQ has been announced as the "Best Virtual Classroom Provider" at World Education Awards 2014.
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