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Google's giant leap into transforming education
Since its rollout in 2006, Google Apps for Education has ammosed more than 20 million users worldwide. Now Google has officially released the second wave: Google Classroom. Google managers say it will "give teachers more time to teach and students more time to learn."
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Digital Leadership 101 and Beyond — a summit for all educators
"Digital Leadership 101 and Beyond," scheduled Sept. 19, is a don't-miss, one-day learning summit featuring keynote speaker Eric Sheninger, who will discuss how to harness the power of digital tools and social media. Register online today!
Public meeting planned for Maker Faire event
The Mini Maker Faire Committee is having a community meeting about the Rochester Mini Maker Faire this Saturday, Aug. 23, from 10 a.m. until about 11:30 a.m. at the Henrietta Public Library, Calkins Rd., Rochester, NY 14623. All who have the time and inclination are more than welcome to attend! Don't forget — Maker Faire tickets are now on sale and details are available here.
The search is on for the Outstanding New York State Superintendent
NYSCATE is seeking candidates for the Outstanding New York State Superintendent Award! Nominate someone by Sept. 15 and find more information at www.nyscate.org.
Media literacy conferences announced
Drug Free Pennsylvania, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, will host three Media Literacy Conferences across Pennsylvania this fall. The conferences will teach you how to use specific instructional strategies for raising young people's awareness and critical thinking skills in responding to mass and social media messages that depict alcohol, tobacco, prescription and illegal drug use.
Southcentral PAECT Annual Meeting/Dinner planned for Sept. 10
Join Southcentral PAECT for dinner and conversation at the Batdorf in Annville. Meet our new membership chair, Eric Verno and regional director Chris Champion. Members are welcome to bring a guest.
Southcentral PAECT Annual Meeting/Dinner: Sept. 10
(RSVP online by Sept. 3)
6 p.m.: Cash bar, buffet sit-down dinner
7 p.m.: Membership meeting: Ed Tech leadership ideas, PETE&C update, regional committee formation, meeting planning
8 p.m.: Social hour
PAECT Awardees for 2014: Outstanding Leader of the Year
Our series of articles featuring PAECT's 2014 award winners, announced at PETE&C this past February, continues. For the next several weeks, we will continue to recognize each of our award recipients in this publication. This week we get to know Justin Aglio, PAECT's Outstanding Leader of the Year.
Summer Appy Hour strikes the right note
Penn's Peak was the venue for the Northeast PAECT Summer Appy Hour on Aug. 17. About 15 ed techies from eight different districts and IUs across the NE region gathered to meet, mingle and share their goals for the upcoming school year. Stories were shared and ideas discussed during the 2.5 hours the group spent getting to know each other. Folks got recharged and ready to tackle the new school year with lots of new ideas and connections! Excitement was palatable in the room.
We would like to thank Penn Tele Data for sponsoring the appetizers and providing us with wireless network logins to their PTD Unleashed Internet Service.
Helen Gurley Brown Trust pledges $7.5 million for New York STEM efforts
The Helen Gurley Brown Trust announced a gift of $7.5 million to the American Museum of Natural History to establish BridgeUp: STEM, a program for young women and low-income New York City youth to explore computer science and coding through projects that tackle real-world problems.
Voxy to present at NYS TESOL conference
Voxy, the education technology company that pioneered personalized and adaptive English language learning, announced it will present "Evaluating the Impact of Blended Learning on Performance and Engagement" at the 44th annual NYS TESOL conference, Nov. 14-15 in Albany.
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Murals give youngsters chance to shine, memorialize Pittsburgh playwright
Moving Lives of Kids Art Center has been active in enriching some of Pittsburgh's toughest neighborhoods through art and education for several years. This year they've brought on more than 40 youths from the Pittsburgh Summer Employment Program and The Bridge of Pittsburgh to work with professional artists, painting and designing inspirational murals. Each of the kids will receive a $1,000 stipend at the end of the six-week program.
Is the Pennsylvania Education Department deleting public data?
The Pennsylvania Department of Education has been deleting email on a daily basis, and the practice could land some officials in hot water.
17 new laws in 12 states help govern educational technology
Lawmakers are recognizing the need to create legislation to help navigate the technological landscape in the classroom. Data from the National Conference of State Legislatures reveals the new education technology policies that were passed into law in 2014. In 2014, 12 states passed 17 laws relating to education technology.
PBS LearningMedia resources for teaching in the digital age
PBS and WGBH
PBS LearningMedia has prepared a new look for this new school year. Check out the updated selection of resources from PBS LearningMedia to invigorate your teaching and learning in the digital age.
Just how wide is the World Wide Web?
Kaylee Nelson and Ross Lancaster
Since its inauspicious debut in 1991, the World Wide Web has seen unprecedented technological growth. In a mere 25 years, it has gone from being just a dream of a British computer scientist to an inescapable part of the modern world. Take a look at an infographic to find out the number of websites in existence today, the countries with the most websites and what browsers are the most popular.
3 free tech tools for high school teachers
U.S. News & World Report
New digital tools can make it easier for teachers to manage their class and more efficiently assess a student's behavior.
These are three tools that seasoned educators recommend for fellow teachers to try to excel this school year.
New tracking platform aims to help improve student behavior
PR Newswire via IBN
Rethink, an education technology company that puts cutting-edge tools to support students with special needs in the hands of educators and parents, has developed a new management and tracking platform that helps teachers improve student behavior.
3 audiovisual products for collaboration and flipped classrooms
The technology landscape in higher education includes several valuable audiovisual systems that help with flipped classrooms and distance learning/lecture capture. Which products are performing best?
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