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How 5 inspiring tablet classrooms are changing education
T|H|E Journal
There's no one way to use tablets in the classroom. To find truly innovative uses of tablets, we looked far and wide for groundbreaking educators who have deployed their devices in a variety of environments, from special education to the flipped classroom. Read on to discover how these tech pioneers are using tablets to shape and improve the modern educational experience.
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PAECT UPDATES


Southcentral PAECT Annual Meeting/Dinner
PAECT
Join Southcentral PAECT for dinner and conversation at the Batdorf in Annville during the Southcentral PAECT Annual Meeting/Dinner on Sept. 10. Meet our new membership chair, Eric Verno, and regional director Chris Champion. Members are welcome to bring a guest. Don't forget to RSVP by Sept. 3!

Agenda
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

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ISTE-Verizon Mobile Learning Academy
PAECT
Introducing the ISTE-Verizon Mobile Learning Academy, a wonderful, free professional learning opportunity for K-12 public, private and charter schools in the United States that will help school teams of teachers, tech coaches and administrators prepare for successfully integrating mobile technology into learning and teaching. Teams of educators will work together to make the pedagogical and cultural change necessary to leverage mobile technology to improve and accelerate student learning. Learn more and apply here: http://iste.org/vmla.
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PAECT Awardees for 2014: Outstanding Technical Support Person of the Year
PAECT
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 Tim Geiter, PAECT's Outstanding Technical Support Person of the Year.
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NYSCATE UPDATES


Startup Weekend EDU comes to Rochester
Startup Weekend
Startup Weekend is a global community of passionate educators, students, entrepreneurs, developers and designers on a mission to create the best learning opportunities for others. Recognizing that education entrepreneurs face unique problems that require unique solutions, Startup Education helps people launch and scale education ventures no matter where they are in their entrepreneurial journey. Centering on Startup Weekend Education, a 54-hour experiential learning event, education innovators (educators, students, designers, developers and anyone interested in innovation) can join us Nov. 21 to kick off SWEDU Rochester and the NYSCATE Annual Conference!

SWEDU Rochester
Friday, Nov. 21:
6 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 22: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 23: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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Google Camp West is in the books
NYSCATE
Last week NYSCATE hosted 200 educators at Google Camp West, held at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Rochester. This ed-camp style event featured Google-certified educators from around the state who gathered to teach each other lessons learned in the vast world of everything Google! From Drive to Apps, extensions to add-ons, this standing-room-only event was designed to assist teachers with the integration of Google applications in their classrooms and schools. The day commenced with an app-smackdown, but the conversation continues through our Google+ Community that you can join today!
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Are you the Outstanding New York State Superintendent?
NYSCATE
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.
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EDUCATION IN PENNSYLVANIA


From English to science to Twitter
The Inquirer
Chris Lehmann and the school he founded in 2006, the Science Leadership Academy, have had their share of accolades and honors through the years. The public magnet high school, a partnership between the Philadelphia School District and the Franklin Institute, has been recognized by Ladies' Home Journal as one of the "Ten Most Amazing Schools" in the country and has been named an Apple Distinguished School various times.
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7 reasons you cannot miss InfoComm Connections in Philadelphia
AVNetwork
There are, naturally, 1 skillion reasons why Oct. 22 will be like no other day for campus tech pros, but here are the seven most cogent arguments for registering for InfoComm Connections right this second.
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EDUCATION IN NEW YORK


Tech Valley High moves to new campus, preps for role as tech-ed pioneer
WAMC
As upstate New York continues its ascent as a technological hub, Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering campus is now home to Tech Valley High. The cutting edge school is expected to become a blueprint as America's education system modernizes and tightens standards.
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Largest charter school in New York opens another technology campus
WGRZ-TV
The new Charter School for Applied Technologies welcomed 550 students to its new home at the former Holy Angels Academy site in Buffalo on Aug. 25. CSAT, the largest charter school in the state, hosts close to 2,000 K-12 students at its sites.
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NATIONAL NEWS


New Hampshire fourth-graders may get crack at robotics
New Hampshire Union Leader
Fourth-graders in Manchester, New Hampshire, could soon be getting hands-on learning about robotics. The program partners Manchester inventor Dean Kamen's FIRST initiative and the SEE Science Center and would come at no cost to the city school district, Mayor Ted Gatsas said.
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Grading practices that better support 21st-century learning
Brian Stack
If you'd like to see just how polarized a high school faculty can be, survey them on how much they think homework should count in their overall course grade. Here are some grading practices that you can implement right now in your own classroom that will better support the 21st-century learning of your students.
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Benefits of blended learning: Online resources vs. online curriculum
Applied Educational Systems
You hear it all the time, echoing through the halls of the CTE wing, bouncing off the walls of the CTE classrooms, labs and shops… you hear it in all of these blended learning environments. You should be using more online resources in your blended learning classroom.
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Attention science teachers: Here's how superheroes work
Edudemic
Sometimes, the things that will lure students to be interested in a particular subject isn't found in the material itself, but in related topics they might not necessarily know are related. Science and math tend to be the subjects that crawl to the top of that list most often. If you talked about superheroes — or something similar — and then applied the science to it, you might find yourself with students who were a bit more interested.
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DEVICE & SOFTWARE NEWS


E-learning platform Moodle Mobile arrives on Windows 8.1, Windows Phone
WinBeta
Moodle, for those who did not know, is a popular e-learning platform that has a user base of over 50 thousand registered and verified school sites, serving over 60 million users, in over 6 million courses, with over 1.2 million teachers. The official Moodle Mobile app is now available for those of you on Windows Phone and Windows 8.1.
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Micro-data: Improve student performance without teaching to a test
The Quick Key Blog
I believe in the power of data to improve learning outcomes and enrich lessons. I know this because research has shown it, and because I myself have used data over the past 10 years to create better lessons and educate my students.
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DynaVox unveils world's largest speech-generating tablet
Broadway World
DynaVox Systems LLC has unveiled the DynaVox T15, a powerful, 15-inch dynamic display tablet for individuals with advanced access needs, visual impairments or physical limitations.
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Amazon expands its children's programming lineup
TechCrunch
Amazon Studios, the company's production unit which helps develop feature films and TV series, is expanding its line-up of children's programming, the company announced this morning. An additional five series are now being greenlit - including three animated shows, and two live-action kids' pilots.
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