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Leveraging technology to determine school vision
Thomas Van Soelen
Jeff Homan, principal of The Main Street Academy, a startup K-8 charter school in College Park, Georgia, leveraged technology as the school revisited its core documents in preparation for both an accreditation visit and a rechartering process with the local school district.
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NYSCATE UPDATES


Participate in a corporate focus group this fall
NYSCATE
The NYSCATE Corporate Council is composed of a limited number of educational companies who have committed to a long-term relationship with NYSCATE. In conjunction with the Annual Conference, NYSCATE conducts targeted focus groups for each of these partners. We are currently seeking members who would like to provide feedback on new and current products, marketing strategies and overall company direction. If you are interested in being a council participant, the commitment includes attending a 90 minute session with 6-7 of your colleagues in a facilitated session where you will provide feedback, based on your current position and experience. If you are interested in participating, please fill out a brief form here.

*Please note: Participants will be selected based on the target audience identified by the facilitator, company and interest area submitted by that participant.

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Startup Weekend EDU lands in Rochester!
Startup Weekend
Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event that brings together Rochester designers, developers, entrepreneurs and experts from all domains to do amazing things. All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: Anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and embark on a three-day frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing and market validation. The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback!
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NYSCATE encourages members to participate in International Dot Day
NYSCATE
International Dot Day, Sept. 15, is a perfect way to start the new school year! Register for free at www.TheDotClub.org/. Take advantage of a free how-to guide, posters and certificates created by Peter H. Reynolds, longtime NYSCATE member and friend. Over 1.3 million celebrated in 84 countries last year! Join the movement — and help spread the word.

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PAECT UPDATES


Tech Forum New York
PAECT and NYSCATE
Once again, PAECT and NYSCATE are Association Partners for Tech & Learning's Tech Forum on Oct. 24. PAECT and NYSCATE members receive a special rate of $195 when they register online here. Enter the code NY14PAECT or NY14NYSCATE to receive your Association Partner discount rate.
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PAECT Awardees for 2014: Outstanding CTO 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 Brian Borosh, PAECT's Outstanding Chief Technology Officer of the Year.
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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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EDUCATION IN NEW YORK


GOP candidate for New York governor makes education proposals
The Associated Press via Newsday
The Republican trying to oust New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state constitution should be changed to allow direct election of the Board of Regents. Astorino outlined several additional education proposals at a news conference outside an elementary school in Hawthorne.
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EDUCATION IN PENNSYLVANIA


Pennsylvania first lady, acting Education Secretary announce dropout program
PRNewswire
First lady Susan Corbett and Acting Secretary of Education Carolyn Dumaresq visited Annville-Cleona School District in Lebanon County to announce 35 Pennsylvania school districts and charter schools now implementing the dropout prevention Early Warning System and Interventions Catalog.
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NATIONAL NEWS


The future is here: New ed tech targets the brain
District Administration
Measuring and even changing a student's brain activity was once a science fiction concept. But technology advances are pushing to market more products that use attention levels and plasticity of the mind to raise academic achievement.
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Latino students not catching up under Common Core, early testing suggests
Fox News Latino
As the new school year ramps up across the country, data from the only two states offering Common Core testing is beginning to come in, and the results indicate that Latinos still aren't scoring highly.
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How an entrepreneur is bringing fringe Maker knowledge mainstream
PSFK
Ayah Bdeir and littleBits are introducing future creators to the interactive building blocks they'll need to go from concept to programmable prototype.
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DEVICE & SOFTWARE NEWS


More teaching, less tech-ing: Google Classroom prioritizes teaching
Google for Work
When Google introduced Classroom back in May, it asked educators to give it a try. The response was exciting — more than 100,000 educators from more than 45 countries signed up for a preview. Now, as Classroom is open to all Google Apps for Education users, teachers can spend more time teaching and less time shuffling papers.
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10 ways to use Google Classroom
Brilliant or Insane
Google Classroom is becoming increasingly popular in education. Google Classroom employs the entire suite of Google tools, including gmail, Drive and other features, giving students the opportunity to collaborate and share information in one cloud-based system. Here are 10 ways to use Google Classroom.
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How to be safe online using passwords
Government Technology
The National Cyber Security Alliance is taking the online safety message to a city near you. A national campaign is spreading the word that multifactor authentication is easy to use and available now — often for free.
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