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21st century twist: Video gaming now belongs in the classroom
Brian Stack
Over the past few years, video games have started to become a regular fixture in classrooms across America. The movement is known to educators simply as gaming, and it is considered by many to be one of the next great disrupters that is changing the landscape of education in our schools.
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Introducing Code Studio for grades K-5
Code.org
Code.org has developed a free elementary school curriculum that allows even the youngest students to explore the limitless world of computing. The courses blend online, self-guided and self-paced tutorials with "unplugged" activities that require no computer at all. Each course consists of about 20 lessons that may be implemented as one unit or over the course of a semester. Even kindergarten-aged pre-readers can participate. Find a workshop near you!
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Elementary Technology Conference 2014 – South Central
PAECT
Date: Dec. 9. Click here to register.
The 7th Annual Elementary Technology Conference is designed especially for K-6 classroom teachers. Come join your colleagues as they share ways to engage your students with technology-rich lessons and ideas. Choose from over 18 sessions on instructional best practices to new Web 2.0 tools and more! Visit http://etciu13.wikispaces.com/Home+2014 for more information and to register.

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  Jupiter iO All-in-One
Jupiter iO All-in-One gradebook, LMS, analytics and SIS solution, empowers online instruction and learning. The rich features provide the ability to create online tests, lessons, homework calendars, digital file lockers, discussion forums, surveys, essay annotation, peer reviews, critiques, portfolios and more, all with the convenience of automatic grading and analytic reporting.
 


PAECT Awardees for 2014: Friend of PAECT
PAECT
Our series of articles featuring PAECT's 2014 award winners, announced at PETE&C this past February, concludes this week as we recognize Rep. Mario Scavello, recipient of the Friend of PAECT award, presented to a non-member for distinctive service to the Association.
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Google Educator Certification Boot Camp
PAECT
Bucks County Intermediate Unit, Doyalstown
Date: Nov. 8 and Nov. 15 Click here to RSVP by Nov. 7.
During this two-day learning experience, participants will learn the essentials of Google Apps for Education, with a focus on the skills and techniques needed to complete the five online exams to achieve "Google Educator" status and pursue "Google Education Trainer" status. Rich Kiker will facilitate the course and guide participants through various activities and classroom examples using media rich content, Web-based tutorials and video learning libraries. PAECT members receive a $25 discount!

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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. To get this rate, register online and enter the code NY14PAECT or NY14NYSCATE.
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Smart Schools bond initiative hearing held in NYC
NYSCATE
After successful hearings in Albany and Buffalo, the third event was held Sept. 29 at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in NYC. Testimonials were provided by Dr. Michael P. Nagler, superintendent at Mineola Union Free School District, Dr. Luvelle Brown, superintendent at Ithaca City School District, Joseph Kardash, superintendent at Colton-Pierrepont Central School District, NYC Department of Education, Daniel A. Rabuzzi, executive director of MOUSE, Tricia Interrante, executive board member of the New York State Association for Computers and Technologies in Education (NYSCATE), and Maria Worthen, vice president for Federal and State Policy for INACOL. To see the full hearing, click here.
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Get rewards for attending FREE pre-conference workshop at NYSCATE
NYSCATE
Common Sense Media is now accepting applications from educators interested in contributing high-quality Field Notes throughout the year as members of an exceptional group we call Common Sense Media Certified Educators: Graphite. This group is composed of educators who are deeply knowledgeable about — and actively using — a range of technologies with students. This workshop will help prepare participants with the knowledge and time to begin the certification process.
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Time is ticking on Early Bird Maker Faire tickets!
NYSCATE
There are only a few weeks remaining in the Early Bird ticket sales for the Rochester Mini Maker Faire. Purchase yours today by visiting www.eventbrite.com/e/rochester-mini-maker-faire-2014-tickets-12390346861.
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Annual Conference schedule published
NYSCATE
The full conference schedule, including all one-hour sessions and pre-conference workshops, is now live. Review schedule, and personalize your own schedule by visiting the NYSCATE Annual Conference website at www.nyscate.org/conferences.cfm?subpage=655. TransformED is trending to be the largest NYSCATE event to date, with the latest additions — StartUp Weekend and Maker Faire — kicking off our conference weekend.
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EDUCATION IN NEW YORK


Study assails New York teacher-evaluation system
Press & Sun-Bulletin
A new study found that New York's teacher-evaluation formula forces school districts to pump up classroom-observation scores so teachers don't wind up with "unjust" overall grades.
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EDUCATION IN PENNSYLVANIA


More than 40 organizations kick off Campaign for Fair Education Funding
Public Opinion
A coalition of more than 40 organizations today kicked off the Campaign for Fair Education Funding to ensure that every Pennsylvania student has access to a quality education no matter where they live.
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NATIONAL NEWS


High school cancels football season over bullying
The Associated Press via The Inquirer
A central New Jersey town is reeling after its high school football team, which has won three sectional titles over four years, had its season cut short by allegations of bullying, intimidation and harassment among players.
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DEVICE & SOFTWARE NEWS


Microsoft takes on Google Classroom app with the new offering
Microsoft News
Microsoft has announced a direct competitor to Google Classroom, called OneNote Class Notebook Creator. Developed in partnership with Microsoft Research and Microsoft China, it helps teachers quickly set up a personal workspace for every student, a content library for handouts and a collaboration space for lessons and creative activities — all within one powerful notebook.
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Educational services providers pledge to protect students' personal info
Multichannel News
The Future of Privacy Forum and the Software & Information Industry Association have pledged to abide by a new set of best practices for protecting K-12 students' personal data related to mobile applications, online services or websites designed and marketed for schools.
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EDpuzzle: Easy-to-use tool lets teachers turn online video into lessons
Edudemic
There is a staggering amount of free video available online that makes great fodder for teaching students, particularly in flipped classroom settings. With EDpuzzle, teachers can select videos, edit them, assign them to students and quiz them as they watch.
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