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Technology conference highlights 5 ed tech conversations
With iPads, tablets, smartphones and other technological devices swarming through classrooms, teachers do their best to keep up. "Next-generation learning" was the chief topic at the recent Fall CUE 2014 Conference.
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Smart Schools Commission issues final report and findings
The final report has been issued on the state and future of classroom technology and broadband connectivity in New York's public schools and communities, along with a series of Smart Schools Keys to Success for school districts to consider. This report outlines opportunities inherent in incorporating technology into the classroom. It also provides school districts with a roadmap to plan for and implement a technology-driven overhaul of their schools that enhances student achievement and prepares students to participate in tomorrow's economy.
NYS Smart School Bond Initiative on ballot
The New York election ballot included the Smart Schools Bond Initiative, which would provide a significant infusion of funding to schools across the state to upgrade school networks for high-speed broadband and to purchase equipment and devices that support digital learning. If you haven't yet, check out the New York Smart Schools Commission report, which highlights the ways this $2 billion dollars can help schools leverage technology and ensure teachers and students thrive in classrooms.
Click here to find out how much funding your school district would receive from the Smart Schools Bond Act.
Just released: Microsoft in Education Teacher Training Workshop to be offered at NYSCATE Conference
Nov. 22-23, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Hyatt Regency Hotel in Rochester. Register here.
K-12 trainers of teachers are invited to participate in a two-day, hands-on Microsoft Teacher Trainer Workshop designed to provide you the opportunity to bring Microsoft training to your schools and communities. Participants review Microsoft training content and receive materials to leverage for their local training. Attendees also receive a certificate of participation and earn the opportunity to apply for the Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainer program.
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PAECT Member Brandon Lutz presents at Tech Forum NY
PAECT's Brandon Lutz was invited to present "60in60: Inverted" at the recent New York Tech Forum. In this presentation, the audience builds the list of tools that are shared and presents them in the last half of the presentation. Catch a live stream of Brandon, his assistants and the attendees in action here!
You can access the cheat sheet for the session here.
Tech SLAM – NorthCentral
Date: Nov. 15, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Selinsgrove High School. Register now!
What is a Tech SLAM (Shared Learning And Mentoring Event)?
This is a FREE, fast-paced sharing of Web tools, apps, technology and best practices, followed by opportunities to learn more about your favorites and try them out. One of the best parts of a SLAM: the chance for audience members to contribute! If you have an app, tech tool or best practice that you want others to know about, please be ready to share!
Register here and see technologies from our previous SLAM event.
This event is sponsored by the NC PAECT and ACT 48 credit is offered!
Elementary Technology Conference 2014 – South Central
Dec. 9. Register and get more information.
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! Register and get more information today.
CAIU: Apple 3rd Annual iPad Summit – South Central
Dec. 15. RSVP and get more information.
PAECT is co-sponsoring the CAIU iPad Summit on Dec. 15. All PAECT members receive a $10 discount off registration (regularly $110) — just use "PAECT" in the comments section of the registration.
Mayor unveils program to help turn around struggling NYC schools
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new strategy on Nov. 3 to turn around New York City's most challenged schools. Makeovers are on the way for 94 campuses — and for the school day itself, which will grow longer by an hour.
Professors, students debate pulling plug on technology
Washington Square News
With the proliferation of iPads, laptops and smartphones, a classroom without technology seems unimaginable. Many conflicting opinions are surfacing about whether the presence of this technology in the classroom has a positive or negative impact on student learning.
EDUCATION IN PENNSYLVANIA
Education funding decision dogs Corbett
CNHI via The Herald
Controversy has come and gone during Tom Corbett's four years as Pennsylvania governor, but questions about education funding remain the single-most persistent drag on his popularity.
Program focuses on modern problems facing teens
The T.E.A.M program stands for teaching, education and mentoring, and those behind the program hopes it does just that for teens in Pennsylvania's West Shore School District.
What education IT needs before it can offer 'blended learning'
Blended learning is generally applied to the practice of using both online and direct instruction when teaching, blending technology and traditional practices. Also called hybrid learning and mixed-mode learning, blended-learning experiences may vary widely in design and execution from school to school.
Education technology: Cutting edge meets the classroom
Education used to be as simple as a book, a chalkboard, and a pencil but the current notion of education is evolving alongside technology. Is a person's education defined by the piece of paper hanging on the wall or is it more about the hands-on experience of problem solving and lesson feedback?
Alabama students, teachers adjust to iPad initiative
The Associated Press via GoErie.com
The Dothan, Alabama, school system is spending $2.6 million over four years to lease more than 6,000 iPad Air and iPad Mini products for students. The system has also spent around $30,000 on covers for the devices.
4 critical decisions when making wireless infrastructure changes
Joe Kuzo, director of technology at Quakertown Community School District, shares four critical decisions his district made when expanding wireless systems.
STEM education: 7 awesome ways to get girls excited
Cool Mom Tech
While there are so many exciting developments in the past few years designed to get girls eager to explore STEM education and all its facets, it's still a lopsided field.
Blackboard integrates Chegg Learning Services
Blackboard has partnered with Chegg to integrate the latter's self-directed learning services with its teaching and learning environment.
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