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Superintendents convene at White House's 'ConnectED' event
U.S. Department of Education Office of Educational Technology
Eight superintendents from Pennsylvania and two from New York join more than 100 colleagues at the White House on Nov. 19 to be honored for their leadership in helping transition their districts to digital learning. The event will provide opportunities for leaders to share lessons learned with each other and with ED to help disseminate promising approaches across the nation.

Pennsylvania and New York participants include:
Thomas Ralston, Avonworth SD, PA; Carrie Rowe, Beaver Area SD, PA
Samuel Lee, Bristol Township SD, PA Bart Rocco, Elizabeth Forward SD, PA
Bille Rondinelli, S. Fayette Township SD, PA William Hite, School District of Philadelphia, PA
Bridget O'Connell, Palisades SD, PA Erica Kolat, McGuffey SD, PA
Luvelle Brown, Ithaca City SD, NY Ayinde Rudolph, Westminster Community Charter School, NY
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NYSCATE UPDATES


2014 NYSCATE Annual Conference
EdTech-Palooza in Rochester

NYSCATE
There is still time to register to join us at the NYSCATE 2014 Annual Conference, in Rochester. This year we have many special events happening before and during the conference.

2014 Pre-Conference Events 2014 Annual Conference
Friday, Nov. 21 Featuring
StartUp Weekend Edu (SWEDU) 4 National Keynote Addresses
Saturday, Nov. 22 120 hourlong program sessions
Mini-Maker Faire – over 100 makers on-site! Lightning Sessions
Microsoft Certification Training Hands-On Workshops
Hands-On Workshops Ed Camp Events
Corporate Focus Groups Social Media Contests
StartUp Weekend Edu (SWEDU) NYSCATE Hands-On Exploratorium
Sunday, Nov. 23 SOLD OUT Exhibit Floor – the largest in NY!
Microsoft Certification Training and much, much more!
Hands-On Workshops  
Corporate Focus Groups  
StartUp Weekend Edu (SWEDU)  

More important than any "event" is the opportunity to meet and network with the most amazing educators in New York State. Learn what works, what doesn't and how to grow your professional network. Time is running out — REGISTER TODAY!

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2015 Hudson Valley Regional Conference
NYSCATE
SAVE THE DATE and RFP now open!
The 2015 Hudson Valley Regional NYSCATE Conference will be held Saturday, March 7, at the Roy C. Ketchum High School in Wappingers. As in the past, we will have 2-hour workshops and 60-minute concurrent sessions. NYSCATE invites you to submit a presentation proposal! If you would like to present at the 2015 Hudson Valley Regional Conference, please keep the following in mind:
  • All proposals should relate to this year's theme: TransformED * ReTHINK, ReIMAGINE, ReCREATE
  • Proposals are due Dec. 6. Click here for full information and a link to the proposal form.
We hope you will consider submitting a proposal.

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2015 Digital Wave Conference
NYSCATE
SAVE THE DATE and RFP now open!
Erie I BOCES and NYSCATE are hosting the Digital Wave Conference on Friday, March 13, 2015, to be held at Erie I BOCES, 355 Harlem Road, West Seneca. The committee is seeking presentation ideas from the membership! Please take a moment to complete the RFP in order to share your expertise with your colleagues. The proposal link will be open until Dec. 9. Submit your RFP today!

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PAECT UPDATES


Pittsburgh Learning Pathways Summit – SouthWest
PAECT
Date: Friday, Nov. 21. Register now.
Hundreds of teachers, students, community members, librarians, museum educators and others will gather Nov. 21 at the Convention Center for the Pittsburgh Learning Pathways Summit. You are personally invited to attend and be a part of this community of experts working together to create connected learning opportunities for Pittsburgh youth.

Attendees will have the opportunity to review preliminary learning pathways — developed by a set of community-driven Working Groups — that a student could take to advance his/her understanding of topics such as Making and Design, Coding and Gaming, and Media Making. In addition, participants will discuss the benefits of creating a local learning ecosystem, supported by a system of digital badges, which would propel students to reach their goals in school and in their future careers.

Educators, no matter the grade level or subject, should consider attending as part of a delegation from their school or organization, and are encouraged to bring middle and high school students. If you're interested in learning more about education ecosystems, digital badges, or learning pathways, the event will serve as a great introduction to these ideas!

If you any questions regarding the event, feel free to contact Khalif Ali at khalif@sproutfund.org.

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Elementary Technology Conference 2014 – South Central
PAECT
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.

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PETE&C 2015
PAECT
Date: Feb. 8-11, 2015. Registration is open!
The Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference is a statewide event that provides quality programs focused on technology in the educational field. Each year, hundreds of exhibitors showcase their latest technology products and services to the vast audience of teachers, administrators, technology directors, school board members and more. Monday and Tuesday mornings kick off with keynote speakers that will both educate and inspire you. Throughout the three days, you can attend concurrent sessions and student showcases. There is something for everyone at PETE&C!

Check the PAECT website and the PETE&C website for more information.

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EDUCATION IN NEW YORK


NYC adopts Chromebooks for all schools
Education Dive
A deal between New York City's Department of Education and Google will see Acer and Samsung's Google-powered Chromebooks, as well as Google Apps for Education, used by more than 1 million students in 1,800 schools.
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New York schools test new security technology
The Associated Press via The Journal News
A new security and safety technology system is being tested in 20 public schools in New York state, including Rockland County. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Nov. 17 that the schools in Rockland and Oneida counties will be the first to launch the program, called Mutualink K-12.
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EDUCATION IN PENNSYLVANIA


Pennsylvania teachers turn to public to fund classroom extras
Erie Times & News
As districts struggle with increasing costs and tightening budgets, more teachers are turning to DonorsChoose and other crowdfunding sites to find the money they need to purchase supplies, science equipment, books and even furniture.
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Funding commission, activists reach accord ahead of meetings
Philadelphia Magazine
Pennsylvania's Basic Education Funding Commission has decided it might be worth getting some public input, after all. POWER, the Philadelphia faith-based activist group, said Nov. 18 it was calling off plans to protest at the commission's two-day meeting in Philadelphia this week, after the commission agreed to begin offering public comment sessions at all its future meetings.
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NATIONAL NEWS


FCC proposes $3.9 billion for school technology program
T|H|E Journal
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has proposed a massive increase to the total funds it makes available to schools and libraries for supporting technology. In a proposal announced Nov. 17, Wheeler called for a permanent $1.5 billion increase in the cap for E-rate, up from the current $2.4 billion, that would be used to pay for technology in schools.
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CareerFoundry, TeacherTube to bring coding courses to US teachers
The Next Web
There's no question that in the 21st century, knowing how to code is one of the most widely useful skills a student can have. But many students aren't exposed to code until college, partly because school teachers themselves don't have sufficient coding experience. CareerFoundry, an online platform for learning vocational skills, and TeacherTube, a community for teachers to share educational videos, are teaming up to help change this.
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Game guide offers important insights on teacher needs, behavior
Games and Learning
A new guide aimed at helping teachers incorporate games into the classroom offers developers of those games some important insights into the potential and the obstacles to bringing game play into schools.
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DEVICE & SOFTWARE NEWS


After all this time, here's what Google still gets wrong about big tablets
Yahoo News
Google has certainly released some quality tablets, most notably its smaller series of Nexus 7 tablets. However, Ars Technica has taken a very detailed look at the Nexus 10 with Android 5.0 Lollipop installed and has concluded that Google still can't get large tablets right.
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Screaming Bee spices up online education with free voice sharing service
PR Newswire
Screaming Bee Inc. has released a voice recording and message sharing service that runs on a number of Web browsers and mobile devices. Voice Spice allows users to record and share a voice message on social media and educational sites.
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The Nexus 10, Lollipop, and the problem with big Android tablets
Ars Technica
When it comes to tablets, Google doesn't even follow its own design guidelines.
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