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Make the most of the maker movement
Edutopia
There's no doubt that make-to-learn is a hot trend, complete with its own hashtag (#makered), reading list (check out Invent to Learn by Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager), allies and advocates (such as the Maker Corps). As a sign of the times, the White House hosted a Maker Faire earlier this year. Yet as makerspaces pop up in schools across the U.S. and internationally, it's worth wondering: How many of those schools are also making way for a different approach to instruction?
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PAECT UPDATES


Tech the Halls – South Central Region
PAECT
Dec. 9, 6-8 p.m. RSVP here.
Join South Central PAECT members for appetizers and discussion about great tools you use in your classroom. Bring your laptop, iPad, iPhone and any dongle you need to connect it to a projector. Members can get up and share resources with the whole group. Last year when we did this we had a great time! Don't miss this one!
Loxley's Restaurant, 500 Centerville Rd., Lancaster, PA 17601

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Tech the Halls – Southeast Region
PAECT
Dec. 11. RSVP by Dec. 8.
Ever wanted to visit a thriving MakerSpace? Come join PAECT as we Tech the Halls at CreateSpace, a pop-up MakerSpace located at the Middletown Free Library in Media. What will you make? No prior experience is necessary! Click here for event details.

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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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CAIU: Apple 3rd Annual iPad Summit – South Central
PAECT
Dec. 15. RSVP and get more information.
We are so excited that our schedule for the 3rd Annual iPad Summit at the CAIU is ready. We have amazing presentations this year that will showcase creative and innovative ways teachers are utilizing iPads in the classroom as well as information and resources for those involved in the technical and leadership areas. We also have poster sessions that participants can visit during the lunch break to learn about effective and efficient ways to integrate iPads. Visit the event wikispace to view the schedule of sessions and the link for registration. If you haven't registered yet, do it soon! Space is limited. 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.

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NYSCATE UPDATES


NYSCATE congratulates this year's Awards and Grants winners
NYSCATE
This year's NYSCATE Awards and Grants winners are raising the bar for education technology in the state — and students are benefiting from their dedication and expertise. NYSCATE would like to recognize all of this year's recipients. Find out who won!
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Regional Event: ConnectED Conference
NYSCATE
Friday, March 13, 2015
Join us for the ConnectEd Conference in March! This addition to our regional conference schedule is going to be great! The ConnectEd Conference is a collaborative event hosted by Broome-Tioga BOCES, Teachers Center and NYSCATE. This event will take place at Chenango Valley Central School. More details to follow. Stay tuned!

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Save the date! CTO/CIO Clinic
NYSCATE
Thursday, April 23, 2015
There will be a CTO/CIO Clinic in the downstate New York region. Please save the date — April 23, 2015 — and plan to join us at Nassau BOCES on Long Island. This is an incredible opportunity for CTOs and CIOs to come together and discuss current issues in educational technology.

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NATIONAL NEWS


How bullying may physically alter our developing brains
Dorothy L. Tengler
Over the past two decades, neuroscientists have gathered plenty of evidence that serious physical and sexual abuse during early childhood not only is emotionally damaging, but such abuse can also short-circuit normal brain development. That abuse includes bullying.
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School districts weigh pros, cons of later start times for high schools
Brian Stack
The American Academy of Pediatrics published research this summer that will likely become a hot topic at many school board meetings in the coming months and years. After studying the sleep patterns of teenagers, researchers determined that teens are not getting enough sleep, and it is impacting their ability to perform in school. According to the report, teens need at least 8.5 hours of sleep each night. The report called upon schools to move their start time to a more reasonable 8:30 a.m. to accommodate this increased sleep need.
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One mom's mission to encourage girls in science
The Associated Press via The Leader-Herald
Kelly Mathews is on a mission: to get more girls interested in STEM. That's science, technology, engineering, and math. Mathews, a software engineer in Chalfont, Pennsylvania, believes the earlier girls are introduced to these fields, the better the chance they will be empowered to pursue those careers when they graduate from high school.
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DEVICE & SOFTWARE NEWS


How to invest in the right education technology
eCampus News
Forget MOOCS, say technology investors. What higher education institutions should invest in are personalized learning platforms that provide simple data on outcomes.
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The significance of educational technology history and research
eLearn Magazine
At a time when emerging technologies are expected to have widespread impact on education, it is significant to remember the fields closely associated with educational technology (e.g., instructional design, cognitive psychology, the learning sciences, etc.) are neither new, nor without a research base.
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