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15 top resources on digital citizenship
A lot of the facts you teach your students will be long forgotten by the time they reach graduation, but the hope is that the practical lessons — the ones that can benefit them for years to come — are the ones that will stick. Digital citizenship is something that can equip students for a lifetime of safe, responsible Internet use. How can you mold your students into stand-up digital citizens? Use these resources to help you plan your lessons.
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Hour of Code/CS Education Week Event
Friends' Central School
This Friday there will be a Hangout On Air Q-and-A with Dr. AnnMarie Thomas (inventor of squishy circuits) and Eric Rosenbaum (inventor of the MaKey MaKey). They will be streaming to a whole school assembly at Friends' Central and we are inviting the general public to watch and ask questions too. If you and your students are available, please participate, if not the archive video will be available after.
The Q-and-A will start at 9:45 a.m. Tune in at 9:30 to see close to 600 students and faculty participate in an interactive activity with Makey Makey and squishy circuits.
Go to www.friendscentral.org/hourofcode to view the hangout.
Interested in infusing the Common Core and ISTE Standards? ISTE has partnered with the Gates Foundation and is inviting educators across the US to join a PLN.
The International Society for Technology in Education has launched Project ReimaginED, a social learning community that aims to redesign learning activities for alignment with the Common Core State Standards and the ISTE Standards for Students. Click on the link below for an overview article:
ISTE Launches Project ReimaginED To Align Learning Activities to Common Core — THE Journal
In January, they are launching a contest where two teams of four can win ISTE conference registrations and hotel accommodations! Please help us meet our goal of 1000 members by Dec. 31. Join the PLN today.
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CAIU — Apple 3rd Annual iPad Summit
Click here to RSVP and for 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.
ConnectED: Collaborate, Create, Communicate
This conference will be centered on student learning, professional growth, and around the core ideas of being ConnectED: Collaborate, Create, Communicate. These are essential skills that we want our students, teachers and administrators all to be able to engaged in through the use of educational technology. Please join the learning by presenting your teacher best practices that infuse technology, leadership models, or professional development models. This will be a fun filled day of connecting with educators from the Southern Tier Region and around New York State. Lets Learn Together!
Due by: Friday, Jan. 30 at 11:45 p.m.
More information: Please submite RFP by Jan. 30. The conference will be held March 13.
Copenhagen superintendent honored by state educational technology group
Watertown Daily Times
A state educational technology group recently awarded Scott N. Connell from Copenhagen Central School as its outstanding superintendent for 2014.
However, Connell was quick to pass the lion's share of the credit for the award from the New York State Association for Computers and Technologies in Education, or NYSCATE, to his district's longtime technology coordinator.
Google Camp Cornell recently announced
Google Camp will be making its fourth stop in Ithaca, New York, on the grounds of Cornell University on Jan. 29. Registration is $125 per person and that includes a Google Chromecast as well as all breaks and a delicious lunch. This Ed Camp event follows on the success of similar events held in Albany, Rochester and Long Island. For additional information, please visit, www.nyscate.org.
Evernote-backed hackathon brings more tech activity to the Bronx
The Bronx isn't often listed among the country's tech hubs. But that may soon change, as the oft-forgotten borough plays an ever more active role in New York's expanding tech scene.
Outside education groups taking interest in Buffalo
The Buffalo News
The state of education in the city of Buffalo has attracted increasing attention from statewide and regional education groups who either see Buffalo Public Schools as a district under attack from wealthy corporate interests or see Buffalo as a city on the cusp of dramatic education reform in New York State.
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Pennsylvania's 2014 Milken Educator Award given to elementary teacher
Pennsylvania Business Daily
Second-grade teacher Michael Baum from Franklin County has been recognized with Pennsylvania's 2014 Milken Educator Award, an unrestricted cash prize of $25,000. The program has recognized outstanding K-12 teachers through the United States since 1987.
Group campaigns for state funding formula in education
Daily Local News
There is an effort going around the state to figure out a new way of doling out state tax dollars for education, but those people pushing for the change say they don't know yet what that change will look like.
'Hour of Code' brings free student coding workshops to Apple Stores
On Thursday, Dec.11, Apple will take part in the second annual "Hour of Code" by offering students a free coding workshop. Started by Code.org, this is an international event aiming to introduce youth and students to computer science opportunities and programming.
Still can't remember all their names?
What makes you an official, badge-wearing member of the Veteran Teacher Club? Can you remember? You can't work on developing community and not remember the names of those within your community.
5 signs you may need a new LMS solution
According to the EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research, 15 percent of U.S institutions are planning to replace their existing Learning Management System solutions within the next three years.
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