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How 6 districts do the Hour of Code
eSchool News
Students across the nation are participating in an international event to write at least one line of code. This year's Hour of Code, which takes place any time during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 8-14), should reach even more students than it did last year, when 15 million students participated.
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RFP open for Southern Tier ConnectED Conference!
NYSCATE
This conference will center on student learning, professional growth and these core ideas: ConnectED: Collaborate, Create, Communicate. These are essential skills we want our students, teachers and administrators 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. Let's learn together! Submit your speaker proposal today.
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Next Google Camp announced!
NYSCATE
The fourth Google Camp hosted by NYSCATE and SAANYS was announced last week. This event will take place Thursday, Jan. 29, at the Statler Hotel on the campus of Cornell University in Ithaca. Registration for the event is $125 per person and includes registration, breaks, lunch and a Google Chromecast unit. Registrations are limited to 150, so please register today.
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  Jupiter iO All-in-One
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Posting: New York Statewide Education Technology Operations Manager
NYSCATE
Public Consulting Group is a 1500+ person management consulting company headquartered in Boston, focused exclusively on public sector clients, half in education and half in health and human service. On behalf of the New York State Education Department, PCG manages the EngageNY Portal Program. In parallel, PCG is developing a statewide commercial program to work with BOCES to better support school districts with Google Apps for Education, Multi-tier Student Support Systems, Common Core Implementation to enable data-driven instruction and personalized learning. The Operations Manager's primary initial role will be to plan, direct and coordinate the Three Tier Support Center for ENYP.
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26th annual event showcases innovation in education and the use of technology in schools
NYSCATE
A record 600+ students, administrators, faculty and technology leaders from 83 schools in 13 districts from around New York, members of the Capital Region BOCES administrative team and board of education, NERIC leadership and staff, and educational technology providers gathered on Dec. 12 at the Holiday Inn/Wolf Road in Colonie for NERIC's 26th Annual Technology Awareness Day.

This annual event showcases innovation in education and offers participants a chance to learn about the cutting-edge technologies being used in classrooms today.

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PAECT UPDATES


Digital Wish announces $300 Grant for home use of Matific's K-6 Math Apps
Digital Wish
Get a $300 grant for a one-year home subscription for each of your students, ensuring equity for all your students to continue using Matific anytime, anywhere! Matific builds portfolios of educational apps created to bring back the fun and "Aha!" moments to learning. Learn more here. This is an excellent holiday gift to keep your students playing math activities over the break. Use code MAT2015 at checkout to receive the grant. Matific subscriptions are free for teachers to use in classrooms!
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Spring Into Technology Conference – Northeast Region
PAECT
Date: March 28. Registration opens Jan. 5.
East Stroudsburg Area School District is pleased to announce its eighth annual Spring Into Technology Conference. This year the conference will be held Saturday, March 28, with a snow date of April 11. Please mark your calendars and review the Save the Date flyer for more details. Please feel free to share the flyer with your colleagues who might be interested in attending.

Conference fees will remain the same as last year. Registration for the conference will open Jan. 5. Remember to register early to guarantee the sessions of your choice. We are looking forward to seeing you at Spring Into Technology.

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Upcoming meeting dates
PAECT
Add these dates to your calendar of upcoming PAECT meetings:
     Jan. 10-11
     Feb. 8 at PETE
     April 11-12
     June 13-15
All meetings are at the Day's Inn in State College, except the Febuary meeting at PETE. Meetings begin at 1 p.m. Saturdays and run until approximately 6 p.m. The Sunday business begins about 9 a.m. and concludes at noon.

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PAECT 2015 Awards Submission
PAECT
PAECT is fortunate to have many great and talented individuals who represent our association. Our members help us connect, develop, lead and advocate for educational technology in Pennsylvania. One way we show our recognition of the efforts accomplished by our members and friends is at the annual conference. This year's awards banquet will be held Feb. 9 at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center as a part of the PETE&C conference. Please look through the awards in the downloadable file and submit your nomination(s) on the PAECT.org awards site. Please submit information about individuals you feel deserve to be honored to Mary Beth Hengelbrok at mhengelbrok@gmail.com, no later than Dec. 31.
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EDUCATION IN NEW YORK


New Dorp science teacher wins prestigious Sloan Award
TWC News
New Dorp High School science teacher Theresa Kutza won the prestigious Sloan Award for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics. The Fund for the City of New York, which seeks to improve the quality of life for New Yorkers, awarded Kutza, who has been teaching for 17 years.
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EDUCATION IN PENNSYLVANIA


Pennsylvania officials dishing out student info; more states to follow suit
One News Now
With 1.8 million pre-kindergarten through college students' information to protect in the Keystone State, the Pennsylvania Department of Education has been accused of a data-mining scheme. Pennsylvania is reportedly leading the way for all 49 other states to follow.
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NATIONAL NEWS


Khan Academy founder's 2 big ideas for overhauling science education
VentureBeat
Soft-spoken education revolutionary Sal Khan has a few ideas for how to radically overhaul higher education. First, create a universal degree that's comparable to a Stanford degree, and second, transform the college transcript into a portfolio of things that students have actually created.
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DEVICE & SOFTWARE NEWS


A new collection of iPad coding apps for students
Educational Technology and Mobile Learning
Educator Jon Samuelson has compiled a Listly list of some powerful apps to use with students to teach them coding.
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Using AudioBoom to improve reading fluency
EdSurge
Fast reading does not equal fluent reading. If students read 140 words per minute but use no expression and sound like robots, they are not reading fluently. So, one classroom started using AudioBoom.
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