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Are you a connected educator?
ISTE via Learning First
Millions of educators have participated in hundreds of professional development opportunities as part of Connected Educator Month the past two years. Originally developed by the U.S. Department of Education and its partners as part of the Connected Educators initiative, Connected Educator Month offers highly distributed, diverse and engaging activities to educators at all levels, with the ultimate goal of getting more educators more connected, spurring collaboration and innovation in the space. The official kick-off is Oct. 1, but there are many ways that you can get involved today.
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Google Educator Certification Boot Camp
Dates: Nov. 8 and Nov. 15. Click here to RSVP by Nov. 7.
During this two-day learning experience at Bucks County Intermediate Unit in Doyalstown, participants will learn the essentials of Google Apps for Education with a focus on the skills and techniques needed to complete the five online exams to achieve "Google Educator" status and pursue "Google Education Trainer" status. Rich Kiker will facilitate the course and guide participants through various activities and classroom examples using media rich content, Web-based tutorials and video learning libraries. PAECT members receive a $25 discount!

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Southeast PAECT Regional Meeting
Date: Sept. 28. Click here to RSVP by Sept. 25.
Let's do lunch and plan our events for the upcoming year! We'll also plan our regional board committees, discuss sponsorships, communication and membership. Thanks for being a part of our team!

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Upcoming meeting dates
Add these dates to your calendar of upcoming PAECT meetings:
     Oct. 18-19
     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 Awardees for 2014: Pioneer Award
Our series of articles featuring PAECT's 2014 award winners, announced at PETE&C this past February, continues. Join us in recognizing each of our award recipients in this publication. This week meet the Pioneer Award recipient, Karen Galbraith.
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ISTE-Verizon Mobile Learning Academy
Introducing the ISTE-Verizon Mobile Learning Academy, a wonderful, free professional learning opportunity for K-12 public, private and charter schools in the United States that will help school teams of teachers, tech coaches and administrators prepare for successfully integrating mobile technology into learning and teaching.
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Start recycling technology and earn money for new technology
Digital Wish
Digital Wish has a great Recycle Forward program. Set up a drop location for used ink cartridges, cellphones and computer equipment. All you need to do is post a drop box in the lobby and tell the community. Mailing labels are 100 percent free. It takes 5 minutes to get set up; we send you flyers, and your school will earn cash for new technology. You can even download fill-in-the-blank flyers, press release templates, website banners and art. Everything you need is right here!
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Google Camp Long Island Announced
After two SOLD OUT events, NYSCATE will be offering its third Google Camp! This event will take place Nov. 10 at the Huntington Hilton in Melville. Registration is now open. Make plans now to join us for this "All Things Google" events featuring:
  • Google Drive
  • Google Apps
  • ChromeCast
  • ChromeBooks
  • Life in the Cloud
  • … and more!
Find more information here.

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Leadership Seminar & Luncheon
As a leader and innovator in educational technology in New York, you are cordially invited to attend a special seminar and luncheon on Oct. 3 in Canandaigua.
    New York Superintendents, School Business Officials and Instructional and Technology Leaders
    Leadership Seminar & Luncheon

    Friday, Oct. 3 | 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    New York Wine and Culinary | 800 South Main Street, Canandaigua, New York 14424
RSVP here or call NYSCATE at 1-800-479-4830.

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New York unveils solar power program for schools
PV Magazine
New York this month announced the rollout of K-Solar, a landmark program under the $1 billion NY-Sun Initiative, to help public school districts throughout the state lower energy costs. A total of 40 school districts representing some 200 schools across the state registered for the solar program.
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Penn State online master's degree gives teachers 2 ways to study leadership
Penn State News
A Penn State online master's degree in education now offers teachers two emphasis areas for advancing their careers into leadership positions. Penn State World Campus and the College of Education have launched the new school leader emphasis area in the online master of education in educational leadership, which will prepare teachers for roles such as principal, curriculum director and other administrative positions.
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iPad 'Acceptable Policy' poster now available for your classroom
A new "acceptable use" policy poster can serve as a handy reminder for students who might need help remembering how to handle expensive classroom technology.
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You are asking the wrong questions about education technology
Education technology is trendy. We should certainly embrace tools and technologies that will help educators become more impactful. But we should do it because it works, not for the sake of modern humanity's obsession with progress, newness, innovation and disruption.
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Wanted: Long-term thinking about technology and education
Scientific American
The rampant spread of technology-mediated learning has set off fits of hype and hand-wringing, yet the country's traditional centers of higher education have mostly failed to confront the pace of change and the implications for students.
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HTC returns to tablets with Google Nexus partnership
The Wall Street Journal
After disappointing sales of the Flyer tablet in 2011, HTC executives said they'd swear off making tablets until they found a compelling reason to try again. They have one now.
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These StartX startups make tablets into tools for teachers and students
Venture Beat
When Apple announced the iPad in 2010, some people mocked it, some couldn't understand why anyone would need it, and many Apple fans ran to the stores to stand in line for it. But it also opened up new opportunities in education.
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Follow Mediaplanet into the digital age with 'Classroom Technology'
PRWeb via San Antonio Express-News
The ongoing proliferation of technology has changed the way educators teach, how students learn and the way teachers and students communicate. Mediaplanet's third cross-platform edition of "Classroom Technology" helps support this rapidly changing classroom environment.
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