Quick Links
Tech Tips
Technology Calendar
New Jersey Student Learning Standards
Common Core State Standards Initative
Ed Tech Bits
ISTE Standards
ISTE Connects Blog
ISTE 2017 Conference & Expo
Tech Events Calendar Form
User-Generated Tech Event Spreadsheet
Ed Tech Bits-2014-06-06

As planning begins for summer workshops and the next school year, we invite you to alert your guidance counselors and social studies, English and media department teachers to the upcoming 2014/2015 First Freedom Student Competition.  The competition is a national essay and video contest offering high-school students an opportunity to compete for $2,500 awards as they examine the First Amendment and the history and implementation of religious freedom in American democracy and the world today.  The upcoming school year’s topic, guidelines, student flyer and classroom poster can be found at www.firstfreedom.org  (click on the First Freedom Student Competition button).  We invite ninth – 12th grade students at all levels of academic placement to participate. 

~~~

FREE: webinar: Date: Sat., June 7, 2014 Time: 9:00am PT/10:00am MT/11:00am CT/12:00pm ET Location: http://tinyurl.com/cr20live (http://tinyurl.com/cr20live)

Toni Plourde. Earning Your Learning: iPad Apps and Accessibility Using the iOS 7 for iPad (iPod, iPhone), we will explore ways to maximize the way students can engage and enhance their own learning. Students engage in content creation, with the mantra "Earning your learning", by a variety of iPad apps and accessibility features. Supporting students to create their own social stories, listen to their own e-books, engage in ed-gaming and more will encourage independent life-long learning and skills. About Toni: Toni Plourde, Educational Assistant, Livingstone Range School Division, Alberta, Canada This transplanted Texan is a tech geek that wants to see the best of tech help the struggling learner. Our 21st century learners have more than games to play; they have tools to tutor themselves and grow their expertise. I've been involved in special needs one to one mentoring/assisting 12 years in our school division guiding students from ages 3 to 15 with autism, Down syndrome, and cerebral palsy including 4 years experience with the iPad helping these visual learners succeed. My favorite quote is "Education Is Not the Filling of a Pail, But the Lighting of a Fire" I say, "Let the pyromania begin!" http://about.me/toniplourde
 

A Google calendar of upcoming shows is available at http://live.classroom20.com/calendar.html.

~~~

Epic BYOD Tool chest  http://www.edutopia.org/blog/the-epic-byod-toolchest-vicki-davis

~~~

E-Rate program to shift funding away from analog Internet

The Federal Communications Commission is shifting its E-Rate program to provide more funding for broadband Internet, a change that could cause problems for schools that still rely on older technologies, such as analog Internet connections. "You can't come up with a one-size-fits-all solution to this problem," said John Harrington, CEO of E-Rate consulting firm Funds for Learning. "Let the schools make their own priorities, and I guarantee you that you'll get more bang for your buck, because the dollars will be focused where they're needed the most in each district." EdTech magazine online (5/22)

~~~

How to search the web effectively http://www.techlearning.com/Default.aspx?tabid=67&entryid=7643