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Ed Tech Bits-2014-09-25

DRAFT 2014 TECHNOLOGY STANDARD: The comment window on the draft Technology Standard closed last week. The state board will vote on adoption of the standard next week. Implementation schedule if all goes as planned is Sept. 2015.  There will  be professional development across the state on this.  NJTAP-IN will be reviewed and revised to align with standard 8.

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The NJECC Conference dates will change for this year to January 7, 8, and 9.  If you wish to present, download an application to present or request one and fill it in NOW!

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 COMPUTER SCIENCE: Curious to learn more about K-12 compsci and free programming tools like MIT's Scratch and Google's CS First Initiative? EdSurge's Mary Jo Madda and Google's Kate Berrio are teaming up to give an EdWeb webinar next Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 3:00 pm ET called "A Fresh Perspective on Engaging Students in Computer Science: Google's CS First Program." Sign up here for free!

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Last call for ISTE 2015 proposals for conference in Phila June 28 to July 1, 2015

Time is running out to propose a session for ISTE 2015! If you’d like to experience the conference from the other side of the podium this year, don’t forget to submit your proposal by 11:59 p.m. PT, Oct. 1.  We can’t wait to see what great ideas you have to share!

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The Connected Educator Month http://langwitches.org/blog/2014/09/18/the-connected-educator-month-coming-soon/ is an opportunity to give teachers the chance to show and experience self-directed and self-motivated learning as they are participating and contributing to the learning of others from around the world.

Take your professional development and learning into your own hands. Choose what and when you want to learn. Make global connections that will continue supporting you and your students long after the month of October is over.

Take a look at the sites and calendar of events from the following countries (remember you can participate virtually in any of the events from afar).

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First Freedom Student Competition national essay and video contest offers 9th - 12th grade students an opportunity to compete for $2,500 awards as they examine the First Amendment and history and implementation of freedom of religion and conscience in American democracy and the world today.  Students then present their evaluation in written essay or video format. More details, visit www.firstfreedom.org, and then click on the First Freedom Student Competition button. 

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 Videos from the National Center for Universal Design for Learning http://www.udlcenter.org/resource_library/videos/udlcenter/guidelines .

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 21 Google Tips n Tricks http://www.viralnova.com/google-tricks/

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 Google Drive cheat sheet http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2014/09/new-google-docs-cheat-sheet-to-use-in.html

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 Google Drive cheat sheet for iPad users http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2014/08/a-handy-google-drive-cheat-sheet-for.html

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 Google Expands Map Resources for Educators and Students with its Google Maps Gallery service with an expanded array of historical and contemporary maps, as well as tools for students and educators that will allow them to create and edit their own maps. http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/09/16/google-expands-map-resources-for-educators-and-students.aspx

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Great collection of simulations from CK12 http://interactives.ck12.org/simulations/?utm_source=Emailannounce&utm_medium=email&utm_term=sims&utm_campaign=SimsAnnouncement/

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The Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision K-12 science competition registration is now open. Students have a chance to win $10,000 U.S. Series EE Savings Bonds (at maturity) and other prizes. Registration is open until January 30, 2015 at ExploraVision.org.

The competition invites K-12 students to think ahead 20 years into the future and propose an idea for a new technology based on a challenge or limitation of what exists today. They are then challenged to simulate real scientific research to outline how they plan to test their idea and create a mock website to illustrate their concept. Last year’s winning projects featured a safety device that sounds an alarm when a car is too hot to protect children and animals, auto-adjustable eye glasses to help vision impairment, a plane de-icing method derived from a lotus leaf pattern and a thermal energy-based solution to powering medical implants.

- See more at: http://www.techlearning.com/Default.aspx?tabid=67&entryid=8279#sthash.XfA2xn9Q.dpuf

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 Free online conferences…

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 Gaming in Ed on YouTube If you missed out on any of the great Keynote and Distinguished Speaker Presentations last week, you can now view on our Gaming in Ed YouTube Channel. For a full list of presenter recordings, please visit http://gamingined.com/page/recordings-2014.

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In 2013-14, we challenged 520+ young people in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the US to work across borders and stereotypes to become Global Nomads. Over the past year, these students – age 12-18 – collaborated to identify and create solutions to problems in their local and global communities. In this festival, we celebrate their work and invite you to join them on their Global Nomads journeys. http://www.globalcitizensinaction.com/

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Upgrade your brain: Coding resources for newbees http://thenextweb.com/dd/2014/03/23/upgrade-brain-programming-resources-coding-newbies/

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How computer coding can increase engagement, provide a purpose for learning http://hechingerreport.org/content/computer-coding-can-increase-engagement-provide-purpose-learning_17457/

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WOW! What a collection of references, apps, software and classrooms ideas for QR codes

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 White House promotes Open Education http://opencontent.org/blog/archives/3562

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 Ten Critical Issues in Educational Technology http://www.sreb.org/page/1669/10_issues_in_ed_tech.html