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Ed Tech Bits-2014-10-27

Digital Badges for STEM: Penn State University has won a $500,000 subcontract to build a digital badge system for teachers receiving professional development in the use of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) content from NASA. http://thejournal.com/articles/2014/10/07/penn-state-to-create-pd-badge-system-for-educators.aspx


Discovery Education FREE STreamthon this Saturday http://www.discoveryeducation.com/streamathon/


4 D Printing in the future http://www.govtech.com/videos/GT-Self-Healing-Metal-Concrete-Could-Give-Infrastructure-a-New-Lease-on-Life.html


Advance information about November’s Global Education Conference

As our 2014 free, online conference is drawing near, you will start to see communications from us with more frequency. This is to make sure you're aware of related opportunities and deadlines. Our conference will start on November 17 and will run around the clock through midday US hours on November 21. We're so excited to celebrate the fifth anniversary of this event!

Here are a few quick notes:

  1. Welcome to those new to our online community! Here are a few tips for getting started in our space: https://www.smore.com/sq0bu-10-ways-to-connect-globally
  2. We are hosting a virtual meet up today (October 16) at 4 PM CDT (GMT-5). Use timeanddate.com to convert this time for your own time zone. We'll be answering questions about the conference and attendees can also share information about their work and projects. Please stop by!
  3. Proposals to present at our virtual conference are due in 16 days. Accepted applicants select their own time to present, so it's to your advantage to submit a proposal sooner rather than later. Time slots do fill up quickly on our conference schedule. Make sure to take a look at the 70+ accepted proposals for inspiration. 
  4. We have a new press release that provides details about the conference. Please distribute this to friends and colleagues who may share your interest in global education: http://goo.gl/QOkB1G.
  5. Volunteers are needed to help moderate sessions during the week of November 17-21. No experience necessary; we provide training. This is a great way to network meet other GEC members. 
  6. We are in need of student speakers for the conference. Here's a flyer with information: https://www.smore.com/z84e2.
  7. Follow us on Twitter and post conference related items to Twitter using the hashtag #globaled14. 

Please let us know if you have any questions. Feel free to post these in our discussion forum or send us a message privately through this community. See you online soon! 

Lucy Gray and Steve Hargadon, Conference Co-Chairs 

Visit The Global Education Conference Network at: http://www.globaleducationconference.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network


THE Journals link to grants http://thejournal.com/grants


Cool tip when using Google Maps (thank you PC mag) Find Nation-Specific Info

Find Nation-Specific Info

Maps is a global product, so there are versions of Maps tailored for different nations and languages. You can view these nation-specific sites by switching the domain in the URL (in the U.S., the default is google.com/maps). So if you wanted information in Japanese, you would change it to google.co.jp/maps; for Russian google.ru/maps; or for Icelandic google.is/maps .
Google defaults the domain based on your location. So, if you're traveling abroad and want to view the U.S. version of Maps, simply change the domain to good ol' .com.
Regardless of what domain you are in, you can search for cities under numerous languages (i.e. searching "Munich" or "Munchen" will take you to the same city, as will "New York" or "Nueva York").

Many organizations use the Pro version of Maps to create datalicious visuals (the U.S. Census Bureau in particular has used the tech to create a number of cool maps). You can explore some of these examples at maps.google.com/gallery.


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Digital Learning Day Is your school or district leading the way in digital learning innovation? Know any exemplary afterschool programs, libraries or community partners that support college and career readiness through high-quality digital learning opportunities? We want YOU to help us find the next set of schools and programs to highlight on a national stage! Deadline is November 10th. FMI: http://www.plan4progress.org//site/Default.aspx?PageID=330&utm_source=Digital+Learning+Day+Participants&utm_campaign=25c37c3448-Call_for_Submissions_DLD_10_22_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_2936f0db6f-25c37c3448-25541817


How Connecting a Community Transformed a Rural School District.    http://thejournal.com/articles/2014/10/21/how-connecting-the-community-transformed-a-rural-school-district.aspx


Ten things every teacher should know how to do with Google docs http://www.edudemic.com/10-things-every-teacher-know-google-docs/