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Welcome to 2015, the year when our new technology standard will be implemented in September! We had a phenomenal team that worked together on it and it’s great to have it approved and out there. A lot of work is being done to support the new standard in its implementation. Check the events section of the New Jersey Department of Education’s website as the year moves on.


Hurray to the Livingston Team!!!

Livingston students tackle STEM challenge by Christina Giannantonio of The Star Ledger

LIVINGSTON — A team of students from Livingston High School took second place at the eighth annual Hydrogen Fuel Cell Model Car Challenge held Dec. 17 at New Providence High School.

Forty three teams of students from 14 New Jersey high schools competed at this year's challenge, a STEM program offered by TransOptions, a transportation oriented nonprofit organization and The Linde Group, a gas and engineering company.

To participate in the challenge, which is intended to teach high school students about alternative fuels, teams must design and build a hydrogen-powered model car to enter in a race. Students also are required to produce, store and transfer the hydrogen needed to power their cars and submit a written portfolio documenting their car concepts, designs and comments.

At the end of the race, awards are given to teams for their cars' speed, craftsmanship, engineering and progress journal.

After last month's race, Livingston's team "Hydro-Lancer 1," Julian Sowa, Aditya Bhamidpati, Forrest Song and Eddie Mina, earned second place for their car in the Craftsmanship category.


Student Technology Conference, January 31st, 2015

The 2015 Student Technology Conference provides an international forum for the presentation, discussion and sharing of educational technology in schools and other academic settings. This conference, by students in grades 6-12 and for all, is committed to fostering a better understanding of how students use technology in education and to engage students, teachers and administrators in a conversation about technology, assisting teachers and administrators in understanding how students use technology both in and out of the classroom, and strengthening the relationship between students, teachers and administrators about technology in the curriculum.


  • Wednesday, January 14th at 4pm edWeb Webinar: Disconnected: Youth, New Media, and the Ethics Gap, What are the moral and ethical “disconnects” or “blind spots” youth have about online privacy, property, and participation? In what ways are they engaging with ethical sensitivity in digital spaces? Drawing on extensive interviews with young people between 10-25, Disconnected: Youth, New Media, and the Ethics Gap explores youths’ attitudes about online life and the messages they hear from adults. In this webinar, Carrie James will share key findings from her book and offer a vision of “conscientious connectivity.” She will discuss avenues for supporting kids to take socially positive online actions. After her presentation, Carrie will field questions from attendees. Register here.
  • Saturday, January 17th at 12pm CR20 LIVE Weekly Show - Symbaloo Features and Updates + 6th Anniversary Celebration, We are excited to have Thomas Hauser, Marketing and Operations Director on the Symbaloo Team as our special guest today. We have asked Thomas to share the latest updates and features with Symbaloo EDU (by popular demand from our participants who wanted to learn more about Symbaloo after the amazing presentations given earlier by Pam Cranford. We will also take a few minutes at the beginning of the show to celebrate our Classroom 2.0 LIVE 6th Anniversary and our amazing special guest presenters, participants and Advisory Team members with a quick trip down memory lane for 2014. Classroom 2.0 LIVE is an opportunity to gather with other member of the community in regular "live" web meetings. Details to join the webinar at http://live.classroom20.com. You can follow us on Twitter at #liveclass20.
  • Monday, January 19th at 8pm TL News Night LIVE!, Going LIVE on the 3rd Monday of each Month! View here LIVE at 8pm ET. This is a LIVE show presented in news show format featuring a Wrap up of “This Month in School Libraries” and deeper discussion of topical school library issues with special guest experts. Did we mention it was LIVE?


FCC Commissioner to Tech Industry: It’s Time to Reinvent Textbooks, Teaching

After increasing spending by $1.5 billion on Internet broadband projects for schools FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel asks the tech industry to innovate for education.



SETDA will host a webinar on Thursday, January 15 at 2pm ET highlighting the release of SETDA's latest resource, the Guide to Implementing Digital Learning. All webinar attendees are asked to register for the event here http://tinyurl.com/setda-digitallearning

On January 15 at 2pm ET, SETDA will host a webinar for the release of the Guide to Implementing Digital Learning (GIDL), a free web-based resource to support school and district leaders as they work to ensure that investments in digital learning spark positive results. GIDL includes six topic areas: planning, professional learning, content and software, broadband, devices and tech support. Each topic’s section includes background information, key considerations for implementation, resources and exemplars of digital learning in action. The webinar will explore how states and districts can empower and encourage educators to plan for and implement digital learning to improve students' learning experiences. Presenters will share how their states are supporting digital learning implementation and how they will leverage GIDL. There will be an opportunity for state and district leaders to ask questions and share examples.
GIDL includes six topic areas: planning, professional learning, content and software, broadband, devices and tech support. Each topic’s section includes background information, key considerations for implementation, resources and exemplars of digital learning in action.
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Are You Using Digital Media and Technology in Your Classroom?
Apply now to the 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program! 30 of the top applicants will receive one year of free professional development, a Samsung Galaxy® tablet, and a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Philadelphia, PA to attend the 2015 ISTE Conference and the PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Summit. http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/digitalinnovators/?utm_source=SilverpopMailing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Digital%20Innovators%202015%20-%20Apply%20Now%20(1)&utm_content=&spMailingID=10367615&spUserID=NjkxMTgxNDMwMzgS1&spJobID=461009053&spReportId=NDYxMDA5MDUzS0