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Ed Tech Bits-2015-04-20

Join OET Tuesday, April 21st for the day-long Games for Learning Summit! The summit is co-hosted by the U.S. Department of Education and the non-profit Games for Change, with the support of the Entertainment Software Association. The summit will bring together educators, researchers, students and video game developers to share strategies for the creation and use of high quality games for learning. Throughout the day, participants will engage in meaningful dialogue to identify the potential barriers and opportunities for collaboration necessary to accelerate the broader adoption of well-designed games in education.
Check out the schedule and watch the live stream of the Games for Learning Summit here: https://livestream.com/g4c/g4l. Use the hashtag #G4L15 to join the conversation on Twitter!

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Electronic signatures and AUPs:

Whether a school district accepts a parent/student's "electronic" signature on an Acceptable Use Policy, or requires a hard/physical copy, is a local decision.  The Department does not have a "policy" or "position" on whether Acceptable Use Policies should be physically or electronically signed by school districts and their parents/students.  The most important considerations for a school district in deciding this issue (i.e., physical signature or electronic signature) is whether the district is able to monitor, track, and/or record who has (and has not) signed the Acceptable Use Policy.  If this can be accomplished electronically, then a school district is free to utilize this approach in its discretion.

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The Next Best Thing in K-12 Tech: The use of makerspaces will grow during the next several years, reaching nearly a quarter of classrooms, estimates the New Media Consortium. The group recently previewed findings from its annual report on emerging technologies in K-12 education. Other trends to watch include wearable technology and drones. EdTech magazine online (3/18)

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Personalized Learning Try Personalized PD First http://www.eschoolnews.com/2015/03/20/personalize-learning-pd-905/

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A Kentucky school district offers students their choice of six instructional models. The models include project-based learning, online learning and traditional instruction. The approach, which administrators say has led to a 100% graduation rate, is part of the district's "zero dropout" policy. eSchool News (free registration) (4/7)

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Education Department releases educational-technology guide
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently announced a new, free developer's guide for education technology. The downloadable guide identifies 10 key challenges in education such as family engagement, professional development and assessment creation. The Hechinger Report (4/8)

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FREE conference in NJ Join teachers, administrators and parents for a FREE day of learning. EDnado is about promoting innovation and inspiring educators to try new things in their classrooms. At EDnado, educators from Monmouth County and beyond will be able to learn and share what WORKS in their schools. FREE breakfast and lunch will be provided. Get ready, because here at EDnado, we are taking education by storm! https://sites.google.com/a/sagacitylearning.com/ednado/home

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Interesting product!  The Lightboard is a glass chalkboard pumped full of light. It's for recording video lecture topics. You face toward your viewers, and your writing glows in front of you. http://lightboard.info/

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According to Refuel Agency, a research firm specializing in youth and niche consumer markets, the average college student owns seven technology devices (laptops and smartphones top the list of most popular items). With the growing popularity of wearable tech, that figure could easily double in the next few years. The proliferation of devices is an opportunity not to be missed — a chance to innovate and embrace change. http://campustechnology.com/articles/2015/04/07/the-tools-of-change.aspx

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Kindergartners who shared iPads in class scored higher on achievement tests  http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/04/150410083554.htm

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Message from CoSN

URGENT Contact Your Senator TODAY in Support of Ed Tech

The Senate HELP Committee will consider legislation today to update the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). This is a critical time for you to call or write your Senator today and urge them to ask the HELP Committee to include a dedicated and well-funded ed tech program in the ESEA.

Specifically we urge you to express support for an amendment being offered by Senator Orin Hatch (R-UT) and Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) to include the Enhancing Education through Technology program in the next ESEA. 

Please emphasize the educational value of ensuring that the new ESEA supports effectively using technology to improve teaching and learning. Let your Senator know the difference technology makes in your district and in the lives of your students.  Please don’t delay!! Make your voice heard today!!

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This holds interesting thinking for educators.   We do sell everyday so teachers:    Want to Be a Better Salesperson? Build Relationships
Today's knowledge-hungry consumers often know as much about a product as the people trying to sell it. So what's your sales edge? Learning to build stronger relationships with your clients. Read the featured article.

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10 Free Elearning Audio Tools for Teachers:   http://www.geteducated.com/elearning-education-blog/10-free-elearning-audio-tools-for-teachers/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_term=Blog&utm_campaign=Weekly%2BNewsletter&utm_source=April+14%2C+2015+Weekly+-+Easy+Ways+to+Add+Audio+to+Online+Classes&utm_campaign=04.14.2015+Newsletter&utm_medium=email

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5 steps  for creating a custom makerspace http://www.eschoolnews.com/2015/04/14/custom-makerspace-862/