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New Jersey’s Educational Technology Training Centers will each be offering two free one day workshops on the Introduction to Standard 8. Check with the ETTC in your geography to see what dates they will be offering them. www.state.nj.us/education/techno/ettc/   


Fab School Labs contest gives schools funding to create a first-class STEM learning environment http://www.eschoolnews.com/2015/03/16/middle-school-stem-834/?ps=jim.carroll@officedepot.com-001a000001ciWPD-003a000002DTDyN


Please be aware that the E-rate Fall Training Registration now available at: http://usac.org/sl/about/outreach/default.aspx The training will cover general topics for applicants. Historically this training fills up quickly so please sign up ASAP.


Maker Faire goes online with a new social network for makers called MakerSpace tlucey@trschools.com


$9.00 computer called Chip http://readwrite.com/2015/05/11/chip-9-dollar-computer-internet-of-things?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:%20readwriteweb%20%28ReadWriteWeb%29


Research: Young Students Learn Better with Mix of Virtual and Real Worlds http://thejournal.com/articles/2015/05/11/young-students-learn-better-with-mix-of-virtual-and-real-worlds.aspx


The NJTEEA conference, iSTEM, will take place on October 17, 2015 at Drew University in Madison, NJ.  For more information http://njteeastem.weebly.com/


Rough notes Rough notes Rough notes

from webinar : Leadership 2015 Federal and State Policy Updates:

If you’d like to access the webinar recording, click here.

Richard Cullata, Dir. Office of Education Technology for USDE

Ed Tech Developer’s Guide site: Tech.ed.gov (ten opportunities to transform learning)

If the tech revolution only happens for families that already have money and education then it is not a revolution... Arne Duncan

  • New init about evaluating effectiveness of tools and tech about a month out from USDE.
  • Stories of EDTech Innovation website will be coming in a couple weeks searchable by state , topic… etc
  • New National Ed Tech Plan Transforming American Education Learning Powered by Technology… end of summer
  • iTech component to reauthorization which includes competitive grant program but reauthorization not approved at this point

Will be asking for some type of reauthorization of E2T2

@officeofedtech  (twitter account for USDE Ed Tech Office)

Maria Worthen, iNacol

State Policy Update:

Innovation Zones:

Enables personalized, competency based learning by lifting state policy barriers including:

Seat time requirements

Staffing requirements

Budgeting constraints

Blended and online learning constraints/prohibitions

Moving forward… Al, Ark, Kent, Miss, NY, Ohio

Buddy Harris, Ohio

Ohio-competency pilot model proposed: up to ten districts or more, K-12/post secondary/industry partnership; $250,000 for planning and again for first year. Intent: promote innovation, focus on student outcomes; engage students through practical professional experiences; target job and career readiness; and encourage local control

Pilot reqs

Students shall advance upon mastery; competencies shall include clear, measureable, transferable learning objective that empower students; assessments shall be authentic, meaningful and a positive learning experience; students shall receive timely, differentiated support based on their individual learning needs; learning outcomes shall emphasize competencies that include application and creation of knowledge, along with the development of real-work skills; and it shall incorporate partnerships with post-secondary institutions and members of industry.

Expected out comes

Identify the conditions necessary for success

Encourage and support district-driven innovation

Capture learning for state-wide scalability and alternate funding models

Determine the state’s role as a catalyst for transformation                                                                

… Course access (iNacol vision) http://www.inacol.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/iNACOL-Course-Access-Equitable-Opportunities-for-College-and-Career-Ready-Students.pdf

Provide public school students with expanded course offerings across learning environment from diverse, accountable providers

Addresses critical opportunity barriers for college and career readiness

Enables personalized, competence based learning with diverse pathways to mastery

Online, blended and face to face supplemental courses

Accessible to student in any district

Courses meet quality standards

Funding is ongoing and sustainable

Pending course access bills in Texas, Illinois, Missouri


Teaching in Action: The Prosthetic Arm Design Challenge

In this new video on Edivate, see actual 12th grade students in Ms. Kate Youman’s engineering design class pair up to build models of a working mechanical prosthetic arm. Watch how Ms. Youman guides them through the eight-step engineering design process as they research, design, build, and test their models.

The segment also comes with a downloadable lesson plan that details everything you need to replicate the Prosthetic Arm Design Challenge in your own classroom. Also included is a study guide that offers greater insight into teaching STEM concepts as well as links to additional resources.

Watch In Edivate  *If you are not already logged into Edivate, simply type "9864" in the search after logging in to watch the video.


ISTE is getting close and there are so many opportunities for networking and absorbing great ideas and practices. Here’s another coming your way.

June 26, 2015 Tomorrow’s Classroom Today

On June 26th at Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia attend Tomorrow’s Classroom Today #TCT15.  This conference will engage participants in the concepts, ideas, and technology integration needed for tomorrow's classrooms into our schools today. The event will attracts hundreds of top global educators including teachers, technology coordinators, administrators, library media specialists, and university professors.

For NJAET members use Promo code: njaet to save $20 of the registration fee.  Registration & More Information can be found here: http://goo.gl/gH5bVI


You may also want to keep in mind (a bit later on your scheduling) http://edcampleadership.ticketleap.com/edcamp-leadership-2015/


Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015 (PewResearchCenter) http://www.pewinternet.org/2015/04/09/teens-social-media-technology-2015/


Do your kids need to learn to code? Yes! But not for the reasons you think  http://gettingsmart.com/2015/05/do-your-kids-need-to-learn-to-code-yes-but-not-for-the-reasons-you-think/


Office apps for iPad  http://appadvice.com/applists/show/officepad


What to do if your iPhone or iPad won’t turn on http://www.howtogeek.com/216839/what-to-do-when-your-iphone-or-ipad-won%e2%80%99t-turn-on/



Sunday, May 24th at 7pm TechEducator Podcast: SCRATCHing the Surface of Student Coding, Join the TechEducator Crew as we discuss the amazing capabilities of SCRATCH Jr and learn how to get your students coding today! More information here.

Wednesday, May 27 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time What's in Your Digital Citizenship Survival Kit? Presented by Craig Badura, K-12 Integration Specialist, Aurora Public Schools, Nebraska REGISTER HERE

What can toothpaste teach you about digital citizenship? Showing students a tube of toothpaste can be a metaphor for the information that they are sharing about themselves online—once it's out, it's almost impossible to get back in the tube! In this webinar, Craig Badura, K-12 Integration Specialist at Aurora Public Schools in Nebraska, will share how he created a "digital citizenship survival kit" using items and props from everyday life as conversation starters and "teachable moments" with students around digital citizenship. Learn how Craig used this survival kit with students and get ideas on how you – or your students – can create their own "digital citizenship survival kit," connecting everyday items to safe and responsible behavior in the digital world. Join Craig for this live, interactive event. He will field questions from attendees after his presentation

Friday, May 29th at 3pm Starting to Homeschool Webinar Series - Challenges and Concerns: What Are YOUR Challenges and Concerns for Parents and Children While Homeschooling?, Let's talk about scheduling, supporting children’s independence, making friends, insecurities our children (and ourselves!) harbor about self-directed learning, and more. Pat will present some common challenges most homeschoolers face to start, and then open the floor up to discuss issues participants face right now with their homeschooled children. Add yourself to our email list to get the Webinar URL!

Saturday, May 30th at 12pm CR20 LIVE Weekly Show - Letia Cooper: Connect, Create and Collaborate with Science Websites, Web Tools, and Apps, 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.

Sunday, May 31st at 7pm TechEducator Podcast: Google Classroom with Alice Keeler Part 2, The TechEducators welcome Alice Keeler back on to discuss all things Google Classroom! More information here.

For a full calendar of all upcoming events and conferences, click here.

Learning Revolution Events

Future Ready Schools - the 2015 School Leadership Summit, June 24th

Each year TICAL holds an annual School Leadership Summit. This year's Summit, on June 24th from 8:00-4:30 PDT, will focus on the pillars of the U.S. Department of Education's Future Ready Pledge. The Pledge is a commitment by district leaders to work with educators, families, and community members to make all schools in their districts Future Ready. Future Ready Schools: the School Leadership Summit will be held online using Google Hangouts on Air. The event will be free for all to attend and to watch the recordings. You must register to watch the event live or to see the recordings. This is truly a collaborative event made possible by the leading organization and event partners. For more information and to register, please go to http://www.futureready.education.

2015 ISTE Unplugged Events, June 26th - July 1st

Thanks to our generous friends at ISTE.org, our NINTH annual set of extra-curricular events at the ISTE conference this year will launch on the Friday before ISTE (June 26th) with an all-day open Maker Day--expect lots of table, activities, and fun for all ages, geared toward education. Saturday's all-day unconference features special guest Audrey Watters again this year, and huge shout-out to this year's unconference and evening party sponsor, StudyBlue and Shutterfly. Sunday is our fourth annual Global Education Summit, a three-hour event + connecting party you don't want to miss. The Bloggers' Cafe will be open Friday - Wednesday, and we're really hoping to add an education slam poetry event still. Stay tuned for all events at http://www.ISTEunplugged.com, which also has Facebook event links for each activity.

Library 2.015 Worldwide Virtual Conference: Tools, Skills & Competencies, October 20th

The fifth annual global conversation about the future of libraries is scheduled for Tuesday, October 20th, 2015. The conference will be held entirely online and is free to attend. Everyone is invited to participate in this open forum designed to foster collaboration and knowledge sharing among information professionals worldwide. The Call for Proposals will open May 1st, immediately following the Library 2.015 Spring Summit (which had over 2,000 registrants and the recordings for which are now available). See this year's conference strands and plan to get your proposal in early. We are looking forward to the fifth year of this this momentous event, and to your participation!


iNACOL Launches Free K-12 Policy Webinar

The International Association for K-12 Online Learning will host a webinar May 13 focused on policy changes, such as the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, in K-12 education. More


Amazon Web Services today debuted AWS Educate, a free service for educators and students that aims to prepare IT pros and developers for the cloud workforce.

With cloud computing changing the way businesses work and driving innovation in organizations of all kinds, AWS said there is a need for more workers conversant in cloud technologies.

"AWS Educate empowers educators with training, tools, and technologies to help students develop the skills to design, deploy and operate applications on the AWS Cloud," the company said in a statement today.



Wednesday, June 10, 2015 Maximizing Competency Education and Blended Learning: Insights from Experts
2:00pm - 3:00pm ET (register)

The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) will host a Leadership Webinar featuring Susan Patrick, President and CEO of iNACOL, and Chris Sturgis, Principal of MetisNet, as they discuss their new co-authored CompetencyWorks report titled, Maximizing Competency Education and Blended Learning: Insights from Experts.

Personalized learning, blended learning, and competency-based learning are becoming of increasing interest to district leaders throughout transformation efforts. In May 2014, twenty-three technical assistance providers convened to discuss the implementation of new learning models, to share knowledge and expertise, and to discuss next steps to advance the field. The convening findings informed this report, which discusses the implications of personalized learning as a main pillar of school design, structured around ensuring equity and quality.

In this webinar, the authors will discuss experts' insights, reiterate lessons learned by early adopters, and provide recommendations to catalyze the transformation of the field toward blended and competency-based education.


Great resources from iNacol relevant to Personalized, blended and competency based learning http://www.inacol.org/resources/


There is always something new to learn and there were lots in these tips for Google



Have you registered for the 12th Annual Blended Learning Conference and Workshop yet? Extend your 4th of July holiday and come join us in Denver for exciting workshops, sessions and our Keynote presenter, Jane Bozarth (@JaneBozarth)!

Social Media for Learning - For practitioners in distance education and online learning, using social media effectively to build community and facilitate instructional interactions is becoming an essential skill. Define, demystify, and explore the use of low cost technologies that can be integrated into blended and online courses. Watch the google hangout with Jane Bozarth to learn more.


The White House's 2nd annual Week of Making is coming up on June 12-18. You can read the full details from the White House here. There's a sign up form on that page if you'd like to get involved!