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Ed Tech Bits-2015-10-27

Connected Educator Month (CEM) still going on with some great happenings! http://connectededucators.org/

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Great list of resources about maker spaces http://cybraryman.com/makerspaces.html

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The Solve for Tomorrow contest: The contest offers $2M in technology products for public schools across the US. We're currently taking applications from teachers in grades 6-12 who have an idea for a STEM project their students can implement to help improve their community. We highly encourage all public schools to apply for a chance to win $120,000 out of the $2M in technology products offered by Samsung for their school. The deadline to apply is Friday, October 30th. You can apply at www.samsung.com/solve

You can find examples of projects submitted by last year’s winning school on Samsung’s Youtube page (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyUqcFqvV1uwSoy-F9kZ1w3U-KFrboYmR). Aside from the technology received, Solve for Tomorrow schools have been nationally recognized and featured in publications such as Fortune Magazine and US News and World Reports, have been invited to the White House Science Fair, and even presented their projects to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

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Short video tutorials on Google tools https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtx-qUNKJwDz6b_3NaGTkGXaTPrLCpacY

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Not all lawmakers and state and district education leaders are aware of or clear about the recent E-Rate changes and have not yet taken advantage of the available funding. Common Sense and SETDA unveiled today their new user-friendly online E-Rate toolkit that explains the changes, available funding, and best ways to apply for it.

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6 Handy Apps for Creating Educational Slide Show Videos http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2015/10/6-handy-ipad-apps-for-creating.html

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Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States Consider the following resources when embarking on the acquisition and implementation of digital instructional materials to support teaching and learning. http://dmaps.setda.org/resources/

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Solid resources from ISTE communities… know the what, when why, who and where you need them Here are a few of our main tool collections for staff:

§  Formative Assessment

§  Google Apps for Education

§  Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, and Critical Thinking

§  Points of Progress

§  Personal Learning Networks

§  Curiosity

§  Tools for Teachers Blog

§  YoutTube Clip - This Will Revolutionize Education

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ISTE Standards Refresh https://www.iste.org/explore/articleDetail?articleid=514&category=Solutions&article=ISTE+Standards+refresh