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When you study great teachers ... you will learn much more from their caring and hard work than from their style."- William Glasser, psychiatrist


HOUR OF CODE WEEK!!!!!!!!!!!


·       The 2015 Hour of Code is here, with 191,000 events around the world!

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Challenge yourself, your classroom, your child, or a friend to learn something new this week. Learn to code with Minecraft, Star Wars, or 50 other options for every age, from pre-readers to adults.

·      Start your Hour of Code

A worldwide movement

Brooklyn and Chicago are going head-to-head in a competition to reach more students. In Nigeria and Syria, students are coding amidst the violence. Russia and Italy asked every school to host an Hour of Code. In Zimbabwe, Guam, Colombia, France, Malta, Afghanistan — in every country — students are learning skills that can change the rest of their lives.

Join the conversation around this global event. Browse this #HourOfCode live feed, share your own coding story on social media with #HourOfCode, or watch this 1-minute video of classrooms around the world.

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·       Beyond one hour — a sea-change in education

Thanks to your voices, the largest U.S. cities have adopted computer science. Some entire states are adding the course to schools. But 75% of schools still don’t teach this foundational field. You can help change that. Ask your local school to teach computer science (sample letter).

Your stories and passion make this movement possible. Join us now to prove anyone can take part is building the technology that’s changing our world.

Hadi Partovi and the Code.org team


From Ed Ted Talks—25 Awesome Apps for Teachers Recommended by Teachers:



For many immigrants who work around the clock, finding the time or energy to attend English class is tough. Here’s an alternative: a low-tech “cellphone language learning program” that delivers recorded lessons and text-message questions to any mobile phone. So far, about 300 people have signed up for the Cell-Ed pilot.


On Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 3:00 pm ET, several SETDA members will present during a special CoSN WebinarBuilding Human Capacity for a School District’s Digital Leap. This interactive discussion will provide highlights from state leaders who have worked to create an environment that is receptive to a Digital Leap. Shifts include equipping classrooms and students with devices, high-speed connectivity, digital content, blended and virtual learning, maker spaces, and other emerging technologies are critical. Yet, one of the greatest challenges we face around education technology is not technical or even technological but more about leaders. SETDA members are encouraged to attend this webinar and are welcome to invite state and district leaders as well. Please register today. 

Moderator: Keith Krueger, CEO, CoSN

  • Candice Dodson, Director of eLearning, Indiana Department of Education
  • Derrel Fincher, Director of Learning Technologies, Oklahoma State Department of Education
  • Rick Gaisford, Educational Technology Specialist, Utah State Office of Education
  • Kenneth Klau, Director, Office of Digital Learning, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education