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For student fun from Google https://santatracker.google.com/#village
 
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The new National Educational Technology Plan has been released - http://tech.ed.gov/netp/
 
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Join Alan November for an hour of pre-holiday cheer free webinar on Research-Based Strategies for Academic Success
 Thursday, December 17th, 12pm ET (9am PT) 
 Alan will discuss: 
  • Measuring academic achievement digitally
  • The most important skill that can be taught to children
  • Why hands-on educators are more important than ever
  • Assessing the quality of online information
  • The importance of student ownership of learning
  • Why we should rethink the media that we use to supply peer and student feedback
Register Now Extra Special Holiday Treat from BLC: Last year keynote presentations are now in our world renown video library.  Use various videos to lead faculty meetings around innovation and student voice. Enjoy: http://novemberlearning.com/educational-resources-for-educators/videos/
 
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Top 50 sites and apps of 2015 http://www.techlearning.com/blogentry/10086
 
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ISTE is offering a FREE guided, 10-week, online professional development course based on our Mobile Learning Academy. In collaboration with the Verizon Foundation and with guidance from Johns Hopkins University, the Verizon Mobile Learning Academy (VMLA) has been designed to be a robust, team learning opportunity. You and your team of 5-10 school / district educators will work together to complete 5 Modules of the VMLA. You'll begin by using the ISTE Essential Conditions to evaluate your current technology integration and after 2.5 hours per week over 10 weeks you will gain new insights to mobile device pedagogy, digital citizenship, and technology integration. Join the 100+ schools and 800+ educators from around the US in expanding your knowledge, creating effective lessons integrating mobile technology, and gain access to a private Google+ community where you can have ongoing support from VMLA faculty. Learn more and apply for the next cycle, beginning January 11, 2016 by going to the VMLA website 
 
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PBS Kida offers free ScratchJr coding app http://www.techlearning.com/blogentry/10059
 
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Congratulations to the group at Dr. Michael Conti School (PS 5) Jersey City, NJ!
 
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Download FREE access to Autodesk software
U.S. secondary schools can now inspire students to develop a lifelong love for STEAM subjects with Autodesk’s Design the Future program.  Your school is eligible to access up to 3000 software licenses with three years of access to products used by designers, engineers, and architects i.e. Autodesk AutoCAD, Inventor, 3ds Max, Revit, and Maya.
 
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The second annual Student Technology Conference, a free one-day online event bringing together students, educators and innovators from around the world, will be held Saturday, January 30, 2016 from 9 Am to 9 Pm EST. We invite all to attend!

The 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 as well as colleges and universities 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.
  • Strengthening the relationship between students, teachers and administrators about technology in the curriculum.
Last year’s conference featured more than twenty general sessions and four keynote addresses from all over the world with over 500 participants!
If you haven't joined us before, this is an amazing, engaging, collaborative, worldwide event that you will want to be a part of. You can join us for just for one session, or for every session! Even if you miss a session, they are all recorded so you can watch them later.
Attending: You can join us anywhere you have an Internet connection, and the schedule of sessions is published in each of the time zones in the world. Just find your time zone, find the sessions taking place, and click right into the ones you want to join. You can also import the entire calendar (Google) into your own calendar, or add selected sessions to your personal calendar to be sure that you don't miss them.
Presenting: For those interested in presenting (and we encourage teachers and students around the world to do so, even if for the first time), the call for proposals is now open! The final date to submit a proposal is Saturday, January 23, 2016. Click HERE for more information and to submit your proposal.
Volunteering: One of the best parts of this conference is the incredible volunteer effort to help new (and sometimes seasoned!) presenters. Volunteers gather throughout the whole conference in a special virtual lounge and work to make sure that presenters and attendees are given help whenever they need it. Our volunteers are an elite group of global helpers--come find out why they say being a volunteer moderator is the most fun you can have at the conference. More HERE.
The Community: A significant bonus to attending the Student Technology Conference is joining the conference community of students and educators from around the world.
Great Keynotes: Who better to keynote the Student Technology Conference than students. We have a great set of keynote speakers this year, including the Young Hackers of New York City and Coco Kaleel from veryhappyrobot.com. More keynotes will be announced after the holidays!
Sponsors: We've got a devoted and most-appreciated set of sponsors who make this conference possible (and keep it free!). Our special thanks to Marymounyt School of New York, University School of Milwaukee, Westhampton Middle School, Lauriston Girls’ School and others who support our conference. And there's still time to join this illustrious group and help support our event! Email steve@hargadon.com.
Help Promote the Conference: We can really use your help to share the conference with your colleagues, associates, friends, family (!), and the world.. Show your pride with a presenter, volunteer, sponsor, partner, or advisory board member badge.
Send a Tweet: “#stutechconf2016 is coming! Submit to present or register to attend, all free, all online, 6th year of this great event http://www.studenttechnologyconference.com
We sure hope you will join us! See you online,
Ana Sophia, Gaby, Eunice, Anne, and Sydney
Conference Co-Coordinators (we're all students)
2016 Student Technology Conference