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Ed Tech Bits-2016-03-04

SETDA is cohosting the 2016 Washington Education Technology Policy Summit with the Consortium of School Networking (CoSN). This event will be held April 6-7, 2016 at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC. SETDA encourages you to attend and have your voices heard. If you are unable to attend, please share details about the event with your schools and districts. Please note, this event is immediately following the CoSN conference and has a separate registration, http://cosnconference.org/attend/registration/ Federal education technology policies are at an important turning point with the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), ongoing discussions about student data privacy, and major expansion of  E-Rate. Your voice is urgently needed on Capitol Hill to ensure Congress continues this momentum. Education and technology leaders will be provided an opportunity to hold in-person discussions with key policymakers on the critical issue of advancing student learning. By providing this opportunity, the Summit will enable attendees to advance the conversation about the important role of technology in K-12 school reform and improvement and ESSA.

The two-day event will provide:

  • Advocacy Training with Education Policy Experts
  • Congressional Briefing Featuring State and District Education Technology Leaders
  • Face-to-face meetings with U.S. Representatives and Senators through scheduled Congressional visits

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We’re excited to announce the launch of our new Digital Equity Action Toolkit for district leaders. The toolkit provides school system leaders with thoughtful strategies to address and narrow the “homework gap” in their communities. The toolkit lays out steps school districts can take today that include: survey the district’s connectivity and devices; engage the community; ensure sustainability through community assets; and consider outside-of-the-box solutions.

 In addition, the toolkit presents six approaches that will enable school districts to strengthen their leadership in pursuing digital equity in their communities:

  • Partner with local businesses on Wi-Fi access for learning;
  • Maximize the use of existing assets;
  • Seek mobile hotspot programs and/or affordable LTE;
  • Leverage special broadband offerings;
  • Repurpose educational spectrum; and
  • Create a mesh network. 

Learn more about the Digital Equity Action Agenda Initiative and Toolkit here!

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Reminder about the ISTE Global Collaboration PLN Award for 'Innovation in Online Global Collaboration'. This is designed to acknowledge and celebrate those who are actively designing and implementing online global collaborative learning at any level of education. We encourage you to spread the word and apply by the end of February!

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Resources for filmmaking in the classroom http://www.edutopia.org/blog/film-festival-classroom-filmmaking-resources?utm_source=SilverpopMailing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=022416%20enews%20filmmaking%20ngm&utm_content=&utm_term=fea1hed&spMailingID=13808356&spUserID=MjcyOTIzMTQ0NjMS1&spJobID=721749738&spReportId=NzIxNzQ5NzM4S0

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March 14th, 7pm US-Eastern: Webinar: Using EdTech to Supercharge Student Inquiry and Multimedia Literacy Skills
This is a free event, but you must register to attend and will be sent the event link. In the digital age, inquiry and problem-solving can span across a range of media and tools. For this reason, many educational standards, including the Common Core, emphasize the importance of being able to read, write, and interact across a range of media, platforms, and tools. This skill is often referred to as "transliteracy." This webinar will address how edtech tools like Blendspace and TES can: Help you and your students become more transliterate; Foster inquiry based learning; Support standards-aligned approaches to 21st century learning. http://www.stevehargadon.com/2016/02/webinar-using-edtech-to-supercharge.html

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Larue, Director, Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association; Jonathan Hernández, Associate Researcher, Library and Information Institute, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM); Deborah Caldwell-Stone, Deputy Director, Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association; and Alison Macrina, Director, Library Freedom Project. We're still taking session submissions! http://www.library20.com/privacy

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March 16th, 4pm US-EST: March GlobalEd.TV Broadcast with Lucy Gray - Exemplary Projects and Practices in Global Education 
Host Lucy Gray welcomes guests: Julie Lindsay, Flat Connections; Will Piper, University School of Milwaukee; Pedro Aparicio; and ​Craig Perrier to discuss characteristics of great global projects and point listeners to inspiring project opportunities. http://mixlr.com/globaled-events/

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April 16th: The Make Things Happen Maker’s Festival is a celebratory gathering of the maker movement. Participants of all ages and with all interests, from hobbyists, crafters, engineers, and students come together to share what they have learned as explorers of new forms and new technologies. Participants will be delighted and surprised by not just seeing how things happen, but also from having the opportunity to be the one to make things happen all in the same environment. We invite children of all ages, families, educators, and community members who enjoy learning and who love to share what they can do for a day of collaboration, innovation, and fun. The vision of Make Things Happen, a Makers’ Festival is presented by iLearn Schools. http://make.ilearnschools.org/#attend

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10 Educational Apps New Teachers Need Now Tuesday, Mar. 8 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time REGISTER HERE

Presented by Shannon Holden, Assistant Principal, Republic Middle School, MO Visit New Teacher Help