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Ed Tech Bits-2016-03-10

ISTE: Join us March 15th at 6:00 EST for a webinar with Jennifer Culver, Ph.D., of Lewisville ISD, on Engaging Struggling Learners in Online and/or in Blended Environments. This webinar focuses on tools to help online and/or blended teachers engage struggling learners. We will focus on two key aspects: relationship building tools and strategies and participatory tools for formative assessment. Both aspects help teachers identify struggling learners, connect with them, and help scaffold their experiences in order to ensure their growth and success. Find ways for students to engage with you and with the other students as they work together to build knowledge and create meaning and relevance. Register here!

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There is still space available for next weeks Blended Learning Conference. Keynote Michael Horn will cover the latest trends and best practices on implementing digital curriculum n your district. The daylong event will include breakout sessions… increase exam scores, credit recovery, teaching with a digital curriculum, personalized learning, expanding virtual programs… March 15 at 9:30 Westchester Marriott, 670 White Palins Road, Tarrytown, NY.  Contact Jenny.waters@apexlearning.com 215.253.5751.

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5 Leadership requirements essential for change: http://www.eschoolnews.com/2016/02/23/5-leadership-requirements-essential-for-change/

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Interested in issuing digital badges? See http://openbadges.org/

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The sixth annual Google Science Fair is here and now open for submissions for students aged 13-18 around the world. In partnership with National Geographic, LEGO Education, Scientific American, and Virgin Galactic, we want to hear how students will use science and engineering to make something better. Check out the website for more details, including lesson plans for teachers and fun classroom posters. https://www.googlesciencefair.com/en/?utm_source=officialgoogleblog&utm_medium=officialgoogleblog&utm_campaign=gsf2016

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Google for Education Professional Development Handbook:  https://static.googleusercontent.com/media/www.google.com/en/us/edu/pdf/guide/professional-development-handbook.pdf?mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRojvanJce%2FhmjTEU5z16e4lWK%2B%2Fg5541El3fuXBP2XqjvpVQcVjM7HPRw8FHZNpywVWM8TILtQYt8FtKAzgAG0%3D

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New to the Maker Movement?  Have a Makerspace in your school and you’re not sure how to best use it?

FREE: Join us on NJ Makers Day to discover how Making is transforming education! This free overview will help you understand the Maker mindset and the benefits that tinkering offers your students – and what better way than to learn by doing? You’ll leave with vital resources to engage your classroom in this creative revolution! Presented by: Rutgers University – CMSCE Saturday, March 19th  from10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Rutgers Busch Campus Directions: http://cmsce.rutgers.edu/directions REGISTER: http://cmsce.rutgers.edu/workshop/nj-makers-day-march-19-2016-rutgers-busch-campus

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Google photos will now accept the live photos from Iphone6. http://www.macrumors.com/2016/03/08/google-photos-for-ios-adds-live-photos-support/

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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/

April 7th, 7pm US-EST:  GlobalEd.TV's March Webinar Is "Challenges and Strategies in Global Education"
Bringing global education into the classroom is essential for 21st century ready students, yet with overwhelming schedules, budget cuts and standardized testing, how can this be accomplished? In Part II of this series, participants investigate real-world challenges when integrating global education into programs and develop strategies for success.​ Lisa Petro of Know My World hosts. Register at http://www.globaled.tv.

 April 25 - 29: Global Leadership Week
Global Leadership Week (GLW) is a weeklong convening of virtual and face to face events designed to celebrate leadership through global action in K20 education. GLW is an opportunity for education leaders to learn from one another and share effective principles in leadership, particularly within the context of an interconnected, global age. During Global Leadership Week, partner organizations, companies, school districts and individual schools will design and host virtual events to showcase thought leadership. These events will be listed on a GLW calendar posted to our website. These events will be streamed and recorded; the subsequent recordings will be used as living artifacts to continually inspire leaders. All events will be free of charge to attendees. FMI http://www.globaledleadership.com.

June 15: Library 2016 - "The Library as Classroom"
The library as creative classroom means we approach the learning opportunities we create with thought, user-directed planning, and insights from research. Join host Michael Stephens for this mini-conference that will include discussions and presentations on play, collaborative exploration of ideas and technologies, and other ways that academic, public, and K-12 library spaces that have become creative classrooms. FMI http://www.library20.com/classroom.

October 6: Library 2.016 - "Libraries of the Future" 
Explore with us some of the key trends that point toward specific futures for libraries, and engage in conversations with civic, social, and education innovators to learn more about what they think about the future, and how libraries can become an integral part of their future visions. Libraries and librarians are well-positioned to envision the future – at the intersection of information, education, technology, and community – and this dialogue will help bring our best thinking together with the exciting visions of our collaborators, allies, and partners. FMI: http://www.library20.com/future.

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Chart with some of the best tools for creating screencasts http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2016/03/a-handy-chart-featuring-some-of-best.html

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Grading shortcuts in Google docs http://smartblogs.com/education/2016/03/08/tech-tip-create-grading-shortcuts-in-google-documents/?utm_source=brief

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New Technology Plan Guidance is online now http://www.state.nj.us/education/techno/localtech/tpdl/