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  • 01 Dec 2017 8:01 AM | Anonymous

    What if Discovery Education or Safari Montage video distribution ended up costing your district more if they had to work with Internet Service Providers to guarantee their videos have the same pipeline as YouTube? Would a small innovative startup be able to compete in this market alongside these larger companies? Could a group hosting Open Education Resources compete with electronic delivery where large textbook publishers might have agreements to guarantee their digital delivery has priority over other traffic? If you are concerned about these situations potentially impact your and your work, you need to be concerned about Net Neutrality protections! PAECT's state CoSN affiliate supplied us with the following press release:

    Express your opposition to eliminating the FCC's Net Neutrality protections. When you reach the FCC's express comment page, you must reference proceeding "17-108."

    CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) CEO Keith Krueger today issued the following statement on the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) net neutrality plans:

    “CoSN, and the school technology leaders we serve, are concerned about the potential, unexpected consequences of Chairman Ajit Pai’s aggressive net neutrality plan. The FCC should carefully consider the proposal’s implications for teaching and learning before leaping into these murky waters.

    “For example, will school districts be stuck with the bill for higher transport costs levied on digital content providers? Simply relying on carriers to disclose information about pricing and practices would be a flimsy guardrail for powerful Internet service providers (ISPs), especially for smaller, rural and high-cost districts that lack competition and meaningful market power.

    “We are also concerned how the tiered pricing and fast lanes – potentially structured to benefit incumbent companies – would disadvantage new entrants into the education technology market. How will the FCC and the Federal Trade Commission protect startups from ISPs that prefer better-resourced incumbents?

    “Finally, if this policy change aims to stimulate network investment, what guarantee will the FCC provide to ensure ISPs target underserved communities – especially rural, poorly connected school districts?

    “Before rolling net neutrality back, the FCC should take a very cautious look at its impact on schools, students and families nationwide.”

  • 30 Nov 2017 2:35 PM | Anonymous

    Eduspire Spring Courses Open for Registration: Various Deadlines Throughout January, Click Here for More Info


    Important New Online Courses (start dates and reg. deadlines): 

    Design Thinking in Education, starts 1/15, deadline 1/5. 

    Adaptive Technology for Students, starts 1/15, deadline 1/5. 

    Effective Formative Assessment and Technology, starts 1/16, deadline 1/6. 

    Ownership of Learning, starts 1/16, deadline 1/6. 

    Reading, Writing, and Speaking in Science, starts 1/27, deadline 1/17. 

    Science of Teaching and Learning, starts 1/29, deadline 1/19.


  • 30 Nov 2017 2:06 PM | Anonymous

     December: Registration ends 12/29 for Chromebooks in Education at Bellefonte (which includes a free Chromebook), The Mindful Classroom (online), and Google Tools for Educators (online; Eduspire will pay the Google certification exam fee).


  • 08 May 2017 6:06 PM | Anonymous

    Join PAECT, CoSN, ISTE, and SETDA on May 11 for a national Day of Action to advocate for the policies that could significantly impact educators, their schools and the students they serve.

    What You Can Do on May 11th

    On May 11th, we ask that you please join educators and advocates all across the nation by taking one (or all) of the following extremely critical actions:

    1. Send a prewritten letter to Congress

    Use our easy advocacy tool to send this pre-written letter to Congress about the effectiveness of E-Rate and the Title IV, A block grant, which houses the ed tech provisions in ESSA.

    2. Tweet #ERateWorks, #MoreTitleIV, #Act4EdTech

    Here are some sample tweets you can use:

    ·        Millions of students are connected to the internet at school because #ErateWorks @AjitPaiFCC

    ·        Personalized and digital learning is possible in schools because #ErateWorks to provide broadband in classrooms @AjitPaiFCC

    ·        Give schools the funding to provide Students with a well-rounded education @[Congressperson] #Act4EdTech #MoreTitleIV

    ·        Every school benefits from #edtech funding @[Congressperson] #Act4EdTech #MoreTitleIV

    3. Call your members in Congress!

    Unsure who your Representative is? – Visit the Find Your Representative tool. Unsure what to say? - Here is a script you can use when speaking to staff member of the office.

    ·        I am a [insert title and organizational affiliation] and I am calling to urge Senator/Representative [insert name here] to support full funding of the Student Support and Academic Enrichment grant program under Title IV, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act. Congress authorized Title IV Part A of ESSA at $1.65 Billion to ensure that each school district received funds to support access to a well-rounded education, improve student’s physical and mental health and improve conditions for learning, and to increase the effective use of technology. Unfortunately, the current appropriation bill falls far short of full funding.

    ·        There is a wealth of evidence that supports the needs for students to have access to a diverse academic curriculum that includes science, arts, foreign language and civic education; programs that support students physical, mental, and behavioral health, and the improve school safety; and modern, classroom based technology. All of these areas are critical to ensure all students graduate from high school ready to enter.

    ·        ESSA consolidated most of the programs that support student health and safety, well rounded academics and education technology into this new flexible block grant.  Without a significant investment in Title IV Part A, districts will be faced with the unnecessarily difficult decision of choosing which area to invest in. Full funding of Title IV Part A will ensure that each district is provided funds to invest in each of these critical areas.

    ·        I urge Senator/Representative [insert name] to support the full funding if Title IV Part A.

    We hope you can join us on May 11th to support edtech policies!

    Sincerely,

    PAECT, CoSN, ISTE, SETDA



  • 10 Apr 2017 9:59 AM | Anonymous

    Member Spotlight!

    From ISTE's press release: 

    The ISTE Teacher Education Network is excited to announce that Dr. Stephanie Budhai has been selected as the winner of the 2017 Award for Excellence in Teacher Education.

    Stephanie Budhai is an Associate Professor of Teacher Education at Neumann University and has over 200 advisees consisting of preservice and in-service teachers. Since arriving at Neumann, all of Stephanie’s work has been focused on providing students with technology-rich experiences with the aim of preparing them to leverage technology in the field of education to instruct, engage, and assess student learning. She created one of the first programs approved in the state of Pennsylvania to prepare K-12 teachers for teaching and learning in online and blended environments. She has advocated for the use of assistive technology, and received grants to provide pre-service teachers with hands-on training of different alternative augmentative communication devices that can support students with disabilities. 

    Stephanie has contributed to the field of educational technology and teacher education through scholarly activities including presenting at conferences and writing peer-reviewed articles and books surrounding topics related to technology integration in k-12 settings, online learning, and assistive technology. In the past year, she co-authored two books:Teaching the 4Cs with Technology and Best Practices in Engaging Online Learners through Active and Experiential Learning Activities

    Stephanie spends time in the field of teaching with technology by participating in a variety of community and service activities and serves as a mentor to new and current teachers who are getting started with technology integration. She is the treasurer of the southeast region of the Pennsylvania Association Education Communication Technology (PAECT) and participates in a professional learning community with over 400 technology integrators and teachers, to continuously improve her own pedagogical practice. Due to her desire to explore and stay abreast of the ever changing world of educational technology, within the last few years she completed the training to became a certified online course reviewer for Quality Matters, and more recently, a certified Voicethread Educator.

    Congratulations Dr. Budhai!

  • 10 Apr 2017 9:53 AM | Anonymous

    PAECT's 2017 Leader of the Year, Rachelle Dene Poth, has been named on the 2017 NSBA “20 to Watch” Education Leaders list on April 3, during the CoSN conference.

    From the press release: Rachelle Dene Poth, Foreign Language and STEAM Teacher, Riverview Junior Senior High School, Riverview School District, Oakmont: Rachelle Dene Poth, an attorney turned STEAM educator, personalizes learning for her students by utilizing some of the latest tech tools like Celly, Blendspace, and Nearpod. Last year, she taught Hummingbird Robots to students focused on Spanish and French culture and is currently teaching a STEAM: What's nExT? course that she designed to explore emerging technologies. - See more at: http://www.nsba.org/newsroom/press-releases/national-school-boards-association-names-%E2%80%9C20-watch%E2%80%9D-education-technology-0#sthash.mSlABktf.dpuf

    Congratulations, Rachelle!

  • 10 Apr 2017 9:39 AM | Anonymous

    CoSN works with many companies and individuals in the private sector who are making important contributions to education technology. Each year they recognize one person who has had an outstanding impact on the ed tech community outside of the confines of his or her job. This year the recipient was Sean McDonough!

    Sean has selflessly served PAECT in various capacities, including President, and remains an active participant through our Councils of Past Presidents.

    We extend our congratulations to Sean!


  • 09 Mar 2017 8:52 AM | Anonymous



    We will be reading Launch: Using Design Thinking to to Boost Creativity and Bring Out the Maker in Every Student.
    Please complete the form to sign-up for the book study. The following is a tentative outline for the book study.
    April 10th - Start reading!
    April 24th - Have Chapters 1-3 read, Blog post due
    May 8th - Have Chapters 4-7 read, Blog post due
    May 15th- Book finished, Blog post on how you plan to implement the Launch Cycle
    May 22nd - Implement the Launch Cycle - reflection blog post with photos/artifacts
    May 31st- Twitter Chat about how the Launch Cycle works/ideas for classroom implementation

    Your $10 Amazon gift card will be emailed to you after you begin participating in the book study.


    To join:  http://tinyurl.com/PAECTLaunch

  • 16 Jan 2017 8:25 AM | Anonymous

    Last spring, dozens of PAECT members submitted grant applications with innovative ideas to use technology in instruction.  A leadership team conducted a blind review of the applications and chose to fund the two projects below.  One of these projects will be featured at PETE&C, and both of these projects will be featured in a live virtual presentation for PAECT members this spring.  See below for the project descriptions and presentation details.  This grant was made possible by the generosity of Corbett Inc. and KI Furniture. Company information can be found at the end of this article.

    Dash and Dot Take 5 - Sara Heintzelman

    Presentation:  Tuesday 2/14, Empire B, 2:15-3:15

    Project summary:  

    Students within special education require intensive social skills to help fill the gap in the social skills they lack. Unfortunately, as students grow older, they outgrow many of the social skills curriculums that provide engaging materials. In order to engage students in meaningful learning while simultaneously teaching social skills, teachers need to consider the interests of students and how they can match curriculum to these interests. The students in my classroom of students in grades three through five with severe emotional and behavioral disorders, speak constantly about video games and their desire to become future video game designers. Given the interest of my students and the lack of engaging social skills curriculum aligned to this interest, I would like to propose designing a social skills curriculum around Wonder Workshop’s Dash and Dot.

    This project, “Dash and Dot Take 5”will teach students how to follow our school and class-wide expectations, Be There Be Ready (be prepared for class with the appropriate materials, stay in area), Be Responsible (complete work quietly), Be Respectful (be polite and raise hand to speak), Keep Hands and Feet Safe (remain safe and use materials appropriately), and Follow Directions (the first time) through learning how to code. This five week unit will walk students through each of the expectation areas, spending one week (three 40 minute periods) on each expectation area. As students explore each expectation area with Dash and Dot, they will document their work with iPad camera, video clips, and student video reflections. 


    We Can Do STEM - Carmela Curatola-Knowles

    Project Summary:  

    Essential to providing a strong academic education for our students is a commitment to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math). STEM skills are critical for the students’ learning needs in the 21st Century. Development of these skills will ensure that they have the opportunity to be prepared for entry into the workforce with relevant, transferable skills for whatever tomorrow’s jobs will require.

    An area of STEM being planned is for students to learn coding, robotics planning, building, programming/troubleshooting, and a hands-on approach to understanding simple & complex machines, renewable energy & pneumatics systems. Our plan is for first through eighth grades. We request $500 to purchase WeDo 2.0 Robotics Sets to form part of the basis of the elementary STEM program. These sets will accommodate 1st through 3rd grade students. It will establish a foundation for critical thinking skills. The kits will also provide a constructivist approach to building student knowledge about important concepts that are within a strong STEM understanding. This establishes the core for deeper thought projects with complex machines, renewable energy, and pneumatics systems, planned for 4th through 8th grades.


    *KI Furniture creates high-performance education and learning environments for both K-12 and Higher Education spaces.  Many of the products in our educational furniture portfolio offer options that support reconfiguration, engaged learning, and technology in the classroom.  KI designs and manufactures educational furniture that is appealing, comfortable and supports each school in its mission to demand excellence.  Voted #1 in educational solutions 12 years in a row, KI Furniture’s mission is to  anticipate technological advances and incorporate them into the design of our educational furniture.  KI understands that schools need to know the educational furniture they invest in today will support the technological advancements of tomorrow.  Supporting PAECT’s mission to support and speak of educational technology in the classroom is a natural fit, and promotes what both groups are passionate about: student success.    For more information, visit http://www.ki.com/ or call us at Corbett Inc. 610-277-7100.


  • 23 Dec 2016 12:22 PM | Anonymous

    PAECT 2017 Awards Submission

    PAECT seeks to recognize and celebrate the talents and contributions of individuals who continually exceed expectations in their service.  The Board of PAECT invites you to help us connect, develop, lead and advocate for educational technology in Pennsylvania by nominating these deserving individuals.  

    This is your opportunity to identify individuals who go above and beyond.  Think about individuals who contribute more than expected. Identify those who serve as models of excellence and inspire us all.

    Please look through the awards listed below (and in this linked file that contains more details).  Please submit information about individuals you feel deserve to be honored via the linked Google Doc no later than January 15, 2017.

    Feel free to contact me at pastpres@paect.org if you have questions about the awards or the process.

    Thank you!  Happy Holidays!


    Sincerely,

    Ann M. Noonen, Ph.D.

    PAECT Past President

    pastpres@paect.org

    __________________________________________


    PAECT Awards Information

    Click the name of the award to be taken to the submission page.


    Ero W. Davidson Award

    An award presented for outstanding accomplishments by a member of the Association in the field of communications in Pennsylvania.


    Mary C. Renner Achievement Award

    Presented to honor an outstanding contribution by a member to the Association.


    PAECT Special Award

    An award presented to a present, past, or non-member who has made a recent particular contribution to the field of communications.


    Friend of PAECT Award

    An award presented to a non-member for distinctive service to the Association.


    Pioneer Award

    An award presented for long and successful service in the field of communications by a present or past member of PAECT or its parent organization.


    Paul W. Welliver Outstanding Student Award

    An award presented to honor an outstanding graduate student who is a member of the Association.


    Outstanding Teacher of the Year


    Outstanding Leader of the Year


    Outstanding Technical Support Person Award

    Each year PAECT wishes to honor the performance of exemplary support personnel who make significant contributions to the successful use of technology in a district or IU or on a campus by providing exceptional technical support.


    PAECT Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Award/

    PAECT seeks to present the PAECT Chief Technology Officer Award to an individual who is a pioneer and champion of the uses of technology in K12 education through Leadership, Community Building, Innovative Use of Technology, Creation of Partnerships and Impact on Learning.


    If the awardee is also be a member of the PAECT CTL-SIG, which is the PA state chapter of CoSN, the awardee may also be submitted as the PAECT candidate for the CoSN Withrow Award.  The CoSN Withrow Award goes to a deserving individual who has followed the model set forth by Frank Withrow.  Frank has been a classroom teacher, early childhood educator, and Director of Research and Clinical Services for the Department of Children and Family Services for the state of Illinois. Frank was a long-standing member of the CoSN Board of Directors.  


    Making IT Happen

    This award is offered according guidelines provided through ISTE.  In addition, only nominees submitted by current or past PAECT Board members are considered.  


    PA Public Policy Advocate of the Year

    Each year, PAECT attempts to identify a PAECT member who has provided leadership and mentored others in advocating for education technology policy at the local, state, regional, national and/or international level.


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