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
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about the awards or the process.
Thank you! Happy Holidays!
Ann M. Noonen, Ph.D.
PAECT Past President
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.
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.
PAIMS and PAECT are offering a CoSN CETL Immersion course. We are excited to be able to provide this unique learning opportunity for practicing and aspiring technology leaders interested in earning the Certified Educational Technology Leader (CETL) credential. The CETL is a national certification provided by CoSN based on the Framework of Essential Skills of the K-12 CTO. This Immersion course is two days of extensive review of the Essential Skills Framework with access to a self-paced collaborative learning site. Breakfast and lunch are provided each day. A special room rate at the Days Inn in State College, PA has also been arranged for participants.
Please note, that the Immersion course and the associated costs do not include the cost of the CETL Exam. The exam is an additional cost. We are working to arrange a certification exam date in the near future.
You can find out more about the CETL and its requirements at http://www.cosn.org/certification and http://www.cosn.org/Framework.
Don't delay, register today.
Course dates are November 30, 2016 and January 25, 2017.
CoSN CETL Course announcement.pdf
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We hope everyone is excited about ISTE, held June 25-29, 2016. We wanted to share a list of Pennsylvania educators that will be presenting at ISTE this year. There are 102 people - an amazing number considering that the conference is in Denver, Colorado.
Pennsylvania Educators Presenting at #ISTE2016:
We are embarking on a new adventure at the ISTE 2016 conference in Denver, Colorado: the ISTE Campfires. The ISTE Campfires are going to replace the Birds of a Feather sessions, connecting educators around their interests and passions at the conference. These sessions are built on the idea of educators wanting to connect and collaborate on current topics of interest in a dynamic environment. We will launch these sessions on Monday and Tuesday evening of the conference (5:30-7:30pm and 5:15-7:15pm, respectively) and are looking for volunteers to help us shape the Campfires and help us as facilitators for the learning in the Campfire rooms.
The task is to work with ISTE's Conference Program Chair Camilla Gagliolo, and PAECT's Chris Champion to create the environment for dialogue and idea sharing at the Campfire sessions. Facilitators will start the conversation in each of four strands:
Volunteers will be tasked with starting a Padlet, encouraging participants interested in leading sub-topic to put a "sticky" up on the Padlet. Then the facilitators will create about six sub-groups based on the topic. If there are too many disparate topics, they'll use PollEverywhere to get a popular vote.
We hope that you would be interested in working with us on this new initiative.
If you are interested, please sign up with this form:
A brief webinar will be held on Wednesday June 15 at 8:00 PM EDT to discuss this further, and to answer any questions. Registered volunteers (link above) will be sent a link.
P.S. Please pass this along if you think another educator would be interested.
Congress is making critical decisions about FY 2017 funding. Contact your Representative and Senators now urging them to ask the Appropriations Committees to increase funding for ed tech programs.
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) signed into law last December was an important first step authorizing the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant (SSAEG) program, which would provide formula support for districts to implement technology-focused professional development and acquire infrastructure. CoSN issued a statement calling on Congress to take “the next step in its FY 2017 budget and provide $1.6 billion for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant to advance ESSA’s implementation. This is a program that will truly level the digital playing field. Now is the moment, for our students and educators, to keep moving forward on our national promise to them.”
Act now. Make your voice heard in the appropriations debate: http://action.cosn.org/17420/support-enhancing-education-through-technology-act/
Contact Congress now and let them know the difference that technology makes in your district and the lives of your students.
Dear PAECT members,
As you well know, PAECT is your organization: the board and committee chairs, both regionally and for the state, are volunteers, selflessly giving hours of their time to make PAECT the great organization that it is. Some of you have already given back to the organization by running for elected office or offering services in various areas.
One thing we consistently hear as we talk with members from across the state is “How can we get involved?” Contacting your regional director is always one option we suggest. Getting involved in your region, planning for and participating in the wide variety of events offered, is certainly one way to “get your foot in the door.”
While there has never been a formal way of indicating a desire to be involved on the state level, we felt it was important to do so now. As the organization grows and evolves, we understand it is important to include fresh voices and new energy to sustain and help the organization continue its evolution. This is your call to action!
The PAECT Board has a number of non-voting committee chairs that are critical to our operations. They include the following:
If you have an interest in serving on a state level committee or as a presidentially-appointed board-level committee chair, you are welcomed and encouraged to share your specific area of interest with PAECT President Brandon Lutz (email@example.com) by March 16, 2016. If you would prefer to be involved more locally, contact your regional director at any time. Visit our CONTACTS PAGE to find your regional director’s contact information.
Thanks you for your service,
Brandon Lutz Scott Snyder
Grant sponsored by KI.com
Grant Amount: Up to $500 and a one year extension of PAECT membership.
PAECT seeks proposals for projects that integrate technology into instruction, in order to improve teaching in any curricular area. It is required that the PAECT grant funds be utilized to purchase resources, technological or not, that focus on student or community learning which support a specified project. Any resource purchased under this grant will forever remain the property of the recipient.
PAECT grant funds may not be used for salaries, stipends or transportation.
Successful applicants will be notified on or before April 15, 2016.
The grant proposal will undergo a “blind” evaluation/scoring by a committee of PAECT Board members. Names will be hidden and assigned an ID number prior to scoring.
Click Here for complete information about the grant including scoring rubric.
Help CoSN be a strong voice for our students.
Join CoSN and SETDA as we carry a message to Congress on key policy issues critical to you, your district, and the students you serve.
Our past advocacy efforts have had a major impact: In 2014 we were successful in convincing the FCC to increase the E-rate by 60% (a $1.5 billion annual increase for broadband and Wi-Fi!). This past year we were successful in getting a major new bipartisan technology provision in the new Every Student Succeeds Act, which is now signed into law. That means that in 2016, it is critical that our community has a strong voice as these new national efforts are implemented in Washington and in all 50 states. We need your voice on Capitol Hill to ensure Congress continues – not hinders – this momentum.
We also need your voice as Congress makes important decisions about funding of ed tech programs.
The Summit will be your opportunity to:
Register for the Ed Tech Summit today
Visit the website to view the complete agenda for this can’t-miss two-day event.
Pre-registration of $99 is required
Please RSVP to Jamie Brandon (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that we can plan for your participation and arrange Congressional office visits.
PAECT is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.