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Big Deal Book, May 15, 2015

VSTE partners with Big Deal Media to bring you the best in online resources, grant and competition opportunities and more. In this edition, you can Fuel the Creative Process, Tap Digital Media, Close the Gap & More.

Here are just a few highlights from this edition. Click the link below to find lots more:

Inspire the Next Generation of Cyber Stars

The GenCyber program provides summer cybersecurity camp experiences for students and teachers at the K–12 level. The program’s goals are to help all students understand correct and safe online behavior, increase diversity and interest in cybersecurity and careers in the cybersecurity workforce of the nation, and improve teaching methods for delivering cybersecurity content in K–12 computer science curricula. GenCyber camps are open to all student and teacher participants atno cost. Funding is provided jointly by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation.

Experience Mobile App Design

MIT App Inventor is a free blocks-based programming tool that allows everyone, even novices, to start programming and build fully functional apps for Android devices. Newcomers to App Inventor can have their first app up and running in an hour or less and can program more complex apps in significantly less time than with more traditional, text-based languages. Initially developed by a team from Google Education, App Inventor runs as a web service administered by staff at MIT’s Center for Mobile Learning—a collaboration of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and the MIT Media Lab. MIT App Inventor supports a worldwide community of nearly 3 million users representing 195 countries worldwide. An open-source tool, App Inventor seeks to make both programming and app creation accessible to a wide range of audiences.

Turn Data into Action

CoSN, in partnership with AASA and Gartner, Inc., has released the Closing the Gap Professional Development Toolkit to provide educators with a curricular plan and set of resources needed for using educational data to improve instructional practice and student outcomes. The toolkit offers a step-by-step curriculum and a cadre of professional development resources designed for district and school leaders to facilitate their training of other district and school leaders. The curriculum and other resources will help you to transform your school into a data-driven learning environment.

Learn more about these and other great resources in the May 15, 2015, Edition.

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Digital Age Learning 2015, July 22, 2015

Digital Age Learning
July 22, 9 AM - 4 PM
Parkview Elementary, 260 Elm Avenue, Portsmouth, VA 23704

A full day of learning with over 20 breakouts sessions on a variety of educational technology topics including Classflow, Office 365, iPads, Edmodo and more. Learn how to choose the best tools and how to manage a 1:1 classroom. VSTE is pleased to partner with Promethean on this event.

Thanks for TeachersFirst for their generous support.

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Check out the schedule here:
https://digitalagelearning2015.sched.org/

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Big Deal Book, May 1, 2015

VSTE partners with Big Deal Media to bring you the best in online resources, grant and competition opportunities and more. In this edition, you can Blend Movement and Programming, Put Math to Work, Reimagine Art & More.

Here are just a few highlights from this edition. Click the link below to find lots more:

Northrop Grumman Foundation has launched an online contest to encourage today’s students to become tomorrow’s innovators by creating classrooms and science labs that inspire. The Fab School Labs contest is open to public middle schools. The foundation will make five grants of up to $100,000 available to five winning schools to fund a school lab makeover. Deadline: June 12, 2015

Algebra teachers should show students both correctly and incorrectly solved problems and have students discuss them, according to a new algebra practice guide published by the United States Department of Education’s Institute for Education Sciences. The guide, prepared by Mathematics Policy Research and released as part of the What Works Clearinghouse, includes three specific, evidence-based strategies for teaching algebra.

Free Webinar: On May 14, 2015, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. (ET), the Amazing Resources for Educators community on edWeb.net will host afree webinar titled “Can We Skip Recess to Work on Our Project? How to Inspire and Engage Your K–5 Students with STEM.” In this webinar, sponsored by Project Lead The Way (PLTW), the presenter will discuss why early access to STEM is critical, particularly for girls and underrepresented minority students, and what works to engage students in STEM subjects and give them confidence to continue pursuing the disciplines after elementary school.

Learn more about these and other great resources in the May 1, 2015, Edition.

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Big Deal Book, April 15, 2015

VSTE partners with Big Deal Media to bring you the best in online resources, grant and competition opportunities and more. In this edition, you can Make Learning Authentic, Use Assessment to Inform Instruction & More.

Here are just a few highlights from this edition. Click the link below to find lots more:

As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War,  the Civil War Trust and History are sponsoring a series of essay contests for students in grades 4–12. The essay theme is 1864–65: Bringing the War to a Close: The final days of the Civil War were filled with human drama. Old ways were dying and new horizons were imminent. Essays should incorporate ideas such as these with the importance of preservation and the study of history.  Deadline: May 1, 2015

The 2015 Google Science Fair is now open. This annual event asks 13- to 18-year-old students to carry out a test or experiment on a subject they’re passionate about and submit their projects online. This year submissions will be accepted in 14 languages from students all over the world. To help students develop project ideas, the Google Science Fair website provides anidea springboard, which asks students to complete the phrases “I love …,” “I’m good at …,” and “I want to explore ...” From students’ responses to these questions, the idea springboard generates a collection of videos and websites that may spark project ideas in their minds. Twenty finalists will be selected to go to Google’s headquarters to show their projects to the judges.  Deadline: May 18, 2015, at 11:59 p.m. (PT), for submissions

Free Webinar: Educators can help students become more actively engaged in projects by making technology tools a seamless part of the learning process. On April 23, 2015, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. (ET), the Amazing Resources for Educators community onedWeb.net will host a free webinar titled “Differentiating Instruction with Technology: A Framework for Success.” In this webinar, sponsored by Quill.com, the presenter will describe ways to differentiate instruction in the K–12 classroom using technology.

Learn more about these and other great resources in the April 15, 2015, Edition

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Big Deal Book, April 1, 2015

VSTE partners with Big Deal Media to bring you the best in online resources, grant and competition opportunities and more. In this edition, you can Develop Design Thinking, Celebrate Earth Day, Diagnose Autism & More.
Here are just a few highlights from this edition. Click the link below to find lots more:
Join one of The Nature Conservancy's water scientists on a virtual field trip to find out how geography, people and water interact in two of America's "wildly" unique biomes: the temperate rainforest and the desert. The 40-minute virtual field trip will take place on YouTube, on April 8, 2015, at 12 noon (ET). The content of this virtual field trip is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards and the National Geography Standards. Click here to register.
The Nature Conservancy and its 550 scientists have created Nature Works Everywhere to help students learn the science behind how nature works for people-and how they can help keep it running strong. Nature Works Everywhere gives teachers, students and families everything they need to start exploring and understanding nature around the globe, alongside Nature Conservancy scientists. The site includes interactive games and lesson plans just in time for Earth Day on April 22.
Discovery Education invites teachers and administrators worldwide to participate in the upcoming SpringVirtCon on April 25, 2015. This no-cost, daylong professional development event offers both virtual and face-to-face opportunities for educators to learn actionable tactics and strategies for deepening the integration of digital media into classroom instruction.
Head to the Big Deal Book for April 1 to learn more about these and other opportunities.
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VSTE Day @RPDIT, 2015

July 7-8, 2015
Gereau Center
Rocky Mount, Virginia

VSTE continues its partnership with the Franklin County Public Schools to support its Regional Professional Development Institute. The full Institute will be held Monday, July 6, through Thursday, July 9, 2015.

VSTE will sponsor the opening session which will be held Tuesday, July 7, 8:30 AM to 12 PM. Breakout sessions related to technology integration will be held on Wednesday, July 8 from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM.

Check out the schedule here: http://rpdit2015.sched.org/

Registration for this event is free thanks to the generosity of Franklin County Technology Services.

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Googlepalooza 2015, June 16, 2015

Googlepalooza 2015
June 16, 2015, 9 AM - 4 PM
Corron Community Development Center
Lord Fairfax Community College
Middetown Campus
173 Skirmisher Lane
Middletown, Virginia

All thing Google! For the second year, we bring you Googlepalooza, a day of Google-related workshops as well as the chance to network with others around GAFE and Chromebooks. Just $30 includes breakfast, lunch and all the M&Ms you can eat!

Check out the jam packed schedule here: http://googlepalooza2015.sched.org/

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VE PLN, April 13, 2015, 8 PM

VE PLN Tonight at 8 PM
What are you reading?
VSTE members read books, blogs, magazines, journals, newspapers, websites, and more, from novels to the backs of cereal boxes. Join Beth Ghostraven as we discuss what we're reading, and how we get news about education in virtual worlds. Meet at the VSTE Island Community Center in Second Life.

Join the Google Plus community to learn more about the Virtual Environments PLN.

Help Make Broadband a Reality for Everyone

Broadband is the backbone of a high skilled, high-tech economy. Access to broadband accelerates all of Virginia towards economic opportunity, 21st century education, advanced health care, enhanced safety and security and can lead to a better life for everyone in Virginia.

In an effort to expand high-speed Internet access across the state, Virginia Tech's eCorridors program has launched Accelerate Virginia, a new broadband mapping project.

You can help! By sparing just a few minutes of your time to take the Accelerate Virginia Internet speed test, you will help encourage the expansion of affordable broadband services throughout Virginia.

Visit http://www.acceleratevirginia.org/speedtest today to take the speed test and get an instant review of your Internet connection and survey results of what others in your zip code are reporting about their broadband services.

If you do not have access to high speed Internet, please report your broadband dead zone at:http://acceleratevirginia.org/contact/ Your participation will help encourage the expansion of affordable broadband services in Virginia.

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