Help prepare students for success by signing the Future Ready pledge!

FutureReady-SchoolsJoin us in helping the Department of Education and the Alliance for Excellent Education make all school districts Future Ready. Future Ready aims to maximize digital learning opportunities and help school districts across the country better prepare students for success in college, a career, and citizenship.

FutureReadySchools.org

As classrooms across the country gain better access to high-speed Internet, schools and districts must develop the human and technological capacity to use the increased bandwidth wisely and effectively.

FutureReady-TakePledgeBy taking The Future Ready District Pledge you can help your district achieve these goals with expert guidance, online support, and regional summits for district leaders.

Future Ready is a bold new effort to maximize digital learning opportunities and help school districts move quickly toward preparing students for success in college, a career, and citizenship. The initiative will provide districts with resources and support to ensure that local technology and digital learning plans align with instructional best practices, are implemented by highly trained teachers, and lead to personalized learning experiences for all students, particularly those from traditionally underserved communities. At the center of the initiative are a series of regional summits that will focus on a comprehensive set of issues that drive student learning and will offer district leaders tangible ways to build capacity throughout their districts.

As our main call to action, we’re asking superintendents to take the Future Ready District Pledge, a commitment to work with educators, families, and community members to make all schools in their districts Future Ready.

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Follow Future Ready on social media:

  • Twitter: @FutureReady
  • com/Future-Ready-Schools/1578374169049310?ref=hl
  • com/futurereadyschools

Learn more and take the pledge today!

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Secretary of Education Arne Duncan addresses the ConnectED Conference of Superintendents on Wednesday, November 19th.

President Barack Obama address the ConnectED Conerence

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OPEN NH Winter Session Registration Now Open!

OPEN NH

The Winter 2015 Session Online Courses will run from February 4 through March 24, 2015.

Register early for courses and save $10.00 with our Early Bird Special. The offer ends on January 20, 2015.

Register now for Winter 2015!

The following courses are Scheduled to RUN in the OPEN NH Winter 2015 Session:

  • BP-07 Using an Online Professional Learning Community to Support Teacher Leadership Development
  • CE-02 Engaging K-12 Students with Digital Portfolios
  • CE-05 Developing Competencies for High School Courses
  • CE-10 Game-Based Learning
  • EC-01 Creating a Language Rich Environment
  • IE-01 Intel Elements: Project Based Approaches
  • IE-04 Intel Elements: Assessment in 21st Century Classrooms
  • IE-07 Intel Elements: Educational Leadership in the 21st Century
  • LA-01 Best Practices for Vocabulary Instruction in the Elementary Classroom
  • SC-08 Understanding the Science of Life: Characteristics, Classification, and Cycles

For more information, visit OPEN NH.

OPEN NH Winter Session Registration Now Open!

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A mystery Hour of Code in Washington DC: whose classroom is going?

The Hour of Code just got a lot more historic. As the Hour of Code nears in the next few weeks, one lucky classroom will be selected to attend a very special, very exciting Hour of Code event in the nation’s capital — so special that the details are under wraps!

The winning students (and chaperones) will get an all-expenses-covered trip to Washington, D.C. to participate in a full day of mystery activities on Monday, December 8, to kick off Computer Science Education Week, when millions worldwide will try computer science for the first time.

How to participate

If you want your class to experience this trip, make sure your classroom or school is registered for the Hour of Code at http://hourofcode.com.

Already signed up?

Spread the word!

Visit Code.org or HourOfCode.com for more information

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President Obama Supports Net Neutrality

On Monday, November 10, President Obama urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to take up the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality, the principle that says Internet service providers (ISPs) should treat all internet traffic equally.

On Tuesday, Nov. 11, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel discussed President Obama’s net neutrality stance. She spoke with Bloomberg’s Cory Johnson on “Bloomberg West.”

President Obama’s Statement on Keeping the Internet Open and Free   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKcjQPVwfDk

FCC Reacts to Obama’s Net Neutrality Stance   http://www.bloomberg.com/video/fcc-reacts-to-obama-s-net-neutrality-stance-vXnllm4kRvWqVZOX72Rb8w.html

 Obama’s call for an open Internet puts him at odds with regulators   http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/11/11/the-fcc-weighs-breaking-with-obama-over-the-future-of-the-internet/

Obama says FCC should reclassify internet as a utility
http://www.theverge.com/2014/11/10/7185933/fcc-should-reclassify-internet-as-utility-obama-says

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Indiana Students Showcase Digital Leadership for National Education Leaders

October 27, 2014 (Washington, D.C.) Members of Madison Consolidated High School’s Digital Leadership Team described their innovative program on digital citizenship for fellow students during the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) 2014 Leadership Summit, “Leading and Learning in the Digital Age.” Each year SETDA honors an outstanding K-12 school or district that has leveraged technology to dramatically improve education and asks those students to speak to their experiences. Winners receive the Elsie Brumback Scholarship, which allows them to bring a team of students and educators to attend the annual SETDA Leadership Summit and tour Washington DC.

Madison’s Digital Leadership program provides the opportunity for students to create and teach digital citizenship content for other students and teachers. In addition, the team also organized and hosted the first student digital leadership conference in Indiana.

“Indiana is committed to transforming teaching and learning in the digital age and we are honored that our own Madison Consolidated Schools has been selected to represent that work. Madison’s Digital Leadership Program is a model for other schools across our state, and Madison’s student leaders have set a high bar for living, learning and leading in the digital age,” stated Candice Dodson, Director of eLearning, Indiana Department of Education and SETDA Board Member.

“SETDA is pleased not only to learn about such innovative, student driven initiatives, but also to provide the opportunity for all of our members from across the country to learn from these students,” said Douglas Levin, Executive Director, SETDA.

Jennifer Watson, Co-teacher of Madison’s program said, “Having the opportunity to be a part of The Digital Leadership class has been an amazing journey. This class is so powerful because the students are creating digital citizenship content and teaching the content to their peers and teachers.”

“It is an honor both to represent our school system and to show everyone what we as students can do.” declared Conner Richmond, Madison Consolidated High School student. “This is a fantastic opportunity and we hope that various national education leaders can take away ideas to use for their own success stories.”

About SETDA
Founded in 2001, the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) is the principal non-profit membership association representing U.S. state and territorial educational technology leaders. Our mission is to build and increase the capacity of state and national leaders to improve education through technology policy and practice. For more information, please visit: setda.org.

Indiana Students Honored for Digital Leadership Team in THE Journal.

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Physics Comedy Show Launches

Q:  What can be more phun than physics?

A:  A physics comedy show.  And now we have one!

Get entertained and educated along with your students with the physics sketch comedy at What the FisX.  Teaching physics one sketch at a time!

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Take Advantage of the White House ConnectED Free Resources

ConnectEDConnectED is transforming teaching and learning for all students powered by technology. The FCC has already made a $2-billion down payment to improve WiFi in schools and will help to connect 99% of our students to high speed broadband. Campanies have stepped up and committed an additoinal $2 billion to students, teachers, and schools. Those resources are available now! If you’re a school administrator, teacher, or student, get more details below about these companies’ commitments — and find out how you can take advantage of their free digital resources. Visit www.whitehouse.gov/connectED for details.

Note: These are private funding programs administered by the respective sponsors. These are not government grant programs. The availability and administration of these funding opportunities, including the selection of recipients and all other decisions of the funding program, are not endorsed by any federal agency or office. No federal funds are being used in or for the administration or awarding of these private funding opportunities.

Adobe

Adobe will deliver creative tools in the form of free software, and teacher professional development, to Title I schools across the United States — with the goal of helping youth express their creativity and build their skills for future success.

Apple

Apple has invited economically disadvantaged schools where 96 percent or more students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches to apply for a ConnectED grant.  With an Apple ConnectED grant, Apple will provide iPads, Macs, and the very best educational content students need to personalize learning and inspire their best thinking. Apple will also provide Apple Professional Development, giving teachers the training they need to implement these powerful tools.

AT&T

AT&T has committed to provide a broad array of services that enable a comprehensive tablet-based education capability to 50,000 students in Title I districts. Schools and districts can apply now for this AT&T Aspire program.

Autodesk

Autodesk, a designer of leading advanced software products in design, drafting, and engineering, has committed to expand the company’s “Design the Future” program to be available to every secondary school in the country in 2014. The program, which offers free 3D design software, project-based curricula, training, and certification, will help secondary school teachers teach critical problem-solving and technical skills in demand, in high-paying STEM fields like engineering and architecture.

Esri

Esri is providing free access to ArcGIS Online Organization accounts — the same GIS technology used by government and business — to every U.S. K-12 school in America. These allow users to map and analyze data, create and share content, and collaborate in the cloud — via computers, tablets, or smartphones, anytime, anywhere connected.  This commitment expands on Esri’s successful program in pilot schools at all levels across the country, and will allow students to do projects of unlimited content, from global to local, so that they can build community, as well as build knowledge and skills for college and career.

Microsoft

Microsoft created a new affordability program open to all U.S. K-12 public schools to connect 99 percent of America’s students to the digital age within five years. The program includes options for schools of all sizes and with varying levels of need for cost, technology, and services.  This program includes a range of discounted partner and Microsoft devices built with Windows 8.1 Pro; communication and collaboration tools with Office 365 Education; teacher training and resources through the Microsoft Educator Network; ad-free search with Bing in the Classroom; broadband as a critical component to connected learning through Microsoft’s nonprofit partner EveryoneOn; and student training and resources for fundamental technology skills through Microsoft IT Academy for up to 2,000 high-needs academic institutions and their educators, students, and staff with digital curriculum and certification.

O’Reilly Media/Safari Books Online

O’Reilly Media, through a partnership with Safari Books Online, has committed to provide educational content and tools such as technology books and publications, for free, to every school in America. This commitment can provide students at a range of grade levels with the technological skills they need to be prepared in a globalized, digital economy.

Prezi

Prezi, a platform for creating memorable presentations, has committed $100 million in Edu Pro licenses for high schools and all educators across America.

Sprint

Sprint has committed to provide high-speed wireless broadband service for up to 50,000 students at schools across the country starting in August 2014 and over the next four years.

Verizon

Verizon is investing up to $100 million in cash and in-kind services over the next three years to reach more than 1,000 schools across the U.S.  In partnership with the International Society for Technology Education (ISTE) and Johns Hopkins University, the Verizon Foundation is launching the Verizon Mobile Learning Academy – a virtual, moderated professional development course offered to teams of educators for free. Course modules are designed to help teachers, administrators and tech coaches implement effective mobile learning initiatives in their schools and classrooms.

For more details, visit www.WhiteHouse.gov/ConnectED.

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