OPEN NH Summer Session Registration Open

Summer 2015 Session of Online Courses will run from July 8 – August 25.
Courses are $130, run 7 weeks, and earn 35 professional development hours.
Register for courses early and save $10.00. Early Bird Special offer ends on June 23, 2015.

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The following courses are Scheduled to RUN:

BP-04 Using Differentiated Instruction Effectively in the Classroom
BP-11 Writing Effective Proposals for Successful Grant Funding
BP-12 Creating a Successful Response to Intervention Plan
BP-14 Universal Design: Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century
CE-07 The NH Bullying Law: Policies and Procedures that Promote Positive School Climates
CE-11 Using Digital Tools to Engage Students and Personalize Learning
EC-01 Creating a Language Rich Environment
HE-03 Addressing Student Concussions and Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries at School
IE-05 Inquiry in the Science Classroom
IE-06 Designing Blended Learning

Visit the OPEN NH Facilitated Courses page for course descriptions and syllabi.

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Scientists: Earth Endangered by New Strain of Fact-Resistant Humans

MINNEAPOLIS (The Borowitz Report) – Scientists have discovered a powerful new strain of fact-resistant humans who are threatening the ability of Earth to sustain life, a sobering new study reports.

The research, conducted by the University of Minnesota, identifies a virulent strain of humans who are virtually immune to any form of verifiable knowledge, leaving scientists at a loss as to how to combat them.

“These humans appear to have all the faculties necessary to receive and process information,” Davis Logsdon, one of the scientists who contributed to the study, said. “And yet, somehow, they have developed defenses that, for all intents and purposes, have rendered those faculties totally inactive.”

More worryingly, Logsdon said, “As facts have multiplied, their defenses against those facts have only grown more powerful.”

While scientists have no clear understanding of the mechanisms that prevent the fact-resistant humans from absorbing data, they theorize that the strain may have developed the ability to intercept and discard information en route from the auditory nerve to the brain. “The normal functions of human consciousness have been completely nullified,” Logsdon said.

While reaffirming the gloomy assessments of the study, Logsdon held out hope that the threat of fact-resistant humans could be mitigated in the future. “Our research is very preliminary, but it’s possible that they will become more receptive to facts once they are in an environment without food, water, or oxygen,” he said.

Andy Borowitz is a New York Times best-selling author and a comedian who has written for The New Yorker since 1998. He writes the Borowitz Report for newyorker.com.

http://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/scientists-earth-endangered-by-new-strain-of-fact-resistant-humans

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7 Social Media Strategies Every Teacher Needs to Learn Today and Teach Tomorrow

In a world ruled by content curation, every educator should be passing along social media strategies to students. The “That’s a parent’s job” mantra is not a sufficient excuse for ignoring your responsibility here. We’re in this together.

Students must be taught early and often how to create, locate, maintain and share content. And they need to understand the ramifications of everything they do on social media. Continue reading

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We Need a National Digital-Library Endowment

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As a boy, Warren Buffett is said to have read book after book on money.

Thankfully, he did not live in Los Angeles and rely on the library at Roy Romer Middle School. Students there couldn’t check out a Buffett biography, or any other title, when a Los Angeles Times reporter dropped by last year. The reason? The library at the time was locked up because of staff cuts.

Wait. It gets worse. Romer Middle School has lots of company throughout the United States in its school library horrors. One hundred and seventy-six certified librarians worked in the Philadelphia city schools in 1991. Today, the count is just 11 in the 218-school district.

But Mr. Buffett and other members of the super-rich could at least help, through a national digital-library endowment, funded by interested billionaires. The endowment could help pay for librarians, e-books, other content, and related technology for school and public libraries. It could especially target high-poverty areas and promote the hiring and professional development of minority librarians—while also nurturing the love of literature for the new America. Continue reading

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FCC E-Rate Program Announces Carry-Forward of Unused Service Funds for 2015

Pursuant to section 54.709(a)(3) of the Commission’s rules, on January 30, 2015, the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) submitted projections of demand and administrative expenses for the federal universal service fund for the second quarter of 2015. According to USAC’s projections, $1.575 billion in unused funds from previous funding years is available to carry forward to increase disbursements to schools and libraries via the E-rate program, more formally known as the schools and libraries universal service program. In the second quarter of each calendar year, all funds that are collected and unused from prior years shall be available for use in the next full E-rate funding year.  The Chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau is delegated authority to determine the proportion of unused funds to meet category one demand and to direct USAC to use any remaining funds to provide category two support.

Pursuant to the Second E-rate Modernization Order, the E-rate cap for Funding Year 2015 is $3.9 billion.

On May 6, 2015, USAC submitted an estimate of demand for the E-rate program for Funding Year 2015 (July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016) of $3.92 billion, which includes estimated demand for category one services (telecommunications, telecommunications services and Internet access) of $2.255 billion and of $1.665 billion for category two services (internal connections, basic maintenance of internal connections and managed internal broadband services). No unused funding from previous years is needed to fully fund category one services. We therefore direct USAC to fully fund eligible category one services under the new cap. We also direct USAC to fully fund eligible category two services, first using as much as $1.575 billion in E-rate funds unused from previous years, and then using any additional funds needed under the new cap to fully meet demand.

For further information, please contact James Bachtell, Wireline Competition Bureau at (202) 418-7400 or TTY (202) 418-0484.

E-rate FY 2015 Carry-Forward Public Notice  https://www.fcc.gov/document/e-rate-fy-2015-carry-forward-pn

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Five Ways Teachers Inspire Me

By Vicki Phillips

Who was your favorite teacher? And why?

Your favorite teacher may not have been your favorite because he or she was soft or kind. There was likely more to it than that.

There might have been an edge to her. She might have made you uncomfortable. She might have said: “You can do this” when you said: “No, I can’t.” She believed in you more than you believed in yourself. So she put some pressure on you. And she got your effort because she asked for it, and you met her demands because she won your trust. Because you realized, “She cares about me enough to push me.” And she pushed you into places you didn’t think you belonged. Great teachers don’t just teach you; they change you.

When you think about what made your teacher so good, you can’t explain it with just tools and techniques; it was also his or her judgment, creativity, and personality that pulled you in and helped create the whole bond you had with your teacher.

The heart of learning is this connection between teachers and students. That is the centerpiece of school success: a teacher forming a bond with a student, triggering the student’s hunger to learn, and guiding it in the right way.

Teachers have always played an integral role in my life, and I’ve been fortunate to have strong bonds with teachers who believed in me, made demands of me, and lit up my hunger for learning. And when I became a teacher myself, my colleagues provided mentorship, taught me the value of collaboration, and showed me the fierce dedication the teaching profession demands.

So, Teacher Appreciation Week is especially important to me. It provides the opportunity to reflect on the teachers and education leaders who have made a unique, indelible impact on our lives. It’s a time to express our gratitude and let teachers know how powerfully they have affected us.

In celebration of our former, current, and future educators, I wanted to share five ways teachers inspire me:

1. Mentorship
It’s no surprise that teaching is not only one of the most challenging professions, but also one of the most rewarding. Stepping into a classroom can be overwhelming—especially for new teachers. But a supportive mentor provides the encouragement teachers need to see the rewards the profession holds.

2. Dedication
One of the quickest lessons I learned on my first day in front of a classroom is that teaching is not just a job. Rather, it’s a calling driven by the belief that all students deserve to reach their full potential. That’s why teachers continue to invest their time, energy, love, and resources to do what’s best for each of their students.

3. Collaboration
One of the things I cherish most about teaching is the creative collaboration and professional partnership among educators. Put simply: teamwork. People often envision teaching as one teacher in front of a classroom full of students. What they don’t see is the constant collaboration that allows teachers to share best practices and shift instruction to improve student learning.

4. Belief
There are several teachers whose lessons I still carry with me today. These teachers were more than just educators—they inspired me to be curious and to think differently about the world around me. They constantly challenged me, because they believed I could rise to the occasion. Their passion for teaching and commitment to my learning shaped the person I am today.

5. Impact
The most powerful force in education is the connection between teacher and student. This special bond is what leads to student empowerment and academic success. It is at the heart of learning. According to a study by Scholastic, an overwhelming majority of teachers chose the profession to make a difference in students’ lives, and work to fulfill  that purpose every day.

I will forever be grateful to and motivated by the teachers who have impacted my life, and the teachers I am privileged to work with every day. I am deeply inspired by the millions of teachers who positively impact the lives of students—not just this week, but every week. Here’s to all of you!

Thank you Ms. Russell, Ms. Leslie, Mr. Carman, Ms. Margery, Ms. Buchanan, Ms. Bright, Mr. Wardrip, Ms. O’Reilly, Ms. Macy – you made a difference!

Read the article by Vicki Phillips on Impatient Optimists at http://www.impatientoptimists.org/Posts/2015/05/Five-Ways-Teachers-Inspire-Me#.VUqKX5OVlmo

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Edtech Privacy by Design: The Teacher as Privacy Entrepreneur

Technology is making an undisputed and positive impact in our nation’s classrooms. Nearly all teachers now report that the impact of educational technology in their classrooms is “significant,” with savvy digital educators capitalizing on the rapid adoption of mobile devices and increased broadband access to foster deeper learning, motivate students and engage parents.

As a result, we’ve witnessed the emergence of the teacher-entrepreneur – and a new breed of startups led by educators, who understand the real-world demands of the classroom and are using technology to solve common problems at scale and make an impact. Millions of teachers are, in turn, downloading educator-developed apps and tools. The tools and resources that teachers find useful soon go viral, as passionate educators share the impact of multimedia resources, lesson plans, and classroom management tools with their peers.

Of course, as teacher-friendly tech becomes more accessible and solutions that work take hold, it’s increasingly important for teacher-entrepreneurs to understand best practices in data privacy and consider their impact in the classroom. Good policies and legal compliance are important, but equally essential is an embrace of Privacy by Design. Pioneered by former Ontario Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian, Privacy by Design calls for a win-win effort where key principles are followed to ensure the benefits of data use can be achieved, while also ensuring compliance with leading privacy principles. Often referred to as the ‘gold standard’ for privacy systems engineering, Privacy by Design encourages the embedding of privacy frameworks into a company’s products or services. In an industry as dynamic as edtech, this sort of technology and values-based approach is critical to building trust with teachers, parents, and students as both technologies and the regulatory environment evolve. Continue reading

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