The 2019 Congressional App Challenge is Open

The annual Congressional App Challenge (CAC) launched on July 8.  Both NH CD-1 Representative Chris Pappas and NH CD-2 Representative Ann Kuster have opened challenges for their districts’ students.   The CAC is a Congressional initiative to encourage student engagement in STEM and, more specifically, computer science. Middle and high school students from across America are invited to participate. Registration is now open for students, and more detailed rules and guidelines can be found on the CAC website.

Already, over 250 Members of Congress opened a Challenge for their district’s students (we expect dozens more to launch their Challenges in the coming weeks). “The Congressional App Challenge is the largest series of student coding competitions in the world,” said Tim Lordan, Executive Director of the Internet Education Foundation, which was appointed as the CAC’s official sponsor by the U.S. House Of Representatives.

Every year we challenge students in our districts to create and submit their original apps for a chance to win the Congressional App Challenge (CAC). Each challenge is district-specific. As U.S. Representatives we publicly recognize our winning teams and each winning app may be put on display in the U.S. Capitol Building for one year. Additional prizes may be available. The Congressional Internet Caucus initiates the annual CAC. We have appointed the non-profit Internet Education Foundation to provide the CAC with supplemental staffing and support.

About the Congressional App Challenge:  https://www.congressionalappchallenge.us/about/

Rules and Guidelines:  https://www.congressionalappchallenge.us/students/rules/

2019 CAC Application Portal:  https://webportalapp.com/sp/login/congressional_app_challenge_2019

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Kajeet Launches #ConnectEdNow Campaign to Increase Affordable Connectivity to K-12 Schools and Districts

Kajeet®, the nation’s leader for safe, affordable K-12 mobile solutions, announces the ConnectEdNow™ campaign to connect every student, school, and district. The ConnectEdNow campaign is a new, affordable connectivity solution designed to provide students the Internet access and online resources they need to succeed, at prices schools and districts can afford. ConnectEdNow allows every student to have connectivity – from school to home – with heavily discounted data plans on any of the nation’s four major wireless networks, free Wi-Fi hotspots, and a subsidy that can be used toward the purchase of student mobile devices.

Every student needs access to online resources for their schoolwork, but adequate connectivity is still not a reality for everyone. According to the Pew Research Center, nearly one-in-five teenagers are unable to always finish their homework because of the Digital Divide. The ConnectEdNow campaign’s mission is to drive awareness of student connectivity needs, provide discounts and subsidies for affordable access, and offer guidance to schools and districts on how to successfully address this issue and implement an affordable and successful program. Continue reading

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Senator Murray, Senate Democrats Introduce New Legislation to Tackle Nationwide Digital Equity Gap

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Led by Senator Murray, Senate Democrats introduced the Digital Equity Act of 2019 to help close the digital divide impacting communities across the nation

The Digital Equity Act builds on recent efforts to increase access to broadband by prioritizing “digital inclusion”-activities that seek to provide individuals and communities with the skills, supports, and technologies necessary to take full advantage of a broadband internet connection when they have one.

This legislation creates two new $125M grant programs aimed at promoting #DigitalEquityNow and supporting digital inclusion programs for students, families, and workers

Pew Research Center: “Nearly one-in-five teens can’t always finish their homework because of the digital divide” – MORE HERE

Learn more from Senator Murray’s new Medium Post: Why We Need the Digital Equity Act” – LINK

Continue reading

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Workshop: Innovating Teaching and Learning with iPad

You’re Invited!

Who should attend?
Bring a team from your district! Assistant superintendents, curriculum directors, principals, technology directors, technology integrators, digital learning specialists, other interested K-12 teacher leaders.

Join us for a hands-on event where you’ll see how iPad can engage students like never before. Learn about Everyone Can Create, a new program from Apple designed to help unleash the creative potential in every student through photography, video, music, and drawing. Discover features of Keynote, Numbers, and Pages—free apps from Apple—that work together to give students professional-quality tools to create work they’re proud of. Explore augmented reality apps on iPad that help students connect their learning to the world in new ways.

At this event, you’ll:

  • Discover firsthand the creative potential of iPad, now with Apple Pencil support.
  • Get hands-on with the Everyone Can Create teacher guide that includes materials to help teachers infuse creative skills into the subjects they teach every day.
  • Rethink storytelling with Keynote, organize and manage projects with Numbers, and bring everything together to create a digital book in Pages.
  • Get hands-on with augmented reality apps that enable students to explore and learn in powerful ways.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see these features in action and connect with Apple to help you get the most from Apple devices in your school.

Tuesday, April 2nd
12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
HAGE Room, Hartman Union Building
Plymouth State University
Plymouth NH
Register for the Tuesday Workshop >

Wednesday, April 3rd
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Second Floor Conference Room
Granite State College
Concord NH
Register for the Wednesday Workshop>

These workshops are provided free of charge by Apple and the NH Department of Education.  #NHEdTech

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Senators Introduce Bill to Put Wi-Fi on School Buses and Help Close the Digital Divide

NEWS FROM THE U.S. SENATE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 12, 2019

Udall, Gardner, Cortez Masto, and Whitehouse Introduce Bill to Put Wi-Fi on School Buses and Help Close the Digital Divide

Bipartisan bill aims to close “homework gap” that disadvantages low-income and rural students without internet access at home

Legislation would make Wi-Fi on school buses eligible for E-Rate reimbursement

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) introduced a bill to make it easier to put wireless internet on school buses in order to help students without broadband access at home get online to study, learn, and complete homework. The legislation would require the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) E-Rate Program to reimburse school districts that place Wi-Fi technology on school buses carrying students to school or school-related extracurricular activities. Companion legislation will be introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.). Continue reading

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OPEN NH Spring 2019 Course Registration Is Now Open!

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Online Course Session Dates: April 10 – May 28

Register for Spring 2019 Courses Now!

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Register early and save $10.00. Early Bird Special offer ends on March 26, 2019.

 

 

Session Course Status
The following courses are Scheduled to RUN:

BP-08 Using Reflective Writing to Develop Metacognition in the Classroom
BP-12 Creating a Successful Response to Intervention Plan
BP-14 Universal Design: Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century
BP-17 Moving to Competency Based Teaching and Learning
CE-02 Engaging K-12 Students with Digital Portfolios
CE-03 Aligning Curriculum with Standards and Learning Expectations
CE-11 Using Digital Tools to Engage Students and Personalize Learning
SE-04 Parental Involvement Strategies to Enhance Student Achievement

Visit the OPEN NH Spring 2019 Session tab on this site, or OPENNH.org  for more information.

 

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Registration still open. OPEN NH Winter Session Starts Tomorrow!

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OPEN NH Winter 2019 Session – Online Course Session Dates: February 6 – March 26, 2019

The following courses are Scheduled to RUN:

AS-01 Full STEAM Ahead! Introducing Design Thinking as a Reflective Teaching Strategy through Integration of a Project-based Invention Curriculum
EC-01 Creating a Language Rich Environment
CE-05 Developing Competencies for Standards-Based Instruction
CE-10 Game-Based Learning
CE-12 Implementing Digital Learning in Your School or District

Each course earns you 35 hours of professional development!   $130/course

Register for Winter 2019 Courses Today!

A Graduate Credit option is available through New England College.

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