Some Initiatives and Announcements as Summer Approaches and School Years End

asOPEN NH / Academy of Applied Science Partnership
NH e-Learning for Educators is partnering with the Academy of Applied Science to offer their science education courses for teachers online through OPEN NH.  Our first offering will be AS-01 Full STEAM Ahead! Introducing Design Thinking as a Reflective Teaching Strategy through Integration of a Project-based Invention Curriculum, which will run in the OPEN NH Summer 2016 Session, July 6 – August 23. Cost is $130 for 35 professional development hours, Early bird rate of $120.   http://nheon.org/opennh/courses/courses-aas.html

Future Ready Schools
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.  If your superintendent has not taken the pledge to make your district/schools future ready, you might consider talking to her/him about it.  Learn more at http://nheon.org/futureready.

NH Schools Connectivity Consortium
As part of her efforts to ensure a strong K-12 public school system that helps students develop the skills and innovative thinking needed for success in the 21st century, Governor Maggie Hassan and New Hampshire Department of Education (DOE) Commissioner Virginia Barry announced a new partnership – the New Hampshire School Connectivity Initiative (NHSCI) – aimed at enhancing access to high-speed broadband at New Hampshire’s K-12 public schools.  If your district is lacking in broadband or connectivity access for students, consider letting NHSCI help.  We are partnering with EducationSuperHighway to provide consulting services on how best to leverage e-rate and your providers to improve your service. Learn more at http://nheon.org/nhsci.

#GoOpen New Hampshire
This initiative encourages districts to use openly licensed educational resources as learning materials used for teaching, learning, and assessment without cost. They can be modified and redistributed without violating copyright laws.  Replacing textbooks with open educational resources can be cost saving, and encourages the development of individualized curriculum in schools that support the pedagogy necessary to meet the Next Generation Science Standards.  We are attempting to go through the process of becoming a #GoOpen state.  Districts can help by becoming #GoOpen Districts, committing to replace at least one textbook with openly licensed educational materials in the next year.  Learn more at http://nheon.org/GoOpen.

NH ConnectEd
This project, spearheaded by NHSTE offers a combined calendar or events from participating educational organizations.  If you join, your organizations events are posted on this calendar so all can see the professional development opportunities that are available in a single place. If your educational organization would like to participate in NH ConnectEd, contact the Office of Educational Technology, or NHSTE for more information.  Join the NH ConnectED Listserv.  Learn more at http://nhste.org/nhconnected.

NHSTA Summer Science Institute
NHSTA is running its fourth annual Elementary Summer Science Institute June 27-June 29, 2016. Come network with other elementary teachers and science teachers from across the state. Veteran science teachers and experts in the fields of science and education will present hands-on workshops that will help elementary teachers teach science with confidence. Participants will enjoy four workshops each day and will leave with materials supplied by vendors.  Learn more at http://www.cvent.com/events/nhsta-2016-summer-science-institute-for-elementary-school-teachers/invitation-93efd68a5f144fc9a0fe2a5a7d6504d3.aspx.

Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference

Make plans to attend the largest Technology and Learning Conference in NEw England, which will be November 29 – December 1 at the Center of New Hampshire in Manchester.  George Couros, Jenifer Fox, and Paul Reynolds will be the Keynote speakers.  Learn more at http://www.nhcmtc.org/

 

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