Samsung “Solve for Tomorrow” 2019-2020 Education Contest

201511564af52df11acThe contest challenges students in grades 6-12 to show how STEM can be applied to help improve their local communities. 300 state finalists will be selected to submit an activity plan.  This Contest focuses on how Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (“STEM”) can be applied to help improve your local community.

Entry Form Questions:

  1. What is the biggest problem,challenge or issue faced by your school community that you will tackle for your Solve for Tomorrow project? (not to exceed 200 words in length)
  2. How can STEM be applied to address this problem,challenge or issue? (not to exceed 200 words in length)

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Speak Up 2019-2020 Registration Now Open!

logo_clearbackgroundWelcome back to school! We hope you had a wonderful summer! The Speak Up Team is busy preparing for this year’s online data collection process and we’re sure you are as well. As you settle into the school year, get a head start on Speak Up 2019-20 with registration, plan to attend in person or virtually our October 23, 2019 Congressional Briefing, and sign up to attend one of our upcoming webinars – keep reading to learn more.

Speak Up 2019-2020 Registration Now open!

It’s time to register your school or district to participate in Speak Up 2019-20. There’s lots of benefits to registering your school or district with a primary contact, learn all about it and our special new offerings for registered contacts on our registration page.

Already a contact? Welcome back, we look forward to working with you again this year. As a reminder, all existing contacts are required to update their organization profile each year. This year we’ve launched a brand-new administrative profile platform to help you manage your Speak Up experience. New features include:

▪ Profile Dashboard with a quick view of survey counts and Speak Up Updates
▪ Easy to follow getting started checklists
▪ New customizable survey settings
▪ New survey access links and landing pages

Log in to your admin profile now to check it out or watch this quick video about all the new changes!

Speak Up will be open for input September 25, 2019 through June 30, 2020!

To learn more about registration, click on the button below or schedule a quick introductory call with the Speak Up team!

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33rd Annual Christa McAuliffe Transforming, Teaching, & Technology Conference

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Early-Bird General Registration closes 9/15th!

Registration for Monday PreConference workshops will open by September 15th.

33rd Annual Christa McAuliffe Transforming, Teaching, & Technology Conference (CMTC19)

Join our engaging keynotes . . .

Olivia Van Ledtje on Tuesday and Pernille Ripp on Wednesday

Visit http://www.nhcmtc.org/cms/attend for details.

Download the CMTC19 full Program of Events at http://nhste.org/resources/Documents/CMTC19Program_v12%20FINAL%209-3-19.pdf.

Down load the CMTC19 Call for Presenters at http://nhste.org/resources/Documents/Call_for_Presenters%20CMTC19%20FINAL%204-27-19.pdf

Download the CMTC19 NHSTE Bundle Pack Form at http://nhste.org/resources/Documents/NHSTE%20PL%20BundlePacks%20Form%202019-20%209-1-19.pdf.

 

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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

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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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