~~~~ You are invited to submit a presentation proposal for CMTC19 beginning on Wednesday, May 1st and closing on Sunday, June 2nd ~~~~
When: Monday, December 2nd to Wednesday, December 4th
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Downtown, Manchester, NH
NEW for 2019!
Early-Bird General Registration opens May 15th!
Registration for Monday PreConference workshops
will be available in September.
33rd Annual Christa McAuliffe
Transforming, Teaching, & Technology Conference (CMTC19)
Join our engaging keynotes . . .
Olivia Van Ledtje on Tuesday
Pernille Ripp on Wednesday
Online Call for Presenters opens May 1st!!!
Down load the CMTC19 Call for Presenters here . . .
Download the CMTC19 Call for Solution Partners here . . .
CMTC Co-chair & NHSTE Conference & Professional Learning Chair
We have great news: Computer Science Discoveries and Principles workshops are offered at no cost to many New Hampshire teachers accepted into the program!
Designed to support middle and high school teachers before and during their first year teaching Computer Science Discoveries or Computer Science Principles, the Code.org Professional Learning Program begins with a five-day, in-person summer workshop followed by four additional sessions throughout the year. Best of all? No previous experience teaching computer science is needed.
The scholarship or program fee covers the full year-long program, including teaching materials, workshop supplies, 9 days of professional development, and meals (both breakfast and lunch) during workshops. The curriculum, online student learning platform, and year-round support are available to all schools at no charge.
The priority deadline to apply is May 8th*. Join us or learn more today!
Do you have any questions? We’re here to help! Reply to this email or contact your local partner directly.
Need support from your administrator? Share this flyer with your principal or administrators on how your school can offer computer science next year and support your professional learning.
- Hadi Partovi, Code.org & Laura M. Nickerson, UNH STEM Teachers' Collaborative
*The application will remain open after the priority deadline passes.
Workshop - Best Practices: #Mathwithtech
Date: August 15th
Location: Bedford High School, NH
Cost: $209 (Lunch included)
Do you math with tech? Do you want to learn how? Wondering how to most effectively use tech in the classroom? This day long workshop is designed to help attendees think about best practices when mixing math and technology together. Join Stefan Fritz (Math Teacher, Bedford High School) and Craig Sheil (Digital Learning Specialist, Bedford High School) for a hands-on, full-day workshop where you will cultivate teaching strategies for integrating technology effectively into the math classroom.
Presenters will walk through a series of different math activities/challenges (ranging from content areas - algebra, data collection, etc). Attendees will actually complete tasks together as students would in class. Then, the presenters will help take the mystery out of how the activity was created from start to finish. Focus will be on using the desmos.com graphing calculator as well as the Activity Builder, using Google G-Suite Apps, and equatIO.
You bring your laptop/chromebook and we'll provide the lunch.
Sign up early to guarantee your spot since space will be limited.
For more information and registration, visit http://bit.ly/mathwithtech
ITEM: Senator Murray, Senate Democrats Introduce New Legislation to Tackle Nationwide Digital Equity Gap
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
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Led by U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today a group of Senate Democrats introduced new legislation aimed at closing the growing digital divide in communities across the country. The Digital Equity Act of 2019 creates new federal investments targeted toward a diverse array of projects at the state and local level that promote "digital equity"- a concept defined by the National Digital Inclusion Alliance as the "condition in which all individuals and communities have the information technology capacity needed for full participation in our society, democracy and economy." The legislation was cosponsored by Senators Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Angus King (I-ME), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Tina Smith (D-MN), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Gary Peters (D-MI), and Jack Reed (D-RI), and a companion bill will also be introduced in the House of Representatives.
"For so many of us, having a reliable broadband connection is a given-we use the internet to pay bills, do our taxes, book travel, do homework, and much more. We can do it on our own time, in our own homes-even from our phones. But for far too many individuals and families-including those from communities of color, people with disabilities, low-income households, and rural communities-getting online isn't so easy to do, and I strongly believe that in 2019, we shouldn't be a country of haves and have-nots when it comes to using the internet," said Senator Murray. "That's why I'm proud to join with my Democratic colleagues to introduce the Digital Equity Act, which will direct significant new federal investments to help ensure people in our communities have the tools, support, and technologies necessary to take full advantage of a broadband connection when they have access to one. Congress can and should help states, counties, tribes, and others do more to close the growing digital divide, and the Digital Equity Act is a major step in the right direction. It's the right thing to do for families, and it's the right thing to do for our economy to make sure everyone is reaching their full potential."
"The internet impacts every aspect of our day-to-day lives, from conducting business to pursuing an education to connecting with friends and loved ones. Put simply: it is the most important tool for anyone trying to participate in 21st century life," said Senator King. "And it's not enough to simply have access to the internet; you also need to know how to use it. By making these investments in digital equity and digital inclusion, we can ensure Americans of all ages and backgrounds are fluent in the technology that will drive so much of our nation's future."
"The Internet is a powerful tool that has become instrumental in economic and social mobility and civic engagement. In 2009, Hawaii capitalized on funds made available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to expand broadband to schools and public computer centers, making it one of the most-connected states in the country. But physical infrastructure is only part of the equation," said Senator Hirono. "The Digital Equity Act will provide grants for things like digital literacy and digital skills education to low-income populations and improving the online accessibility of social services for individuals with disabilities that will allow the people of Hawaii to make full use of what broadband has to offer. Only then can they fully participate in our society, democracy, and economy."
"More and more, we rely on the internet to help us participate in our democracy and take part in the global economy. Expanding access to the digital world will help combat inequality, increase transparency in our institutions, and help citizens hold their government accountable. That's why I'm pleased to support the Digital Equity Act," said Senator Whitehouse.
"As we rely more on technology in our everyday lives, we have to make sure that every family has access to broadband, regardless of their zip code. This legislation will help close the digital divide and bring high-speed internet to communities across the county,"said Senator Klobuchar.
"Access to broadband internet service is literally transformative. With broadband, students can access vast educational resources, families remain connected, citizens engage their representatives, and businesses reach new customers," said Senator Blumenthal."For far too long, the digital divide has left behind those overlooked and underserved communities that would benefit most from broadband. Our bill would invest much-needed resources in our broadband infrastructure – spurring growth and development, and helping to level the playing field for all Americans."
"Broadband is the infrastructure of the 21st Century-it isn't just nice, it's necessary if we're going to build an economy that works for everyone," said Senator Smith. "This bill represents a positive step forward in that direction, ensuring that traditionally overlooked communities are not left behind in our efforts to provide affordable and reliable internet service to all Minnesotans and other Americans."
"From students completing homework to people of all ages applying online for jobs, broadband internet plays a crucial role in a community's growth and economy. Expanding access to broadband will help create more opportunity for Marylanders, and will move our state forward on closing the digital divide. I'm proud to join my colleagues in introducing this common-sense legislation, and I will continue working to expand economic opportunity for all," said Senator Van Hollen.
According to the Pew Research Center, nearly one in five teenagers in the U.S. say they have been unable to complete homework assignments due to lack of a reliable internet connection. The digital divide, also sometimes referred to as the "homework gap" as it applies to students, exacerbates existing wealth and income gaps in our communities; subsequently, many people-including those from communities of color, people with disabilities, low-income households, and rural communities, overwhelmingly impacted by the digital skills gap-are at risk of being left behind in an increasingly technology-driven world, absent intervention. To that end, the Digital Equity Act of 2019 strengthens federal support for efforts to help ensure students, families, and workers have the information technology capacity needed to fully participate in society by creating an annual $125 million formula grant program for all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico to fund the creation and implementation of comprehensive digital equity plans in each State, as well as an additional annual $125 million competitive grant program to support digital equity projects undertaken by individual groups, coalitions, or communities of interest. Finally, the legislation tasks the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) with evaluating digital equity projects and providing policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels with detailed information about which projects are most effective.
"I believe the future belongs to the connected. No matter who you are or where you live in this country, you need access to modern communications to have a fair shot at 21st century success. But today millions of American lack the broadband access that they need to meaningfully participate in the digital age. That means too many students fall into the Homework Gap, unable to complete school assignments that require high-speed internet service. It means that too many small businesses will not have the work force with the skills necessary to compete in the global economy. It means that too many communities will go without the civic and commercial infrastructure that is needed to thrive and grow. So thank you to Senator Murray for this legislation which thoughtfully addresses digital equity and seeks to expand technology opportunity for all," said Federal Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel.
"Local and state leadership drive most efforts to bring people online with affordable Internet access and training. On the one hand, this is fabulous because trusted community relationships are essential to effective digital inclusion work. On the other hand, financial support of local digital inclusion work is sorely lacking. The Digital Equity Act recognizes the value of local trusted institutions while allocating financial support. NDIA and our 350 affiliates in 41 states fully support the Digital Equity Act and look forward to its passage," said National Digital Inclusion Alliance Executive Director Angela Siefer.
The Digital Equity Act of 2019 is endorsed by: Alliance for Community Media, American Library Association, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, Broadband Connects America, Center for Law and Social Policy, Center for Media Justice, Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, Coalition on Adult Basic Education, Common Cause, Consortium for School Networking, Competitive Carriers Association, Free Press Action Fund, International Society for Technology in Education, National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors, National Coalition for Literacy, National Collaborative for Digital Equity, National Congress of American Indians, National Consumer Law Center on behalf of their low-income clients, National Digital Inclusion Alliance, National Hispanic Media Coalition, National League of Cities, National Parent Teacher Association, New America's Open Technology Institute, Next Century Cities, NTEN, Public Knowledge, Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition, State Educational Technology Directors Association, and the Urban Libraries Council.
Read the bill text HERE.
Find more background on the Digital Equity Act HERE.
Find a section-by-section breakdown of the Digital Equity Act HERE.
The Concord Regional Diploma Academy is offering a 3-day summer workshop to equip teachers to explore Next Generation Science Standards and integrate STEM content through a long-term classroom project. Participants will work together to assemble an aquaponics classroom kit and process a set of prepared lesson plans. Distinct guided inquiries are provided for grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. The lesson plans are provided as Google Docs with full edit rights. Join us at White Farm in Concord, NH to gain the skills and knowledge required to successfully engage students in project-based learning. The classroom goal is for students to improve STEM performance through growing a sustainable food product. Emphasis is also placed on using evidence to support conclusions. Students will integrate math, biology, chemistry, Earth science, engineering, and physics while discovering the fun and benefits of gardening year-round.
Instructor: Frank Harrison, Experienced NH Science Educator (BS Biology, MS Chemistry)
Location: White Farm Classroom and Grow Dome in Concord, New Hampshire
Session 1: June 25 - 27, 2019 (Tue, Wed, Thu 9 am to 3 pm)
Session 2: July 16 - 18, 2019 (Tue, Wed, Thu 9 am to 3 pm)
Cost: $350 for three-day workshop with lunch (ordered daily to accommodate dietary needs)
PD Hours: 15 hours in STEM / NGSS training
Registration Form / Contact for Availability
Concord Regional Diploma Academy
Cost for Pemigewasset River Aquaponics Kit with all components: $350.00
Upcoming Events from New England ISTE...
Teacher Trends: Middle School Financial Education & Career Readiness
Jessica Donovan, New England Regional Director, EVERFI
Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 at 7PM
a New England ISTE Corporate Partner
Open Educational Resources: From
Curation to Creation
Dr. Torrey Trust, Assistant Professor of Learning Technology,
Tuesday, May 7th, 2019 at 7PM
Meeting the Needs of ALL Students -
Addressing the Challenges
of Digital Equity
Dr. Beth Holland, Digital Equity Project Director,
Consortium of School Networking, (CoSN)
Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 at 7PM
Dr. Beth Holland
Eric Davis, Head of Learning & District Innovation, ClassCraft
Thursday, June 13th, 2019 at 11:30 AM - 12:30PM
Note the midday time!
A New England ISTE
Invention Literacy Workshop and
Certified Trainer Module
in Partnership with
Computer Science Teacher's Association of Western MA
The Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center
100 Bigelow Street, Holyoke, MA 01040
Date: Sunday, June 2, 2019
Time: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Cost: $150 per person - includes lunch and 1 Makey Makey
(Makey Makey kit valued at $49.95)
Space is limited.
Additional Makey Makey class packs can be purchased through our Solution Partner -
Questions? Contact Us!
Participate in One or More of the NH Consortium Projects and Get Some Great Deals for Your District
Sketch Up Pro
A new version of SketchUp Pro has been released. SketchUp is 3D modeling software that is easy and intuitive, allowing anyone to model in 3D quickly and accurately. Using 3D models, students in your school can make more informed decisions, communicate project details, and share ideas with their teachers and classmates.
NH 3DBear Pilot Consortium
3DBear, is an Augmented Reality “maker” program students can use to create, and then interact, with scenes on a phone or tablet. Teachers can use 3DBear in ELA, Social Studies, Science, Art, SEL, or Math to teach students or for students to demonstrate their own mastery. The act of creating for a real audience also teaches higher level skills such as design thinking, creativity, problem solving, computational thinking, and collaboration and provides a link between academic subjects, student interests, and the real world.3DBear works on iPads and iPhones (with an A9 processor or later), and Android devices. It will not work on most chromebooks or Windows machines.
NH GoEnnounce Pilot Consortium
GoEnnounce is an ongoing, student centric learner profile tool, which replaces paper binders. Schools and districts license a student’s own URL, that stays with the child year after year (k-12). GoEnnounce offers educators, administrators, and parents a quick and easy, interactive, assessment tool to understand the “whole child”, in all areas ranging from academic progression, planning future goals, and extra-curricular participation.
NH Symbaloo Pilot Consortium
Symbaloo is an online tool for educators that makes it easy to save, organize, and share resources. You can use Symbaloo to store your favorite links, including: websites, articles, Google Docs, videos, and more. With a Symbaloo PRO workspace, you can publish valuable links on your own Symbaloo domain and share it with students, colleagues, or even parents!
NH Loose Canon Pilot Consortium
Loose Canon is a tool for teachers that helps you organize and energize choice-based reading from 4th grade to 12th. Loose Canon will help teachers set up and track assignments for literature circles, summer reading, independent reading, book clubs, as well as traditional assignments. They make student-centered reading programs more manageable and more self-perpetuating—because teenagers (like adults) are most likely to choose and read books their peers recommend.
NH Cuppla Pilot Consortium
Cuppla is an easy-to-use software for centrally managing mobile devices and sharing digital content. Cuppla brings security settings, WiFi configurations and applications into one location so they can all be managed remotely. Cuppla Digital Noticeboard is a fast and secure way for sharing personalised digital content to different users and user groups. Users can access information selected just for them – anytime and anywhere. Teachers are able to easily share applications to mobile devices so they are always up to date and ready for use in teaching and learning. Cuppla also supports blended learning and safe use of BYOD with centralized licence distribution for Apple phones and tablets.
NH TeacherGaming Pilot Consortium
TeacherGaming puts great games in the hands of teachers and students who can make the most of them. TeacherGaming matches teachers with suitable lesson plans, developed by a team of Finnish teachers specifically designed for TeacherGaming. TeacherGaming Desk links teaching game activities to real-life soft and hard skills, tracked through an online dashboard. Teachers can give students individually tailored feedback and focus on identified pain points.
NH NBC Learn Consortium
NBC Learn gives students and teachers access to thousands of video clips from the NBC News archives, including historic moments – from the Great Depression to the Space Race to the latest political coverage. NBC Learn also offers Emmy-award winning original STEM content, lesson plans, and classroom planning resources, to enliven instructional material as well as stimulate critical thinking and debate.
NH StreamableLearning Consortium
Streamable Learning, the leading provider of live streaming educational programs to K-12 classrooms, is proud to offer public and private K-12 schools in the State of New Hampshire the opportunity to participate in a state-wide free pilot program of our live streaming programs. The programs come from museums, and learning institutions and organizations across the nation. Mouth Washington Observatory and Seacoast Science Center are two NH based organiations offering programs through StreamableLearning. NH schools can get an initial free 3 month pilot followed by discounted subscriptions for schools and districts interested in continuing the service.
VitalInsight NH Consortium
VitalInsight™ is the first diagnostic improvement technology to provide the evidence leaders need to validate success and quickly diagnose, prioritize, and address the root causes of underperformance. VitalInsight™ is offering K-12 schools in the State of New Hampshire the opportunity to participate in statewide consortium pricing for NH Districts.
NH TeacherCoach Consortium Pilot Program
TeacherCoach brings personal growth and professional development to your faculty, parents, and students in New Hampshire Districts for free as part of a New Hampshire Partnership Pilot Program. As part of the resources provided through this pilot, educators can engage in learning communities from educational law to nutrition, that are supported through experts in nearly every field. The NH Consortium Pilot Program seeks to improve student outcomes through teacher leadership, engagement, and fulfillment.
NH Classcraft Consortium Pilot Program
Classcraft, the only all-in-one education platform, is proud to offer public and private K-12 schools in the State of New Hampshire the opportunity to participate in a state-wide free pilot program of our gamification platform. Classcraft is a platform that transforms any classroom into an adventure. Acting as a gamification layer around any existing curriculum, the game revolutionizes the way a class is experienced throughout the school year. Students level up, work in teams, and earn powers that have real-world consequences.
Upcoming Apple Professional Development Workshops
You are cordially invited to attend the K-20 Apple Technology Update on May 7th., in Portsmouth, NH at the Portsmouth Harbor Events & Conference
K-20 Apple Technology Update
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
08:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Portsmouth Harbor Events & Conference Center
100 Deer St. at 22 Portwalk Place, Portsmouth Harbor Events & Conference Center
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Register at https://events.apple.com/content/events/us_education/us/en/apple-tech-update-2019---land/apple-tech-update-2019---rgst.html?token=fCOJaCXOampcrFv9pMD3zZUjal43QmQQixkB9m8E_wJ7oFJNIExClvawaVr4Gr5W04zqQtFwLceyvplaF9zGbsDM7Atz29BbI1Fsybqe_glo6i_wFacexGMTPLiKEcuc&a=1&l=r
Innovating Teaching and Learning with iPad
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
100 Deer St. at 22 Portwalk Place, Portsmouth Harbor Events & Conference Center
Register at https://events.apple.com/content/events/us_education/us/en/innovating-teaching-and-learning-with-ipad---land.html?token=dQvwm1QOJIQ6K2Y8ZkrvDdJJDQHHg7Q5GIOZaD2aR62F5QhdwbPio7Wk3odSneZl9rwIDbHMsk5q3Ow7x778TDL3Z1ADp6A3PPNcB4mT-FAoZ5sWLzv1oBzUvgDIiITA&a=1&l=e
Google for Edu NH Webinar - 4/16 - Overview of Updates to Google Ecosystem
Join Google for Education for an interactive webinar reviewing new and exciting updates to the Google ecosystem!
See below for event details:
Reserve your spot today by registering to attend!
Register Today at https://events.withgoogle.com/google-for-education-nh-webinar-series-1/
Stay tuned for more Google Webinars: The next scheduled webinar will be Monday, May 6th at 3:00 PM. Topic will be announced shortly.
You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
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