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NHSTE Happenings

NHSTE Happenings is a section of our website where we share information about what is happening with our organization, with our partners and affiliates, in the profession of educational technology, and in the education profession in general. If you have some to share, please send us an email.

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  • 08 Mar 2022 4:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NHSTE Advocacy Notes - March 2022

    State Report:  On Tuesday, February 15, NH Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut and Representative Rick Ladd (R-Haverhill) introduced to the House Education Committee House Bill (HB) 1671, which would overhaul key elements of the state law that governs the content and requirements for a public education in New Hampshire.

    The biggest change to the education laws would be that public schools would only be required to teach English Language Arts, math, science, and social studies. It would remove art, health and physical education, engineering, computer science, digital literacy, and world languages from the core academic domains. (Ref: Reaching Higher NH)

    This bill would turn over the power of deciding the minimum standards of education directly to the legislature, with no prior input from education professionals or citizens.

    Locate Legislative updates on (HB) 1671 at https://legiscan.com/NH/bill/HB1671/2022
    Read March 6th Opinion Letter from Concord Monitor re: (HB) 1671 - https://www.concordmonitor.com/-45295743

  • 04 Jan 2022 5:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NHSTE Advocacy Notes - January 2022

    State: The House and Senate are meeting on Wednesday, January 5, to vote on outstanding bills from the 2021 session. The House will be voting on HB 607, the local school voucher bill, which the House Education Committee voted along party lines to recommend passing. The bill would undercut our public schools and communities, and divert taxpayer funds to pay for school vouchers totaling up to $41,000 per student, per year. (Source: NH Education Network)

  • 04 Jan 2022 5:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    January 2022 Updates to NHEON Partnerships
  • 04 Jan 2022 4:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    UNH Cooperative Extension &NHEdGIS Presents
    Getting Started with Storymaps for K-12 Teachers

    Virtual Workshop

    January 12, 2022 or January 20, 2022


    (with an optional hands-on lesson from 4:30-5pm)

    Learn how to make your own interactive StoryMaps using easy to use tools.  Open to all. No experience necessary!  $50 gift cards for the first 40 NH teachers to attend (Just 18 remaining!!)


    In one hour, we will walk you through how to make your own StoryMap and give you the resources to start using StoryMaps in your classroom.  If you used Story Maps in the past, we will be covering the new StoryMap template and the exciting  new tools that are now available.  StoryMaps are available for FREE to K-12 schools through the ArcGIS for Schools Bundle.

    Contact NHEdGISPartnership@gmail.com if you need help setting up your account.


    Why teach with StoryMaps?

    • Provide an engaging, rich way to teach content.
    • Foster technical skills: GIS, multimedia (media fluency), data.
    • Foster critical and spatial thinking.
    • Foster skills in organization, ethics, permissions.
    • Foster communication skills - digital, written, and oral.
    • Tools that support collaboration and culminating projects.
    • Access to resources by authoritative sources! If something is happening in the world, there is a story map for it!


    Additional help is available!  StoryMap Office Hours will be offered every other Thursday, starting January 27, 2022 at 3:30-4:30pm.  These open calls are available for you to check in with experts and get help with your projects and StoryMaps.


    Students in grades 4-12 who complete a Storymap by May 11, 2022 are encouraged to enter their StoryMaps to the NH Student Map Competition!  


    Register for the Workshop at: https://arcg.is/1uOvbq  by January 5, 2022

  • 04 Jan 2022 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congratulations to our 2021 NHSTE Award Winners!

    2021 Pat Keyes Technology - Using Educator Award Winner

    Dr. Rachael Ramsey

    6th Grade Educator

    McKelvie Intermediate School - Bedford, NH

    2021 Susan Janosz Technology Impact Award Winner

    Sandra Blanc

    Technology Coordinator

    Exeter High School - Exeter, NH

    Please visit our full award winners page to read the biographies of these extraordinary award winners.

  • 26 Oct 2021 2:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NHSTE's Fall Book Study Kickoff!

    Date:  Tuesday, November 2, 2021

    Time:  6:00 to 6:30pm

    Please join us for the kickoff of the NHSTE Fall Book Study! 

    Please click here to register.

    Please join NHSTE and Inclusive Learning 365: Edtech Strategies for Every Day of the Year (ISTE August 2021) authors Karen Janowski, and Mike Marotta in a Virtual Book Study beginning Nov 2!

    This NHSTE Book Study kicks off Tuesday, Nov. 2, at 6:00pm via Zoom, with the authors, as they discuss their book and their vision for integrating technology strategies to improve learning for ALL learners. Participants will have access to their website and resources. 

    Karen and Mike will also join book study participants in December and again in January, to facilitate a discussion on inclusive learning.

    Want in?  It is as easy as:

    1. Be sure to sign up by registering on the NHSTE website ~ this ensures that you receive all the details moving forward!
    2. Order your book.
    3. JOIN us November 2.

    Can’t make it it Nov 2?  Don’t worry, all sessions with Karen and Mike will be recorded. 

    Order your book now from 

    ISTE.org's book store 

    to join the discussion!


    Register today and receive the Zoom link in the confirmation email!

    Questions? Please email Cathy Brophy.

  • 26 Oct 2021 2:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Let your voice be heard!

    Click HERE for the NHSTE Professional Learning Survey

    GET TO KNOW Your NHSTE Professional Learning Committee Chair

    Christina DiMicelli

    Technology Integration Specialist / Pinkerton Academy

    Google Certified Educator, Trainer, Innovator (#LAX18)

    ISTE Certified Educator

    What does this Chair do?

    Learning is essential in our ever-changing world and the NHSTE Professional Learning Chair is here to help you meet your professional learning needs and goals.

    We know that technology empowers teachers and learners.  The PL Chair will assess the needs of our NH educational professionals with regards to technology.

    NHSTE inspires, creates, and supports a culture of connected learners. The PL Chair will find meaningful, diverse, and timely professional learning experiences based on the needs of the NHSTE membership.  They will promote networking, the sharing of  ideas/best practices, and professional connection opportunities.

    A note from Christina

    Hello -  I’m excited to bring some new Professional Learning ideas and activities to the NHSTE community.  We fully recognize that this year is another challenging one for educators (bit of an understatement).  Therefore, before jumping into the planning process, I would love to hear from you. 

    To ensure what we are providing is valuable and directly related to what you need right now, it is important that we hear your thoughts.  I put a survey together and am hopeful that you can take a few minutes to go through it - all membership levels are encouraged to reply.  

    This will be a year of virtual-only activities, but with some creativity and innovation (my favorite things) I am confident we can put together some fantastic options.  Thanks for your input.

    I welcome connection and conversation, find me on Twitter → @MrsDi 


  • 01 Jun 2021 6:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    State: Join Reaching Higher NH on Monday, June 7 at 3 p.m. for a webinar examining the proposed state budget. They will walk through the big education-related issues, including the voucher proposal, statewide property tax (SWEPT), school funding, higher education and school building aid. There will be open space for questions and discussion. Webinar is free but you must Register.

    On Wednesday, May 26, the Senate Finance Committeevoted 5-2 to include SB 130, theschool voucher bill, in the larger state budget package. The proposal, which isheavily opposed by Granite Staters, would use public taxpayer dollars to fund private and homeschooling expenses through “Education Freedom Accounts,” or vouchers.

    Federal: The U.S. Department of Education (U.S. DOE) released afact sheetlast week that aims to provide guidance on federal relief funds for schools. The fact sheet also explains funding for specific subgroups of students, methods for making subgrants, and timelines for distributing and using the funds.

    Attended the New Hampshire Education Network meeting last month (May 3rd) representing NHSTE. A legislative update was reviewed and discussed at this meeting that included representatives from educational and business organizations.

  • 23 May 2021 3:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The The 2021 Christa McAuliffe Transforming, Teaching, & Technology Conference (CMTC) is back better than ever as we celebrate our 35th Anniversary!!!  CMTC21 is the perfect opportunity to present either ONSITE or VIRTUALLY.  

    Embracing lessons learned from CMTC20, this year we are excited to announce that we are offering BOTH ONSITE and VIRTUAL engagement opportunities for solution partners, presenters, and attendees.

    Conference details:

    • Onsite Dates: November 29 to December 1 @ the DoubleTree in Manchester, NH
    • Virtual Dates: November 29 to December 2 via Zoom and our virtual platform (most likely Remo)

    VIRTUAL concurrent sessions will be offered during the afternoons and evenings EST.

    The online Call for Presenters will be open for the month of May.  All the details are on the conference website at www.nhcmtc.org and the included in the attached Call for Presenters flyer.  

    We encourage you and/or your colleagues to propose a session.  Share your experiences from one of the most unique years in our educational journey.  

    The variety of ONSITE and VIRTUAL session types are outlined on the website under PRESENT ~ REGISTRATION ~ Session Types

    Also, please feel free to forward this email to ANY colleague who should have a presense at CMTC21.  Knowing this far in advance that we will be having VIRTUAL engagement opportunities allows us to invite presenters from around the globe to join us and and educators across the nation to participate as attendees.  Please help us spread the word . . .

    Please do not hesitate to email cmtc@nhste.org if you have any questions.

    Be well ~ be safe and please consider submitting a presentation,

    Cyndi Dunlap

    CMTC Co-Chair

  • 04 May 2021 6:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    $315,451,470 to be distributed to NH LEA’s from the ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND (ARPESSER). USDOE Fact sheet on the use of these funds can be located HERE. One of the options on the list is: “purchasing educational technology (including hardware, software, connectivity, assistive technology, and adaptive equipment) for students that aids in regular and substantive educational interaction between students and their classroom instructors, including students from low-income families and children with disabilities.”

    Two FCC commissioners, Geoffrey Starks and Jessica Rosenworcel, discussed the Homework Gap” where $7.1B will be allocated through the E-Rate fund. We provided input on what should be included and how to distribute it through E-Rate. On May 10th, the FCC will announce how these dollars will be allocated. The CCSSO Report: “Restart & Recovery: Home Digital Access Data Collection: Blueprint for State Education Leaders” was frequently referenced where a set of common elements for collecting data about student home digital access are outlined.

    FCC program: Please share with NH families:

    The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is aFederal Communications Commission (FCC) program that provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households. As of May 12, 2021, eligible households will be able to enroll in the program to receive a monthly discount off the cost of broadband service from an approved provider. Eligible households can enroll through an approved provider or by visitinghttps://getemergencybroadband.org. 

    State Report: (Refer to http://reachinghighernh.org/2021/04/26/nh-education-roundup-april-26-2021/)

    In a recent report from Reaching Higher NH, SB 130, the statewide school voucher bill, could disproportionately affect rural districts, districts that serve large proportions of low-income students, and districts that have lower capacity to raise revenue through taxes (often referred to as “property-poor” communities). SB 130 would create taxpayer-funded “Education Freedom Accounts” for low- and moderate-income families to use for private school and homeschool expenses. The bill was passed by the Senate last month, then laid on the table with the expectation that it would be included in the state’s 2022-2023 budget “trailer” bill, HB 2. Last chance for public input on that budget is May 4th, 1pm or 6pm. 

    New Hampshire Education Network was launched in March by the Reaching Higher NH team. The network is a group of educators, elected officials, parents, community leaders and members of the public who share an interest in public education. Each month they  provide updates and information on key education issues and conduct small-group discussions. Register to be part of the network here.

    Kathleen McClaskey, NHSTE's Advocacy Chair

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