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Instruct 176
6/25/2015

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"Once I came to my senses, I had incredible pain."
--Prof. Chad Williams, Brandeis

Talking about tragedy is never easy, but doing exactly that--talking about it, especially with students and kids--is an important and necessary action in the wake of events like those in Charleston. Though many of you have already left the school year for summer break, we offer you a collection of articles, #Charlestonsyllabus, to broach conversation with your students however you see fit. We're excited to touch down at ISTE next week--but before we get wrapped up in all that commotion, we salute you, educators, for your willingness to engage in these conversations.

Thank you for helping to make a better world for our children.
 

LIVE FROM THE FIELD

A CLASS OF DIGITAL CITIZENS: It seems like so many educators these days are preaching about "digital citizenship"--but is teaching it in the classroom worth taking time away from other subjects? Nebraska educator Kayla Delzer breaks it down for teachers, with a full guide on why digital citizenship should be a new classroom subject, and what resources are best for teaching about it.

COUNTDOWN TO ISTE: Holy technology. The biggest edtech conference in the world kicks off in a few days--are you prepared? In case you missed it, EdSurge columnist Patricia Brown (and ISTE frequenter) provided a cheatsheet for beginners, with all the do's and don'ts an ISTE goer needs to navigate through the 18,000+ educators and hundreds of sessions!

THREE SIMPLE QUESTIONS: Speaking of ISTE, many of you may be going to conferences and PD this summer where you'll encounter new pieces of technology. Some may be shiny, some may be new--but educator Kerry Gallagher cautions you to consider these three questions before choosing any particular products for your classroom.

D-I-Y YOUTH HACKATHON: Nothing like a good hackathon to get the brain thinking. Brandon Zoras, a science teacher up in Toronto, loves hosting them with students--in fact, he wrote the book on it. Seriously. Here's his youth hackathon playbook, cowritten with other educators. It's got all the details to help you can run a two-day hackathon at your youth organization or school.
 

WHO OWNS THE DATA?

MASTER OF THE CLOUD: New Jersey educator Chris Aviles recently left his high school for a new job, but had one big question on his way out: "What happens to the contents of my Google Drive when I'm gone?" Great question. This week, Aviles delves into whether schools or teachers own their resources--and points out a gap in FERPA that he says results in a resource "Catch-22."

IMPENDING PRIVACY LEGISLATION: Which federal student data privacy law could lead to changes at your school next year? According to a survey of DC "Insiders" from Whiteboard Advisors, the most likely contender is the "Protecting Student Privacy Act," proposed by Senators Edward Markey (D-MA) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT). More on the three proposed federal bills and what it would take for any one to pass.
 

IPADS AND MORE

APPLE, GOOGLE, OR MICROSOFT? Which learning ecosystem is best for your classroom? Educators and company reps duked it out at the SF Edtech Meetup, defending their faves in four categories: device deployment, software management, professional development and BYOD. How do the companies compare beyond education? Long-term tech journalist Om Malik took to the conference front to compare Apple's and Google's perspectives on user privacy for The New Yorker.

REMINDER TO CONNECT: As of June 19, educators can chat with each other on teacher-parent-student communication platform, Remind. The Chat feature allows teachers and administrators to start instant message conversations with other educators within their school, through the Remind app. More here.

OMG GMAIL UPDATES OMG: Yes. Any and all Gmail users can now "unsend" emails for up to 30 seconds after hitting that fateful "send" button. Deets from Google here.
 

ALL SCHOOL

LET US DO THE SEARCHING FOR YOU: Hey administrators! Sorting through endless lists of edtech products can be exhausting and fruitless. So, let us do that work for you. For free. This week, we introduced a personal "Concierge" service to connect edtech companies and administrators, to match the right tools for each school's unique needs. Our efforts are still at an exploratory stage, but we want to share what we've been doing, what've learned and how you can get involved.

A JOURNEY INTO LEXICA: As part of its ambitious vision to build next-generation digital learning tools, Amplify asked a dozen indie game studios to develop educational games focused on English Language Arts and STEM. We got our hands on the pack and took a deep look at the flagship title--Lexica, a role playing adventure where players explore different worlds featuring characters from literary classics. Read here to find out if Lexica earned an A or an F.

WHO'S YOUR CANDIDATE? Would a changed view on school choice help or hurt Hillary Clinton? Would Marco Rubio really shut down the Department of Education? How is Common Core emblematic of larger political issues around federal and state roles? Policy wonk and managing editor at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, Brandon Wright offers his forecast in our EdSurge podcast.

YOUR ONLINE COMMUNITY: How can you build an active student community when you're teaching an online course? Kunal Chawla, who has taught courses to over 100,000 students at Udacity, has five tips for building a classroom community online, from using discussion forums to sharing student-to-student feedback.

SPONSOR CONTENT BY SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT NETWORK
COMMON CORE FUNDING: Successful implementation of Common Core standards requires more than just the funding. Here are four steps to take full advantage of funding at your school or district, from a clear roadmap for teachers to learning from educators across the country.
 

SUBJECT-SPECIFIC

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Thank you to Seth Saeugling, a high school SPED teacher in Hayward, CA, for sharing this Google doc chockful of online SPED onboarding resources. Take note, all you principals who want to better set up incoming special education teachers for success in the fall!
 

IN-SCHOOL DEBATES

GIRL POWER--OR MAYBE NOT: Before you pick up those Goldieblox or this programmable bracelet, check this out: VentureBeat asks this week whether girl-focused engineering toys are reinforcing gender stereotypes. "If a 'girl science' toy gets a girl interested, that's one thing," says Jess Day, a campaigner for Let Toys Be Toys. "But is it at the cost of giving her the idea that science isn't really for girls?"
 

S'COOL TOOLS

**Did you miss our "Brain Food: 20+ Summer Opportunities for Educators and Students" article last week? Check it out--we've added 7 new opportunities since we published it!

Free! Binders, crayons, college-ruled notebooks... TeacherLists aims to streamline stressful shopping for school supplies. Upload your classroom list to the website, where parents and students can combine them across their class schedule and access it on any device. TeacherLists users must be 13 or older.

Free! HelloTalk lets students practice a foreign language while learning any subject--and they make make a friend or two in the process. On the app, users can practice, say, Arabic or Catalan (over 100 languages are available) by speaking or typing with native speakers from across the world. HelloTalk also translates and pronounces text, for early language learners.

Free! Are you making your way through endless online PD reading materials this summer? Hearing student complaints about hefty summer reading tomes? BeeLine Reader uses a color gradient to move your eyes from one line of text to the next, aiming to help you read faster. The browser plugin is currently free; the PDF plugin costs $12/year. Moby Dick, here we come!

Freemium! Kids of all ages (that means you too, adults) are learning about emotions and the brain this week through Pixar's "Inside Out." Capitalize on your kids' interest in the brain through Brain Jump and NedTheNeuron, games for iPhone and iPad that teach brain science through memory games and stories from a new neuron pal. Brain Jump offers a free version and a premium version for $2.99; NedTheNeuron costs $3.99.


 
 

Edtech Jobs

Looking for a job in edtech? You've come to the right place. EdSurge has the leading edtech jobs board with over 400 openings from schools, nonprofits and companies. Check out all our jobs today!   ·  Post your job  ·  See all edtech jobs
 
 
District leaders: ensure your teachers have the competencies and confidence to use digital tools effectively. With Capella University's Professional Development Solutions for Educators, your teachers can access coursework anytime, anywhere. From customizing a program of courses that meets your teachers where they are, to measuring program effectiveness, our experienced team helps ensure your district goals are front and center. Learn more.


Account Executive  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
​The Adjacent Markets Account Executive will be responsible for managing their sales territory with the sole outcome of generating revenue across the entire product portfolio deeper and wider into all adjacent markets .
Sales  ·  Large Company  ·  Seattle, Washington

Director of Content and Curriculum  Education.com
Education.com is seeking a Content and Curriculum Lead to bring your experience and perspectives as a teacher or curriculum developer to our growing team.
Edtech coordinator  ·  Startup  ·  San Mateo, CA

Content Analyst  TES USA (Wikispaces, Blendspace)
TES is looking for Content Analysts to work with our large audience of teachers to ensure that the teacher resources they share on TES Resources are high quality and high value.
Marketing  ·  Startup  ·  San Francisco, CA

Math Teacher  The NET Charter High School
The NET Math Teacher position is a unique opportunity to provide the type of high quality math curriculum and instruction you believe struggling high school students in New Orleans deserve.
Teaching  ·  School  ·  New Orleans, LA

Senior Software Developer  YES Prep Public Schools
The Senior Software Developer will participate as a senior member of a solution-oriented team in developing, testing, deploying, supporting high quality software solutions, and mentoring more junior developers in support of the YES Prep mission.
Engineering  ·  School  ·  Houston, TX

Academic Director at Khan Lab School  Khan Academy
Khan Lab School is in search of an entrepreneurial educator to support and oversee its one-of-a-kind academic program.
Executive  ·  School  ·  Mountain View, CA

Director - EC Professional Development  Discovery Education
The Director of Professional Development for the Educational Consultants team is responsible for supporting the partnerships team in presenting and selling Professional Development services within Discovery Education.
Sales  ·  Large Company  ·  Silver Spring, MD

High School Chemistry Teacher  Mamaroneck UFSD
We are seeking a dynamic high school chemistry teacher interested in stimulating curiosity, instilling a passion for knowledge in students, and designing a classroom setting and lab environment in which students take an active role in learning.
Teaching  ·  District  ·  Mamaroneck, NY

Edtech Events

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PowerSchool is looking for Partners! More than 140 Independent Software Vendors (ISV) integrate with PowerSchool Student Information System to offer K12 solutions to 13 million students worldwide. Our investment in API, mobile apps, Ed-Fi and data security is unrivaled in the SIS market. PowerSchool is the most widely-used, secure and flexible SIS, serving more than 40 million users every day. If you are a K12 solution provider and want to learn more about becoming a PowerSchool ISV partner, visit our website and sign up for an informational webinar. PowerSchool


Bring Summer of Minecraft to Your Community - Interested in running a summer Minecraft program? Connected Camps Summer of Minecraft is offering an online program of challenges and in-game events. Sign up for access to moderated servers or join as an affiliate for free guides and support.
6 Jul - 1 Aug  ·  Online  ·  Free

EdNET 2015 - EdNET 2015 is the education industry's exclusive venue for business networking and new opportunities.
4 Oct - 6 Oct  ·  Atlanta, GA  ·  more than $250

Opportunities

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Access 31 Free PD Webinars for Credit - Looking for new and innovative ideas to engage your K-12 students in their learning? Share My Lesson partnered with top-notch content providers to create 31 professional development sessions – all free and available on-demand. Spanning the curriculum, each online session is eligible for 1 hour of PD credit. Topics range from ELA and mathematics to digital games, bullying prevention, classroom management, and working with parents. Get re-energized with Share My Lesson. Register today for free. Share My Lesson


CSP4T - Computer Science 4 Teachers Course ​​ - Be prepared to teach the new CS Principles course, or learn to integrate CS into your curriculum with our CSP4T course, and get paid through a Google CS4HS grant!
30 Jun  ·  Teachers  ·  Google CS4HS grant

LearnLaunch Accelerator ​​ - LearnLaunch Accelerator is now accepting applications to its next accelerator program. The four-month immersive program in Boston will host up to eight early stage edtech companies.
30 Jun  ·  Edtech Companies  ·  $18K in seed funding

CPSI is Looking for Partners ​​ - With 25 years of education experience, partnering with CPSI is a win-win situation. Our data integration tools will give you the advantage of being to be able to connect to nearly any system.
1 Jul  ·  Edtech Companies  ·  Expertise and support needed to make implementations a success

The League of Innovative Schools ​​ - Digital Promise is now accepting applications for its League of Innovative Schools. The League is a national coalition of 57 forward-thinking school districts working to support teaching and learning with technology.
2 Jul  ·  School Districts  ·  Be a part of the national coalition of 57 forward-thinking school districts

Second Annual Digital Innovation in Learning Awards - EdSurge and Digital Promise are thrilled to launch the 2nd annual DILA competition! With 15 DILAs that celebrate the work of educators, administrators, and organizations, our applications and nominations are open to the public.
24 Aug  ·  Teachers and Administrators  · Free trip to the DILAs, editorial features and shared videos on EdSurge and Digital Promise, and the opportunity to spread your mission and practices
 

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