#iCONNECT Tech Tips Newsletter

Friday, April 24, 2015 #EHSRedDevils

SPECIAL: Mark The Date Edition

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Parent Involvement and Student Learning

Tuesday, April 28 at 8:00 PM Eastern Time/5:00 PM Pacific Time

Erin Klein will be leading a discussion on Parent Involvement and Student Learning.

For those of you who are not familiar with Erin, she is a nationally known speaker and has been teaching in Elementary Education and Literacy
Inervention since 2008. She blogs at Kleinspiration and is a member of the Scholastic Top Teaching Team. Erin is well known as an expert in embedding technology in curriculum to enhance instruction and increase student engagement.

One of her passions is helping teachers harness parent involvement to help drive student learning. Parents are the number on influence on students, and when parents and teachers work together, students can reach their full potential.

Erin will start the discussion around these questions:

  • How are teachers and school involving parents to help drive student achievement?

  • Can this be done in a normal workweek?

  • Sometimes it seems as if we are working at cross purposes, how can we work together as a team?

We would love to add your voice to this discussion. Please register here.

Looking forward to seeing you.

If the link above does not work, you can cut and paste this link into your browser: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1yOXwGZRt4EVb3cOGtTpn8nZUc-4KorIagzcwpzB_vtQ/viewform?usp=send_form

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Talk With Author/Illustrator Ed Hose

Author & Illustrator, Ed Hose, will hangout with kids across the country on May 4, 2015 at 11:00am ET. Ask questions LIVE on the Google+ Event Page or using the Twitter hashtag, #EdHose.

Learn more about Ed Hose HERE: http://www.edhose.com

This event will be broadcast via Google Hangouts on Air. Please check with your IT Department to make sure your school will allow you to use this resource. http://www.google.com/+/learnmore/hangouts/onair.html

Watch via YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wI7xgeyEH68

Watch via Google+ Event Page here: https://plus.google.com/events/c5bn1t84vtoo8d9ff9nlkmqoghc

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Coding/Robotics Showcase Featuring Faith Plunkett

Faith Plunkett is an Entertainment Technology Academy instructor and has been named a 2015 PBS Learning Media Digital Innovator.

Join us and other schools as we talk about the benefits of coding & robotics in your classroom.

This event will be done via Google Hangouts on Air. Please check with your IT Department to make sure your school will allow you to use this resource. http://www.google.com/+/learnmore/hangouts/onair.html

Watch on Youtube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9ICAAMprVM

Watch on Google+ Event Page here: https://plus.google.com/events/c1n0o349gv6kl090sv1gorv6uj8

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FlyQuest Ribbon Cutting

FlyQuest is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in Huntsville, Alabama with a vision to awaken dreams and provide opportunities for young people to pursue aerospace education and aviation careers and experience the joy of flight!

The organization conducts Aviation Fundamentals programs for schools and home school students, covering topics such as aerodynamics, aircraft systems, weather and aircrew discipline. One unique approach is offering scholarships, which require the students to exchange community service for aviation coursework or flight experience. One-day Aviation Overview programs also benefit community organizations, such as the Girls Scouts and Boy Scouts or schools. Field Trips inspire young minds to pursue their aviation dreams.

6 Degrees of Freedom Flight Simulator

FlyQuest has installed the first 6 Degrees of Freedom flight simulator in North Alabama available to the public, which enhances the our education programs and provides hands-on experience for young people interested in pursuing aerospace education and aviation careers. The DCX MAX FM simulator can be easily configured for 25 single engine and 10 multi-engine aircraft and includes a full metal cockpit enclosure, dynamic control loading, modern avionics and a 225 degree visual system. FlyQuest’s primary use of the aircraft simulator is to teach its students in a safe environment while providing cost-effective, realistic flight training. It is also available for rental by certified or student pilots, flight schools and flight instructors for flight training.

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Alabama Educational Technology Conference

June 9-11, 2015

Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex


We are excited to announce that Jeff Utecht and Leslie Fisher will be joining us again this year and we welcome David Justin Lockhart!

The Alabama Educational Technology Conference (AETC) is sponsored by the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) and Montgomery County Schools. The Conference is organized by a Steering Committee, comprised of members from the Educational Technology staff at the ALSDE, along with other sections in the department. AETC contracts with McRae & Co. of Tallahassee, FL to manage the exhibits and conference registration.

AETC is dedicated to the professional development of educators. For nineteen years, the Conference has played a key role in helping educators at all levels increase their understanding of the role of technology in education. The Conference provides educators the opportunity to learn about the latest in educational technology and offers a forum for discussion among professionals concerned with educational technology. AETC offers almost 150 concurrent sessions, nationally known speakers and presenters, workshops focusing on the latest in technological innovations and software, and over 150 commercial exhibits featuring state-of-the-art technology.

AETC is open to any individuals interested in educational technology. There is no typical organizational structure--no membership dues and no membership list. Those who have attended a recent conference will receive updates through emails and postal mail. The descriptions of concurrent sessions and workshops will be available in the conference program and on this website.

The Conference was first held in 1994 at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex in Birmingham. In 2012 the Conference moved to Hewitt-Trussville High School in Trussville. AETC 2015 will be held at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex. Terry Atchison is the current conference coordinator. Donna Fuller and Joan Greene-Fisher are co-coordinators of the conference. Donna will be working with the scheduling and programs; Joan will be managing logistics for the conference.

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Oh, the Places We’ll Go with Technology!

2015 North Alabama Technology Conference

Sponsored by the Madison County School System

Hazel Green High School

June 23-24, 2015

8:00 am – 3:15 pm daily

Cost: $40 (both days) or $25 (one day) (lunch is included)
(will accept cash, check, credit card, or purchase order)

Keynote Speaker: Travis Allen from iSchool Initiatives

25 Workshops and over 100 concurrent sessions
(Canvas, BYOT, Web 2.0, PBL, CCRS, MakerSpace, and much more)

New this year: Tech Marketplace & Genius Bar & Mobile App

Twelve hours PD credit for STI PD

**Local PLU will be offered for Administrators

Visit our website: http://natc2015.weebly.com/