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A weekly bulletin of tips, tricks, and news in edtech

Week of 12/9/19

Welcome to this week's edition of Power edTech Weekly!

This week is the Hour of Code week. Many teachers across the district (and country) are taking some time out of class to explore some of the coding activities available. They are simple to do, and self-directed. Check out some suggested activities here.

Here's this week's delayed edition of Power edTech Weekly!

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Ditch Summit

Saturday, Dec. 21st, 10am

This is an online event.

I’m signed up for a GREAT free online conference for teachers in December and wanted to tell you about it.

It’s called the Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit. There are nine video presentations from awesome presenters on topics related to tech and solid teaching and learning. Get your free ticket at: DitchSummit.com.

HOW IT WORKS: New presentations are released every day from Dec. 21-31 (except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). They remain available until Jan. 8 so you can re-watch or catch up on any you’ve missed. They’re pre-recorded, so you can watch them whenever you want until Jan. 8. After that, the summit ends and the videos are unavailable to watch anymore.

FREE PD HOURS: You can get FREE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CREDITS for watching the videos. There’s a form to fill out after each presentation, and you’ll get an automatic PD certificate emailed to you.

Sign up for the digital summit at DitchSummit.com.

This year’s new speakers include:

  • Austin Kleon, author of Steal Like an Artist

  • Jam Gamble, educator/speaker/entrepreneur extraordinaire

  • Nate and Angie Ridgway, co-authors of Don't Ditch That Tech

  • Toney Jackson, teacher-poet and all-around inspiration

  • Matt Miller, author of Ditch That Textbook

  • Omar López, a teacher doing amazing things with project-based learning

  • Jaime Donally, a guru in immersive tech, AR, VR and more

  • Karon Weber, from the Hacking STEM team at Microsoft

  • Pooja Agarwal and Patrice Bain, co-authors of Powerful Teaching

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Industry Guest Speakers

A great tool for teachers looking to have their students learn about careers and industry are "Industry Chats" put out by Nepris. Nepris came out of a real need they heard from educators, industry leaders, professionals and community partners alike, to reduce the barriers between industry and education. Their core mission: Making industry engagement part of the everyday classroom by empowering teachers to engage students in STEAM!

Here are some upcoming Industry Chats you might look to take advantage of:






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