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NAMTC Newsletter
  March, 2019  


NAMTC Newsletter
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NYS EMTA Holds Spring Conference

Student Data Privacy and Civic Online Reasoning Presentations
by Diana Wendell (NY) NAMTC Board Member
On March 18-20, the NYS Educational Media Technology Association (EMTA) held our Spring Conference and Corporate Partner Showcase in Syracuse, NY. We had record attendance this year with 20 Corporate Partners and 21 BOCES. There were 36 attendees from BOCES, 29 Corporate Partner attendees, and 2 presenters for a total of 67 attendees. For the conference portion, we had a Student Data Privacy presentation by David Pellow, Labor Relations Specialist at Madison-Oneida BOCES, and a Civic Online Reasoning workshop presented by Joel Breakstone from the Stanford History Education Group. The conference also included our iBOCES sharing hour where participants share what is happening at their site, and lastly at our Tuesday night awards banquet and auction, Katie Bertrand from Monroe I BOCES received the Distinguished Service Award, and Deborah Booth from Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES received a commemorative clock and plaque as a retirement gift after more than thirty years in her position and service to EMTA. Also at the banquet auction, $2,112 was raised to support the EMTA Media Literacy Grants.


Pennsylvania Educational Technology Conference

2019 Event, snow, chocolate, and technology....
by Jeff Rothenberger, NAMTC Board Member (PA)
Each year, the Pennsylvania Educational Technology Conference (PETE&C) is held the second week of February. And pretty much every year, you can count on snow, or inclement weather of some kind. However the snow, ice, rain did not dampen the enthusiasm and learning that took place February 10-13 in Hershey PA. Once again PA Intermediate Unit Technology staff, presented, and worked behind the scenes with virtual conference sessions as well as planning the conference. Keynotes this year were provided by Weston Kieschnick, Alice Keeler and Fredi Lajvardi and were well received by all in attendance. Over 100 breakout sessions were available during the program with over 150 exhibitors in attendance. Chocolate Fest night at Chocolate World, Hershey Park, was an awesome and sweet treat for those attending. Next year, the conference is moving to Pittsburgh and all are welcome to attend.


The Next Generation Digital Divide

Is Wi-Fi Enabled School Busses the real Answer?
by Ron Cone, NAMTC President (NE)
The digital divide, equity of opportunity or homework gap are some of the phrases you might hear describing technology access issues in educational communities today.  These terms describe the relative difference in what some schools, students or families have in comparison to others as related to broadband access for learning. Homework gap specifically refers to student homes that are without internet or beneath the FCC minimum of 25Mbps download, 3Mbps upload speeds.  Like other technology challenges, there are many opinions and possible options, but few simple and easy answers to remedy the issues.  I’d like to explore a few ideas or possible options and how they might impact... Full Article >>
The Next Generation Digital Divide 


North East Region Leadership Summit

May 9-10, OCM BOCES Syracuse, NY
  Join us on Thursday May 9th and 10th at OCM BOCES in Syracuse as NAMTC hold it's first North East Regional Leadership Summit! Building upon the success of our National Leadership Summit, this regional event will provide an opportunity for NAMTC members and their staff to attend, Experts on Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, Personalized Learning and Copyright issues will provide keynotes for this event. Featured presenters include Hall Davidson, Discovery Education, Nithi Thomas, The Learning Accelerator, and a representative from Lutzker and Lutzker, a leading copyright legal firm. Breakout sessions will include how BOCES are implementing personalized learning, and other emerging technology trends. And back by popular demand our corporate partners will be participating in our NAMTC Shark tank. (No baby shark songs - we promise!) Registration is $199, and there are discounts for multiple attendees from the same organization. Bring a team from your organization. Registration is available through the namtc web site, or contact Geoff Craven at geoff.c@craventech.com. Hope to see you there! North East Region Leadership Summit 

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