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2014 Technology & Digital Learning Conference Program

Curious to see what the upcoming technology conference has to offer? Flip through our conference program to get a first look! Use the arrows on each side to navigate through the program, click on it for fullscreen mode, and hit Esc on your keyboard to return.

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Free State Funded Database for K-12

TexQuest, the state funded database program for K-12 public schools and open enrollment charter schools, is open and ready for districts to sign up!

As you sign up, please keep these points in mind:

    • TexQuest registration will be done at the district level, not the campus level.  Please forward the sign up link to staff with district purchasing authority.
    • Please read the guides and instructions posted on the TexQuest website carefully; they will be a great aid during the sign up process. If you have questions or need help during the process, please contact the Region 20 Support Center at texquest@esc20.info
    • Participation in TexQuest is free for the first year of the program (June 2014-June 2015), but districts will be invoiced in January 2015 to participate in the program for the second year that begins June 2015. The participation fee is 22 cents per student based on October 2013 enrollment, so please take steps to plan your budget accordingly.

For more information or to begin the sign up process, please access the TexQuest website at texquest.net.

 

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Tech Tools That Inspire PBL in High School – Featuring Navasota ISD

Whether you call it project- or problem-based learning, these technologies will help your students get authentic experience in a blended environment — and help your teachers to track their progress.

“When will I ever use this?” This cringeworthy comment slipping from a teenager’s lips can swipe away the sense of accomplishment felt by a teacher who has spent a week crafting a lesson that she thought would have staying power. If you cringe too, it may be time to lock onto the practice of PBL, which is variously referred to as project-, problem- or inquiry-based learning. Where blended learning gives students some flexibility as to where and when they do their work, PBL offers them a choice of what they do. And when students pick the activities they’re going to work on (within parameters established by the teacher, of course), how many of them will openly criticize their own choices? In PBL classrooms, students aren’t learning simply to pass a test; job one is applying creativity and taking ownership of their own education. As a rework of the old saying goes, teach a student to add, and he’ll get through a quiz for the day; show him how to calculate profit and loss, and he’ll be pitching his next new idea for a lifetime. Here are 10 technologies to help you implement PBL in your classroom.

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What is 6Tech?

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For more information contact:

Melissa McClatchy M.Ed
Coordinator of Technology Integration
School Transformation & Digital Learning

 

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