Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Ed Tech Pilot Framework - excellent resources for all schools

Digital Promise has released an EdTech Pilot Framework which provides a step-by-step process to help education leaders and technology developers run successful educational technology (ed-tech) pilots.

It is very simple to use and read and has links for more information on each step.

Here is the link to the original article:

One thing to remember - you don't have to do these projects alone. There are plenty of resources available to help you. In addition, check with your technology vendors to see what they have for planning and support resources to help you.

Here is the Framework:

  1. Identify Need
  2. Discover and Select
  3. Planning
  4. Train and Implement
  5. Collect Data
  6. Analyze and Decide
  7. Negotiate and Purchase
  8. Summarize and Share


K-12 Blueprint site updated - resources for planning and implementing EdTech 
Tech&Learning - free Edtech magazine, website and resources for educators


Some Excellent Resources for Google for Education for Teachers and Admins

Google for Education, which includes G Suite for Education, Chromebooks, and content, is one of the most popular, and most updated, platforms for education. Here are some great resources for IT, Teachers, Students and more.

Google for Education main site: 

Getting started with G Suite for Education:

Google Device Showcase - Chromebooks, Chromeboxes and more 

Google for Education Transformation Center - resources, examples and tips for transforming your classroom and school

Class Content: - content and apps that have been approved by Google

Benefits of Google Apps and Chromebooks - lots of resources, tips and ideas
Google Apps Administrator Help Site - for G Suite Admins
Apps Status Dashboard (shows issues and outages) - for Admins

Google for Education Training Center - excellent resource for teachers on using Google Apps in the Classroom 

There is also a thriving community of admins and teachers on Google+. Take a look around. 



Resources to find Funding for Schools and Technology

Schools are always looking for ways to find funding for projects, especially for technology. Here are some great resources that I have used in the past.

1. Edutopia - The Big List of Educational Grants and Resources - Get a roundup of educational grants, contests, awards, free toolkits, and classroom guides aimed at helping students, classrooms, schools, and communities. Check this page weekly to get the latest updates!

2. GetEdFunding - GetEdFunding is a free and fresh grant-finding resource, dedicated to helping educators and institutions identify the funding they need in budget-tight times.

3. Lowe’s Toolbox for Education

4. Toshiba America Foundation grants – K-5 and 6-12 -

5. Device Grant Listed (list maintained by Google, has a lot of different grants listed)

6. THE Journal K-12 Grant Opportunities and Ed Tech Event Listings

7. Edsurge - Where to Find Money for Your School's EdTech Purchases

More resources:
  • Federal grants from various agencies are listed at
  • State and local grant opportunities can often be identified by state legislative offices. 
  • Micro-funding through school- and classroom-specific grants can yield substantial results. Often donors are willing to fund projects whose impact they can directly observe. Such organizations as Donors Choose, Class Wish, and Adopt-a-Classroom facilitate individual donations. 
  • Contact local businesses to see what programs they have available to support schools. 

Don't be scared to apply for a grant - you may just get it!

Good luck and happy hunting.


Thursday, October 27, 2016

SmartFeed - quality, curated content for kids

SmartFeed is the trusted platform & tool for parents to easily and conveniently curate and manage kid's digital media - across all content and device platforms. By serving up better media to kids, SmartFeed is helping to positively shape the next generation’s mindset in the midst of a media-saturated world.

As for how it works, think Pandora (curated recommendations) meets Netflix (ease of delivery) with Facebook (like minded community) for Parents.

Why do we need this? Media is increasingly everywhere, especially in front of our children. Kids find and consume it easily– -- just like junk food –-- but much of it is garbage. SmartFeed aims to change the paradigm: rather than just filtering out the junk, what if we could feed our kids positive, engaging, healthy content instead? Enter SmartFeed!

A breadth of great content for kids and teens exists....parents just need help finding it. SmartFeed makes finding great media and managing the content your kids consume easy and convenient.


Monday, October 24, 2016

ExploreEDU - free #Google #EdTech event in Bethpage, NY - Nov 1 or 2nd - come join us

Come join CDW-G and Google in Bethpage NY for an Explore EDU Event.

ExploreEDU is an interactive, discovery-based event designed to teach those new to Google about the transformative power of technology in the classroom

Bethpage Union Free School District
10 Cherry Ave Bethpage, NY 11714 

Register for one of the following available dates: 

Nov. 1, 2016, 8am - 2pm | Reserve Your Seat

Nov. 2, 2016, 8am - 2pm | Reserve Your Seat

CDW Event Contact: Joe McAllister 

Hosted by Bethpage Union Free School District and CDW, ExploreEDU is an event designed to introduce school technology directors and administrators to Google solutions.

If you’re interested in discovering how technology can make a difference in your students’ lives or would like to imagine the classroom of the future, please join us.

You’ll learn about new products and tools, engage in dialogue with peers and embark on a journey of educational insight and adventure.

Google Inc. is excited to cover the costs for attendees; the cost of items provided is valued under $45 per person. As a reminder, Google Inc. may be a vendor and/or lobbyist employer and Google Inc. employees may be registered lobbyists. If your school/district cannot accept this donation or if accepting the donation would prevent Google Inc. from supplying products or services to your school/district, do not register for this event or forward this invitation to others.



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