Sponsor Spotlight: Connecticut Education Network

Many thanks to the Connecticut Education Network for being a Silver Sponsor of EdCamp CT 2015!  Our state is fortunate to have such a powerful network connecting our schools, libraries, and higher ed institutions to each other and the world!

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The Connecticut Education Network (CEN) provides reliable, high-speed internet access, data transport, and value added services to its members throughout Connecticut. We offer network, security, application, hosting and professional development service options. Specifically we offer the following services to CEN members: Internet, Private Ethernet Services, Optical Network, Filtering, Firewall, Telepresence Video Conferencing, Colocation, Virtual Hosting and Professional Development.

Connecticut Education Network is the only CT provider of Internet2 Network access. We provide 100Gig connections to Internet2’s backbone. This link capability benefits CEN
members by facilitating high-performance collaboration with peers nationally and internationally. Follow us @CTEDUNET to learn more.

Sponsor Spotlight: Digital Citizenship Summit

We are thrilled to announce that the First Annual Digital Citizenship Summit is a Platinum Sponsor of this year’s EdCamp CT!  Thank you to organizers Marialice BFX Curran and David Ryan Polgar, as well as the University of Saint Joseph!

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Registration now open! We hope you will be able to join us on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at the University of Saint Joseph (West Hartford, CT) for an incredible day focused exclusively on digital citizenship. This ALL DAY event will gather a diverse range of leaders from around the country to discuss digital citizenship and push forward bold new ideas.

This can’t-be-missed summit will include a continental breakfast with networking, a panel discussion, breakaway sessions, lunch, more breakaway sessions and a social event to connect with all the fascinating big thinkers across the country who are pivotal in shaping digital citizenship. Be a part of the solution.

The audience will be a diverse mix of educators, organizational leaders, industry, students, and perhaps a politician or two.

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Sponsor Spotlight: UConn Two Summers Program

We are tremendously grateful for the generosity of the University of Connecticut’s Two Summers Program. They are once again a Platinum Sponsor for EdCamp Connecticut! Thank you for helping to make our fifth annual event a reality!

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Two Summers Program Summary

UConn’s Two Summers MA/SD (http://edtech.education.uconn.edu/) in Learning Technology is a Master’s and Sixth Year Diploma program designed for working teachers interested in wisely integrating learning technologies into classroom instruction. The program is aligned with the ISTE/NCATE NETS-C standards for digital age teachers/coaches (http://www.iste.org/standards/standards-for-coaches), those who have the skills and knowledge to guide and support teachers to wisely integrate technology into their classroom teaching in an increasingly connected and global society. The program is run as small cohorts (15 to 20 students) where students have identical plans of study and progress through courses together. Variations of the program include a 27 or 30 credit option or the conferral of an MA or Sixth Year Certificate (as the choice of each student). The program admits practicing teachers or those with equivalent experiences in education. Since 2006, average GPA for admitted students in the cohort is near 3.7, recently results include 3.7 (2013),and  3.65 (2014).

Content Knowledge: consists of an understanding of contemporary hardware and software, Internet and offline computer-based tools used to support classroom instruction.

Pedagogy: consists of an understanding of instructional design methods, contemporary learning theory, and design research methods that enable the wise and successful integration of technology with classroom instruction.

Dispositions: consists of a world view in favor of risk taking, on-the-fly problem solving, instructional design principles, and learning through data-driven decision making based on classroom trials of technology.

The key comprehensive assessment is an e-portfolio in Taskstream (http://www.taskstream.com). Since its inception in 2006, the Two Summers program has had 90 – 100% Completion rate and all students who submit the e-portfolio achieving scores at, or above, goal. As part of the e-portfolio of required program artifacts, the Two Summers program is researching a year-long game-based approach (called Project Technologia) to several of its standards, and is piloting a card-game based assessment, called Card-tamen, based on the TPACK (see http://www.tpack.org/) framework for technology integration.

EdCampCT 2014 Smackdown Resources

A big thanks once again to all the participants of EdCampCT 2014 for making it the amazing, inspiring, and informative event that it was. As you post photos & share blog posts please tag them with #EdCampCT so everyone can find and share them more easily.

Below is the official list of resources shared during the 2014 edition of the EdCampCT Smackdown (link to view it directly in GDrive):