• Measured Progress

    Measured Progress, a not-for-profit organization, is a pioneer in authentic, standards-based assessments. Since 1983, we have successfully partnered with more than 30 states and hundreds of districts across the nation to support their assessment programs. Today, we develop 21st century assessments for classrooms, districts, states, and consortia. We are proud to be the nation’s leading provider of alternate assessments for students with cognitive disabilities. Learn more at www.measuredprogress.org.

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Saul Hafenbredl
    608-216-7300 x25
    saul aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

    Dremel

    Founded in 1934, Dremel is the industry standard in leadership and excellence for versatile tools systems. The Dremel 3D Idea Builder expands the brand's reach from the workshop to the classroom to provide educators and students with cutting-edge technology for STEM education. Built upon the brand's dedication to empowering makers through creativity, precision and project enjoyment, the Dremel 3D Idea Builder nurtures student confidence by giving them a tool to design and build their own models to understand lessons. With available curriculum to draw connections between 3D printing and instruction, Dremel is providing educators with the support they need to transform classrooms. Learn more about classroom applications and curriculum-based learning at 3dprinter.dremel.com.

    Dremel
    Jane Lee
    Brand Manager
    Jane.Lee@us.bosch.com
    224-232-3266
    3dprinter.dremel.com

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Emily Embury
    608-216-7300 x19
    emily aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

    Renaissance

    Renaissance, the leader of K-12 cloud-based assessment and learning analytics, has a presence in more than one-third of U.S. schools and 60 countries around the world. By delivering deep insight into what students know, what they like, and how they learn, Renaissance enables educators to deliver highly personalized and timely instruction while driving student growth in reading, writing, and math. Renaissance is comprised of top researchers, educators, content-area experts, data scientists, and technologists who create and perfect classroom-proven tools. To learn more, visit: www.renaissance.com.

    Renaissance
    Melissa J. Ripp
    pr@renaissance.com
    715-424-3636
    www.renaissance.com

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Chloe Scheller
    608-216-7300 x25
    chloe aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

    IO Education

    As a leader in the education technology for over 18 years, IO Education is on a mission to empower educators with data to improve education outcomes. The market leading solutions from IO Education are used in all 50 states by over 5,000 schools and 1,700,000 students. The company is headquartered in Atlanta, GA. Learn more at www.ioeducation.com.

    IO Education
    Eric Miller
    emiller@ioeducation.com
    866-817-0726 x210
    www.ioeducation.com

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Lauren West
    608-216-7300 x26
    lauren aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

    Second Avenue Learning

    Founded by educators and gamers, Second Avenue Learning provides custom development and managed services to education technology clients. The Second Avenue team builds effective, interactive learning products, both proprietary and client-facing, that are engaging and pedagogically accurate. Second Avenue understands that technology serves as a critical enabler to customize learning and unlock the potential of all students. Here at Second Avenue, we create alternative learning paths and challenge the status quo. It is time to reimagine learning. For more information, visit www.secondavenuelearning.com.

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Chloe Scheller
    608-216-7300 x25
    chloe aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

    C8 Sciences

    C8 Sciences develops neuroscience-based products that have the potential to solve some of the most significant problems in childhood education. C8 Sciences is the only company to offer integrated computer and physical exercises based on the concept of cognition cross-training. The company's products are based on proprietary research developed at Yale University by Dr. Bruce Wexler, and have received numerous grants and awards, including a prestigious $4M Director’s Office Grant by the National Institutes of Health to study the use of ACTIVATE™ (formerly known as C8Kids) for treating ADHD, a grant reserved only for research programs that have the potential for a paradigm shift in US healthcare. Learn more at www.c8sciences.com/about/.

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Dusten Carlson
    608-216-7300 x30
    dusten aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

  • The Douglas Stewart Company

    The Douglas Stewart Company is a leading distributor of products ranging from mobile learning solutions to technology products and office supplies. They specialize in the education market, reaching students, faculty and institutions by connecting more than 250 manufacturers with over 4,000 resellers in the United States, Canada and Europe. Learn more at www.dstewart.com

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Dusten Carlson
    608-216-7300 x30
    dusten aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

    Wisconsin Connections Academy

    Wisconsin Connections Academy (WCA) is a tuition-free virtual charter school for K-12 students. WCA’s mission is learning online through a strong family-school partnership. The school provides a rigorous curriculum while balancing flexibility with accountability. For more information, visit www.connectionsacademy.com/wisconsin-virtual-school.

    Connections Education
    Rachel Smith
    rsmith@connectionseducation.com
    443-873-1737
    www.connectionseducation.com

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Dusten Carlson
    608-216-7300 x30
    dusten aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

    Skyward, Inc.

    Skyward, Inc. is a leading provider of K-12 school administrative software that surpasses districts’ needs in state reporting, improves operational capabilities, and opens communication between schools and families. Today, the Skyward School Management System™ is used in more than 1,800 school districts worldwide, ranging from districts with as few as 50 students to statewide implementations supporting more than 800,000 students. Founded in 1980, Skyward serves school districts with its integrated student, finance, and human resources suite of products and is proudly made and supported in the United States.

    Skyward, Inc.
    Ray Ackerlund
    800-236-7274 x1319
    ray.ackerlund@skyward.com
    www.skyward.com

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Chloe Scheller
    608-216-7300 x36
    chloe aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

    SIIA

    The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) serves and represents more than 200 member companies that provide educational software applications, digital content, online learning services, and related technologies across the K-20 sector. The Network shapes and supports the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities, and critical market information.

    Contacts

    Software & Information Industry Association
    Allison Bostrom
    202-289-7442
    abostrom@siia.net
    www.siia.net

    C. Blohm & Associates
    Saul Hafenbredl
    608-216-7300 x25
    saul aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

    Knovation

    Knovation is committed to igniting the hope of knowing by nurturing every child’s innate desire to learn. The company’s suite of advanced personalized learning solutions supports districts undergoing digital transformations by curating Open Educational Resources (OER) to save teachers time, and providing tools to build and deliver student-centered instruction. Solutions include a digital content library built from more than 360,000 certified learning ready resources, netTrekker OER curation and management tool, icurio learning engagement solution, and professional learning services. Since 1999, the company has impacted more than 32 million students and over 1.2 million teachers nationwide.

    Knovation
    Evelyn Fleider
    513-612-1019
    efleider@knovationlearning.com
    www.knovationlearning.com

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Emily Embury
    608-216-7300 x19
    emily aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

    CoSN

    Founded in 1992, the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), a national nonprofit organization, is the premier voice in education technology leadership. Its mission is to advance the K-12 education community’s capacity to effectively use technology to improve learning through advocacy, policy and leadership development.

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Charlene Blohm
    608-216-7300 x17
    charlene aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

  • CEV Multimedia

    With 30 years’ experience, CEV Multimedia specializes in providing quality Career & Technical Education (CTE) curriculum and education resources for several major subject areas: Agricultural Science and Technology, Family & Consumer Sciences, Business Education, Marketing Education, Trade and Industrial Education, and Career Exploration. CEV received the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Blue Ribbon Small Business Award in 2012 and has been honored numerous times for its excellence in content creation and exemplary business practices. In 2012, CEV introduced iCEV, an online platform revolutionizing the way CEV produces and delivers educational content. iCEV is the most comprehensive, online resource for CTE educators and students. With iCEV’s learning-on-demand capabilities, video clips stream instantly to any device with Internet capabilities.

    CEV Multimedia
    Clayton Franklin
    800-722-0500 x428
    clayton.franklin@cevmultimedia.com
    www.cevmultimedia.com

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Saul Hafenbredl
    608-216-7300 x25
    saul aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

    Califone International

    Califone International LLC was founded in 1947 and continues to be a leader in the design, development and manufacturing of audiovisual and supplemental curriculum products for use in education, presentation and professional markets.

    Califone® LLC
    Tim Ridgway
    800-722-0500 x428
    Tim.Ridgway@califone.com
    www.califone.com

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Lauren West
    608-216-7300 x26
    lauren@cblohm.com
    www.cblohm.com

    Funds For Learning

    Funds For Learning, LLC is an E-rate compliance firm specializing in guiding E-rate applicants and service providers through the complex and ever-changing E-rate regulatory process. With 15 years of experience in providing professional advice and assistance relating to the E-rate program, Funds For Learning exists to provide high-quality solutions for the needs of E-rate stakeholders.

    Funds For Learning, LLC
    Cathy Cruzan
    405-471-0900
    ccruzan@fundsforlearning.com
    www.fundsforlearning.com

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Chris Swietlik
    608-216-7300 x23
    saul@cblohm.com
    www.cblohm.com

Clients in the News

TCEA 2012 Newsmakers – PCI Education, Gaggle

Posted Feb. 08, 2012

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Award-Winning PCI Reading Program Develops Word Analysis, Decoding Skills

PCI Education announces the launch of PCI Reading Program-Level Three Software, a new online component to the award-winning PCI Reading Program, a reading series for students with intellectual disabilities. The program delivers interactive lessons to help students master decoding through a suite of engaging virtual games. According to PCI Education President and CEO Lee Wilson, the new online component will play a pivotal role in supporting students with special needs as they master essential reading and writing skills. Read the full release...

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Gaggle customers receive HMS as part of their subscription service

Internet communication offers a rare window into the lives of students, which presents a tremendous opportunity to provide a positive environment for learning and development. Beginning July 1, 2012, Gaggle will include its Human Monitoring Service (HMS) as a part of its subscription service in order to better protect students and allow educators to focus on teaching. “Our top concern is student safety, and HMS makes it easier for teachers to protect their students in and out of the classroom,” said Shannon Sweeney, Cyber Security Agent at Gaggle. Read the full release...

Download the Media Kit for Gaggle...

Jefferson County Public Schools Approves eChalk as Hub for Learning and Communication

Posted Feb. 07, 2012

Students, teachers and parents have access to suite of tools through eChalk’s online platform

Louisville, Ky. (Feb. 7, 2012)Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS), serving more than 100,000 students in the greater Louisville market, announced that it has approved eChalk as a software partner for creating School and Teacher Websites. eChalk is the leading K-12 software platform used by schools to manage communication and instruction. The online platform will enable teachers, students and parents in JCPS schools to connect, communicate and collaborate anytime, anywhere, to support effective, personalized learning.

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eChalk provides a flexible framework and easy-to-use tools to meet the emerging needs of teachers and students. Through eChalk, the JCPS schools can easily maintain school websites and class pages, help teachers apply safe social networking experiences to curriculum lessons, and provide parents with a window into their children’s education. eChalk users also have mobile access to the platform through an app for Android® and iOS® devices.

Research indicates students with involved parents and communities are more likely to do well in school, attend class, and avoid risky behaviors. According to the National Partnership of Schools, parental involvement must be meaningfully integrated into a school’s programs and community in order for it to flourish. Jana Hickey, eLearning Specialist at JCPS, believes this relationship is emblematic of the district’s ongoing commitment to improving education through innovation.

“eChalk will provide us with a way to integrate communication and instruction into one platform and engage all of our stakeholders to support 21st century teaching and learning,” Hickey said. “We’re excited about the tremendous possibilities available to us through eChalk, including the increased opportunities for teachers, students, and parents to connect.”

In many instances, schools have difficulty implementing new technology due to the complexity and extensive teacher training required. That is not an issue with eChalk, however, which has the highest activation rate of any similar product on the market – schools often experience 98 percent or better activation among teachers. Teachers will be able to activate their online classrooms in minutes and integrate the technology in ways that enhance student learning.

eChalk began working with selected JCPS schools in 2010 via a pilot program, and their early success established the foundation for growth district wide. Martin Brutosky, CEO of eChalk, said, “JCPS schools are a testament to all that’s right with education today, from teachers who are fully committed to each and every student to leadership that works tirelessly in support of their teachers. We’re honored to be working with them.”


About eChalk

eChalk software is the preferred platform among K-12 schools to manage communication and instruction. The company's patented software enables K-12 schools and districts to increase community engagement and improve student outcomes while saving time and streamlining technology systems. eChalk products safely connect more than 1 million school leaders, teachers, students and parents to the people and information they need to make learning successful. eChalk is headquartered in New York with regional offices throughout the country to provide customers with personalized tech support and hands-on training, consistently earning the company the highest customer satisfaction and renewal rates in the education industry. Visit echalk.com to learn more.

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Shmoop Launches AP Stats

Posted Feb. 06, 2012

Mountain View, Calif. (Feb. 6, 2012) – Mathematicians have a certain reputation. No, not that kind of reputation. Think Revenge of the Nerds, complete with suspenders and pocket protectors. Yet statisticians are responsible for tracking professional baseball players’ on-base percentages, analyzing the nets and grosses from feature films, and measuring the marketability of video games from region to region. Those are all pretty cool jobs, so maybe not all mathematicians are quite as geeky as we might suspect.

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…Nah, nice try. We’re pretty much all nerds. But at least we revel in our nerdiness.

To help bring out the nerd in you, Shmoop, a publisher of digital curriculum and test prep, introduces a brand new AP Statistics guide, which is guaranteed to fill your brain to the brim with all sorts of statistical data and know-how. Without Shmoop’s help, you would have only have a 64.872 percent chance of passing your AP Statistics final. Approximately, that is.

Shmoop can teach you:

  • Why statistics are like bikinis. Yes, statisticians are generally concerned with bigger numbers, but we think they might be interested in a two-piece or two.
  • How a limitless supply of Skittles can help you taste the rainbow – er, spot patterns. Like why your eyeballs keep twitching on the mornings you eat a healthy breakfast of Skittles and Pepsi.
  • Why you can’t conduct experiments on your younger siblings without knowing the appropriate confidence interval. On the other hand, you can be 100 percent confident that you’ll be grounded for at least a week if you do turn them into guinea pigs.
  • How Facebook knows about your burning love for Bruce Springsteen. Not that the body paint and foam finger gave anything away, of course.
  • What statistical bias, mushrooms and chaperones have in common. Aside from the fact that we don’t want any of them on our pizza.

Let Shmoop’s AP Stats guide turn you into a complete datahead. Check it out, stat.


About Shmoop

Shmoop is a digital curriculum and test prep company that makes fun, rigorous learning and teaching materials. Shmoop content is written by master teachers and Ph.D. students from Stanford, Harvard, UC Berkeley, and other top universities. Shmoop Learning Guides, Test Prep, SAT, and Teacher Editions balance a teen-friendly, approachable style with academically rigorous materials to help students understand how subjects relate to their daily lives. Shmoop offers more than 7,000 titles across the Web, iPhone, Android devices, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and Sony Reader. The company has been honored twice by the Webby Awards and was named “Best in Tech” for 2010 and 2011 by Scholastic Administrator. Launched in 2008, Shmoop is headquartered in a labradoodle-patrolled office in Mountain View, Calif.

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Kaplan K12 Learning Services Announces Sponsorship of Digital Learning Day, February 1, 2012

Posted Jan. 30, 2012

Kaplan K12 Will Provide 5 Days of Free Digital Learning Resources for Students, Parents and Educators

New York (Jan. 30, 2012) - Kaplan K12 Learning Services, in partnership with the Alliance for Excellent Education, is pleased to announce its participation as a partner in the first-ever Digital Learning Day campaign. This national campaign is designed to celebrate innovative teaching and highlight practices that make learning more personalized and engaging for students, exploring how digital learning can provide all students with the opportunities they deserve—to build the skills needed to succeed in college, a career, and life.

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“At Kaplan K12, we are committed to closing the achievement gap by making quality learning accessible, serving students through the academic best practices of differentiated instruction and blended learning, as well as through innovative technologies designed to meet individual needs,” said Justin Serrano, president of Kaplan K12 Learning Services. “Digital Learning Day is well-aligned with our mission, and we applaud its transformative nature in bringing together all stakeholders and supporting innovation that changes policies, shifts attitudes and supports wide-scale adoption of promising instructional practices.”

“Digital Learning Day is more than just a day,” said Gov. Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia. “It is about building a digital learning movement that provides teachers with better tools to truly provide a quality education for every child. Simply layering on technology alone will not move the education needle very much. Effective technology combined with great teachers and engaged students have the potential to transform the world of learning. The time has come to ensure that every child has access to the engaging experience that comes with powerful teaching and rigorous content available through digital learning. The teachers are here, the technology is everywhere, and the students are ready and able. Now it’s time to put it all together.”

In celebration of the event, Kaplan will launch 5 Days of Digital Learning, an initiative to share resources that support the goals of Digital Learning Day. Starting on February 1, Kaplan will make available a number of learning resources for students, parents, and educators, including SAT and ACT digital flashcards, ebooks, and online events. Each weekday, Kaplan will reveal its new digital learning gift on its Facebook page, Getting Into College Today (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Getting-Into-College-Today/289577714388444), cosponsored by StudentAdvisor. These resources will be available for free throughout the month of February.


About the Alliance for Excellent Education

The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC-based national policy and advocacy organization that works to improve national and federal policy so that all students can achieve at high academic levels and graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship in the twenty-first century. For more information about the Alliance for Excellent Education, please visit http://www.all4ed.org.

About Kaplan K12 Learning Services

Kaplan K12 Learning Services (http://www.kaplank12.com), a unit of Kaplan Test Prep (http://www.kaptest.com), partners with schools to measurably propel student achievement. Kaplan K12 offers state test readiness programs to help students meet and exceed state standards, and college preparation solutions that support students as they prepare for college entrance exams and the admissions process. Its solutions also provide teachers with robust Kaplan K12 resources and professional development support to impact achievement in their classrooms. Kaplan Test Prep is a division of Kaplan Inc. (http://www.kaplan.com), a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO).

Monitoring Service from Gaggle Protects Students

Posted Jan. 26, 2012

Gaggle customers receive HMS as part of their subscription service

Bloomington, Ill. (January 26, 2012) - Internet communication offers a rare window into the lives of students, which presents a tremendous opportunity to provide a positive environment for learning and development. Beginning July 1, 2012, Gaggle will include its Human Monitoring Service (HMS) as a part of its subscription service in order to better protect students and allow educators to focus on teaching.

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The Human Monitoring Service puts the monitoring of blocked messages in Gaggle's hands, eliminating the need for teachers to review questionable communications so they can concentrate on classroom instruction. The Human Monitoring Service greatly improves the safety and security of students, both online and in the real world. Gaggle's HMS team has uncovered bullying, drug use, threats of school violence, teen depression, suicidal intentions, and abusive domestic situations. Detecting issues early allows parents and educators to intervene positively on behalf of students.

Director of Instructional Technology Cleon Franklin of Memphis City Schools, which currently uses the service, says the additional safety feature offers peace of mind. “The HMS team keeps the job of reviewing inappropriate content off our teachers’ plates,” he said. “An unexpected benefit of the system is the student safety situations that Gaggle has brought to our attention, even after school hours, allowing us to intervene and avoid potential tragedies.”

“Our top concern is student safety, and HMS makes it easier for teachers to protect their students in and out of the classroom,” said Shannon Sweeney, Cyber Security Agent at Gaggle. “Teachers don’t have to worry about monitoring the system themselves, giving them more time to devote to classroom instruction.”

Chief Executive Officer Jeff Patterson of Gaggle said, “This is the final puzzle piece that districts need to safely incorporate social networking into the classroom. Districts using HMS can be assured that communications are being constantly monitored and that safety concerns will be quickly addressed.”


About Gaggle

Gaggle, founded in 1998, is the leading provider of safe online communication tools for schools. Gaggle hosts more than 3 million users in the U.S. and 23 countries. Based in Bloomington, Ill., the company is an expert in secure communications and offers proprietary technology and monitoring systems developed specifically for the school environment. Gaggle’s collaboration tools have won numerous education industry awards, including a prestigious CODiE™ Award in 2011 and Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence in 2009, 2010 and 2011. For more information on Gaggle’s full line of products, call 1-800-288-7750 or visit www.gaggle.net.

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CB&A is on the Trail to TCEA 2012

Posted Jan. 26, 2012

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Conference features hands-on and peer-to-peer learning opportunities, exploration of new trends through interactive learning environments, in-depth presentations and inspiring keynotes.

The 32nd TCEA Annual Convention & Exposition is set for February 6-10 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas. Pick your events of interest by reviewing the Conference Schedule Overview, and learn about the keynote speakers and featured presenters. We’ll be there to facilitate 1-1 media interviews with clients such as PCI Education and Gaggle. CB&A folks also will be posting TCEA updates, and other up-to-the-minute ed tech info, on the CB&A Facebook page and Twitter Feed.


Meetings on the Show Floor

TCEA provides a showcase for new trends in education technology. C. Blohm & Associates will be facilitating 1-1 meetings on the show floor, and we hope you’ll be there to hear about some great new stories to share with your readers. These personal encounters (short conversations that are scheduled in advance) provide a prime opportunity for education media and edubloggers to spend exclusive one-to-one time with representatives of select educational technology companies, and help generate ideas for future articles. Contact us for more details.

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CB&A Clients

PCI Education (Booth 407)
PCI Education is blending cutting-edge technology with traditional curriculum to benefit students with special needs. The company will be debuting a number of technology offerings at TCEA, including PCI Reading Program Software and Smart Table Apps for SpellRead. In addition, the company is launching a national contest for special education teachers. Over the past 20 years, PCI Education has developed more than 200 special education products, helping students of all abilities succeed in school and in the community.

Gaggle (Booth 1347)
To effectively prepare students for the 21st century, schools must provide students with access to technology like email, social media networks and cloud-based document sharing while ensuring their electronic environments remain safe and student-appropriate. Gaggle.net has been providing schools with a safe and secure system for more than 10 years and is updating its Human Monitoring Service to reduce educator administrative time while ensuring a safe and secure electronic environment.

Capstone Digital, Booth 1743
eChalk , Booth 1636
Education2020, Booth 424
GradeCam Corporation, Booth 714
Key Curriculum Press , Booth 2387
Shmoop, Booth 828
VizZle, Booth 305


Drop-Bys

Here’s some notable media outlets and organizations you may want to visit on the show floor:

District Administration, Booth 736
Education Week Digital Directions, Booth 2654
eSchool Media, Booth 2118
Scholastic Library Publishing, Booth 2551
Tech & Learning, Booth 1325
ISTE, Booth 338
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Recommended:

Not My Kid! Bullying, Sexting, and More
Date & Time: Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012 – 10:30-11:30 AM
Location: Room 19B
Description: Technology doesn't cause undesirable behavior, but it can provide a tempting forum. And no parent wants to admit their kid is a problem. Explore how technology has changed the social game for today's schools and added one more teaching responsibility to schools’ already overloaded plates, plus discuss ways we can protect our students.

Oh No! Teachers and Students are Talking
Date & Time: Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, 12:00-1:00PM
Location: Room 14
Description: "Should you talk with your students?" is a ridiculous question. But some districts are creating policies restricting or banning all electronic communication between their educators and students, and banning mobile devices in school. Discuss this important topic and look at safe ways to promote communication in a controlled educational environment.

A Day in the Lives of Connected Students
Date & Time: Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012, 3:45-4:45PM
Location: Room 11AB
Description: Walk through a virtual school day in the life of two connected students, in 5th and 10th grade, from wake-up to lights out. See how learning can be transformed in any grade when Web 2.0 tools are maximized for communication and collaboration both in and out of the classroom.

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Tunes

Austin proclaims itself to be the “Live Music Capital of the World,” and with good reason. There are fine live music venues all over the city (such as La Zona Rosa), but an easy way to get a taste of what makes Austin boogie is to take a stroll down 6th Street, just a few blocks south of the Capitol. The list of celebrated Austin musicians is long, and includes Jerry Jeff Walker, Spoon, Marcia Ball, Timbuk Three, Alejandro Escovedo, Fastball, Janis Joplin, Ben Kweller, Wilie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Explosions in the Sky, and Poi Dog Pondering.

Grub

Besides music, Austin is renowned for the variety and excellence of its dining establishments. One of our favorites is Stubb’s Bar-B-Q at 801 Red River St. For more ideas where to eat, what to see, and when to be seen, point your browser to these City Guides at www.austintexas.org and www.austincityguide.com.

Bats

The unofficial city motto, appearing on t-shirts and bumper stickers alike, is “Keep Austin Weird!” We’re not sure if that includes bat-watching, but it’s definitely one of the more non-traditional local entertainments. They’ll be hibernating during TCEA, but between mid-March and November at Congress Avenue Bridge you can see some 1.5 million Mexican free tail bats head out to forage each day at dusk.