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The founders of Facebook, Microsoft, and Google all started their journeys with just one line of code. This week, 5 million students in 33,000 classrooms across 167 countries will be trying out code as part of Computer Science Education Week. Is your school participating? Learn more at code.org and by following the hashtag #hourofcode.

At code.org, you’ll learn/ find:

• Tutorials for beginners
• Tutorials that teach JavaScript
• Tutorial apps for any device
• Programming languages
• Make your own apps
• Make web pages
• Program with robots

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mobile classDo you have a mobile device and want to learn how to find education-friendly apps? In this hands-on session at Cooperating School Districts, we will explore a multitude of education friendly, content- based resources for your mobile device for multiple grade levels and subject areas.

Learn how to find apps for any content area
and get a chance to learn how to use them
in this June 19th BYOD session.

During this full-day session lead by Greg Lawrence, other websites and online resources will also be shown, like app finders, utility apps, and apps your students can use in 1:1 environments. You must bring your own mobile device– Android or Apple. This workshop is $145 for a CSD member and $185 for a  non-member. Space is limited, register today!

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Learn from “Standout Schools” throughout June and July on how they implement Apple into their classrooms and curriculum. This free webcasts series promises that you’ll “learn from and speak with your peers as they describe best practices in their implementations from a leadership, IT, and curriculum perspective.” Here’s the line-up (registration is required):

• June 19, 2012, 10–11:00 a.m. PDT for K12 Independent Schools
Innovating curriculum with Apple technology.
presented by Mireille Rabaté, Middle School Principal and Seth Hubert, Director of Academic Technology, French American International School, San Francisco, CA and Misty Overman, Middle School Principal and JoAnn Waldrop, Middle School Science Teacher, Greater Atlanta Christian School, Norcross, GA.

• July 10, 2012, 10–11:00 a.m. PDT for Middle and High Schools
Engaging and empowering students with iPad and Mac.
presented by Margaret Murphy, Education Technology Specialist and Stephanie Meewes, Middle School Language Arts Teacher, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago, IL and Mary Stewart, Principal and Julie Leach, 21st Century Literacy Teacher Leader, Wyandotte High School, Kansas City, KS.

• July 24, 2012, 10–11:00 a.m. PDT for Elementary Schools
Increasing student achievement with Apple technology.
presented by Emy Flores, Principal and Anna Kozma, 1st Grade Teacher, Valencia Park Elementary School, Fullerton, CA and Dr. Kevin Juach, Superintendent and Gail Soriano, Technology Director, Avoca School District 37, Wilmette, IL.

July 31, 2012, 10–11:00 a.m. PDT for Higher Education Graduate Schools
Advancing professional education with iPad.
presented by Yousuf Kahn, Chief Information Officer, Hult International School of Business, San Francisco, CA and Michael L. Schwartz, PhD, Assistant Dean for Curriculum, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT.

Visit the website to read full descriptions and to register.


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“Change your school colors to green with free computer recycling from Apple” – I noticed that our blog post from May of 2011 was getting a lot of hits in the last few days, so I clicked around and saw the Apple is again recycling old computers! According to their website, this is a limited time & exclusive offer to accredited K-12 and Higher Education Institutions in the 50 United States and the District of Columbia. Registration for free recycling is available from May 14 through August 31, 2012.

Here’s what you need to know:

•  Institutions must have 25 or more computer items (qualifying computers, printers, or displays) to recycle.
•  Institutions must register products for recycling prior to shipping them.
•  Apple will also accept other brands and types of equipment.
•  Products must be registered for pickup by August 31st.
•  Institutions must pack & shrink-wrap eligible equipment – Apple does not provide pallets, shrink-wrap, or packing labor.
•  Apple is not responsible for any of the data on recycled equipment.
•  Click here for more information on this program, and click here for general information on Apple’s recycling efforts.

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These days there is a lot of focus on iPads in K-12 education. What about the schools that have embraced a non-Apple tablet? Here’s an opportunity for those educators to learn more about what they can do on their Andriod device! Check out these upcoming workshops (take one, or both!) from Cooperating School Districts:

Android Tablet Boot Camp
on June 22, from 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Tablets are revolutionizing the classroom. With information at your student’s fingertips, and apps that can focus on a specific concept and engage our students, no wonder they are a success. Learn techniques to navigate Android devices, customize settings, and install apps. Discover apps that can be used at any grade level and how to find them, while building a toolkit at the same time. Join us if you are an Android amateur or a Google guru; there will be something for everyone. You may bring your Android device, or we will share one with you.

Educational Apps for Android Tablets on June 22, from 12:30-3:30 p.m.
This is a continuation of the Android Tablet Boot Camp workshop. Spend the afternoon learning about some great educational Android apps. Find out which apps can be used for classroom management & assessment, and which apps fit best into the different content areas such as math and language arts. Walk away with a list of apps and and feel confident on how they can be effectively used in schools.

Register for these workshops here.
Each session: $75 CSD member; $89 non-member

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NEW WORKSHOP! Choosing Education-Friendly Mobile Apps takes place Monday, June 11. Do you have a mobile device and want to learn how to find education-friendly apps? Join us & find apps for any content area and get a chance to learn how to use them. The morning session will focus on apps appropriate for 6-12th grade curriculum, while the afternoon session will focus on apps for preK-5 curriculum.  In this hands-on session, we will explore a multitude of education friendly, content based resources for your mobile device. Other websites and online resources will also be shown, like app finder apps, utility apps, and apps your students can use in 1:1 environments.

K-12 educators, chose to attend one or both of these sessions at Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis. This is a BYOD session. You must bring your own mobile device, whether it is an Android or Apple product. Session times: Secondary, 6-12 8:30-11:30 a.m. and Elementary, PreK-5 12:30-3:30 p.m. Costs: $75 CSD member per session; $89 non-member. (No Graduate Credit available for these workshops). Registration is now open.

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You are invited to attend a Deploying & Managing Mobile Devices in Education seminar at Cooperating School Districts on Monday, April 16th. Who should come to this free, half-day seminar next week? Technical Directors, Tech Coordinators, IT Staff, Network Admins, anyone interested in the technical side of deploying tablets in schools are invited to participate.

Managing iPads & iPhones
Looking at, or already deploying, iPads, iPods, or iPhones in your school or on campus?  In this technical seminar, we will look at the devices, best practice deployment options, sync & content strategies, Mobile Device Management (MDM) and volume app purchasing.  Bret Siegel, Systems Engineer for Apple, Inc., will guide you through the ins-and-outs of deploying Apple mobile devices in the classroom and answer all your questions.

Topics will include:
• Deployment & Management Techniques
• New features in iOS 5
• Activating and configuring your devices
• Mobile Device Management
• Volume Purchase Program
• AirPlay and AppleTV
• iCloud & File Management

DATE: Monday, April 16, 2012 | TIME: 9:00am – 12:00pm
LOCATION: CSD, 1460 Craig Rd. Creve Coeur, MO  63146
RSVP: Debbie Finocchairo 314-692-1200 or dfinocchiaro@csd.org
Please register by Friday, April 13th.

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Educators, please join us for ‘Learning with the iPad’, an opportunity to explore how the iPad is transforming teaching and learning and engaging students like they’ve never been engaged before. Educational applications of the iPad include digital textbooks, eBooks, web-based digital content, and apps for all curriculum areas and grade levels K-20. Most importantly, the iPad also provides productivity and creativity tools for content creation and publishing. Putting iPads in the hands of students and teachers is positively impacting student performance and helping schools and universities realize the promise of educational technology we’ve hoped for and expected for so long.  Join Barry Sevett, Apple Education Development Executive, as he explains and demonstrates the educational uses of the iPad.

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 28; 8:30-11:30 am
Location: Cooperating School Districts at 1460 Craig Road in Creve Coeur

Cost: FREE  |  Who Should Attend?
Superintendents, Curriculum Directors,
Principals, Teachers

Register here. [we now have a wait list] Registration is limited to 35. (Bring your iPad if you have one, but there will be some you can use if you don’t own one yourself).

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From Apple In Education-

Apple will recycle your school’s old, unwanted Mac computers, PCs, and qualifying peripherals from any manufacturer — for free.

To take advantage of this opportunity, you’ll need to register by September 2, 2011. You must recycle a minimum of 25 items in order to participate.

Apple will accept all brands of the following equipment: computers, monitors, laptops, printers, fax machines, scanners, desktop-size copy machines, CD drives, hard drives, TVs, VCRs, projectors, overhead projectors, networking equipment, cables, keyboards, and mice.

Leveraging the Apple Recycling Program for Education ensures that your retired equipment will be disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner, with special consideration given to data security:

  • All recycled hard drives are ground into confetti-size pieces.
  • Customers receive a certificate of destruction for each lot recycled through the program.
  • All asset tags and other identifying information are destroyed.
  • All of the electronic waste collected through the program is processed in North America.

For more detailed information including packing instructions,
visit http://www.apple.com/education/recycling/.

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