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Computer coding as a foreign language? Florida lawmakers again push the idea

We’ve seen this move from the Florida legislature before. Here’s the February 2017 version before the legislative session opens in March:

Computer coding as a foreign language? Florida lawmakers again push the idea

…Aimed at preparing students for high-tech jobs in a modern digital economy, the legislation (SB 104) has the backing of …

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February 23 is Digital Learning Day

How will you and your students observe Digital Learning Day? While the set date is Feb. 23, you can certainly celebrate anytime! provides info and ideas.

Register your school or event here:

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In the comments, share what you did!…

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Get a 25% Discount on ISTE Membership

ISTE, the International Society for Technology in Education, is extending a special offer to our members:

Join ISTE or renew your ISTE membership through Dec. 31, 2016, and receive a discount of 25% off your basic or premium membership!

You know the powerful benefits of connecting with like-minded educators through FSTE. Nothing beats collaborating with …

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Register for ISTE 2017 in San Antonio in June 2017

Extraordinary educators deserve an extraordinary conference. What is the ISTE conference like? Here’s a short video with some highlights of ISTE 2016 (in Denver) that may get you interested in attending ISTE 2017 in San Antonio.

ISTE members can get a discount on registration fees. (You can get a 25% discount on your ISTE membership …

Read more → provides content to 75% of US schools

Newsela, a 3-year-old startup that promotes literacy in K-12 education, gives teachers curated news articles to share with their students. With the help of intelligent software that adjusts article text to match a student’s reading level, teachers can use comprehension quizzes to get immediate feedback when kids are stumped. Newsela is currently in 75% …

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ISTE 2017 conference proposals due by 9/29/16

ISTE 2017 will be in San Antonio, June 25-28, 2017.

Submit your proposal for a session, poster or workshop here:

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TIME is wrong: Screens in schools are not a hoax

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CUE — the California affiliate of ISTE — has provided this rebuttal to the editorial from Aug. 31, 2016, by Dr. Nicholas Kardaras titled “Screens in Schools are a $60 Billion Hoax.” Dr. Kardaras is a licensed social worker who runs a center for addicted teens in New York.

Another …

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Making IT Happen Awardee 2016: Norma Jennings

Norma Jennings received the Making IT Happen award at FETC 2016.
Norma had been the FSTE Region 1 president in the Panhandle area and served as FSTE president in 2011. Currently she is FSTE treasurer.

Norma recently retired from a long career with Escambia County Public Schools, where she started as a teacher of students …

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Making IT Happen Awardees: John Lien and Susan Bearden, 2015

John Lien of Orange County Public Schools and Susan Bearden, Director of Information Technology at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy in Melbourne, were named the FSTE Making IT Happen award winners at FETC in 2015. Both have been leaders in educational technology in their local area and more broadly through various activities.

John is …

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FSTE Events at FETC2016 in Orlando

FL Educator Tweet Up – Jan. 14
Joint FL educator tweet up on Thursday, Jan. 14, with The FLEdChat group
Sponsored by FSTE and #FLEdChat
Thursday, Jan. 14
2:40-3:20 PM
Meet in the back of the Exhibit Hall near the food vendors
Member and board discussion: Future of FSTE – Jan. 15
How should FSTE …
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