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MassCUE News: November 2022                                                
In This Issue:
  1. A message from the Executive Director
  2. Fall Conference: On Demand open now
  3. Featured Educator: Alva Laster, Springfield Public Schools
  4. CUEup: November 9th in Norton
  5. Corporate Partner Spotlight: Trafera, Unified/ICS, Gaggle
  6. Classroom Grants are open
  7. Influence and Advocacy Update
  8. SIG News
  9. Big Deal Media Newsletter

A Message from our Executive Director

Calling all MassCUE members and friends!

As we look forward to the future of MassCUE, we want to know what YOU need from us. In order to best service educators in the commonwealth, we are looking for your feedback. Please take a moment to fill out this survey and let us know what you envision for MassCUE's future! It should only take 10-20 minutes of your time. You could even win a gift card! You can also send this along to other educators you know, so that we can learn from them as well. 🙂

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With gratitude,
Savvy Demers

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Fall Conference On Demand is Open

The MassCUE Fall Conference was a wonderful success! Thank you to all of the attendees, presenters and exhibitors who helped us celebrate our 40th anniversary with a conference that truly fulfilled our mission to educate, connect and inspire. Everyone who registered to attend in person or for the On-Demand Only option can watch the keynote and CUEByte talks, access a variety of sessions and explore exhibitor content through Whova. Learn more.

 

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At the President's Dinner before the Fall Conference, we had the pleasure of honoring four exceptional educators with the Pathfinder and Administrator awards. Visit our website to learn more about Administrator Tina Mahaney and Pathfinders Jennifer Keller, AJ Melanson and Jennifer St. Michel. Read more.  

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November Featured Educator: Alva Laster

Springfield Computer Science Teacher and Technology Coordinator Alva Laster looks for ways to make teachers' lives a little easier and improve student performance with technology. Read about the creative projects that make her our November Featured Educator on our website. Read More

 

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Don't get bogged down by the holidays! Join us at Bog Iron Brewing in Norton on November 9th from 5:00-7:00pm for a CUEup with area educators and sponsor Whalley Computer Associates. Learn more and register.


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Chromebooks, Windows PCs, Interactive Flat Panels, Warranties/Repair and Professional Development

Trafera believes that providing the right classroom tech is only the beginning. That’s why they couple powerful ed-tech with best in class services to support impactful technology integration in the classroom. 

After helping identify the right solutions for your tech initiative – from student Chromebooks to interactive flat panels—they work with you to setup, deploy, and install it all throughout your school/district. What’s more, Trafera offers Google for Education certified professional development to empower educators to teach with confidence using new technology. 

Learn more about how you can partner with Trafera for the right technology and the right support, all for a bright future for students, teachers, and staff. Get to know Trafera. 

Trafera would like to extend an open invitation to all MassCUE members to join them for complimentary breakfast and lunch and networking on Friday, November 18th. Network with edtech peers and learn about how Trafera can partner with you on the technology that drives today’s—and tomorrow’s—classrooms.  View event for more information and registration. Link to Event 

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At ICS Education, our goal is to support your honorable mission as educators by providing best-in-class technology services that work efficiently and securely. 

Schools, colleges, and universities store massive amounts of highly sensitive data relating to their students. It is imperative that this data is kept safe, as it is a primary target for cybercriminals. 

At ICS Education, we have a comprehensive understanding of the security issues educational institutions face, including standard attacks such as ransomware, phishing, and more. We provide advanced cybersecurity solutions at an affordable rate to ensure maximum protection for your files. 

ICS Education is proud to offer our IT services to the education sector. We understand the importance of adapting to new technologies in order to provide the best possible education to students.  

We pride ourselves on our technical expertise and best-in-class customer service—our customer satisfaction ratings are higher than average for our industry. When you call ICS, we’ll answer the phone quickly and we won’t bring the conversation down with heavy technical jargon. 

For over 30 years, we have consistently delivered innovative and personalized IT solutions to clients across different industries, all while maintaining a high standard of integrity and professionalism. 

Contact one of our experts today for a free consultation to learn more about how we can help your institution succeed.  Visit the ICS website

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The pioneer in helping K-12 districts manage student safety. 

Gaggle is the pioneer in helping K-12 districts manage student safety on school-provided technology.  

Our mission, for the past 22 years, has been to help ensure the safety and well-being of all students, supporting school districts in proactively identifying those who are struggling. Everything we do is steeped in helping districts see the early warning signs so they can take action to protect their students from harming themselves or others -- before it's too late. 

The Gaggle solution uses an effective combination of artificial intelligence and trained safety experts to provide real-time analysis and review of students' use of the district's online collaboration platforms for email and schoolwork.  We offer administrators, teachers, and parents the peace of mind that students are being protected -- 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.  Gaggle's intricate balance between student safety and student privacy has K-12 districts across the United States using Gaggle year after year. 

Serving more than 5.8 million students at over 1,500 school districts across the United States, Gaggle’s powerful technology, combined with the Gaggle Safety Team, provides real-time analysis and review of students’ use of school-issued technology. Gaggle goes beyond serving as a student safety platform, also providing therapy and coaching services for students. Learn more about Gaggle. 

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Now Accepting Applications  

MassCUE wants to help you implement your creative idea for using technology in the classroom. Apply for up to $3,000 to make your idea come alive. Read More

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Project Tomorrow's Speak Up 2022 Congressional Briefing: Release of the National Research Findings

Project Tomorrow hosted a student panel discussion with Kristina Ishmael, Deputy Director of the Office of Educational Technology, to share their research about K-12 educational technology. 

"In this year’s annual Speak Up Congressional Briefing, we share the latest national research findings to support this conclusion that the long tail impact of the pandemic and the resulting shifts to more technology-based instruction have forever changed our schools – and there is no going back to the past despite any lingering nostalgia for how education was prior to March 2020. During the 2021-22 school year, over 75,000 K-12 stakeholders participated in the Speak Up Research Project representing urban, rural and suburban schools and districts across the country. Their insights and perspectives on how school has changed over the past few years – and what is needed to improve learning experiences for all students is important information for everyone to hear." 

Click here to read more and watch the recording.

To learn more about the Influence and Advocacy Committee, visit our website

Email Heidi MacGregor or Colleen Terrill for information on how to share your voice in advocacy and get involved with the MassCUE I&A Committee.

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Make this the year you join a Special Interest Group (SIG). This is a great way to share ideas and get support from other educators in an area of interest or region. 

Makerspace & STEM - Will hold a virtual meeting for project sharing and support on November 10th at 4:30pm. 

Southeast, Cape & Islands Technology Team (SCITT) - Will be holding an in-person meeting November 18th in West Bridgewater.

Technology Integration - Will hold a virtual meeting on November 10th at 1:00pm.

New this year - Join our Principals/Assistant Principals SIG. Visit our website to learn more about this new group. 

Learn more about our SIGs

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AI Tools, Coding Tutorials, Virtual Labs,
Wellness Check-ins & More

MassCUE partners with Big Deal Media to bring you the Big Deal Book of Technology Newsletter, featuring contests, resources and information designed to bring the power of the web to your classroom.

The Big Deal Book newsletter will give you great ideas for your classroom.

Read the newsletter

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