I am writing a grant to see if I can take some girls to the Midwest Women in Tech Summit in Chicago in May (https://womenintechsummit.net/). I think I may have about 20 girls interested. The summit is Friday, May 3, and is $50/person. I was thinking we would leave the Wausau area around 7:30 Thursday morning, stay over, and then come home after the conference ends at 4:30 on Friday. Are there any schools interested in joining? We have space on our bus.

Interesting perspective on sustainability and costs for the educational production of interactive gaming resoruces. GAMES CAN BE HARD. But the hardest one of all may be building educational games. GlassLab, launched in 2012 with $10.2 million from the Gates and MacArthur foundations, announced it be shutting down its online educational gaming platform next week. We spoke with GlassLab’s former CEO Jessica Lindl, who revisited and reflected on the project’s ambitions, accomplishments and legacy.

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Register for this year's Play Make Learn conference (August 13-14 in Madison) to meet and learn from innovative educators, researchers, and developers about using games for learning, making, coding, hip-hop in education, and more.

Learn more and register:
http://playmakelearn.org/

Full schedule:
https://playmakelearn2018.sched.com/

I will be teaching a 3 week (12 session) coding class this summer for grades 5-8. Curriculum includes code.org, ozobot evo, and spheros. With such a short time and so many cool things, what are my "must dos" in such a short time frame?

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#Esports continue to grow in popularity in Wisconsin schools and worldwide! Check out this article about Esports in Wisconsin schools and how you can become part of the phenomenon.

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Free (and paid stipend) cybersecurity learning opportunities offered by our universities via a national grant opportunity. GenCyber responds to a recognized need to develop cybersecurity awareness and teach sound cybersecurity fundamentals at the K-12 levels.

UW Green Bay (Teacher Camp) July 23 - 27, 2018
http://www.uwgb.edu/camps/technology/gencyber/

Marquette University (Teacher and Student Camps offered) July 30, 2018, to August 3, 2018.
http://mu.edu/cyber-security/gencyber.php

Waukesha Technical College (Teacher Camp) August 6 – 10, 2018
http://www.wctc.edu/gencyber

The GenCyber program works to increase interest in cybersecurity careers and diversity by providing grants to universities, public or private schools or schools systems, not-for-profit institutions, or non-profit institutions to conduct GenCYber camps. GenCyber will equip teachers with the tools and knowledge they need to stay at the cutting edge of this industry, then pass that insight along to students. Our goals are to help students understand correct and safe online behavior, how to be good digital citizens and how to direct their talents into viable tech careers. This no-cost summer camp program is perfect for K-12 teachers who are currently teaching cybersecurity or information technology or would like to incorporate this into their curriculum in the near future. Instructors will present security concepts based on the Cybersecurity First principles, with the K-12 teacher participating in hands-on activities to reinforce the corresponding skills learned.

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Come and join us for a day of play during the "Get In The Game" workshop hosted at the Oregon, WI school district on Saturday March 10th from 9am-3pm. https://www.naomiharm.org/upcomingworkshops

Get In The Game will allow you to learn how to infuse gaming into your classroom. See how gaming has evolved from ‘bored’ games to the kinds of online interactive games that kids are addicted to. Let’s use the excitement of gaming in the classroom to get feedback, create formative assessments to guide instruction, and remove biases on gender roles within computer science. Come join us for a fun filled day of learning and exploring different types of gamification.

YES, a light continental breakfast will be available and a healthy lunch will be catered in for the day. Oh and did I tell you..... that each of you will be receiving a swag bag of gaming goodies, yes indeed! So register your seat today, and why not make it a day of play, by registering and bringing a creative teaching team to this event! #TogetherWeAreBetter

https://www.naomiharm.org/upcomingworkshops — with Velvet Holmes.
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Learn about new online cyber security game focused on math and English skills that allows students to understand the skills and concept of career security.

Online game
http://apps.coastline.edu/games/

News article
http://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/news/tn-dpt-me-cybersecurity-20171215-story.html

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