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NYS Ed Tech Innovators - July 2018

The end of the school year does not mean the end of meaningful work related to educational technology for New York State educators, administrators, and educational leaders. Over the last few months, some Districts and BOCES-led consortia with religious and independent school partners have submitted Learning Technology Grant applications, which will hopefully lead to enhancements in teaching and learning. Currently, with the assistance of staff from BOCES and RICs, districts are working hard on developing their Instructional Technology Plans, each with unique goals and action steps addressing how districts are meeting the educational technology expectations of the Board of Regents. Educators are attending and presenting at various educational technology conferences across the state and country, sharing their knowledge and best practices with colleagues.

Contributions to this edition of NYS Ed Tech Innovators come from the central and southern areas of our state, representing insights from a religious school, a public district, and a Regional Information Center.  

  • An Instructional Technology Specialist shares the Embedded Professional Development Model; a one-on-one approach to PD that builds trust and relationships between the professional developer and teacher. Application of this model has resulted in teachers becoming more comfortable in integrating new technologies and online tools into activities that align with curricular standards.
  • St. Ann certainly lives up to its name as "The Personal School," having implemented a school-wide program focusing on blended learning, innovative use of technology, and individualized attention. These methods have raised self-confidence in students, diminished behavioral issues, and increased student proficiency on New York State exams.
  • In response to the large demand for computing jobs, Mineola High School offers A New Meaning to "College & Career Readiness." The school has teamed up with a local community college to allow students the opportunity to complement their high school diploma with a college-level Certificate in New Media Technology.

From all of us at the New York State Education Department, have a safe, relaxing, and fun-filled Summer!