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Learning Technology Grant Program Overview: New York City Geographic District #30

Award Years: 2021-2024

FlippedTIPS in District 30

District 30 is an urban district, located in Northwest Queens and encompasses the Jackson Heights, Queensbridge, Steinway, East Elmhurst and Astoria neighborhoods.  The forty elementary and middle schools which are part of District 30 feed into William Cullen Bryant High School which also will be a participant.  District 30’s total K-12 enrollment is 36,697 (83% are non-white minorities) and the student population has large percentages of English Language Learners (16%), students with disabilities (17%), and economically disadvantaged students (72%).  These schools are in areas of high unemployment.

The problems and needs of these schools relate to a lack of technology literacy skills among students and technology integration skills among teachers needed to prepare students for today’s new technology jobs.

New York City Geographic District #30’s proposal, FlippedTIPS in District 30, will provide a total of 75 content teachers and Library Media Specialists with intensive, systematic professional development focused on integrating FlippedTIPS’ exemplary technologies into the curricula of Science, Math, ELA and Social Studies at forty-one public schools and nonpublic partners, St. Francis of Assisi School and Our Lady of Fatima. By adopting this PD model to address the schools’ curricula and library media needs, the 75 teachers will achieve four objectives:

  1. Teachers will demonstrate problem-based learning by guiding their students in the identification, analysis, and solving of a curriculum or community social problem.
  2. Teachers will develop an original, interdisciplinary, PPA based hyperdoc, which is an online inquiry-oriented activity, for their students.
  3. Teachers will design and develop a web-based presentation for their students
  4. Teachers will create an original screencast and interactive video to be used in “flipping” one of their lessons.

There are also two student objectives:  Students will…

  1. Show significant gains in meeting the technology standards as outlined in the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Standards for Students
  2. Meet the New York State Next Generation Standards/Common Core Learning Standards through their completion of the online PPA lessons created by their teachers.

The FlippedTIPS program will provide three to six days (18 hours) of professional development, online activities, independent time for each teacher to develop technology products aligned to state standards, and follow-up technical assistance from the Directors (professional development providers). At these PD workshops, teachers will be introduced to the educational philosophies of blended learning/flipped teaching as well as the Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition (SAMR) and Technological Pedagogical and Content Knowledge (TPACK) models of technology integration. Teachers will develop lessons using Open educational resources to meet the New York State Next Generation Standards/Common Core Learning Standards.

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