activ-con 2017 was a great success!
Click here to learn more about our July 25th Activ-Con event that attracted over 100 leaders and innovators in K-12 active learning spaces from across the region!
The TLI service is designed to inspire, engage, and promote excellence in leadership centered around instructional technology, truly supporting each participant as they work to reach new heights in their approach to educational technology. Each year we strive to provide a robust and rigorous program of events that mimics what might be found at national events across the country. Each event is carefully designed with a discrete theme and purpose that brings solutions forward for district leaders need in a timely and meaningful way. An example is the upcoming COSN NYSCATE CTO event on October 2nd that is designed specifically for Directors of Technology and district administrators with district responsibilities around technology, technology policy, privacy/security, and instruction. Also coming up is the Tech Summit event on October 27th designed specifically to align with district budget process providing over 40 educational technology vendors and solutions to preview. Each district membership provides up to eight seats at each event. Your best value from the service is participation. Plan with your teams early and be sure to register. Please see the program and registration details below.
Keynote Speaker - Dr. Ruben Puentedera
Dr. Ruben Puentedura is the Founder and President of Hippasus, a consulting firm based in Western Massachusetts, focusing on transformative applications of information technologies to education. He has implemented these approaches for over twenty-five years at a range of K-20 educational institutions, as well as health and arts organizations. He is the creator of the SAMR model for selecting, using, and evaluating technology in education, which currently guides the work of the Maine Learning Technology Initiative, as well as projects in Vermont and Sweden. His current work explores new directions in mobile computing, digital storytelling, learning analytics, and educational gaming, focusing on applications in areas where they have not been traditionally employed. He can be reached at email@example.com.
In this keynote, Dr. Puentedura will address the "now what" of SAMR. Whether you are familiar with the SAMR model or not, the conversation will focus on how SAMR is being used in schools and how to get the most out of the model and how to plan for it moving forward.
TECH SUMMIT AGENDA
7:30 -8:45 Breakfast
8:45-9:00 Opening Remarks
9:00-10:00 Keynote—Dr. Ruben Puentedura
10:05-11:05 Vendor Ignite Session 1
11:20-12:20 Vendor Ignite Session 2
1:25-2:25. Vendor Ignite Session 3
2:30-3:15 Model Schools Town Hall Meeting
3:15. Closing Comments & Snacks
This event is designed to work in parallel with a district budget cycle. There will be over 40 vendors available on the vendor floor with many presenting in ignite sessions. You will learn about new products and services and determine if and how these offers might fit with your technology plan for the 2018/19 school year.
TECH SUMMIT MLP REGISTRATION: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=12439&I=2537816
(This event is eligible for CTLE Credit)
Big-Small-Medium Data. Smart Data. Fast and Slow Data. Dirty Data. Dark Data. Predictive Analytics. Actionable Analytic. Data Science. Data Driven Decisions. Regardless of the words we use, there is no doubt that we have a plethora of data at our fingertips to help us determine the impact of just about any one thing on another, the causal relationships. What is lacking is time and oftentimes a new lens for looking at the data we interact with every day. This day will provide a variety of snapshots and experiences for participants to reflect on how and when they use and promote the use of data with stakeholders.
After lunch, join the LHRIC Instructional Technology team for hands on with Clarity Action Planning 101 - This session is designed for district leaders to take action with their Clarity data and bring data based decision making home for the 2018 - 2021 Technology Planning cycle. With the NYSED Tech Survey due date quickly approaching (Fall, 2018) you will want to get organized around your plan, your approach, or the evaluation of your plan. Whether you are actively collecting data in the Clarity platform or not, we have data to help you make the best decisions for your instructional technology program.
(This event is eligible for CTLE Credit)
Ben Wellington is the creator of I Quant NY, a data science and policy blog that focuses on insights drawn from New York City's public data, and advocates for the expansion and improvement of that data. His data science and story telling has influenced government policy including changes in street infrastructure, the training of police officers, the way New Yorkers pay for cabs and the design of NYC subway vending machines.
Ben is a contributor to the New Yorker, and a Visiting Assistant Professor in the City & Regional Planning program at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn where he teaches statistics using urban open data. He works as a quantitative analyst at the investment management firm Two Sigma, where he helped start the firm's Data Clinic, a pro bono data analysis program that works with non-profits to harness the power of their own data. Ben holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from New York University.
Dr. Jan Bryant
Dr. Jan Bryan has been intrigued by not only how, buy why, we learn. Jan’s work has taken her from a home-based early literacy program to years in the public school classroom, from one who delivered curriculum to one who wrote traditional and online curriculum for the state of Texas and from one who found assessment data interesting to one who seeks to find the child among those data. Dr. Bryan is the National Education Officer for Renaissance Learning. You can reach Jan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On this day, the LHRIC recognizes district excellence in educational technology by presenting the TELL Awards (formerly Pioneer) Transforming Education through Leading and Learning. This coveted regional award will recognize up to three teachers and three school or district leaders from across the Lower Hudson region. These educators will have a story to tell that demonstrates how education can be transformed through the use of instructional technology strategies and tools. New this year, each awardee will provide a 30 minute breakout session on the topic they have been recognized for inviting their colleagues and students to participate where feasible.
Look for nomination forms for this award on or about February 9, 2018. In the meantime, be on the look out for excellence in your schools and nominate someone you know or nominate yourself!
Manley Feinberg II is the founder of VerticalLessons.com, a best-selling author, and an award-winning international keynote speaker. His insight and energy will inspire you to reach your next summit. Manley’s eleven years of leadership influence contributed to a workplace culture that landed Build-A-Bear Workshop on the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For list four years in a row. Manley served two terms as the president of the St. Louis chapter of the National Speakers Association, and he is currently a member of the HDI Strategic Advisory Board.
Having delivered over 5000 hours of professional speaking, Manley is recognized as an award winning speaker and Information Technology leader, a world class speaking coach and top professional business trainer in a wide range of business and technical topics. He leverages over 20 years of IT, business, and professional speaking experience; helping technical professionals at all levels in their career to take their presentation and communication skills to the next level, enabling them to influence their customers, teams and colleagues, and build key business alliances.
(This event is eligible for CTLE Credit)
This is the LHRIC's capstone teaching and learning event for the year! This event is designed for district stakeholders from across the region as a showcase for what works, what we should look forward to, and even what to avoid as we move to a more personalized learning environment across all teaching and learning. The LHRIC is frequently asked to help districts learn about what others are doing well, and what should we be paying attention to. This is that event! New this year - Epic Failures and Five Minutes of Fame!
Keynote Speaker - Heather Dowd
Remember the “Choose Your Own Adventure” book series we loved as kids? Don’t you think life is a little bit like those books? Think of a crossroad in your life where the choice you made led you to a new adventure. Chances are, you can name more than a few of those defining moments. What about our students? While we can’t predict the choices our students are going to have in the future, we can prepare them to make choices that will lead to a rich and thick adventure story. What are the skills and traits that helped you make the best decisions and how do we help build them in our students?
Heather Dowd is a teacher, education technology coach, science enthusiast, traveler, photographer, and most of all, a learner. She has worked as a physics teacher, instructional designer, and education technology coach in Japan, USA, Mexico, and Singapore. Teaching English with the JET program in Kumamoto, Japan inspired her to become a teacher and the adventure hasn’t stopped. Heather is a Google for Education Certified Innovator/Trainer, Apple Distinguished Educator, and a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified Educator, and is co-author of the book, "Classroom Management in the Digital Age".
(This event is eligible for CTLE Credit)
October 2, 2017 - COSN/NYSCATE CTO Clinic (Keynote Speaker - Dr. Darryl Adams, Superintendent from Coachella, CA)
CTO CLINIC REGISTATION: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=12439&I=2537907
November 18 - 21, 2017 - NYSCATE Annual Conference, Rochester Convention Center, Rochester, NY - Shifting Gears - 2017 Revving up for the Future(Conference registration and any conference registration included meals are part of TLI Membership, travel and lodging related expenses are not included.)
NYSCATE Hudson Valley Conference - March 3, 2018 - Wappengers Falls, NY
(Conference registration and any conference registration included meals are part of TLI Membership)
NYSCATE HUDSON VALLEY REGISTRATION: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=12439&I=2537294
(914) 592-4203 x3411
2017/18 PDF Brochure Digital Link: https://resource.echalk.com/sr/fohxjTg0
NOTE: Membership and exam fees are additional.
NYSED is in the process of revising the next Instructional Technology Plan Survey Tool. The 2018-2021 Instructional Technology Plan is due in the survey tool October of 2018 with the tool being available this fall. The intent is for districts to have the full school year to work with stakeholder groups in the writing and updating of their plans. As soon as the survey tool and associated guidance are available from NYSED, it will be posted here.
The Smart Schools Bond Act (SSBA) was passed in the 2014-15 Enacted Budget and approved by the voters in a statewide referendum held during the 2014 General Election on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. The Smart Schools Bond Act authorized the issuance of $2 billion of general obligation bonds to finance educational technology and infrastructure to improve learning and opportunity for students throughout NY State. The SSBA requires that a Review Board review and approve districts’ Smart Schools Investment Plans before any funds may be made available for the program. Plans across New York are still being approved by the Board. NYSED’s Business Portal hosts the Smart Schools Investment Plans (SSIPs).
The May 12 ceremony recognized the award-winners for their work in transforming education and student learning, and lauded them for their leadership capabilities.
Formerly known as the Pioneer Awards, the well-respected accolades are the LHRIC’s way of saluting outstanding teachers and administrators in the region who go out of their way to advance student success through their innovative use of technology. Award recipients are detailed below-
Outstanding Innovative Teacher Award -
Brandon Milonovich, a math/computer science teacher at Ardsley High School, who was lauded for his ability to go from traditional instructor to that of learning facilitator.
Laura Crowley, a credit recovery facilitator at White Plains High School, who works each and every day to make a difference in the lives of high school students who are in danger of failing school.
Susan Wallace, a fifth-grade teacher at the Main Street School of Irvington, who has managed to turn out independent, self-motivated students thanks to her endless enthusiasm and energy for teaching and learning.
Outstanding Innovative Leader Award –
Dr. Andrew Taylor, DOT/CIO of Byram Hills School District, for his efforts to move the district toward innovative technology integration, including a forward-thinking STEAM curriculum.
Dr. Steven Garcia, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Personnel in the Pelham School District, for spearheading an ambitious MakerSpaces initiative throughout the district.
Outstanding Innovative Partner Award –
Dr. Joseph Mosey, Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services in the Peekskill School District, for launching a series of Twitter chat sessions centered around an array of instructional technology topics.
“This is an especially exciting day for us,” said Sarah Martabano, manager of the LHRIC’s Instructional Technology Department. “It is also an opportunity for us to recognize those among you who have inspired innovation in a way that makes them stand out.”