Office of Instructional Technology - NYC Department of Education
I serve as the professional development manager for the Office of Instructional Technology at the New York City Department of Education. I have worked in education for more than ten years both in New York City Schools and districts and at Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining the Office of Instructional Technology in 2004 I worked in various capacities including as a program developer, literacy coach, staff developer, teacher, and librarian.
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I am an edtech author. I have written many articles and blogs about the educational technologies. I consider myself as a help for those who are unaware of technical advancements in the education landscape. I like to share my views and thoughts that are beneficial for others. I will share relevant content only regarding education and technology.
I would like for you to consider creating a place on the cell phone group where we can post links. I have looked through several of the past posts and there are links to some great sites. Unfortunately, they get lost in the shuffle of material. It would be great to have something on the front end where the links could be posted. This would be especially helpful for the newbies who come to the site looking for help, but might not know how to dig through the piles of data to find it. Let me know if you would like to chat.
When asked you how to get more tech into my middle school (11X127) you advised me to do it myself. I'm following your advice; I'm just back from NECC09 and have lots of ideas to transform my classroom and to spread to my colleagues. Thanks for the advice. Deven
Hi Lisa, I'm a teacher working at a public school in Brooklyn and doing my Master's thesis on how Web 2.0 can support PLCs. I would be interested on your thoughts on the matter and also how ARIS fits into this picture. I was excited to find come across your profile, and hope you are able to discuss and share what you've learned. -thanks! Dana
Hi Lisa. I was wondering if you have any high school contacts who would be interested in participating in a nationwide SAT Vocab Video Contest @ MIT university. You can view contest details at BrainyFlix.com Please let me know. Thanks!
I am the Project Director for Project K-Nect and Chair of the 2009 Mobile Learning Conference scheduled in Washington DC on February 16-17. We are seeking outspoken individuals (on the + and -) from NYC to participate in a session we call, "Cell Phones - Enablers or Distractors in the Classroom" The url for the conference is http://www.mobilelearning09.org. I would like to talk with you or other colleagues about getting some participation by individuals from NYC. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
I'm sending out messages to everyone I know right now, and this classroom20 network is no exception. (I've also sent this out on other Ning networks you may be a part of.) My name is Alyshia Olsen; I am a 20 year old college student from Olin College of Engineering. I am a part of a group of 6 Olin College students (we're in Needham, MA, and engineering students) who has taken a year off to work on an education related project. Since you are in the 'connecting content and technology' group, I thought you might be interested! Our project is called AlightLearning, and this is our "short" project description:
Under the assumption that within ten years, the landscape of modern education will have fully integrated what we now define as new classroom media: video, online collaboration, open source curriculum and other web tools, we hope to pioneer a web software tool that acts as a platform for this new media, bringing the power of the web and its tools to students, teachers and parents in a secure, comfortable and innovative environment. Our goal is to have our free software at a pilot middle school by April 15th, 2009, continuing to develop and coordinate with our users to create a product that other schools want to pilot and use at their schools, while allowing individual teachers to implement this tool in their own classroom.
Our project, titled Alight Learning, is currently trying to win an idea competition on Ideablob.com You can find us at http://ideablob.com/3975 . We would love your support in the form of a vote within the next couple days, but more importantly we'd love your feedback and comments. Our description on Ideablob is short, and even the one above hardly gets at many of the issues we would like to take a stab at solving, but at least it's a start.
Feel free to email me back, check out alightlearning.com, anything you like!
With your work in instructional technology I recommend you take a look at Wiziq's virtual classroom and authorstream's power point presentation platform. Both are web based, have a bunch of features, and free basic service. I think Wiziq, particularly, might be quite helpful to staff and students in New York City schools especially if the City schools are looking to go online a bit more.