"I have my students use iPads and my phone for a math app. I set up the Reflector app so the phone and ipads display on the smartboard. This way I am able to see exactly what they are doing on all of the devices.
"I definitely agree with many of you who have stated the struggles of incorporating cell phones within the classroom. While there are many negatives in my mind (or maybe that is just be being a skeptic), I do think that there could be times within…"
"Good point Ashley about not allowing the cell phones in class for the reason that students would not be allowed to use it on the state test. It is best to use things which then can be brought to the state test. If students are familiar…"
"This year my school became particularly interested in whether or not we should allow cell phones within the mathematics classroom. Some of our high school classes are permitting the use of cell phones in class and we were wondering if we should…"
"I was not aware of BYOD until learning about the topic in class. Bring Your Own Device, the purpose of encouraging students to bring electronics to school is an up and coming trend. I work in a vocational training program, training and…"
"I never considered Andrew's idea, but its a great one. Having the students develop their own ideas for digital citizenship. I do have my students help develop classroom rules each year so why not let them help develop rules for technology?…"
I think Aaron poses a very important question, and one that doesn't have any easy answers. Ideally, I would agree with Lauren's comments that schools should provide a digital citizenship education to each student to…"
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 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 email@example.com.
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.
My name is Jerome A. Burks; I work for Minority Executive Search. I am trying to get in contact with you to see if you or a friend would be interested in the openings I have. I am searching for a E-Learning & Training Specialist for the Bronx, NY area. I would like to know if you or a friend would be a good fit for this position. If you are interested please send me an updated copy of your resume as a word document. If you are not interested please forward to any qualified candidate that you may know of. If you have any questions please contact me ASAP.
E-learning & Training Specialist
Location: North Bronx
Reports to: Director of Training
Our company is embarking on a major initiative to transform our training from solely classroom-based workshops to blended learning. In order to support this project, a new dedicated full time position has been created.
As a member of the Training team, the E-learning & Training Specialist will work with the Director of Training to support Training initiatives nationally. The focus will be on working collaboratively with the Director and with a consulting organization to create and implement interactive, engaging, and effective e-learning modules, including but not limited to decision-making scenarios, simulations, mini-games, wikis, video lessons, e-seminars, etc. Other responsibilities will include coordination and delivery of classroom training as needed.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
National Training Initiatives (90%)
· Work with the Director of Training to ensure successful implementation of e-learning project
· Help evaluate & select from e-learning vendors bidding on the e-learning contract
· Review, edit, create, and write materials needed for e-learning modules
· Make sure the e-learning project hits all deadlines and milestones
· Serve as a liaison between the Training team, the consulting organization, and internal staff whose participation is required for the e-learning project
· Actively participate as a contributing member of the Training team
· Deliver training in other regions as needed
Regional Training (10%)
· Facilitate training workshops as needed
· Support training logistics as needed
· Perform other duties as assigned
MINIMUM JOB REQUIREMENTS
Commitment to our mission and educational approach. Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s preferred. Understanding of the principles of e-learning instructional design, as well as the principles of adult learning. One-two years’ experience working on an e-learning design & e-learning implementation project. One-two years’ experience delivering interactive, engaging training to adults; excellent facilitation skills required. One-two years’ experience assessing, developing, and maintaining training curriculum and materials. One-two years’ project management experience. Strong writing and editing skills absolutely required. Excellent organizational and communication skills. Positive attitude, sense of humor, and ability to work on a team, as well as independently. Flexible and extremely reliable. Familiar with office technology and software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, email). Experience working with elementary school children a plus. Bilingual (Spanish/English) a plus. Up to 10% travel required. Occasional weekends required.
E-mail your updated resume and salary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org Referrals are Welcome!