Wednesday, January 17, 2018

A Call to Consciosness for the Education Sector: We are ensuring that the current generation of students will hit the brick wall of NOT having the understandings and skills it will need!

An interesting exchange I had with a colleague this morning on Facebook:

https://www.nytimes.com/…/opin…/while-you-were-sleeping.html?
"Education needs to shift 'from education as a content transfer to learning as a continuous process where the focused outcome is the ability to learn and adapt with agency as opposed to the transactional action of acquiring a set skill,” said EDU expert Heather McGowan.“Instructors/teachers move from guiding and accessing that transfer process to providing social and emotional support to the individual as they move into the role of driving their own continuous learning.'"
Technology is advancing by leaps and bounds.
nytimes.com
 
Mark Gura
Mark Gura GREAT article recommendation, Brad. That the Education Sector (or at least some of it) is FINALLY ACKNOWLEDGING that it is working at full speed to ensure that the current generation of students hits the brick wall of NOT having the understandings and skills it will need when it needs them (throughout their lives), is, indeed, a startlingly wonderful turn of events! There has been some good reporting on this over the past year (much of it notably in Education Week)! .... The article you share here (LOVE Friedman's mind, by the way), states "Star Wars technology is coming not only to a theater near you, but to a job near you. We need to be discussing and adapting to its implications.." and further reports about a new program intended to strongly address this situation... "IBM designed Pathways in Technology (P-Tech) schools, partnering with close to 100 public high schools and community colleges to create a six-year program that serves large numbers of low-income students..." - I am encouraged to read Friedman's 'call to consciousness' about this situation and I very much appreciate that some forward thinkers see responding to it as an important thing to do! However, while I see the problem and I think Friedman's writing here helps to frame it properly, having just heard about the P-Tech school program, my initial take is to be very doubtful about it... this, I base on having seen numerous such programs in the past. NOTE to self: Find out much more about this program!!!
 
Brad Spirrison
Brad Spirrison Nice sequel to Thank you for Being Late. Makes for a fascinating trilogy
 
 
Mark Gura
Mark Gura I agree... Here's the Cliff Notes version for those so inclined https://youtu.be/nuF2JKeM2CYManage
youtube.com
 
Mark Gura
Mark Gura FYI: Friedman is cruising at 50,000 feet... Here's a closer to the ground view of the same phenomenon reported at, say, 20,000 feet and intended for those who will get their hands dirty a bit in addressing it...
https://www.edweek.org/.../schools-and-future.../index.html
Manage
 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Morris H.S Robotics Team's 17th Consecutive Year Competing in NYC FIRST

From my In Box...
 
Morris H.S Robotics Team's 17th Consecutive Year Competing in NYC FIRST
NEW YORK CITY REGIONAL
17th Anniversary ;FIRST®; New York City Competition & Expo
Dear Friends and Family,

As some of you know this will be the 18th consecutive year that the ;Morris High School's Robotics Team (aka) 2TrainRobotics has been competing in FIRST Robotics. Over the years the team has competed in more than 30 Regionals around the country. (See highlights below)

This coming weekend at The Armory Track & Field Center in upper Manhattan our team from the South Bronx will compete with 47 ;FIRST Robotics teams from the New York tri-state area, Florida, Australia, China and Turkey in ;FIRST STEAMWORKS,the winning teams will advance to the global competition.
April 8 & 9, 2017 – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Armory Track & Field Center
216 Fort Washington Avenue, New York, NY 10032
THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Morris H.S Campus FIRST Robotics Team

Highlights

(2000-2017)

  • New Jersey FIRST Regional 2000 Judges Award ;
  • FIRST Robotics Presidential Classroom Scholarship 2000 ;
  • NASA / FIRST Robotics Grant 2001 ;
  • NASA/ FIRST Robotics Grant 2002 ;
  • NASA/VCU South Atlantic FIRST 2003 Robotics Regional Winner ;
  • NASA/VCU South Atlantic FIRST 2003 Imagery Winner ;
  • New York City FIRST 2002 Robotics Xerox Creativity ;
  • New York City FIRST 2003 Robotics Engineering and Inspiration Winner ;
  • New York City FIRST 2004 Robotics Chairman’s Award Winner ;
  • New York City FIRST 2004 Robotics Regional Finalist ;
  • New York City FIRST 2005 Robotics Regional Winner ;
  • New York City FIRST 2005 Judges Award ;
  • New York City FIRST 2006 Robotics Regional Winner ;
  • New York City FIRST 2006 Judges Award ;
  • New York City FIRST 2007 Quarterfinalists
  • New York City FIRST 2008 Semifinalists
  • New York City FIRST 2008 General Motors Industrial Design Award
  • New York City FIRST 2008 FIRST Outstanding Volunteer Award ;
  • New York City FIRST 2009 Semifinalists
  • New York City FIRST 2010 Quarterfinalists
  • New York City FIRST 2011 Robotics Regional Winner
  • New York City FIRST 2011 Robotics Xerox Creativity ;
  • New York City FIRST 2011 Woodie Flowers Award ;
  • New York City FIRST 2015 Woodie Flowers Award ;
  • Pittsburgh FIRST 2005 Robotics Regional Winner ;
  • Pittsburgh FIRST 2005 Judges Award ;
  • Pittsburgh FIRST 2006 Robotics Regional Winner ;
  • Pittsburgh FIRST 2006 Robotics Engineering and Inspiration Winner
  • Pittsburgh FIRST 2007 Quarterfinalists
  • Florida FIRST 2008 Semifinalists
  • Philadelphia FIRST 2009 Robotics Regional Winner
  • Philadelphia FIRST 2010 Semifinalists
  • Philadelphia FIRST 2011 Quarterfinalists
  • Philadelphia FIRST 2011 Team Spirit Award
  • FIRST Robotics Championship competition Houston Texas 2003 ;
  • FIRST Robotics Championship competition Atlanta Georgia 2004 ;
  • FIRST Robotics Championship competition Atlanta Georgia 2005
  • FIRST Robotics Championship competition Atlanta Georgia 2006
  • FIRST Robotics Championship competition Atlanta Georgia 2007
  • FIRST Robotics Championship competition Atlanta Georgia 2008
  • FIRST Robotics Championship competition Atlanta Georgia 2009
  • FIRST Robotics Championship competition St. Louis 2011
  • Tribute March 17, 2003 to the Morris Robotics Team on the Floor of The House of Representatives in Washington D.C ;
  • Bronx Borough proclaims March 26, 2003 Morris High School Robotics Day ;
  • Team Presented with Medal by Secretary Colin L. Powell September 2002
  • Robotics team honored on the Floor of the State Assembly in Albany 2003,2004 ;
  • The New York Yankees honor the Morris team on the field at Yankee Stadium 2002,2004,2005,2006,2007,2008,2009,2010,2011,2012,2013,2014,2015,2016
  • The New York Yankees honor the Morris team at the groundbreaking ceremony at the new Yankee Stadium August 2006
  • Represented all New York City Robotics teams in the Bronx Day Parade 2003,2004,2005,2006, 2009, 2010,2011 ;
  • Appearances at the Liberty Science Center in New Jersey 2003, 2004 ;
  • Saluted on radio as “Hometown Heroes” on WINS 1010 June, 2003

  •     Featured in a 2003 award winning FIRST Robotics Showtime Documentary
  •     Top prize at the Bronx Business & Technology Expo 2003
  •     Featured in a 2004 Documentary on National Cable TECH TV

  • Appearance with Dean Kamen at the  2004 Annual New York Times Talk Series

  •     Appearances on Good Morning America, BronxTalk Prime Time Live, Bronx Talk AM, News 12 Bronxnet, NY 1, Fox News, Telemundo and WNBC ;
  •     Articles written about the team in New York Times, Amsterdam News, New York Daily News, Bronx Times, Richmond Times, Uptown Express, Columbia Engineering, United Federation of Teacher’s newspaper, FIRST Robotics Newsletter and Bronx Beat
  •     Team captain participated in 2003 Antarctica expedition
  •     Team member selected to participate in 2004 Antarctica expedition
  •     Team featured in July 2005 article in Popular Mechanics ;
  •     Team appears on Telemundo Television program June 2006
  •     Team appears at Sony Wonder Technology Lab in 2006
  •     Team participates at the NextFest Conference Javits Center Sept. 2006
  •     Team captain participated in 2006 Antarctica expedition
  •     Team participates at Gagetoff at Liberty Science Center Sept. 2007
  •     Team featured in Imagine it! Documentary 2008
  •     Team featured in Forbes Magazine article 2009
  •     Team featured in Popular Science article 2009
  •     Team featured in Neal Bascomb Book “The New Cool” 2009
  •     Team appears at Sony Wonder Technology Lab in 2011
  •     Team featured in NY Daily News article 2011
  •     Team featured in ESPN the Magazine 2011
  •     Team appeared on Channel 5 Teen News September 2011
  •     Team appeared at the NY Maker Faire September 2011
  •     Team appeared at the NY Maker Faire September 2014
  •     Team appeared at the NY Maker Faire September 2015
  •     Team appeared at Co-op City College, Career & Resource Fair 2016

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Educational Technology NEWS Digest V1.0

Educational Technology NEWS Digest: Suggestions for my grad students at Touro College, New York Institute of Technology, and students of Teaching & Learning everywhere....


- The iAM Video Project: A Creative ‘Get-to-Know-You’ Activity (Focus Area: Tech Integration)
"
As a high school journalism teacher, I have started my classes off for years with various digital ‘get-to-know-you’ activities — everything from having students write me a letter using the computer, to playing various online interactive classroom games— all, theoretically, supposed to give me a better idea of who my students are and what their needs might be..."
https://ww2.kqed.org/learning/2017/03/28/the-iam-video-project-a-creative-get-to-know-you-activity/

- Open Educational Resources Movement Scales Up (Focus Area: Technology-driven Transformation of Instruction)


The online movement to share free educational materials is adding entire curricula to its offerings, rather than just individual lessons and units
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2017/03/29/open-educational-resources-movement-scales-up-oer.html

- 9 Ways to Increase Parent Engagement Using Media - #SXSWEdu Takeaways (Focus Area: Technology-driven Transformation of Schools)




"Ongoing parent engagement is an essential piece of building a positive culture of digital citizenship in schools. But what does effective parent engagement look like? How can schools address the unique needs of caregivers in their communities? What are co-engagement ideas where media brings parents and kids together?


I had the opportunity to join a panel at South by Southwest hosted by Common Sense Education called Helping Parents Guide Kids Media Use. (See panel discussion here and presentation materials here.) During the panel we addressed these questions providing perspectives at the city, district, and school level. .."
https://theinnovativeeducator.blogspot.com/2017/03/9-ways-to-use-media-to-increase-parent.html 

- Learn All About Google Keep with this Google Keep Cheat Sheet (Focus Area: Tech Integration)

What is Google Keep?

Google Keep is a web-based application that allows you to create and share notes, lists, and reminders. You can also add images, voice notes, drawings and more! Each note resembles an online sticky note that can be customized and shared. This robust tool can be used by teachers and students to manage projects, set goals, communicate and collaborate.

http://www.shakeuplearning.com/blog/google-keep-cheat-sheet-for-teachers-students/


- Apple’s Bid To Reclaim The Classroom From Chromebooks May Be Too Late
(Focus Area: Hardware/Infrastructure)

With price cuts and new features, Apple is making iPads more school-friendly–but only after Chromebooks became go-to educational machines.

https://www.fastcompany.com/3069231/apples-bid-to-reclaim-the-classroom-from-chromebooks-may-be-too-late
- 5 tips for adaptive learning (Focus Area: Technology-driven Transformation of Instruction)

In this blog post, fifth-grade teacher Amy Crisp shares five ways she uses her school's adaptive-learning platform, Dreambox Learning. Among them are encouraging students to think independently and setting weekly goals.
http://smartbrief.com/original/2017/03/5-tips-adaptive-learning-0 


- 'Spotify for learning games' coming to classrooms (Focus Area: Tech Integration)

A startup has launched a free web-based platform, Legends of Learning, that allows teachers to create playlists of educational games -- similar to how Spotify works for music. The games, already vetted by educators, are tied to educational standards.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2017/03/27/learning-games-coming-platform/99676758/

- Tips for Starting a Blog: Choose Your Own Adventure(Focus Area: Tech Integration)

Ever been curious about starting a blog? Or do you support teachers who might be interested? I started brainstorming this list as I was talking to my husband about the creation of his own blog, focusing on the writing process more than the technical side. 
Combine that with a recent desire to learn how to sketch note, and this flowchart was born.
http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/edugeek_guide/2017/03/edugeek_tips_to_starting_a_blo.html?cmp=eml-enl-eu-news3 


- Using tech tools to turn students into content creators(Focus Area: Technology-driven Transformation of Instruction)


Some teachers instill strict "no technology" policies in the classroom. In Monica Burns's ideal learning environment, though, social media and iPads are not distractions. Rather, they are keys to academic success. "I'm really passionate about turning students into content creators using technology tools," said Burns, an education technology consultant and creator of ClassTechTips.com.

http://empower.ascd.org/general-information/conference-daily/teaching-with-tech.aspx