Sunday, September 16, 2018

The Value of #EdTech Certifications: #NYCSchoolsTech Podcast 3.0

Educators share the value in developing expertise and showing what they know via #EdTech recognition programs like the #NYCSchoolsTech Partner Certification Program . This program allows educators to develop expertise and receive recognition from companies like Common Sense Education, Google, Apple, Microsoft, PBS/WNET, BrainPop, SoundTrap, and more.

#NYCSchoolsTech educators interested in learning more and applying for these programs can visit the training tab of our website at Schools.nyc.gov/tech and join our #NYCSchoolsTech online community

In this podcast #NYCSchoolsTech Podcast host, Nancy Ribak Altadonna interviews four innovators who share how these recognition programs have supported their teaching, learning, leading, and sharing their knowledge with others. 

Benefits discussed include:

Developing your learning network

Educators explain the importance of developing a network of passionate peers they can connect with face-to-face and online. They also share the value of having a direct connection to staff at the companies whose products they use in the classroom.  

Relationships

Becoming a part of a group recognized for your expertise, connects you and allows you to develop relationships with like-minded people not possible with one-shot-deal learning opportunities. These programs result in lasting connections and support to an intensive network of others who share your interests.

Owning the learning

Traditionally educator learning has consisted of your administration telling you what should be important for you to learn. This can leave innovative educators feeling disconnected to what their learning. With recognition programs, the educator owns the learning and must convince their administration why something is important showing lifelong learning and agency with a commitment to share what they learn with others. 








You can listen to the time stamped highlights of what some #NYCSchoolsTech leaders said at the links in the table above. Check out what they had to share. If you find something of interest, you can see the timestamp below and jump to exactly what you want to hear in the podcast.

Nancy Ribak Altadonna (Intro)

Social Studies Special Educator at Fort Hamilton High School in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
Nancy is the host of the #NYCSchoolsTech podcast. She provides opening remarks and interviews today’s guests.  

Sean Arnold (2:00)

Special educator and STEM Coach in NYCs special needs program
Sean talks about...
How what he has learned in these ed tech certification programs has helped him find as many tools and resources as possible to support students with special needs in consuming and creating in ways never before possible.

Cindy Wong (8:30)

Tech teacher at Crocheron Elementary School in Queens.
Cindy talks about…
How certification programs have supported her in being a life-long learner and relating to her students more effectively. She also shares that pursuing this type of learning encourages you to reflect upon your own parenting and consider what you are doing well and areas for growth. 

Steve Borba (13:00)

Tech coordinator, computer science teacher, and data specialist at PS 175M in Central Harlem. Steve talks about…
How teachers lives are made easier when they embrace, learn, and develop tech expertise. That’s because tech can give you a new found means and toolset to creatively connect with and reach students. 

Eileen Lennon (21:00)

Tech teacher at Nathaniel Hawthorne Middle School 74 in Queens
Eileen talks about…
How pursuing recognition as an expert enables her to use tools most effectively as possible to support teaching and learning and help others do the same. She also shares how such recognition has improved her ratings and evaluation by school administration. 

Your Turn

Guest answered a series of questions during their interviews. What do you think?  How would you answer the questions this episode's guests discussed?
  1. Why would advise someone to pursue an #edtech certification?
  2. How does/could your school/district utilize certified #EdTech teachers?
  3. What ed tech certifications have you pursued you be interested in pursuing? Why?
  4. How has/can certification help improve practice or benefit your work or career?
  5. Share 1 way ed tech certification benefits students or staff? 
About the Host of #NYCSchoolsTech Podcast:

Nancy Ribak Altadonna @nancella

Nancy is a Social Studies Special Educator at Fort Hamilton High School in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. She became a teacher through the NYC Teaching Fellows program 10 years ago. Before teaching, Nancy worked in media where she was awarded “Best Evening Radio Host” from the Austin Chronicle at South by Southwest. Nancy received NYC Schools Tech certifications as a PBS Learning Media Master Teacher and Certified Soundtrap Educator. She is currently working on a doctorate in Learning, Instruction, and Innovation. Nancy is thrilled to be the host of the #NYCSchoolsTech Podcast which is here to amplify innovative practices of NYC Schools Tech and inspire others in NYC and beyond. 

Saturday, August 18, 2018

#NYCSchoolsTech Summit: Podcast 2.0

Learn about the innovative practices going on with some of New York City’s most passionate educators and supporters.  The latest #NYCSchoolsTech Podcast was recorded live at our annual #NYCSchoolsTech Summit where NYC Schools most innovative teachers come together to share ideas, network, and learn from one another and about what’s new in the world of ed tech.

#NYCSchoolsTech Podcast host, Nancy Ribak Altadonna  interviewed notable attendees and presenters who shared ideas about innovation, inspiration, who they give thanks to, expectations for students in the future, and their favorite tech tool or resource that they plan to use this year.  

This podcast features 11 innovators who work for or with NYC Schools. They share their ideas, insights, and best practices. 
owing lifelong learning and agency with a commitment to share what they learn with others. 



You can listen to the time stamped highlights of what some NYC ed tech leaders said at the links in the caption above. Check out what they had to share. If you find something of interest, you can jump to exactly what you want to hear in the podcast.

Nancy Ribak Altadonna (Intro)
Social Studies Special Educator at Fort Hamilton High School in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
Nancy is the host of the #NYCSchoolsTech podcast. She is the one to provide opening remarks and interview today’s guests.  

DeNora Getachew (1:36)
Keynote speaker and New York City Executive Director of Generation Citizen
Denora talks about... her vision for every young person to be given the civic knowledge necessary to be prepared to participate in a 21st century democracy.

Brook Wallace (3:36)
NYC program Director for Generation Citizen
Brooke talks about...how Generation Citizen was able to use technology to support non-verbal students with special needs in being able to weigh in, express their ideas, and have their voice heard.

Richard Carranza (4:36)
@NYCSchools Chancellor.
Richard talks about...
an example of a school that successfully incorporated technology into learning by actively demonstrating, creating, and making meaning in a math class.

Eileen Lennon (7:00)
Tech teacher at Nathaniel Hawthorne Middle School 74 in Bayside, Queens
Eileen talks about...
why the annual #NYCSchoolsTech Summit is an important event for her, educators of all grades and subjects across the city, and our vendor partners to attend. She also discusses whether “technology” should be a little T or big T when we think about STEM, STEAM, STREAM...aka school.  
Find out why her favorite technology this year is: EverFi
Find out how she believes students will use technology to change the world.

Ellen Goodman and Kristy Bernardo Lauriat (12:05)
DonorsChoose.org National Teacher Ambassadors and technology teachers in Brooklyn
Ellen and Kristy talk about…
how to help teachers reach citizen philanthropists via Donors Choose for teachers who don’t have the funding through their schools to best help meet their student’s needs. They also teach a class in New York City teaching educators to do just that.

Meredith Allen (16:53)
Soundtrap Education Specialist
Meredith talks about..
connecting classrooms globally via global collaborations through music and why it is so important for our digital citizens to understand that there are others out there around the globe that are both very different, yet very similar.

Jay Strumwasser (21:00)
Jay is the Director of Technology at Challenge Preparatory Charter School in Far Rockaway
Jay talks about…
the power of the the #NYCSchoolsTech professional network for learning.
Find out why he's excited to bring Google’s Applied Digital Skills to his school this year.

Jackie Patanio  (24:26)
Jackie is an EdTech Instructional Lead at the Staten Island Field Support Center
Jackie talks about…
how our #NYCSchoolsTech group has harnessed the power of social media to make meaningful connections and learn deeply with peers, experts, and expert peers.
She also discusses the importance of vendor partnerships and develop relationships.
Find out why her favorite tech resource she learned about this year at the Summit is podcasting to make a change and involve in civic engagement.

Katrina Gordon (30:44)
Katrina is a technology teacher at PS 181 in Queens
Katrina talks about…
what the #NYCSchoolsTech award means to her and the power of collaboration, knowledge sharing, resource sharing, and vendor relationships in the #NYCSchoolsTech group.
She also explains how pursuing certification has been helpful to her professional growth.
Find out why she is excited to bring digital storytelling to her classroom with podcasting.

Your Turn
If you attended the Summit, or another ed conference this year, what did you think?  How would you answer the questions this episodes guests discussed?
  1. Why were you inspired to attend the #NYCSchoolsTech Summit? 
  2. What’s the best part of being involved with #NYCSchoolsTech?
  3. If you could thank someone from your #NYCSchoolsTech learning network, who would you choose and why?
  4.  Technology Implementation: Think about your classroom and finish this sentence:
               “In the next ten years I expect my students to…….”
  1. What is one innovative tool or practice that you learned about today that you plan to use to ensure your students are civically activated and educated?

Thursday, July 26, 2018

An Introduction: #NYCSchoolsTech Podcast 1.0

Welcome to the first #NYCSchoolsTech Podcast. This podcast provides an introduction to what you can expect to hear in future programs. 


Transcription

Hello and welcome to the very first #NYCSchoolsTech podcast. My name is Nancy Ribak Altadonna. I am the producer and host of this program. This podcast is part of the #NYCSchoolsTech suite which includes our NYCSchoolsTechChat on Twitter, our NYCSchoolsTech group on Facebook, and our year-round #NYCSchoolsTech Partner Certification Program. We hope to follow up with you in the method that works best for you. To find out how to participate, please visit our program notes at https://nycschoolstech.blogspot.com.

This summer’s 6th annual NYCSchoolsTech Summit takes place on Tuesday July, 31st 2018. If you are an NYCSchoolsTech staff member who is interested in contributing to this podcast, please stop by the #NYCSchoolsTech Podcast lounge located in the library of Beacon High School from 12-3pm.

If you do, come prepared with answers to these five questions which you can also find in our show notes.

We are giving you five minutes to answer the following five questions:
  1. Why were you inspired to attend the #NYCSchoolsTech Summit? 
  2. What’s the best part of being involved with #NYCSchoolsTech?
  3. If you could thank a #NYCSchoolsTech staff member, who would you choose and why?
  4.  Technology Implementation: Think about your classroom and finish this sentence:
               “In the next ten years I expect my students to…….”
  1. What is one innovative tool or practice that you learned about today that you plan to use to ensure your students are civically activated and educated? 
Hello, this is Nancy Ribak Altadonna and I would like to share a little more about NYC Schools Tech…
Our staff is committed to supporting students in graduating with the skills they need for success.  We do this by providing learning opportunities such as the annual summit and our Partner Certification program which you can find at Schools.nyc.gov/tech. Please note, you must be logged on with your employee credentials. Our monthly NYCSchoolsTechChat happens on Twitter at 7pm EST on the first Thursday of each month. Our #NYCSchoolsTech Facebook group is a great way for staff to stay connected all year long.  

This podcast is another way in which we highlight, support, and encourage educators to form connections with others and create powerful learning networks for themselves and their students.

Thank you for listening to our inaugural NYCSchoolsTech podcast hosted on Soundtrap. We hope you will not only listen, but will also join us by coming by the podcast lounge located in the Beacon High School Library from 12:00 - 3:00 pm at the Summit. 

#NYCSchoolsTech would like to leave you with a final thought…   

Work Hard and Be Nice and take care of your eyes and body. For every 30 minutes that you are looking at your computer, stand up, stretch, and look away for 30 second. Alright, we’re just looking out for you.