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Dec 15

Exploring STEAM Using Scratch Coding, Hummingbird Robotics, and littleBits Robotics

The Library Media Specilaist and Instructional Technology Specialist at Monroe #1 BOCES recently held a STEAM pilot. The pilot includes an introductory session and facilitated, interactive exploratory sessions. Come and learn how coding and robotics can offer an inquiry-based learning experience for students, which is creative, technology bases, and addresses CCLS. More Information & Registration …

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Oct 07

2015 NYSCATE Annual Conference

It’s time to roll out the red carpet for the 2015 NYSCATE Conference! The annual conference is an exciting event that combines educators, administrators, vendors, and now makers in an event that will surely cause wonder, learning, collaboration, and networking. HIGHLIGHTS 2nd Annual Rochester Mini Maker Faire – Saturday, November 21st Pre-Conference workshops – Saturday, …

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Jun 04

Primary Level Apps for Writing & Reading Literacy

I facilitated several iPad workshops over the last month and teachers have shared some awesome apps for primary students. You will see some of the apps have a Free or Cost version. Generally, the free version is limited, however you will be able to test the app to determine if it is worth the purchase. …

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May 28

NY Social Studies Framework

I’m sitting in a NYS Common Core Social Studies Framework presentation and learning tons about the shifts coming to social studies content and instruction. The frameworks will be released soon and can be found on Engage NY. This presentation is for librarians and I crashed the workshop so that I could learn about the shifts …

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May 12

Digital Resources – Take your classroom outside the brick walls!

There are a plethora of free resources for educators to enhance student learning and engagement. Take a look and see what will fit in your classroom instruction. Many of the resources below are perfect for the flipped classroom! Vlog Brothers – Science and ELA videos created by John & Hank Green (John Greene the author) …

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Dec 17

The Future of Technology in Education

Technology Trends What I’ve Noticed: Maker Everything – STEM & STEAM, coding, maker, 3-D Printing, hands on-inquiry based learning experiences Gaming – Minecraft anyone? Minecraft is being used in classrooms today, especially in math. There are also some other types of “gaming” in education such as PBS’s Mission US, River City, Atlantis to name a …

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Oct 07

Instructional Videos: Mini-Bytes and Effective Practice Videos

Instructional Videos for Educators Instructional Technology can be daunting for educators to use in the classroom. We have created several resources for educator use. Effective Practice Videos and Mini-Bytes are free for educators to use and learn. Effective Practice Videos: Under 5 minutes long, EPVs share successful technology integration in the classroom. iPads, Online Resources, …

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Sep 16


NYSCATE 2014 The NYSCATE 2014 Annual Conference will be the biggest and brightest. New logo, new workshops, new initiatives will engage attendees and enhance their learning experience to bring back to students. Airigami will create a huge structure from balloons during the Maker Faire that will be enjoyed during the entire conference. Some of the …

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Jul 25

Summer Reading!

While many schools provide suggested summer reading list, I wonder how many educators take time during the summer for professional reading. This summer I’ve been reading quite a lot. I tend to read articles, but I have picked up a few books that have only enhanced my instructional practices. Articles: The DIY World of Maker …

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Jun 12

Summer 2014 Professional Development Opportunities

Summer is almost here and there are a plethora of Professional Development Opportunities offered by Technology Services! Summer 2014 Professional Development Catalog All workshops listed in the link are FREE to Monroe #1 BOCES component districts. Otherwise, the costs is listed in the workshop description. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to …

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