January 12, 2009 - Technology Liaison Meeting


Borough Technology Manager - Johel Placencia - jplacen@schools.nyc.gov

2009 Presidential Inauguration

  • Cable tv is best option for viewing the Presidential Inauguration.
  • ABC News and DOE will provide a dedicate feed which can be provided to you.
  • Drawback is that the video is pretty large.
  • It is a simultaneous broadcast that is dedicated to the DOE
  • You can use the link but the number of computers you can use is limited by the bandwidth of your Internet connectivity.
  • Advise that you use no more than 1/3 of your bandwidth - ATS, OUTLOOK, FAMIS everything goes out that pipe.
  • Video will be 500 kilobits in size. This could be 1/3 of your bandwidth.
  • Suggest you use a maximum of two computers. All other access must come to a halt. You will be using 80% of your bandwidth. The more computers you add, the less the quality.
  • Advise your staff against viewing on their own in their own offices. This will interfere with image clarity.
  • Time of Inauguration: just before noon by Constitutional mandate. By noon, he has to be President.
  • If requested by principals (267 requests), Johel's staff will visit your building and help you set up, if necessary. Will test the link on the computer you give him, and save it to the desktop. You should only have to click on the link.
  • This was in the Principals' Weekly. Deadline was last Friday.
  • If you can manage your AV equipment, he'll give you the link, you sign off on it and it's yours. DO NOT DISTRIBUTE TO ANYONE OUTSIDE YOUR BUILDING. This would limit your ability to view the site.
  • Check with your Principal first. If your Principal hasn't requested assistance, email Johel and he will work with you directly.
  • There will be a recorded version and deposit it into the content server of every building for future use.
  • Minimum 512 ram and FLASH has to be installed. Link will install FLASH automatically.
  • Suggests you hardwire the connection to the access point.
  • If you use cable, you should have a back-up computer that is hardwired.
  • Sound will be an issue. Check your AV system.

Office 2007 - Officially Released

  • You can purchase Office 2007 - not VISTA.
  • Your image has Office 2003.
  • Don't request to have the entire building upgraded to Office 2007.
  • Suggests you upgrade your labs individually.
  • OITQ can provide you with a CD and you have to sign off on the necessary form. Contact Winnie Bracco, if interested.

CRT Monitors

  • If you have any use for CRT monitors, contact Johel. He has extras.

Operation Clean-Sweep

Free removal of all old equipment - Clean Sweep Doc form.doc - return to Matthew Cacciatore - mcacciatore@schools.nyc.gov.gov
  • You need to use Clean-Sweep to dispose of all equipment because they will remove the items from your school's inventory.
  • Keep a copy of the items for your records.
  • To obtain a copy of your school's inventory, email the help desk and ask for a copy.
  • Equipment includes: computers, printers, desks with lock-down devices, textbooks, furniture, boxes of wires and others!

ThinkQuest New York City

  • Rolling Registration: Started November 4, 2009 - register as soon as possible.
  • Submission Date: April 29, 2009 - Everything has to be uploaded and finished by
  • June 19, 2009 - Winners announced

NBC Digital Media Contest

New York City school students in grades 6-12 have the opportunity to create short videos addressing ways to improve our world.
Students working in teams of 2-6 members and a (teacher) coach are asked to submit a short (no more than 5 minutes) video project that addresses their vision for improving our world. See link for more detail.
  • Deadline - January 29, 2009

Upcoming Conferences

- Click on images for link March 6,7, 2009
Metro NYSCATE Conference in Ryetown, NY - 5/19/09
  • Deadline: January 15, 2009


  • We acknowledge there is a need for ARIS training within our Technology Liaisons community.
  • Three hour training is being established. We will advise dates and location.

Upcoming Technology Liaison Meetings

3/2/09 and 3/3/09 - Web Literacy and Advanced Web Tools
4/6/09 and 4/7/09 - Internet Safety - iSafe Certification (full day)
5/4/09 and 5/5/09 - Creating Online Content
6/1/09 and 6/2/09 - SHARE-OUT June 1 (Elementary & K-8), June 2, MS & HS)
  • Choose one product you've created with your school.
  • Gallery Walk will be schedules
  • Location to be determined.
  • Suggestions: Student-Created produce such as videos, podcasts, slideshow, animation, blog, Lego
  • All lessons will be shared with the community.

ePals - Global Collaborations and Communication

Great News! - NASA Space Day Challenge - Annual Space Day Celebration, May, 2009 in Washington, DC
  • A Social Network for Learning began 12 years ago.
  • Network now consists of 16 million teachers in 200 countries
  • Communication tools: multilingual email and other protected environments.
  • Merged with IntoBooks as well as formed a partnership with National Geographic increased content and working collaborative to build topics.
  • Foreign Language Projects - Practice and Cultural Exchange
  • NASA Space Day Challenge - Science projects
  • Geography Projects

ePals Certified Email Instructor
  • Would like to form a relationship with the tech liaison community.
  • Will provide more information later.

Pearson Learning Systems

Gina Emdin (Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island) - gina.emdin@pearson.com - 917-734-0516 - cell
Jennifer Andrulewicz (Brooklyn & Queens) - jennifer.andrulewicz@pearson.com - (917) 797-3642 - cell
Lisa Alfasi (Private and Parochial Schools) - lisa.alfasi@pearson.com

Virtual Science Labs


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Technical Learning Solutions - A DOE Initiative

Technical Learning Solutions (TLS) is a DOE initiative of the CFO in collaboration with DCP, DIIT and T&L. By leveraging the core capability of the four departments TLS is able to offer a comprehensive list of educational software to all NYC public and non-public schools. All software is NYSTL approved.

NYCDOE Software Files Include:
• Destination Math and Reading by Houghton Mifflin
Rosetta Stone
Waterford Early Learning by Pearson
Gizmos by ExploreLearning
Raz-Kids by Learning A-Z
Encyclopedia Britannica
Earobics by Houghton Mifflin
Dimension M by Tabula Digita
Atomic Learning
Virtual Science Lab by Pearson
Orchard & Practice Planet by Siboney