October Tech Liaison Meeting

October 13th, 2009 - 8:30 am - 3:00 pm - 82-01 Rockaway Blvd, Rm 302, Queens, NY 11416.

Please bring your own laptops and register in Protraxx using this course code: 051-10-035-022


8:30 - 9:00 Welcome and Updates
9:00 - 10:00 Reso A
10:00 - 10:15 Higher Ed Opportunities @ NYIT
10:15- 11:30 Multimedia Mash-Up
11:30 - 12:30 Lunch
12:30 - 1:00 Tech Assessment
1:00 - 1:45 Visual Thesaurus
1:45 - 2:30 YoLink
2:30 -3:00 Discussion and Evaluation

Session Survey


Our Online Communities

Blog Environment - http://oitqblogs.com
Ning - http://oitqueens.ning.com
Wikispaces - http://oitqueens.wikispaces.com
Facebook - OET Queens
Homepage - http://oitqueens.com
Voicethread - http://oitq.ed.voicethread.com

Sharing Your Success

  • Write a brief description of a success story on using technology with students or with colleagues in your profession. Include photos, if possible.
  • Submission will be highlightrd in the NYSCATE website and in the oitqueens.com portal.
  • First submission due date has been extended: October 20, 2009.

Upcoming Technology Liaison Meetings

  • Nov. 10, 2209 - Brian Mull, November Learning
  • Dec. 8, 2009 - Creating Online Tutorials
  • Jan. 14 & 15, 2010 - to be announced
  • Feb. 25 & 26, 2010
  • March 18 & 19, 2010
  • May 2010

Resolution A Funding

Kristina Nieves, Project Manager - knieves3@schools.nyc.gov - resoa@schools.nyc.gov
Graham Gordon, ggordon@schools.nyc.gov
  • Major changes - laptops and carts are NO LONGER authorized to be purchased with Reso A funds.
  • Historically, laptops were not considered "capital eligible", since they are only under a three year warranty and thus have only "three year life".
  • Consumable items, like projector bulbs, are also not eligible.
  • The purchase of interactive whiteboards (as presentation stations) are permitted. You can purchase light bulbs for interactive whiteboard stations only a one to one basis when you first get the boards.
  • Presentation stations consist of: Interactive whiteboard, separate projector or all in one overhead projector on a boom, wireless slate, SENTEOs, document cameras but no laptops.
  • Directive 10, section 6.3 bullet 5: All laptops and netbooks are excluded from Reso A funding.
  • Tequipment is a recognized Smartboard vendor and any SmartBoard purchased through them has to be warranted by them.
  • Delays in Processing Your Reso A Orders: Since the school year 2009 purchase orders have to be submitted by a specific date, some orders were not processed in time. These were rejected and have to be revised using the new pricing schedules. This is actually a positive, since the new pricing schedules are lower than the previous ones. Note: If you ordered laptops under fiscal 2009, you CAN get them. Please be patient since the orders had to be resubmitted. Processing should be completed by December, 2009.
  • Schools will be assigned to an integrator and Ms. Nieves will advise you of contact information.
  • The integrator will create a statement of work and complete documentation. Your principal will then sign off on the proposal.
  • They are working on a "Just in Time" delivery with integrators so that equipment will not be stolen/lost and can be delivered to schools as complete orders.
  • Integrators receive a set fee between 7 - 11% of the Reso A allocation. Their proposals are reviewed and rejected if their fees are outside the established fee schedule. If you question a fee, please contact Ms. Nieves directly.
  • Options: Classroom configurations: presentation stations incorporating existing equipment, upgrade of existing computer labs, adaptive stations, or the creation of a computer lab. See Principals' Weekly for more detail.
  • Types of Interactive Whiteboards: SmartBoard, Promethean, Hitachi, Mimeo.
  • Datamation - lock down devices are required.
  • Servers are included once the asset information is made available.
  • Laptop carts are NOT authorized since laptops can not be purchased.
  • Remember: Reso A's are NOT grants - they are allocated through your local councilperson. Cultivate a relationship with your local councilperson. Decide what your school needs and create a proposal to present to the councilperson. Be sure that your proposal has signatures of both your school leadership team AND parents. Councilmen are politicians who are interested in the votes of their constituents. Be sure to approach them directly. You must be pro-active to obtain Reso A's. Once the process is in place, you can build on this relationship for future Reso A's. Start the process NOW since this is an election year. Also remember that allocations can be changed during the school year and you may not get everything you expected.
  • Sample RESO A Letter -

New York Institute of Technology - NYIT - Dr. Sarah McPherson

  • Master of Science of Instructional Technology: Professional certification as an Instructional Technology Specialist - offered through the UFT at 52 Broadway, NYC and UFT office on Queens Boulevard. New Spring term begins in mid - February, 2010. Information Meeting: mid December - Transfer up to six credits. Must be specific to technology.
  • See packet: Instructional Technology Program fact sheet
  • Certificate Programs in Teaching 21st Century Skills: Intel program, multimedia certificate, distance
  • Educational Leadership in Technology Program: School building leadership program for individuals who already have a Masters, 33 credits for two certificates (Building leve and Instructional Specialist). Will have a district level certification as well. Being offered now in partnership with the UFT. Three Queens locations just beginning. See packet for information.
  • Educational Technology certification came into being in 2004. Refer to the NYS Ed website for more detail. They will evaluate your transcripts directly.
  • Note: format is Hybrid - one face-to-face sessioon and one week online
  • If you are interested in obtaining an admissions package, please use the prepaid card in the packet.

Multimedia Mash-Up - see Tiny Url

NETS - T: Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity

"Quick Victories Build Will", Marco Torres

Combining multimedia into the curriculum is a great way to motivate middle school students. Spice up your lessons wiith 21st Century teaching tools and techniquest hat will make your students sit up and take notice.
  • Compile: Accumulate data and content
  • Create: Use content to make something totally new
  • Contribute: Publish creations to the world

  • **Compfight**: A search engine that locates copyright friendly Images - search by content - hover over the "Creative Commons" link to find definition. NOTE: image sizes provided! Remembe: Use a large picture and then shrink it down, ot the other way around if you want image clarity.
  • **Google** - Advanced Image Search - Click on images, then advanced and select specific parameters. Be sure to select under SafeSearch: "Not filtered by license, labeled for reuse, labeled for commercial reuse, labeled for reuse with modification or labeled for commercial reuse with modification"
  • ****iTunes:**** audio, video and iTunes University
  • Global Delight - **Web 2.0 Delight**: images and video - MAC only - $6.95 for educators - Allows you to download video from multiple sources, download and play from your hard drive. You won't have to rely on the Internet. Be sure to indicate that you're an educator to get the discounted price. Click on the $9.95 and select educational discount. One time fee per computer. You can use these videos in iMovie, PowerPoints etc.

  • Movie Making - iMovie and Movie Maker, **JayCut** - free iMovie on the Internet
  • Podcasts - Garageband (Mac), Audacity (PC), **gabcast** - allows you to create a podcast using a cell phone.
  • **Aviary** - Audio editor, image editor, screen capture, vector editor, image markup, color editor. Web based, Pro membership is $25.00/yr. Free version is adequate. The different software are named after birds.
  • **Voicethread** - Digital photos/poetry writing online. Best Practice: Get permission from an author to post an image. Use this as a poem started. You can have the students use a cell phone from home and record their voice. Educator's Cost: go to "K-12" on lower right - go to learn more - then the pricing link is on the top of that pace. Professional educator subscription is $10.00; class subscription is $60/year for 15 students. See website for more details. The ed.voicethread option is highly recommended. NOTE: The New York Public Library has just joined voicethread and is uploading content. Additional Use: Record your lesson in SmartBoard and upload to voicethread so students can review the lesson and leave a comment!
  • National Archives: Online create your film using their content.
  • **National Geographic** - Wildlife Filmmaker: create a custom movie using animal clips, sounds and lots more.
  • Jing - Screen Recording Software: A screen capture that records your voice and everything you're doing on your computer and can post it on the web.
  • Jing/SmartBoard/Quicktime Pro: to record video
  • Glogster: Use the educational version. Create a poster, glog. Set up an account with up to 200 students. Once you set up an account, you can't add to it, so start large. You need an email account to open an account in glogster. You can keep this contained within your class or publish.
  • Alasmedia.wikispaces.com: Marco Torres's wiki with movie making resources
  • November Learning

InfoSource Learning - Technology Assessment - Sarah Collins - 800-393-4636 X239 (scollins@infosourcelearning.com)

  • Creates a customized website that contains a technology survey that confirms with the NETS - Standards.
  • Students can take the survey and teachers can run reports from that data.
  • If your school is interested in creating this website, contact Sarah Collins
  • Remember: This is NOT a NYCDoE website. Be sure to keep student information private. You can set up the site with student numbers, not names.


Visual Thesaurus - Richard Zarco, Sales Exec (888)278-8600 X227 - rzaro@thinkmap.com

  • Uses visualization to generate mindmaps to illustrate relationships.
  • You input a word and the wordmap will generate an audio file pronouncing the word, generating colored circles that display definitions, parts of speech (red:nouns), and synomyms and antonomyms.
  • The lines show how the words relate to the source word.
  • Shows the depth of a word and its multiple meanings.
  • Settings: Change scale, font size, circle size...customizable
  • Can research a concept by incorporating other databases.
  • Translates into five foreign languages - English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish.
  • VocabGrabber - you can select text to research specific words, sorted by relevance and color coded.
  • You can upload up to 1000 words into a word grabber
  • Visual Spelling Bee - differentiates to reading level of students, can import word list into the spelling bee.
  • Monthly lesson plans, searchable by content area
  • Trial Information - allows access through Thanksgiving.
  • Pricing: School Enrollment (Base + model) excludes K-2.

Free Trial Link

Yolink.com - Use Firefox

Contact: Brennan Igoe, 203-645-4521 - brennan.igoe@yolink.com
  • Produced by Tiger Logic
  • Yolink cuts down search time by reducing clicks.
  • Finds information you would not have found
  • Eliminates the frustration of reviewing lame links
  • Goes beyond "control find" and analyzes digital books for themes.
  • Goes beyond bookmarking and permanently create foulders of information
  • Collaborate, cite and publish to third party applications
  • Access information antime
  • A "green technology" with Save & Share to eliminate printing.
  • Download 2.0 yolink from firefox only.
  • Search a concept, retrieve a website then type in a more specific term. Yolink then searches every source, allowing you to review resources before you access them.

Upcoming Event

You are invited to attend ...

TeqSmart '09: SMART Board User Conference - Cost $49.00

Learn, Touch, Share
Come and be a part of the 1st Annual TeqSmart SMART Board User Conference. The inaugural conference will be a place where passion, experience, and educational artistry are shared. At this event teachers from across the New York metropolitan area will have the opportunity to network, and explore SMART Board lessons and ideas with other educators and professionals. Visit the Solutions Room where you can experience the new SMART Table and Generation 3 SMART Board, and work one-on-one with one of our Sales team or Instructional technologists. Join us Nov 14th from 9 to 3 at Goldstein HS.

Registration includes registration, breakfast, lunch, and chances to win SMART Products.

Saturday, November 14, 2009, 9am-3:00pm
Leon M. Goldstein High School for the Sciences
1830 Shore Boulevard, Brooklyn, NY 11235
contact: lindsay@tequipment.com

Plenty of free parking available

Sessions include:
  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • SMART Boards and Web 2.0
  • SMART Response
  • SMART Notebook Math
  • SMART Boards and Students with Special Needs
  • SMART Student Edition
  • SMART Ideas
  • SMART Discovery
  • SMART Board 101
  • Planning & Designing Engaging Learning Environments
  • SMART Boards and Differentiated Instruction

Saturday, November 14, 2009 from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Leon M. Goldstein High School for the Sciences1830 Shore BoulevardBrooklyn, NY 11235

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