April 16, 2024

On Monday March 11, greater than 600 educators from throughout New York Metropolis braved blustery climate to descend upon the campus of Lengthy Island College in Brooklyn for the eleventh #NYCSchoolsTech Summit. The occasion marked a return to in-person skilled studying, which individuals eagerly embraced as they attended displays, participated in vigorous discussions, earned CTLE credit, and explored a jam-packed vendor corridor over the course of the day.

Specializing in advancing digital studying, instruments, and alternatives, the day kicked off with a welcome from NYC Public Colleges Chancellor David C. Banks, who advised attendees, “I urge you all to carry what you be taught right now again to your colleges to assist construct brilliant begins and daring futures for our college students.” The NYC Division of Tutorial and Info Know-how’s CIO Intekhab Shakil and Deputy CIO Randy Asher additionally greeted these in attendance. 

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The welcomes had been adopted by a keynote speech from Rebecca Ramnauth of the Yale Social Robotics Lab. A graduate of NYC colleges and LIU, Ramnauth’s inspiring presentation targeted on her work on the Yale Social Robotics lab, the place they’re constructing robots to assist college students with autism discover ways to make human connections. 

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The favored vendor meet-and-greet occurred within the library and greater than 60 creators of edtech options, merchandise, and platforms, starting from evaluation and communication instruments to creation and collaboration platforms to classroom {hardware} and software program. Google, Microsoft, Canva, Adobe, LEGO Schooling, Dell, Epson, and Promethean had been only a few of the companions readily available which can be additionally in lots of school rooms.

All through the day, attendees loved a lot of dynamic displays similar to taking paperless attendance, utilizing Canva to raise educating and studying, and making a secure and welcoming digital studying setting. Additionally they received to listen to what’s new for schooling from corporations similar to Apple, Google, Adobe, and Microsoft. Later within the day, the DIIT’s Jose Perez and Anthony Casasnovas introduced on the Battle of the Boroughs, a Minecraft schooling problem, and the function of esports. 

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The occasion culminated within the recognition of 12 Summit Award winners, who had been acknowledged for his or her contributions to schooling in New York Metropolis:  

  • Staci Balice, Library/Media Instructor & SPOC, House Shuttle Columbia P.S. 58 
  • Matthew Gorin, Mannequin Instructor, P.S. K721 – Brooklyn Occupational Coaching Middle 
  • Sparkle Peters, Ed Tech Coordinator, Digital Innovators Academy 
  • Théa Williams, Grade 4 Instructor, Brooklyn Arbor Elementary 
  • Erin Dietz, Know-how Coordinator & SPOC, P.S. 103 – The Hector Fontanez Faculty 
  • Deborah Paradise, Instructor, Tech Coordinator & SPOC, Management and Public Service Excessive Faculty 
  • Steven Mudrick, Director of CTE Video Manufacturing & SPOC, The Theatre Arts Manufacturing Firm Faculty 
  • Herson Pleitez, Know-how Instructor & SPOC, P.S. 109 Sedgewick 
  • Lisa Choi, Know-how Instructor, Stars Programmer, Webmaster & SPOC, P.S. 7 Queens 
  • Victoria Stuto, Digital & Visible Arts Instructor & SPOC, P.S. 29 Bardwell 
  • Ellen Perlow Phillips, Know-how Instructor, The Grand Central Parkway Faculty 
  • Samantha Barrett, Workplace of Coverage Analysis Lead, Group Faculty District 20 

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The ultimate enjoyable of the day featured Tech & Studying content material director Christine Weiser awarding dozens of prizes from occasion companions. 

Finally, the #NYCSchoolsTech Summit was as soon as once more an important day for all in attendance that delivered skilled studying, networking, and a lot extra.

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