Tech Tidbits...and Bits and Bytes

June 2020

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News You Can Use

Model Schools Update

We made it through another school year, and what a year it was! June was always a time for reflection for me when I was still in the classroom. It was a time to reflect on my teaching, my students, and to also think about the next school year. When I reflect on this year in the Model Schools department, it has been a year of learning, sharing, and growing.

Since taking on the role of Director for Model Schools earlier this year, I have learned so much about the program and the possibilities for the program's future. I am excited for the future of Model Schools and eager to put technology into the hands of students in a meaningful way.

I would like to take a moment to thank Carolyn Strauch for her time here at Questar III. For those of you who don't know, Carolyn is leaving Questar III as of June 30th. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors!

Looking to the future, we will be hiring a Model Schools Specialist to start as of July 1, 2020. the OLAS posting is at the bottom of this newsletter and I encourage you to share it. We are looking for a dynamic, innovative, and engaging teacher who enjoys incorporating technology in their instruction to join our team. The position is a ten month plus 20 days position.

Thank you for your continued support of Model Schools!

~Kerrie Burch

Instructional Resources


Commit to Digital Citizenship!

BrainPOP, Common Sense, and Google are just a few of the resources for teaching digital citizenship skills on this page.

NYS Computer Science and Digital Fluency Standards

Timetable for Roll-out and Implementation

August 2020:

Final Approval


Roll-out and building awareness of the new standards and timeline for implementation

September 2021 – August 2023:


Focus on curriculum development, resource acquisition, professional development

September 2023 – August 2024:

Year 1 Implementation

All credit-bearing Computer Science courses will be aligned with NYS CS&DF Standards

September 2024:

Full Implementation

CS&DF Standards implemented in all grade bands K-12

Grant Opportunities

Many thanks to our colleagues at Teq for sharing the grant opportunities below.

Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST)

Multiple STEM Grants

Teq Grant Guidebook

Articles of Interest


The 2020 Teq Next Catalog is here! Please see the attached PDF for more information. Contact Kerrie for ordering information.
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Professional Learning Opportunities

Questar III Oppoprtunities

We are currently putting the summer professional learning schedule together. Check My Learning Plan regularly for new learning opportunities. Topics will include NY State Computer Science and Digital Fluency Standards, SeeSaw, HyperDocs, and more!

ISTE Certification - Online!

In light of COVID-19, ISTE has taken steps to move their certification program online until September 2020. Check out the website for more information:

Employment Opportunities

Questar III - Model Schools Specialist

Job ID:QTBN0173539-0000

Job Type:Full Time (11 Month)

Application Deadline:06/17/2020

Start Date:07/01/2020

Job Description:

Starting 7/1/20 - Questar III BOCES has a full-time probationary vacancy (10-month plus 20 day schedule) for a Model Schools Specialist based out of our Central Office in Castleton, NY. This position will provide high quality integration and support of instructional technology for Questar III component school districts. Responsibilities will include: providing professional development in-district, online, and region-wide on a variety of topics related to integrating technology, curriculum, and instruction; model best practices for instructional strategies in district; provide support to districts in the areas of curriculum, assessment, and aligning standards to practice as it relates to instructional technology; prepare and present dynamic presentations to audiences of all sizes; develop and implement online courses and webinars; support districts in their implementation of educational technology initiatives, including Google and Microsoft; working in various computing platforms and with a wide variety of educational technology devices. Must have NYS Teacher certification and a minimum five years of successful teaching experience.

Questar III BOCES offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits package, including enrollment in the NYS Teacher's Retirement Pension System. For more information on the Questar III Model School program, please visit


STEM Teacher - Technology Education

Job ID:BRON0172889-NY1394

Application Deadline:06/12/2020

Start Date:09/01/2020

Job Description:

The Broadalbin-Perth Central School District is seeking qualified, innovative candidates for a full-time STEM teacher position at B-P Jr./Sr. High School starting Sept. 1, 2020. Candidates must hold a valid New York state teaching certification in physics, engineering, technology education, mathematics (STEM) or a related field or be eligible for state certification prior to Sept. 1, 2020.

This is a tenure-track position that includes benefits as defined in the Broadalbin-Perth Teachers' Association contract.

To apply, please upload a cover letter, resume, three current (within the past year) letters of recommendation, college transcripts, and a copy of your teaching certification or screenshot of your certification on TEACH on OLAS, or mail your application materials to:

Michele Kelley
Director of Internal and External Relations
Broadalbin-Perth Central School District
20 Pine Street
Broadalbin, NY 12025

The deadline to apply is Friday, June 12.

The Broadalbin-Perth Central School District is an equal opportunity employer. Visit for complete EEO statement.


Questar III School Library System and Model Schools

Kerrie Burch, Director of School Library System, Model Schools, and Arts