Tech Tidbits ... and Bits and Bytes

Model Schools Newsletter May 2020

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Model Schools Liaison Meeting

This week we held our Model Schools Liaison Meeting online. We had a great conversation regarding the transition to online learning. Our last meeting of the year will be May 21st beginning at 8:30. At this time, we will plan to host this meeting virtually. We hope to see everyone there!

Instructional Resources


In April, Model Schools and School Improvement collaborated to bring a series of HyperDocs trainings to teachers in the Questar III region. Below is the first presentation on HyperDocs that Kerrie Burch hosted.

HyperDocs are a wonderful way to engage students in authentic learning tasks, especially in the online learning environment we have been thrust into since March. The resources below highlight some of the best examples of HyperDocs, but teachers can use their own creativity to easily engage students using their own content.

See Professional Learning Opportunities below for more Questar III workshops related to HyperDocs.



Articles of Interest

Resource Spotlight of the Month


The link below will take you to a Google folder with a presentation and several PDFs outlining the various products from Edmentum. Most widely known for their Reading Eggs program, Edmentum provides products for the K-12 environment that include assessments and curriculum content. For more information, please contact Kerrie Burch.

Professional Learning Opportunities

Creating HyperDocs: A Step-by-Step Guide

Join Kerrie Burch, School Library System and Model Schools Director, Susan Marks, Senior Math Specialist, and Kim Inglee ELA Specialist as they showcase the step-by-step process for creating a HyperDoc using the Google platform. This webinar will focus on how to incorporate content that is engaging, differentiated and fun into a HyperDoc.

May 1, 2020 at 9:00 am


May 6, 2020 at 12:00 pm


Using ThingLink to Create HyperDocs

HyperDocs engage students in authentic learning experiences, are visually stimulating, and provide for student agency. Join Kerrie Burch, Director for School Library System and Model Schools as she shows participants how to create HyperDocs using Thinglink, an interactive learning tool. Participants should bring an existing HyperDoc they want to improve or have an existing plan for creating a HyperDoc based on a current lesson with them as this will be a hands-on session.

Date: May 4, 2020

Time: 12 - 1 pm


Model Schools Liaison Meeting

Ongoing Online PD

Model Schools is constantly updating the offerings for online PD during school closures. For an updated list of offerings please go to Frontline. At this time our focus is on:

  • Google Meet
  • Screencastify
  • Screencasting
  • Google Classroom
  • G Suite (Docs, Sheets, Slides, etc.)

If your district has a particular need, please contact Kerrie Burch (

Employment Opportunities

Educational Technology Specialist (Sp Ed) - HFM BOCES

Job ID: HFMN0167535-7051

Application Deadline: 05/01/2020

Start Date: 01/15/2020

Job Description:

HFM BOCES Special Education Division

POSITION: Educational Technology Specialist to provide direct support to teachers and staff integrating technology into instruction. The successful candidate will:

* Provide a foundation to utilize technology to achieve individualized and Division wide goals.

* Promote instructional design skills for creating performance improvement systems, from classroom/lecture to individualized instruction, including content analysis, sequencing, goal analysis and instructional strategies.

* Be creative in facilitating approaches for integrating technology into education.

* Demonstrate experience in webpage design and development, including an understanding of the design principles used to create websites.

* Hands-on practice with desktop publishing, designing newsletters, informational flyers, brochures, PD training videos and other materials.


REQUIREMENTS: Must be NYS certified teacher. Experience working with teachers and providing embedded PD. Knowledge of IT systems, software applications and coding preferred.

Please submit all application materials to the attention of Michael Jacob, Director of Special Education with a position specific letter of interest and resume through OLAS.


Questar III School Library System and Model Schools

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

Carolyn Strauch, Model Schools Coordinator