Professional Development Plan

Integrating Technology in the Classroom

The Importance of technology in the Classroom:

We are teaching students of the 21st century and for the most part, technology has been an integral part of our students’ lives . More than ever, our students have the ability and the prior knowledge which is essential to integrate technology. Technology is allowing us to impact and reach our students in new ways. By utilizing technology, we can appeal to more types of intelligences, which can foster greater understanding in a wider range of students. Additionally, certain technologies allow our students participate in real-world simulations on the computer. This allows us to engage our students and make those meaningful connections between the classroom and real-life. Lastly, project-based learning through technology allows us let the students lead their own discovery, rather than having the teacher as the constant leader, which can be more interesting for students. Technology will be essential to our students’ lives in the future, and in order to get them college and career ready, they need to be proficient in it’s usages.

Professional Development:

Throughout my first two years of teaching at OU-BOCES, I’ve been fortunate enough to attend numerous professional development workshops and conferences. Each workshop, whether it’s on technology integration, classroom management, best practices, APPR, SLO, CCLS, etc, enhances my professional abilities. At each PD workshop, I’m able to listen to experts, have discussions with colleagues, and participate in various activities, which all ultimately improve my ability to teacher in the 21st century. Besides my ongoing graduate education in Instructional Technology through NYIT, these yearly workshops and conferences keep me up-to-date and improve my knowledge.

Technology Integration:

Being a graduate student at NYIT has enlightened me to the wonders of technology. For many teachers, technology can be quite daunting as we have been undergoing a rapid technological revolution. Those who have been teaching successfully for many years have techniques and strategies that work for them, their kids, and their classroom. Thus, some might not want to overhaul their teaching methodology with technological integration into their curriculum. When veteran teachers are challenged to implement technology with which they are not familiar, it can be daunting and frustrating without help from an expert. This is why it’s very important for me to become a technology leader in my school. I plan on becoming more advanced in new educational technologies through continuing my graduate work in instructional technology, as well as attending technology conferences in the future. Ultimately , I’ll be able to assist and guide teachers, so that they can effectively use technology in the classroom. By supporting my peers, I can help with a school wide initiative to enhance learning with the most effective and newest technological learning tools.

Professional Organizations:

International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders committed to empowering connected learners in a connected world. ISTE represents more than 100,000 education leaders and emerging leaders throughout the world and informs its members regarding educational issues of national and global scope. ISTE members include individuals, affiliate organizations and corporations:

National Association of Special Education Teachers:

The National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) is the only national membership organization dedicated solely to meeting the needs of special education teachers and those preparing for the field of special education teaching.

Professional Development:

1) Prior to holding your development session, you want to double check with someone that the room or building space you wish to use is still reserved for you.

2) If you’re going to be using technology during your workshop, you would want to make sure ahead of time that you and the other professionals attending will have access to the Internet. Also, you need to have the Wi-Fi username and password available for the people who bring their own laptops.

3) Prior to the workshop, you should conduct one last head count to see how many people are expected to attend the professional development. You need to make sure that your space will accommodate all the people attending.

4) Make sure you have drinks, snacks, cookies, fruit, brownies, and coffee or tea available for the people attending the workshop. They will be less cranky.

5) Even though the people usually sign up for the workshop prior to attending, you should make sure you have a way for taking attendance to make sure that the people who actually attend get the necessary credit.

Orange-Ulster BOCES Technology Plan for 2013-2016

Mission Statement

The mission of the Orange-Ulster BOCES is to serve our component districts and community in the development of continuous learners who will be successful in meeting the challenges of living in our society today and in the future. We will accomplish this mission in a cost-effective manner with a dedicated, skilled, and caring staff providing quality educational services in a safe, nurturing and accessible environment.

Technology Plan Goals (2013– 2016)

We believe it is critical to use technology to impact teaching and learning and have

established the following goals for the 2013 – 2016 Technology Plan. Our goals are consistent with, and fully support the NYS Common Core Standards. They are also based on the standards set forth by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and support ISTE’s mission: ISTE advances excellence in learning and teaching through innovative and effective uses of technology.

  1. Resource Management: Establish guidelines for the purchase and use of hardware and software that best meet the needs of the programs and services. Technology Committee to be utilized to guide recommendations for hardware/software/ subscriptions purchases.

  2. Digital Use: Design a plan for professional development that best meets the needs of the staff and faculty in the use of technology that is integrated within the Division and the Professional Development Plan whereby learners, teachers, and administrators become proficient in the use of technology for learning.

  3. Protocols and Infrastructure: Establish protocols and infrastructure for technologically based operations and communication that are compatible within the agency, and with those of the component schools and other partners.

  4. Accountability: Monitor and periodically assess the implementation of the technology plan.

  5. Leadership: The divisions of the Orange-Ulster BOCES are united in realizing the mission and vision.

Curriculum Integration:

Goals and strategies, aligned with challenging state and national standards, for using telecommunications and technology to improve teaching and learning.

In support of Orange-Ulster BOCES’ commitment to its mission to develop continuous learners with the requisite knowledge and skill-set necessary to meet the challenges they face now and will meet in the future, the improvement of teaching and learning and the resultant improvement of instructional outcomes remain among the BOCES’ highest priorities.


1. Maximize student engagement in the instructional setting through the integration of educational technologies.

  • 2. Promote and strengthen students’ use of technology in the learning process.

  • 3. Expose students to various on-line learning experiences.

  • 4. Identify developing technology and web-based resources that enhance the flow of information and opportunities for the exchange of ideas.

  • 5. Prepare students to meet the demands of a 21st century labor force.