Tech Tidbits ... and Bits and Bytes
Model Schools Newsletter March 2020
Model Schools Liaison Meeting
Our next meeting will be held March 27th beginning at 12:30. The group would like to discuss creating software and app request forms. If you have one you already use and would like to share, please add it to the collaborative folder.
Our last meeting of the year will be May 21st beginning at 8:30. The work for that day will be determined by the group at the March meeting. We hope to see everyone there!
Instructional Resource of the Month - Buncee
"Coffee Talk is a new video series all about how educators utilize Buncee in the classroom. In each episode, Rachelle sits down with a different educator, and they chat about a variety of topics, from using Buncee to create and share what you visualize, to using Buncee to assist with SEL lessons, appsmashing with Microsoft Teams, implementing Immersive Reader in the classroom, and so much more!"
Topics for the video series range in length from 21 to 37 minutes and feature topics such as:
- How to use Buncee as a Tech Coach
- Differentiating Instruction
- How Buncee Helps Visualize Thoughts and Learning
- and more!
Articles of Interest
Professional Learning Opportunities
Join us for a "Sandbox" Event!
Stations will include:
- VR Headsets
- Sphero Bolt
- Edison Robot
- Merge Cubes
Date: March 18, 2020
Time: 1 pm - 4 pm
Location: Questar III Central Office (Room 1)
Using Evidence-Based Solutions to Reduce Absenteeism - Webinar
Check out this EdSurge Webinar on Chronic Absenteeism to be hosted March 25, 2020 at 11 am.
The U.S. Department of Education has referred to chronic absenteeism as a hidden educational crisis. That’s because chronic absenteeism, defined as 15 or more days missed in a school year, is actually a predictor for student learning outcomes, student success and even well-being in adulthood. Interventions for chronic absenteeism are often based on outdated assumptions about the root causes of the problem.
In this webinar, learn how to take a nuanced approach to understanding chronic absenteeism and about actionable steps school and district leaders can take to manage it.
You'll also learn more about:
- Leveraging evidence-based strategies to impact attendance at scale
- Using data to uncover the root causes of chronic absence
- Steering away from common assumptions about chronic absenteeism
- Implementing a tiered approach vs “one strategy fits all”
Educational Technology Specialist (Sp Ed)
Job ID: HFMN0167535-7051
Application Deadline: 05/01/2020
Start Date: 01/15/2020
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.
LOCATION: HFM BOCES Johnstown, NY
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.
STEM Camp Coordinators (2) - Girls Summer - Hackett
Job ID: ALBN0170500-0000
Application Deadline: 03/17/2020
Start Date: 03/30/2020
The mission of the City School District of Albany is to work in partnership with our diverse community to engage every learner in a robust educational program designed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary for success. The district serves nearly 9,700 students in 17 schools: 12 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, an alternative-education program and Albany High School, a comprehensive high school with a career and technical center.
The City School District of Albany has an anticipated opening(s) for the 2019-2020 school year and is now accepting applications for Girls Summer STEM Camp Coordinators (2) at William S. Hackett Middle School.
Please apply through OLAS by sending your letter of interest, resume, NYS certification (valid certification at the time of application is required) and all supporting materials. This will be an on-going recruiting process until filled.
The City School District of Albany, New York, does not discriminate on the basis of Age, Race, Color, National Origin, Sex, Sexual Orientation, Disability or Marital Status in Employment or any of the educational programs and activities which it offers or operates, as it is required to do by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the New York State Human Rights Laws.
Questar III School Library System and Model Schools
Carolyn Strauch, Model Schools Coordinator