New York here we come!

Next week is the New York State education technology conference NYSCATE in Rochester, NY November 21-23, 2010. I’m looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones, either at the Generation YES booth (#809) or maybe at Dinosaur BBQ.

If you are going to NYSCATE, be sure to check out these sessions:

If Games are the Answer, What’s the Question?

Sunday November 21, 2010 12:30PM Highland JK (RCC) – Sylvia Martinez
You hear it everywhere. Games are the “future” of education. After all, kids love games, so if we could just sneak some education into them kids would magically learn! Right? Or is it more complicated than that? Let’s explore this together and find out where hype, hope, and reality meet.

Implications of Web 2.0 in Education: 2010 Update

Monday November 22, 2010 10:45AM Highland AB (RCC) – Panel
What does instant communication and global collaboration associated with Web 2.0 mean for education? How can schools approach Web 2.0 without fear, hype or hyperbole? What does it mean to be an educated person in 2010 and beyond, and how can our schools approach this challenge? We’ll extend our conversation from last year, and challenge you to think about the power of connective technologies.

Moderator: David Jakes; with Sylvia Martinez, Ryan Bretag, Chris Craft and Brian C. Smith

Student Tech Literacy A Project-Based Approach

Tuesday, November 23, 2010 8:45AM Cascade CD (RCC)
All New York districts are being asked to report the percentage of students who are technology literate. This session will present a model of using authentic projects to build a technology literacy program in any school, even if there is no technology class for all students.

Presenters – Rachel Gregg; Technology Integration Specialist, Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES ; Cindy Sengenberger;  & NYSSTL Advisor, Science Teacher, Broadalbin-Perth Middle School; Megan Coker; ELA & SS teachers, South Glens Falls School District

This session will explore the third year outcomes of the NYSSTL program (New York State Student Technology Leaders). In more than 50 middle schools in New York, this innovative model for student-centered technology is showing that students can be 21st century leaders and show what they know through technology projects. The session will showcase video by teachers who are working side by side with these student leaders.

After that, it’s off to New York City for a family/friends Thanksgiving, and a JETS game Thanksgiving night.


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