Category Archives: The Shifts

We are a School District, Not a Datacenter!

Are we keeping our eyes on the primary mission of a school district–student learning–as we become increasingly reliant on technology as an enterprise? The costs associated with maintaining servers, backups, adequate power, secure access, remote access, space, cooling, fire suppression, … Continue reading

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Education Week Featured Us in an International Webinar!

On March 16, 2015 I was fortunate to participate in an Education Week global webinar in which Stephen Fang (Google), Amber Klebanoff (LHRIC), and I examined the many ways Google Apps for Education can transform student learning and engagement.  I … Continue reading

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My (Unexpected) Response to an Online Standardized Test

With all the controversy regarding online standardized testing, I’ve not weighed in with any significant position, largely because I was not overly swayed either way.  That changed this weekend, as I took the CoSN CETL Immersion Course and corresponding test.  The … Continue reading

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Google’s Cultural Institute Collection: A Powerful Resource Worth Exploring

Google’s Cultural Institute Collection is a powerful resource and features a wealth of virtual museum tours, photos, and more.   The Art Project is a great place to start.  You’ll want to choose the “Museum View Only” filter to explore the extensive … Continue reading

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Ms. Martinez’s Class Goes Google with Chromebooks!

This week students in Ms. Martinez’s classes at Port Chester Middle School began using Google Classroom and Chromebooks in a 1:1 setting.  I was fortunate to sit in on one of her classes and observe how quickly they became proficient … Continue reading

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The “Future Ready Pledge” and Emerging Technologies

Today the president will host an event at the White House with school district leaders and other educational leaders.  Though full details about today’s event have not yet been released, the message is clear; emerging technology is a key part … Continue reading

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Emerging Technologies Service for Local Districts (Westchester, NY)

I’ve had the benefit of working with teachers and students using Chromebooks since May 2011 when Google provided a pre-release beta set of thirty CR 48 devices to the district where I served as director of instructional technology.   As the … Continue reading

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Learn America Launches Free Web Math Based Resources!

For the past year and  a half, I have served as Chief Learning Officer for Learn America, a comprehensive mathematics LMS available at no cost to schools.  I’ve been fortunate to be a part of shaping this anytime/anywhere differentiated learning … Continue reading

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Google Announces “Classroom” Service–With Input from Local Students and Educators

Today–teacher appreciation day–Google announced a new service for students and teachers.  Google Classroom.   I was fortunate to be involved with this project from its alpha stage and learned such a great deal in the process.  What’s most impressive is that … Continue reading

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Moving Forward in Two Districts Committed to Professional Development and Engaged Learning!

It’s been just over a month since I left the Clarkstown Central School District to accept a leadership position at the Lower Hudson Regional Information Center (LHRIC).  During this time, I have met a group of educators and community members eager … Continue reading

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