Friday, December 23, 2016

Wishing you a joyful holiday season and happy New Year. From the Staten Island Borough Field Support Center.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

#NYCSchoolsTech 1st Virtual Learning Cafe (VLCs):Learn to Livestream

Ever wanted to partake in a workshop, but couldn't get out of the building? Maybe you wanted to communicate with families or community and needed an alternative method? Check out our Virtual Learning Cafe session on Learning to Livestream! 

This year we will be working on livestreaming sessions and on "how to livestream" to enhance professional learning experiences. 

Yesterdays session link can be found below along with the agenda materials for anyone interested in livestreaming!

Event Page: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/cfnfqha02b3pnfqttotlf2ug1uc
Agenda Link:https://docs.google.com/document/d/1O0Dx_lAFhV39Hb3Bc-Li2_eCu-Vs4MG8x6Ij9vpmK0I/edit# 


Monday, June 20, 2016

Calling All Makers!!->Apply to Participate in Maker Faire 2016

Application to Participate in the Maker Faire. Closes July 17th

Event Date: October 1, & 2, 2016 
Location: New York Hall of Science

To apply: 
1) Login into the Maker Faire website: http://makerfaire.com/login
2) Select an entry form from the choices below that best fits your participation in Maker Faire. You may fill out more than one entry form.
3) Before starting your application, have a bio and select a quality photo of your project and yourself. File must be at least 500px wide or larger and you must have rights to the image used. This image will be the public imaged used relating to your exhibit content. Logos and low-res photos do not work well. For example photos visit http://makerfaire.com/maker-faire/help-with-photos

Entry form choices:
Note - You must be logged in to access links.

Maker Exhibit - http://makerfaire.com/new-york/maker-faire-exhibit/ 
An all weekend exhibit to show-off your project(s), to demo or discuss how you made them, and to inspire people to make. We particularly encourage exhibits that are interactive and that highlight the process of making things. Details below. 
Performance - http://makerfaire.com/new-york/maker-faire-performance/ 
A scheduled performance, usually on a stage, set lengths vary. 
Presentation - http://makerfaire.com/new-york/maker-faire-presentation 
A scheduled 12, 25 or 45 minute presentation, usually on a stage. 

4) Upon submitting your application, you will be sent a confirmation letter with your Exhibit Name and ID number, and a link to the Maker Admin Tool which allows you to edit and manage your completed entry form(s). If you do not receive this, contact makers@makerfaire.com.

Questions? Visit the Maker Toolkit at http://makerfaire.com/new-york/maker-toolkit/ 

Sample topics:
Student projects
Robotics
Homegrown Drones
Arduino projects
Raspberry Pi
Space projects
Food makers (not concessionaires, more info below)
Conductive materials projects
Kit makers
Interactive art projects
3D Printers and CNC Mills
Textile Arts and Crafts
E-Textiles
Home Energy Monitoring
Rockets and RC Toys
Sustainability & Green Tech
Radios, Vintage Computers and Game Systems
Electronics
Electric Vehicles
Science, Biology/Biotech, and Chemistry projects
Puppets, Kites, and Other Whimsical Creations
Bicycles
Large-scale Art
Shelter (Tents, Domes, etc.)
Music Performances and Participation
Unusual Tools or Machines
How to Fix Things or Take them Apart (Vacuums, Clocks, Washing Machines, etc.)

Entry Form Types
Maker Exhibit : Individuals, groups, schools and organizations that would like to demonstrate what they make and/or how it works in an all-weekend exhibit space; interactive exhibits are encouraged. For maker groups, please have one point person to coordinate your efforts. There is no exhibitor fee for standard 

Maker Exhibits. 
Maker Exhibit can also include these two sub-types:
Non-Profit and Cause or Mission Based Associations, Institutions and Organizations: In an effort to respond to requests from a variety of organizations that would like to participate in Maker Faire, we have created a special category where organizations can qualify for special reduced sponsorship rates to participate in Maker Faire based on their annual budget. (Please note that this fee is due for a 10 x 10 foot space only and does not include electrical, internet or other requirements.) Complete the Maker Exhibit Form, and we will contact you with details. This statement does not apply to makerspaces or hackerspaces, which receive free exhibit space at Maker Faire. If your organization cannot afford this fee, please continue to fill out the application, indicate you are a Non-Profit or Organization and provide details in the space indicated. We will take this into consideration while reviewing your application.

Performance: Musicians and entertainers who would like to perform at Maker Faire. Performances are usually on stage and scheduled for approximately 50 minutes. Set lengths vary. Some performances in the past have been roaming and unscheduled, which is welcomed. Please mention scheduling details in your application.

If you need a space, away from a stage to perform many times during the weekend, fill out the Maker Exhibit application.
If you plan to have a scheduled performance once or twice during the faire, fill out the Performer application.
Presentation: Individuals and groups who would like to talk about an idea or project of interest to the Maker community, OR makers who are interested in demonstrating what they make and how it works in a stage setting. Presentations are typically 10, 20, or 45 minutes, with some time for Q&A. If you are applying on behalf of someone else, you’ll have the opportunity in the Entry Form to enter public-facing presenter information and remain the primary contact. 

Social Media
Twitter - https://twitter.com/#!/makerfaire 
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/makerfaire 
Google+ -https://plus.google.com/communities/105823492396218903971 

More info at http://makerfaire.com/new-york/call-for-makers/

D31 Principals' Learning Session Share Fair 2016

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Join Us! Staten Island Spring Parent Conference for Diverse Populations

All parents are cordially invited, especially parents of children with disabilities in District 31& District 75, or those with interest in Special Education or English Language Learners!

Please RSVP  by:
  • Email to SISpecialEdWksp@strongschools.nyc,
  • Click here to RSVP online, or
  • RSVP in person with your school’s Parent Coordinator







Hosted by the Borough Field Support Center & District 31's Superintendent Team

Monday, May 23, 2016

Singapore Math Summer Workshop

Singapore Math Workshop
Please join on July 25-27, 2016 at Staten Island Academy for this great opportunity.
Dr. Richard Bisk and Dr. Kevin Mahoney

Registration Fee: $750 includes 3-day workshop, materials, continental breakfast and lunch. 
Space is limited. Closing date is June 30, 2016.

REGISTRATION FORM:

Monday, May 16, 2016

Deadline for STEM Summer School Applications May 20! APPLY TODAY!

STEM Summer in the City 2016 

Apply now to STEM Summer in the City, a free program designed to provide current 2nd - 10th graders the opportunity for an innovative, engaging, and fun summer learning program designed specifically around science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). In addition to weekly STEM challenges, involving coding & game design, developing engineering solutions and inventing with robotics, the program also includes enrichment opportunities in the Arts, Physical Education and includes trips to NYC cultural institutions. This summer we are looking to pilot a Minecraft track where all students will be able to build and share their creations in Microsoft's new Minecraft portal for schools.

Click the information flyers below for Registration.


                     Elementary           Middle School        High School

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Barnes & Nobel Teen Book Festival Events

Barnes and Noble has some exciting events for our students in June! 

Teen Book Festival which will be held 6/10, 6/11 & 6/12. 

As of today, this is what is presently in place:

  1. Friday 6/10/2016 7:00 pm Kick off Trivia Contest. No Author Events as of 5/8/2016
  2. Saturday 6/11/2016 11:00 am Chapter Sampler Giveaway.
  3. Saturday 6/11/2016 11 am Illustration Demonstration – Teen Art Show SMB Art Studio
  4. Saturday 6/11/2016 2:00 pm Spelling Showdown games & activities featuring popular series.
  5. Saturday 6/11/2016 2:00 pm Author Panel Discussion – Amy Ewing NYT bestseller of The Jewel -Melissa Grey / The Girl at Midnight - Lexa Hillyer / Proof of Forever, co-founder of Paper Lantern Lit. 
  6. Sunday 6/12/2016 12:00 pm Panel Discussion –Avi Gvili / Samson Turner & The Legend of Hercules -Palma Mingozzi / The Entitlement of the Soul  - Chris Spollen /  The Art of Recycling – Liana Amodeo / The Descendent Series - Jing Bao, Illustrator
  7. Sunday 6/12/2016 2:00 pm Panel Discussion – Creative Writing – Becoming a teen AuthorMarcy Paul Beller / Underneath Everything – Lance Rubin /Denton Little’s Death Date -Cordelia Jensen / Skyscraping – Kathryn Holmes / Distance between Lost and Found –Amanda Pantich / Damage Done

·  Waiting on final confirmation

This event is an excellent opportunity for schools to earn extra money by hosting a bookfair that weekend.  All they need to do is promote the event by passing out flyers/vouchers to their students. When students come into the events and shop they present the voucher at the cash wrap.  A percentage of the sales goes back to the school.  You may want to consider a Borough Wide Bookfair with the earning going back to your office.  You could then distribute the giftcards amongst your schools. Either way it’s an excellent opportunity.

FREE High School Hackathon


CS4ALL is organizing a FREE high school hackathon. All levels welcome!






10 STUDENTS PER SCHOOL LIMIT. For more information please contact ASiddiqui@strongschools.nyc

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Staten Island Spring Parent Conference for Diverse Populations June 6, 2016

All parents are cordially invited, especially parents of children with disabilities in District 31& District 75, or those with interest in Special Education or English Language Learners!

Please RSVP  by:
  • Email to SISpecialEdWksp@strongschools.nyc,
  • Click here to RSVP online, or
  • RSVP in person with your school’s Parent Coordinator







Hosted by the Borough Field Support Center & District 31's Superintendent Team

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Alan November's Future Ready Learning Workshop.


You are invited to attend Alan November’s Future Ready Learning Workshop.

We, as leaders, continually strive to challenge and inspire administrators to think beyond the classroom and prepare students for today’s global marketplace. We believe that it is not the technology itself that’s important to learning; instead, it’s the way we use it. The ideas about global communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking have inspired schools, governments and corporations around the world to rethink and redefine their approach to education and technology. Are you ready for change?
Listen and learn as Alan November outlines essential skills for leadership and offer both practical guidelines and creative solutions for building accountability into the planning and implementation process.  Articulating vision and mission, managing change, and aligning technology to primary curricular goals are emphasized. We will explore the “leader as a role model” concept and look at various professional development opportunities, such as joining a global professional community: creating a new culture of teaching and learning.
Date: May 10, 2016
Location:  Susan E. Wagner High School, 1200 Manor Rd, Staten Island NY 10314
Time: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Space is limited. Advanced registration requiredRegister HERE.   

November Learning:


Friday, April 29, 2016

CSTA-Computer Science Teacher Association Meeting

Please join the CSTA of Staten Island for the last meeting of the year! Join like-minded educators Elementary to College level for sharing, learning, experimenting and networking!

You can also become a member of CSTA for free and be an official member of the Staten Island Chapter.

Event Registration Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/csta-si-may-meeting-tickets-24502943965

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

NYC Summer School Online Application is OPEN!

Current and former DOE employees can now submit job applications for summer school positions. 

The application tool is also available for the Summer in the City Programs, STEM and ESY. Any applications submitted after May 27, 2016 will be marked late. If they need help accessing the SSIP application, contact HR Connect at (718) 935-4000.  




Summer STEM  Any inquiries should go to: SummerSTEM@schools.nyc.gov

#SummerInTheCity

Monday, April 25, 2016

Fourth Annual STEM Matters NYC Elementary Science Expo!



Register Now for the Fourth Annual STEM Matters NYC Elementary Science Expo!

All Department of Education elementary schools are invited to participate in the 2016 STEM Matters NYC Elementary Science Expo on Friday, June 10, 2016. Projects from elementary schools across New York City that exemplify student interest, curiosity, and a desire to explore the mysteries of the world will be on display.
·         Schools should designate a 2016 Elementary Expo Coordinator to serve as the main point of contact for the school.
·         Schools may submit up to 4 projects. Individual student, small group/team, or whole class projects for all grades K-5 are welcome.
·         There are three project categories: Observational Study, Experimental Investigation, and Engineering Design. 
Expo Location
The Armory on the Hudson
216 Fort Washington Avenue
New York, NY 10032

Register Now! Expo Coordinators visit
http://tinyurl.com/ExpoRegistration2016 to register your school. The registration deadline is Monday, May 16, 2016.
Before beginning the registration process, please review the 2016 Elementary Science Expo Guidelines and Expectations. For more information about planning for the Expo, visit http://spep.libguides.com/Expo. For questions, email ScienceExpo@schools.nyc.gov.
Click here to download the 2016 STEM Matters NYC Elementary Science Expo flyer to share with your school community.
Reserve a bus now to bring your class to the Expo.

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN-->Summer STEM: Summer in the City

Summer STEM:Summer in the City

Enrichment Programs: STEM and Renewal Schools

The Enrichment and Renewal programs are not open to students who have been recommended for instructional summer programming.

Apply now to STEM Summer in the City, a free program designed to provide current 2nd - 10th graders the opportunity for an innovative, engaging, and fun summer learning program designed specifically around science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
In addition to weekly STEM challenges, involving coding & game design, developing engineering solutions and inventing with robotics, the program also includes enrichment opportunities in the Arts, Physical Education and includes trips to NYC cultural institutions. This summer we are looking to pilot a Minecraft track where all students will be able to build and share their creations in Microsoft's new Minecraft portal for schools.
  • Students are accepted into this program via a lottery. 
  • Program runs from July 7, 2016 to August 11, 2016
  • Monday through Thursdays from 8:30 - 2: 30 (the only Friday scheduled is July 8, 2016)
  • Breakfast and lunch are included
  • Metrocards are provided
  • There are two sites in each borough, one for the elementary program and the other for middle and high school students.  
Click HERE for details and more on the application process!

Creativity in Flight: Borough Arts Festival Staten Island

Creativity in Flight


Monday, April 11, 2016

Professional Learning Opportunties from iLearnNYC/iZone

Click the image or go to www.ilearnnyc.wikispaces.com

The First Annual Staten Island School Garden Summit

Please join us for the First Annual Staten Island School Garden Summit on Thursday, April 21st, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Petrides Campus in the Quad.
Every school has a garden enthusiast. Come and bring yours to the Summit where you will meet garden experts, tour three types of gardens at Petrides, learn how to get started or enhance your own school garden, and receive vital garden resources including growing calendars. You’ll leave with plenty of inspiration and ideas that you can easily implement at school with great benefit to your students and staff.

*Refreshments will be served; please bring a bagged lunch.

 * The School Garden Summit qualifies as professional development; one of the nine days allocated to your school for a substitute teacher can be used if a classroom teacher attends for the full day. Parents and other staff members who are interested in creating a school garden are encouraged to join. 
Please  RSVP via Eventbrite link, for more information or questions you can contact Stephanie Caloir at scaloir@schools.nyc.gov or 718-556-8383.

Click here for the Event Flyer


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Elementary School Computer Science Pilot

 Software Engineering Program-Elementary School Computer Science Pilot

The application period for the Elementary School Computer Science Pilot for the 2016-17 school year is now open until April 22nd. See below for more information and apply now!

Mobile Device Management (MDM)

Managing You Mobile Devices

Mobile devices utilizing classroom apps have become a staple in many of our classrooms. One question still plaguing our schools is "how do we manage devices, updates and apps?" Using a Mobile Device Management system (MDM) you are able to control the inventory of devices, roll out updates and push out or manage apps on all mobile devices. Security features are also an option when using an MDM within your schools.

1. Meraki (free)
    Education Deployment Guide: PDF Guide



2. Apple School Manager (free, beta)


Friday, April 1, 2016


NYC iZone Short Cycle Evaluation Challenge! Sign up today!

Free PD and 100 licenses - Spring STEM Institute Registration End April 8th
Dear NYC Teachers,

Are you a middle school teacher looking to bring computer science education to your students? Don't let the lack of funds or expertise be what stops you!

Registration closes on April 8th at 1:00 pm for the Spring STEM Institute. All Attendees will receive 3 days of paid PD plus 100 licenses ($3000 value) and teachers and administrators can register. That means if 3 people attend from your school, you get 300 free licences!

Spring Dates: 4/26/2016 to 4/28/2016
More information at Codesters SPRING STEM Institute 
Becoming a MakeBeliever!
Join our workshop on creating and reinventing Makerspaces within schools K-12! Learn the history of the Maker-movement, what a makerspace entails, how you can create them in your building without a big budget!


Click here to register!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

School Technology Summit 2016


Join us on July 27 for the 2016 NYCDOE School Technology Summit 

The NYCDOE School Technology Summit registration is now open! The summit fills up quick so please share with your staff, it’s a great day of professional learning and networking. Anyone who wants can submit a proposal to do a workshop on topics of their choice and nominate technology leaders for awards. Please check out the website below for more details on the event! Hope to see you there.

If you have any questions feel free to email me!

Summit Date: July 27, 2016
Workshop Proposals Due: April 8, 2016
Nominates for Technology Excellence Due: April 4, 2016
Anyone who works in a NYCDOE school is eligible for the awards
  • ·         Principals
  • ·         Parent coordinators
  • ·         Teachers
  • ·         Building technology coordinators
  • ·         Technology Single Points of Contact (SPOCs)
  • ·         Secretaries



Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Elementary School Computer Science Pilot

The application for the Elementary School Computer Science pilot will be live here on March 7th. Click here for details.

Code.org one day PD