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Master of Arts in Educational Technology with STEM Certificate and STEM Certificate Drop-In Information Sessions

Join us at a time and day that is convenient for you to learn more about our cutting-edge MA in Ed Tech and STEM Certificate Program! Drop-in sessions are informal, and are centered on students' questions. This is a great opportunity to meet instructors and faculty from the Department of Educational Technology and receive answers to questions you may have. Or, you can simply join the session to learn more about the programs! 

Date Time Link To Register
07/05/2023 7:00 PM EST https://connect.njcu.edu/portal/STEM_vNew 
07/11/2023 7:00 PM EST https://connect.njcu.edu/portal/STEM_vNew
07/18/2023 7:00 PM EST https://connect.njcu.edu/portal/STEM_vNew
07/25/2023 7:00 PM EST https://connect.njcu.edu/portal/STEM_vNew
08/01/2023 7:00 PM EST https://connect.njcu.edu/portal/STEM_vNew
08/08/2023 7:00 PM EST https://connect.njcu.edu/portal/STEM_vNew
08/15/2023 7:00 PM EST https://connect.njcu.edu/portal/STEM_vNew
08/22/2023 7:00 PM EST https://connect.njcu.edu/portal/STEM_vNew 


Past Events

Take a look at some of our previous events and happenings.

From Policy to Practice

This panel discussion, tailored specifically for school superintendents, building principals, vice-principals, and supervisors of curriculum and technology, will ignite your imagination, challenge your perceptions, and equip you with the knowledge and inspiration to shape the future of learning in your educational institutions. 

Held June 15, 2023 

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Winter Webinar Series

We are Now Concluded with our 2023 Winter Webinar Series

Thank you to all who attended and participated in teaching and learning alongside us. 

Please view our YouTube Channel to See Archived Videos of Webinars


Equity and Ed Tech Panel Discussion

May 13th 6-7pm

COVID-19 caused an abrupt shift in the instructional delivery for students in New Jersey schools. Challenges have arisen for students of color and for individuals in lower socioeconomic stratum in terms of access to technology, quality educational resources, and culturally relevant content for remote learning. What are the ways in which schools can use technology to address issues of inequity? How has technology been leveraged to provide social-emotional supports? How can technology help to improve the educational experiences of students of color? In what ways does technology fail to address inequities? What are the the lessons learned from technology and culturally relevant pedagogical practices during the shift to emergency remote instruction? How will technology continue to influence issues of equity and social-emotional growth for our students? 

The goal for this event is to explore fresh perspectives on equity and accessibility of technology and consider novel approaches for uses of technology to address the needs of diverse learners.

seven Equity Panelists


NJCU Ed Tech 2021 Spring Webinar Series


Google Drawings for Gamification and Creativity

with Michelle Mzgombic

April 15th 5:00 P.M.

Description: Google Drawings is an overlooked and underutilized free tool in the Google Workspace for Education. Drawings allow students to delve creatively while exploring content and showcasing their learning. Even better, you can use Google Drawings in many ways to gamify your classroom. You can find Google Drawings right in your Google Drive, so what are you waiting for? Come and see all the amazing things you can do with Google Drawings!

Michelle Zgombic has been a Technology Coach and Teacher for Warren Township School District since 2010. Prior to this shift in roles, she was a Modern World History Teacher for grade 7 also in Warren since 1998. Michelle provided sessions at ISTE, PADLA and NJECC. Michelle currently attends NJCU in the EdTech Leadership program as a Doctoral Student, in team Cohort 8.


Virtual Reality for Education in 2021

with Giulio Dininno

April 22nd 5:00 P.M.

Description: Giulio Dininno has worked with the Department of Educational Technology, at New Jersey City University, conducting research in the educational applications of virtual reality. In this informative webinar, participants will explore different software applications using the Oculus Quest 2. The usefulness of virtual environments as a learning experience will also be explored, as well as the diffusion of technology into the classroom, personal use, and ease of usability for students and educators. We will also examine where the technology is heading, as well as prospects and current-limitations.

Giulio Dininno is a researcher, who has worked with the Department of Educational Technology since 2007. He is an alumni of New Jersey City University, graduating with a BA in 2012. Mr. Dininno specializes in experimenting with current technological hardware utilized for the academic environment.


Creating Supportive Online Learning Environments using Google Workspace

with Kathryn Nieves

April 22nd 7:00 P.M.

Description: Educators are always looking for ways to support their students both in-person and virtually. In this engaging session, participants will discover and review strategies for making their classrooms and learning experiences supportive for all learner needs using Google Workspace for Education. Participants will discuss how these practical strategies can be immediately implemented into their classrooms.

Katie Nieves is currently a doctoral student at New Jersey City University. She has experience as a middle school special education language arts teacher and a technology consultant. She is a Google Certified Innovator, Trainer, and Educator. Katie is passionate about using technology to support the diverse needs of all students and help empower their work both in and out of the classroom.

Technology and Special Education: Where Do We Go from Here? 

Panel Discussion

April 14th | 4pm-5pm

The Covid Pandemic has disrupted the education of all students but has been particularly challenging for students with special needs.  What are the lessons learned regarding technology and special education during this shift to remote learning?  What has technology made more effective or expeditious?  How can technology improve the education and experiences of students with special needs?   What does technology fail to do?  How will technology continue to influence the way education and support services are delivered?   Our goal for this event is to consider new frameworks and innovative approaches for the use of technology in special education.  We have assembled a panel of professionals with expertise and diverse experiences who can begin to answer these questions.  Audience participation will be encouraged throughout, so please bring your ideas and questions. 

The panelists are:

  • Monica Ahearn, Director of Special Services, Roselle Public Schools
  • Amy Arsiwala, Ed.D., Instructional Technology Coach at Franklin Township Public Schools
  • Michelle Lockwood, M.S, Director of Positive Behavior Support Services  for the New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education (NJCIE)
  • Laszlo Pokorny, Ed.D., High School Teacher at Trenton Publish Schools
  • Wendy Thompson, Ed.D., Teacher at A. Harry Moore School and President of the New Jersey Coalition for the Advancement of Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology

The panel will be moderated by Dr. Tracy Amerman and Dr. Christopher Shamburg of the NJCU Educational Technology Department.

To Register or for More Information, Contact edtech@njcu.edu 


Technology and Special Education: Where do we go from here. Portraits of 5 panelists

Full Bios of Panelists:

Monica Ahearn, Director of Special Services, Roselle Public Schools

Ms. Ahearn has worked with classified children and their families as a teacher, LDT-C, and Director of Special Education & Related Services for more than 25 years.  She also consults and assists attorneys and parent/advocacy groups with the preparation of legal cases and the development of up-to-date professional development for district Child Study Teams, the families/guardians of children with special needs, and the various state/county associations of which she is a member.  She continues to pursue and stay informed of recent studies and best practices in the field in order to assist and advocate for the children, families, and communities she represents

Dr. Amy Arsiwala, Instructional Technology Coach at Franklin Township Public Schools

Dr. Amy Arsiwala is an Instructional Technology Coach who supports teachers and staff on integrating technology in their classrooms. She also is an Adjunct Professor for NJCU & Drew University.  She was a former Special Education Math Teacher and currently does AT evaluations for her district. She continues to advocate for students with disabilities and all types of learners by speaking at conferences such as ISTE, NJCEC, NJEA and NJECC.

Michelle Lockwood, M.S, Director of Positive Behavior Support Services for the New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education (NJCIE)

Ms. Lockwood has over 20 years of professional experience working with students and individuals in need of behavioral support. Prior to moving to New Jersey and joining the staff of NJCIE in 2007, Michelle was employed as a county-wide behavior support specialist for the Howard County Public School System in Maryland. Presently, she is working in multiple districts throughout New Jersey, providing professional development and technical assistance to school staff in developing schoolwide, classroom, and individual student positive behavior support systems. Michelle also presents workshops to parent groups and facilitates the development of behavior intervention plans for individual students (elementary and secondary).

Dr. Laszlo Pokorny, High School Teacher at Trenton Publish Schools

Dr. Laszlo Pokorny is a teacher of special education science in Trenton's Ninth Grade Academy. His doctoral dissertation research explored teacher's perceptions of the impact of gamification on students with difficulty staying on task. He currently holds New Jersey teaching certifications in physics, biology, and students with disabilities, along with supervisor and principal certificates. He regularly presents districtwide workshops on using virtual labs, simulators, and gamified learning technologies to his colleagues in Trenton Public Schools. Laszlo enjoys hiking, camping, skiing, and biking with his sons Mendel and Andrew.

Dr. Wendy Thompson, Teacher at A. Harry Moore School and President of the New Jersey Coalition for the Advancement of Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology

Dr. Wendy Thompson has been a SPED classroom teacher for 30 years. She takes pride in her supportive roles of teacher and advocate. She continues to learn from and about individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Multiple Disabilities that are the center of her professional life. Wendy specializes in the integration of instructional technology to educate and support students, staff, and the wider community. Dr. Thompson is the current President of The New Jersey Coalition for the Advancement of Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology (www.njcart.net).




Reimagining the Future: A Conversation About Education and the Post-Covid School--Wed Feb 17th 4-5pm 

The covid pandemic suddenly and drastically shifted educational practices to remote learning.  With the anticipation of widespread vaccinations, we have the ability to imagine schools without the threats of the pandemic. The covid pandemic exposed and exacerbated problems in American education.  It also accelerated the use of technologies and highlighted priorities in teaching, learning, and school administration.  The effects of the shutdown will leave indelible marks on American education.  This panel is tasked with imagining schools in the post-covid world.  What are the priorities, challenges, and opportunities that educators and policy makers have?  This will be a highly participative event, so please bring your questions and insights.  

Register Here

Panelists (see full bios below)

Dr. October Hudley, Award-Winning Educator and Vice President of the Irvington City Council.

Dr. Manuel Negron, Principal of William B. Cruise Veterans Memorial School No. 11, the largest elementary school in the Passaic School System.

Dr. Martha Osei-Yaw, Principal of Alexander D. Sullivan School in Jersey City and author of Building a K-12 STEM Lab: A Step-by-Step Guide for School Leaders and Tech Coaches.

Dr. Krista Welz, Library Media Specialist at North Bergen, NJ and internationally recognized leader and innovator in urban education and social media.

Full Bios Below


Dr. Christopher Shamburg, Professor and Coordinator of the Ed.D. in Educational Technology Leadership.


profiles of participants: Drs. Hudley, Negron, Osei-Yaw, and Welz

Dr. October Hudley is an award-winning educator with over 30 years of experience in Irvington, New Jersey public schools, and she is the current Vice President of the Irvington City Council.  Dr. Hudley has been actively engaged in social justice issues at the city, state, and national level, and she has played a key role in Irvington’s response to the covid crisis. Dr. Hudley is the recipient of the Lebby C. Jones Outstanding Women’s Award and the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award.  She is also the President of the Irvington Chapter of the National Action Network.  https://irvington.net/council/1st-vice-president/

Dr. Manuel Negron is the Principal of William B. Cruise Veterans Memorial School No. 11, the largest elementary school in the Passaic School System.  Dr. Negron is also an Army Veteran who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Army reservist, serving as First Sargent of the 78th Training Division Headquarters.  Dr. Negron’s professional and research interests are in the areas of urban education and the digital divide. 

Dr. Martha Osei-Yaw is the Principal of Alexander D. Sullivan School in Jersey City.  She has been a leader in STEM education and makerspaces in elementary schools.  Aside from her own work in Jersey City, Martha has presented at national conferences and is the coauthor of Building a K-12 STEM Lab: A Step-by-Step Guide for School Leaders and Tech Coaches.  She is the STEM 101 Lead for the Latinas in STEM Foundation and is involved with the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), Liberty STEM Alliance, and the New Jersey STEM Pathways. 

Dr. Krista Welz is a Library Media Specialist and STEM Research Honors teacher in North Bergen High School, New Jersey. She is a Google for Education Certified Trainer and Coach. She is also the co-founder of Edcamp Urban. Dr. Welz is the recipient of the Executive Women of New Jersey's (EWNJ) Presidential Scholarship Award, the North Bergen High School's Educational Services Professional of the Year, The Library Journal's 2017 Mover & Shaker Educator, and the Tech Troubadour Social Media Superstar from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL).   For more information see Twitter @kristawelz or visit her website at www.kristawelz.com 

Department of Educational Technology Summer Institute Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Etienne Wenger-Trayner

Dr. Etienne Wenger-Trayner

Dr. Etienne Wenger-Trayner is an independent thinker, researcher, consultant, author, and speaker. He is mostly known for his work on communities of practice, though he considers himself a social learning theorist more generally. Theoretically, his work focuses on social learning systems. In this discussion as keynote during the NJCU Summer Institute for the Department of Educational Technology, Dr. Wenger-Trayner expounds upon the connection between knowledge, community, learning, and identity which have a profound impact for the way we think of and attempt to support learning.

Keynote video can be found here.

Four Tools of Data Analysis: Qualtrics, Atlas.ti, Pivot Tables, and SPSS

Chris Shamburg Teaching

by Christopher Shamburg, Ed.D. 

August 18th 10AM-Noon

We can use technology to help draw conclusions and generate theories from large amounts of data, data in the form of numbers and text. This workshop will introduce four tools that can facilitate and extend this analysis: 1) Qualtrics—a survey creation tool; 2) Atlas.ti—a qualitative analysis software for interview transcripts,  open-ended questions, video, and other language-based documents; 3) pivot tables in Excel—an Excel feature for quickly organizing and comparing large data sets; and  4)SPSS Statistics—a tool for statistical analysis.

In this workshop we will work with a set of qualitative and quantitative data work from collection to analysis. The workshop will cover acquiring the software and licensing options, the key features of each tool for examining a data set, and working between the different tools. We will also touch on different methodological approaches to data analysis. You can participate as an observer or work hands-on during the time.

10:00-11:30--Demonstration of the four tools

11:30-Noon—Open lab Q and A. This is a time for participants to play with the software and to have individual questions answers.

You must pre-register. 

You will get an email confirmation shortly after registration.

To get the most out of the workshop, you can download the software here:

Thank you. I look forward to seeing you on August 18th.

Chris Shamburg

Master's Theses Research Symposium

Featuring the culminating research of NJCU Master of Arts in Educational Technology students for the year 2020. The symposium featured the projects of:

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Malvanie Williams, NJCU MA Student with work, "Using Mobile Devices to Engage Students in Higher Education"

Description: This presentation will focus on how students in higher education use mobile devices outside of the classroom for student activities and events. Also, the discussion will focus on why mobile devices are important for the digital native generation.

John Brown


John Brown, NJCU MA Student with work entitled, "Education Evolving: Promoting the Universal Design for Learning and Blended Learning Interconnection with UDLBL.com"

Description: The missions of UDL and Blended Learning continue to overlap as time moves on and technology use in classrooms become ubiquitous. Educators must understand what UDL and Blended Learning are and how these frameworks work together to offer the best path forward for effective educational experiences – this is the mission of UDLBL.com.









Daudi Roc, NJCU MA Student with work entitled, "Engagement Strategies in an Urban Middle School"

Description: A description of the Strategies being used by Middle School Teachers (at School 24 in Paterson NJ) to deliver high quality instruction. Particularly useful to teachers who are still early in their careers.

NJCU Spring Webinar Series

Spring Webinar Series presented by the Department of Educational Technology, Deborah Cannon Patridge Wolfe College of Education

Buzz Wood

"Effective Use of Audio & Video"

With Buzz Wood

Buzz Wood is a solutions pioneer and product evangelist. In this pre-session intro Buzz Wood will talk about the effective use of audio & video, and how it makes such a long-lasting visual impact on students. Additionally, there is a Q&A session and talk about what has worked elsewhere around the country with the application of simple techniques incorporating the use of audio & video.

List of Recommended Audio/Visual Tools:


Who Moved My School?

"Who Moved My School?"

With Dr. Laura Zieger

The zoom session will start with a 12 minute video of "Who Moved My Cheese?" Following, Dr. Z will facilitate a discussion about change in our lives professionally and personally. This webinar featured a supportive, interactive and insightful get-together.

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Alex Urrea

"The Future of Remote Learning in K-12"

With Alex Urrea, Founder and Managing Partner, Eduscape

During this webinar, learn how sound instructional design principles can be applied to remote teaching to maintain engagement and rigor. Discover how this time has underscored the fact that more than ever, teachers drive technology and not the other way around. The future is in the hands of those educators who embrace today's challenges and discover new opportunities for ongoing engagement and a forward shift in their pedagogical practice.

NJCU Spring Webinar Series

Formative Assessment

"Instant Formative Assessment Tools"

With Phillip Crisostomo, Doctoral Student, Cohort 7

This webinar focused on various tech tools that teachers can use to formatively assess students on the spot. Learn which of these tools will work best in any situation, whether it is live teaching or asynchronous learning. These tools are not just great for teachers - they are beneficial for administrators and presenters as well!


Higher Order Questions

Higher-Order Questions for the Digital Landscape

with Samantha Bahna, Doctoral Candidate, Cohort 6

Questioning is an important part of the teaching and learning process. In this webinar, participants identified the purpose of higher-order questions in the digital classroom, recognize the difference between higher-order questions and essential questions, and garner new methods for asking higher order thinking questions to students using technical mediums.

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Keeping Teachers Motivated

"Keeping Teachers Motivated During Distance Learning"

With Katie Kirby, Doctoral Student, Cohort 7

The webinar presented ways on how to keep teachers motivated while teaching from home. Information and strategies focused on helping teachers keep structure and routines as well. A discussion centering around virtual walk-throughs to provide teachers critical feedback during remote learning was included.

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NJCU Spring Webinar Series

Ashley Shanley

"Tips and Tricks for Distance Learning"

with Ashley Shanley, MA Student

Remote teaching is the new way of the world. Many teachers are thriving, while some are still unsure of how to navigate this uncertain time we are all facing. With a drastic change in education basically overnight, teachers need tips and tricks to continue to be remote learning rockstars! Join this webinar to learn tips and tools and share some of your tricks you can use as a K-12 teacher for your online classroom.

Justine Krawiec

"Rocketbook for a Remote World"

with Justine Krawiec, Doctoral Candidate, Cohort 6

The concept of note-taking has altered in more ways than one. Throughout our current situation, note-taking, visually seeing what students are doing, and presenting step-by-step hand-written informational lectures has now become more difficult. Subjects that may benefit from hand-written exercises are now at a loss.

During this presentation-based webinar, various Rocketbook products will be presented. Such tools may include re-usable notebooks either for instructors or students that allow for online sharing as well as a way to launch your own lectures from home for a small price. Additionally, free options are also available for you and your students at home. Not only may these products be an additional option for the current online learning situation, but you may also find them helpful in the office, and when we return back into the classroom.

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Dr. Christopher Shamburg

"The Power of Words: Introduction to Atlas.ti Qualitative Analysis Software"

with Dr. Christopher Shamburg

This workshop will give an overview of the Atlas.ti qualitative data analysis (QDA) software. Atlas.ti allows a researcher to organize, code, and analyze text, images, audio, and video for qualitative and mixed methods research projects. Participants will learn how to begin and develop an Atlas.ti project, and how to use the key features of the software. Participants will be briefly introduced to the field of qualitative data analysis software. Through a demonstration of a sample project, participants will see how to work within and among a variety of textual documents and images. Participants will also learn how to export results for reports.

Participants can download and use a trial version of Atlas.ti with a sample project in either Windows or Mac. They can import new documents and experiment with coding and reports if they would like to continue with their work. There will also be a list of resources for participants to continue learning the software.

NJCU Spring Webinar Series


Designing Learning Management Spaces

with Damiano Mastrandrea, Doctoral Candidate, Cohort 6

Using two Learning Management Systems (Blackboard [College] and Schoology [K-12]) we will explore the development of remote learning spaces in terms of practical steps to create friendly and efficient instructional operations and materials, while using the Quality Matters rubric for Course Design.


Q & A About the Coronavirus for School Nurses

with Bibi Mangar, RN, Doctoral Student, Cohort 7

During this Q & A session about COVID19, participants will be able to gain understanding about COVID19 Definition: What is COVID19? Similar Viruses: SARS & MERS (what are they?) Ways of Transmission: -Why is it so rapid? Signs and Symptoms: -Respiratory -Gastro-intestinal -Neurological -Disorder of taste and smell When to seek medical attention? Measures to Prevent the spread of COVID19


Google's Applied Digital Literacy Skills

with Susan Tranchina, MA Student

There is such a high demand for quality remote learning resources. Join us for a free webinar as we explore Google for Education and Grow With Google's Applied Digital Skills Curriculum, a FREE instructor-led, video based curriculum with 109+ lessons for upper elementary to adult learners. Each lesson includes videos, lessons, rubrics, certificates of completion, and more! Join us to learn how you can use the free Applied Digital Skills G Suite curriculum to help your students develop critical, job-ready digital skills that meet state standards and puts them in the center of their own learning.

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NJCU Spring Webinar Series


Creating Digital Learning Environments to Support All Learners

with Katie Nieves, Doctoral Student Cohort 7

As we continue in the journey of remote learning, it is important to ensure the needs of all learners are considered when distributing assignments. This webinar focused on techniques for designing digital activities and lessons that are accessible for all learners. Free tools for supporting the needs of students are also discussed. The strategies will be applicable to a variety of education levels.

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Michael Bino

The Wizards of Webinar Place: Conjuring Meeting Space Without Place

with Michael Bino, Doctoral Student, Cohort 8

Michael Bino, M.Ed, is the Manager of Information Technology for the department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering (ORFE) at Princeton University. For 20 of the 21-year history of ORFE, Michael has steered the technological direction of the department, serving as research systems administrator, resident consulting programmer and developer, multimedia specialist, instructor, and instructional assistant to faculty, students, and staff alike. As an accessible, friendly, and knowledgeable technological generalist with training in and love of education, Michael's cross-disciplinary skills and talents have been challenged, tested, and highly sought after in the current moment of upheaval.

Join Michael Bino for a talk and Q&A about his early experiences, successes, and failures assisting faculty and graduates with the sudden move to remote teaching, facilitating student events, organizing virtual conferences, and why the current moment may force hard choices around surveillance and privacy.

Dr. Hayet Bensetti-Benbader

Digital PBL for Classroom Implementation Webinar

with Dr. Hayet Bensetti-Benbader, NJCU Ed.D Doctoral Alumni

This webinar was designed for teachers, instructors, school and district leaders, and instructional coaches. Participants will learn the principles of PBL, a research-informed model for measuring, calibrating, and improving their practice. Participants will learn how to design and plan quality PBL, build in meaningful assessment, and employ strategies for managing the process. Participants will walk away with a draft of a Digital PBL project unit, ready to finish and implement in your classroom.

PBL Google Drive Folder with Resources

PBL Website

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Everything You Need to Know about ISTE Certification

To access a recording of the webinar, you must first register to enter and you will immediately be able to view: 


This webinar is sponsored by the Educational Technology Department at New Jersey City University, and presented by Erin Hommeland of Eduscape and Dr. Laura Zieger of NJCU. 

ISTE certification is a new digital credential designed for ambitious educators who use technology for teaching and learning in meaningful and transformative ways. After competing the training with Eduscape, educators submit a portfolio as a reflection of their learning and practice to become an ISTE Certified Educator as well as qualify for three (3) graduate credits with New Jersey City University (restrictions and fees apply). This webinar will clarify the registration process, describe the curriculum, and explain the steps to earning graduate credit. 

Additional questions? Email edtech@njcu.edu


Eduscape and NJCU ISTE Certification