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.
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:
The panel will be moderated by Dr. Tracy Amerman and Dr. Christopher Shamburg of the NJCU Educational Technology Department.
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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).
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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Thank you. I look forward to seeing you on August 18th.
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, 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.
Spring Webinar Series presented by the Department of Educational Technology, Deborah Cannon Patridge Wolfe College of Education
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.
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