Meet Our May Featured Teacher:
“It is much easier to access Schoology as I do not worry about losing a piece of paper or having to carry around a textbook for my assignments.”
- Student testimonial
Hannibal High School
Hannibal Central School District
Our May 2015 Featured Teacher has more than 30 years of teaching experience. For the past 15 years, Shirley has taught Music Theory, Guitar, and Band to students in grades 9-12 at Hannibal High School.
What are some of the innovative ways that Shirley integrates technology into her curriculum?
Shirley incorporates technology into many ...
CNYRIC Enhances Support for Robotics and Coding:
“There is definitely a huge
opportunity for computer science education in schools – kids are hungry for knowledge.”
CNYRIC Enhances Support for Robotics and Coding
Instructional technology program aims to elevate districts’ computer science offerings
Marcellus Central School District’s PTO has organized and hosted Discover Your Talent Day for the past nine years. Recently held on a Saturday morning in March, this year’s event attracted more than 250 K-3 students. Nearly 50 volunteer instructors provided students with a diverse selection of hands-on experiences. This year CNYRIC Instructional ...
CNYRIC Connects Students Around the World with e-Learning Opportunities:
Did you know that the CNYRIC’s American Sign Language (ASL) e-Learning classroom reaches nearly 65 students in eight districts across New York state? Led by e-Learning Coordinator Amy Spath and ASL Instructor Laura LaTray-Corey, the program provides ASL education via videoconferencing throughout the school year. The program continues to expand as additional students become interested in learning a new language, as well as earning high school and/or college credits. Recently, four students were inducted into the ASL Honor Society (ASLHS). Since its inception in 2006, the ASLHS’s mission is to encourage and recognize high academic achievement in ASL studies for students.
The e-Learning program recently coordinated two major events:
Floyd Little at Fabius-Pompey School ...
School District Spotlight: West Genesee:
Our Data Warehouse team is pleased to recognize the West Genesee Central School District with this month’s “School District Spotlight.”
During the summer of 2013, five instructional specialists, two literacy coaches, and the district data administrator from the West Genesee Central School attended the Got Data? Now What? full-day workshop facilitated by Bruce Wellman and sponsored by the Data Warehouse department. This workshop was pivotal in creating a frame of reference for how the district planned to move forward in using data to inform instruction. In the 2014-2015 school year, the instructional support team implemented the work of Wellman and Laura Lipton’s book “Got Data? Now What?” by utilizing ...
Test Scoring Team Prepares for Assessment Season:
“Our goal is to provide districts with excellent customer service, as well as ensure they understand how to prepare their assessment materials for the vendor scoring process”
Test Scoring Team Prepares for Assessment Season
Thirty-eight districts to utilize test scoring support services
The CNYRIC’s Test Scoring team continues to work closely with districts in preparation for the upcoming NYS 3-8 assessments. This year, 38 districts have opted to utilize Optimum Solutions Corporation (OSC) World’s test scoring service, and the CNYRIC is communicating regularly with the organization to ensure a seamless process. To prepare ...
Meet Our April Featured Teacher:
"I believe that students learn best by doing and creating, and technology provides so many more opportunities for just that."
Third Grade Teacher
Wheeler Elementary School
Onondaga Central School District
Sarah is a third grade teacher at Wheeler Elementary School in the Onondaga Central School District , where she has taught third and fourth grades for six years. She is also an Adjunct Lecturer at Nazareth College where she has taught three semesters of Assistive Technology and two semesters of Web Design.
What are some of the innovative ways that Sarah integrates technology into her curriculum? ...
RTI Meeting Encourages Regional Collaboration:
The Data Warehouse recently hosted a day of conversation and collaboration around various aspects of Response to Intervention (RTI). This was the second full-day meeting hosted by the CNYRIC this school year, with a final event taking place on June 5. Each of the RTI days include morning sessions focused on universal screening tools, followed by an afternoon RTI Professional Learning Community (PLC).
Districts share strategies and best practices
During the recent meeting, approximately 100 attendees, including teachers, instructional specialists, school psychologists, and building leaders were present for both the Winter AIMSweb and STAR User Groups. Each of these work groups focused on how to best leverage ...
School District Spotlight: Altmar Parish Williamstown:
Our Data Warehouse team is pleased to present the Altmar Parish Williamstown (APW) Central School District with this month’s “School District Spotlight.” APW is located on the southern side of the Tug Hill Plateau in Oswego County and serves approximately 1,300 students.
The APW Central School District has experienced many exciting changes this school year, including the arrival of new Superintendent Ms. Anita Murphy. Under the Board of Education’s direction and Ms. Murphy’s leadership, the district has taken on a number of new initiatives that are already having a positive impact on students and the community. Included among them are a revised APPR plan, utilization of Education ...
Moving School Districts' Technology Efforts Forward:
More than 30 districts currently participate in a CNYRIC service that supports their internal IT operations – and that number is expected to increase due to the expertise and value of the service offerings. The CNYRIC’s Managed Technical Support Service (MTSS) is designed to provide districts with custom IT support ranging from technology leadership and network administration to project-specific and on-site hourly support.
“The combined knowledge base of our growing team of technologists enables us to provide districts with progressive, industry standard solutions that result in a more secure and effective technology deployment,” said Joe Scott, manager of the CNYRIC’s Managed Technical Support Service. “Additionally, our collaborative ...
Instructional Technology Team Provides Powerful PD Opportunities:
Schools across central New York were closed Feb. 16-20 for winter break, providing the perfect opportunity for teachers to attend professional development workshops at the CNYRIC. Nearly 30 educators, representing seven school districts and two BOCES, participated in at least one of the three workshops offered by the CNYRIC’s instructional technologists. The half-day learning opportunities included Media Makeover with mediaCONNECT, Google Tools for Schools, and BYOD and the 1:1 Classroom. Each was well attended and received positive reviews from attendees.
Feedback from Attendees
“My mind is flying with the possibilities, while simultaneously thinking about what our teachers are going to need to successfully maximize the potential of Google apps for education , said ...
Meet Our March Featured Teacher:
With more than 12 years of teaching experience, Margaret Middleton is the Library Media Specialist at K.C. Heffernan (K-3) for the Marcellus Central School District . Margaret joined Marcellus CSD in 2012, following nine years working for the Fulton City School District as a special education teacher.
What are some of the innovative ways that Margaret integrates technology into her curriculum?
Margaret is a video conferencing champion. She actively promotes the benefits of video conferencing to her school's educators in an effort to incorporate distance learning into every classroom. To help spread the word to teachers about the power of video conferencing, Margaret created this public service announcement . Her efforts have paid off, as ...
Meet our Featured Teacher, November 2014:
Mr. Johnsteven Melfi is a teacher at Onondaga Central Jr./Sr. High School in the Onondaga Central School District (OCS). He teaches Algebra II/Trigonometry with honors and Geometry with honors. His teaching career began 18 years ago at Bishop Grimes, and he has been at OCS for the past 16 years.
Follow Mr. Melfi on Twitter: @jsm0525
What are some of the innovative ways Mr. Melfi integrates technology into his curriculum?
This is Mr. Melfi's second year flipping his classroom. He records all of his lessons using present.me. At the end of each video, students reply to a Google Form to help Mr. Melfi assess the students' level of understanding. This practice allows him to see how students are doing before each class and provides a starting point for classroom instruction. ...
School District Spotlight, October 2014, Onondaga Central:
Our Data Warehouse team is pleased to continue the “School District Spotlight,” an initiative to showcase districts that embrace data. This October we celebrate the Onondaga Central School District (OCS) .
Embracing Data to Improve Learning Environment
Throughout the past year, OCS took steps to evaluate how to best use data to inform district-wide decisions and improve the learning environment for staff members and students. Recent initiatives introduced some new practices that capitalize upon the use of data, but also aim to build upon existing processes that have been successful for teachers in the past.
During the 2013-14 school year, the district leadership provided multiple opportunities to formally ...
School District Spotlight: September 2014, Fayetteville-Manlius:
Our Data Warehouse team is pleased to introduce the “School District Spotlight,” an initiative to showcase districts that embra
ce data. This September we celebrate the Fayetteville-Manlius (F-M) School District , as it consistently uses data to inform, improve, and assess student learning.
From evaluating Board goals to differentiating instruction, the Fayetteville-Manlius School District is using data to inform, improve, and assess student learning. The mission of the F-M School District is to provide excellence in education for all students. In accordance with that mission, the F-M Board of Education established five district goals. But simply establishing the goals was not sufficient. The F-M Board went a step further and identified ...
Experience the New CNYRIC Website:
As a leader in 21st century technology for 50 school districts across the Central New York region, it’s imperative that our website remain a pivotal resource for educators and administrators. In fact, our website, www.cnyric.org , experiences nearly 1 million unique pageviews annually, with an average of five minutes spent on the site per visitor.
Website Launched Sept. 10, 2014
Armed with these analytics and more, our e-communications team designed the new website with users’ navigation needs in mind. In addition to a modern, dynamic homepage, new website features include an easy-to-use services guide; events calendar; and an enhanced footer with real-time social media activity, news articles, and promotional messaging.
Transform Instruction with New Tools:
Learning Management Systems: Transform Instruction, Embrace New Tools
Daily teaching is changing. So are the teaching tools. Several new Learning Management System (LMS) products such as Canvas, Schoology, and My Big Campus, in addition to Blackboard, are available for classroom integration. How do these tools work? And how can they be used to transform instruction? Our Instructional Technology experts can assist educators as they explore these questions. Contact Model Schools Coordinator Rob Leo at firstname.lastname@example.org to begin the conversation.
Join New Course
Plus, consider registering for our new course, “Blended Learning Class: Learning On-Line.” Part one begins Sept. 22. This course requires a commitment of at least 40 hours including two meetings ...
Test Scoring Q & A:
Q & A with Pam Dowse, Test Scoring Supervisor
Q: What is Written Response Scoring?
A: Its a new scoring process to help districts save time and resources when grading written or extended response questions on the NYS 3-8 assessments. This is the first year that we partnered with Optimum Solutions Corporation (OSC) to provide the scoring service, which is conducted by certified NYS teachers who undergo extensive training prior to scoring. To date, OSC has processed more than 43,000 tests for our 21 participating districts. Q: How does Written Response Scoring work? A: It’s a five-step process: 1. Tests are barcoded with student and school information, then administered; 2. Tests are hand-delivered to the CNYRIC by each district for the OSC in-take process; ...
Meet Our Featured Teachers:
Featured Teachers: Katrina Ercole & Maureen Manke
5th Grade, Driver Middle School, Marcellus Central School District
What does a 21st-century classroom look like? Step inside Katrina Ercole and Maureen Manke’s 5th grade wing at Driver Middle School for the answer. The pair co-teach and regularly integrate a wide variety of technology into their daily curriculum. From SMART Board utilization and Google Docs collaboration to interactive cross-country video conferencing, the duo empowers their students on a daily basis. Katrina has 11 years of teaching experience, all of which have been spent working in Marcellus. Maureen Manke is a Special Educator with 16 years of teaching experience, seven of which have been spent in Marcellus.
What are some ...
Data Warehouse Facilitates Workshop on HS Graduation Requirements:
As district administrators and counselors finalize graduating seniors’ credentials, the CNYRIC’s Data Warehouse (DW) department is prepared to provide support through a dynamic spreadsheet application. In fact, the DW recently hosted a High School Verification workshop to review rules regarding Regents exam diploma requirements including the new pathways to graduation regulations, as well as address high school accountability projections for next year’s New York State School Report Card.
Regents Exam Diploma Requirements
The diploma portion of the workshop consisted of a review of the new and existing regulations regarding earning a high school diploma. This time included discussion of the new pathways regulations which recently went into effect ...