Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Coffee with a Geek Interview with Jake Miller!

WHAT:  Coffee with a Geek Interview with Jake Miller
WHEN:  December 11th, 2018
TIME:  3:30-4pm
WHERE:  Youtube Live

I can't wait to interview Jake Miller.  If you're not following Jake on Twitter, or checking out his Blog on a regular basis, it is a must!  While Jake's work focuses on G-Suite ideas for educators, many of his ideas can be adapted along a variety of pedagogical landscapes.  From following him on Twitter and his blog, his enthusiasm and passion for creative ideas for educators is contagious.  I'm really looking forward to chatting with him about his blog, his source of creativity and passion, and his thoughts on education's future!

A little about Jake in his own words:  "Jake is an instructional technology coach and father of 3 from Ohio. He’s probably best known for his #EduGIFs that he shares in Twitter and is also the host of the new “Educational Duct Tape” Podcast."

Connect with Jake:

Twitter: @jakemillertech

Thursday, November 22, 2018

My Presentations at #NYSCATE18

Some links and resources from my projects at NYSCATE18

1.  1st Annual Hackathon:
Award winners:  Video Interviews

Phil Jorosz- Technology Integrator Kenton Union Free School District
Jaclyn Ellefsen- Staff Developer:  Orange Ulster Boces
Leandra Tejador- Vidcode Leader and Sponsor of Event
Jeff White: Instructional Coach- Salamanca City Schools

Monday, November 19, 2018

Coffee Edu at #NYSCATE18

NYSCATE Is an Amazing Conference that brings together Educational Technology colleagues from across the state.  There are so many great sessions so it is impossible to see every one.  So let's share!

Please open the Google Doc Below and share a link, resource, or idea you came across.

Please share a resource from the #NYSCATE18 conference.

Resources Here

Monday, September 24, 2018

Coffee with a Geek Interview with Dr. Xiao-Ning Zhang

Coffee with a Geek Interview with Xiao-Ning Zhang

WHEN:  September 26th, 2019
TIME:  9am-9:30am
Youtube Live Link

I saw a presentation by Dr. Zhang at Daemen College's STEAM Conference over the summer.  I was really impressed at how she took subjects that seem very complex, such as the science of DNA, and made creative hands-on activities to help students understand them.

I'm really excited to talk to her about her teaching methods, as well as her projects and work.  This session would be great for any teacher looking for inspiration and ideas on how to help students learn with creative activities and projects.

A little bit about Dr. Zhang in her own words:

Born in Tianjin, China.

Bachelor of Science in Biology and Master of Science in Biotechnology at Nanjing University.

PhD in Genetics at Fudan University in 2002. (both universities are similar in status in China as ivy league in the US)
Postdoctoral position at University of Pennsylvania and University of Maryland for a total of 7 years.
In Maryland, I also enrolled in Tai Sophia Institute (Now changed to Maryland University of Integrative Health) as a part-time student in the Applied Healing Arts program.
The years in Maryland got me thinking and reflecting on what I really want in my life and what I want as a career. For the first time, teaching came to the front page.
In 2009, I started a new position at St Bonaventure University, teaching courses
in biology while continuing the research I love with undergraduate students. I never dreamed of such a career before. But after teaching for a few months, I knew that this is what I have been looking for.
I started to get involved in STEM outreach from 2015. Working with colleagues st SBU, I have been organizing a summer teacher workshop for math and science teachers and a summer research program for high school students annually. Through these experience, I get to learn about the education system in the United States and listen to teacher’s needs. It motivates me to think of new
ways to teach and design new activities for teachers to take back to their home schools. Now I mainly work through WNY STEM HUB and WNY STEM Southern Tier Satellite Center at SBU to inspire and prepare the next generations.

How to Connect with Dr. Zhang


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Movies Educators Should Watch Episode 1: Red Folder

Many of you may know that I often like to pretend I am a movie critic.  For my children, I created a movie blog titled, "Movies I Want My Kids to See, and Why?"  It's a slow work in progress, but I wanted to have my children know a little about me through the movies I have enjoyed and which had meaning to me.

Well, I thought it might be nice to create a list of movies I think teachers should watch.  Am I an expert on movies?  Nope.  I'm just a teacher who likes to watch movies.  The movies I plan to highlight are movies, many of them short films, that made me really think about education.

So with that introduction, I'd like to showcase the Ben Kallam short film, "Red Folder"

Red Folder from Ben Kallam on Vimeo.

This film moved me on many levels.  First, cinematically, I was captivated by the scenery and character development as the main character, Joseph, is sent on a mission to find a red folder.  As he wanders through the school we learn more about him from the teachers and school staff that he meets.  Joseph is lost in many ways in this film.  But who is there to help him?  Is the system designed to help him?  Are the teachers capable of helping him?  Or are they and the system setting him up for failure?  What is his role in his success as a student? This film pushes those questions.  It will make your heart ache, but will it make a difference?

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Black Mirror Guest Post- Matt Mariglia

Matt Mariglia was supposed to be a part of our Black Mirror Educator Support Group Session.  Unfortunately, due to some tech issues he was late to our group.  Matt's insights are so valuable to the support group, so I asked him to send me his thoughts as an extra segment.  Must read!.

Video of Support Group Session:  HERE
Support Group Shownotes:  HERE

As a part of #CWAG’s Black Mirror Support Group (I call it the BMSG) with Andy, Jen Murphy & Heather Krieger, we recently discussed the episode in season three called Shut Up and Dance.  The basic story is of a young man named Kenny whose life is riddled with many of the problems a young man might have.  He’s bullied by workmates, has a single mom who is interested more in her social life than her children, and he himself  lacks plenty of self confidence. But with Shut Up and Dance, and any Black Mirror episode, the seemingly understandable story can get flipped on its head.  Without me giving away all of the episode, we find that it’s Kenny’s connection to the outside world via his phone & laptop are what eventually cause his life to come unraveled.  And come unraveled it does when his worst fears are realized through these connections. What the episode forces us to address is that our connection to the outside world for most of us (especially for younger generations) is through the internet & mobile devices.  Our connections to the outside world have changed dramatically in the past 30 years. Is this newer connection to the outside world come at a cost?

Back in the day (1980s & before) parents could easily keep their children away from elements of society that they deemed to be inappropriate or unsafe.  The way they did this was to keep them “in the house”. Sneaking out of the house into the world was a common rebellious behavior for pre-internet children.  Keeping the child in the house severed their connection to the outside world and to experiences that might get themselves in trouble. That parenting technique does not work anymore.  Connections to the outside world are easily available to us all from the privacy of our own homes. Locking a kid in their room might be exactly what they want! Teenagers like Kenny in Shut Up and Dance, not to mention adults, can connect to all aspects of society using the internet including ones that promote & participate in deviant behavior.  This behavior can easily be exposed through hacking and the capturing of webcams and mobile photos on social media. (See this article from Make Use Of that talks about webcam hacking).   For Kenny in Shut Up and Dance, and his counterparts, their connection to the outside world not only exposed their deviant behavior, but cost them any shot at a normal life.  So the question for all of us is pretty simple: do our connections to the outside world via the internet & social media have the potential to cost us a shot at a happy & healthy life?  Our answers, and the answers of the younger generations, will play a large part in whether the way the use of technology is shown throughout the series Black Mirror will come to fruition in the future.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The #CWAG Black Mirror Discussions Part 2- Shut Up and Dance

WHAT  The Coffee with a Geek Black Mirror Discussions
WHEN:  August 22nd, 2018
WHEREYouTube Live Hangout
TIME:  3:30-4pm Eastern

Please join the Black Mirror Support Group panel for our 2nd installment.  For this, session we will be exploring the episode entitled, "Shut Up and Dance".  If you're not familiar with Black Mirror, it is a Netflix Series that is explores technology trends and how they impact society.  Each episode is standalone, so you don't need to watch them in any particular order.   Join my colleagues, (Jennifer Murphy, Heather Krieger, and Matthew Mariglia as we take a deep dive into this episode and how it relates to education.

For the Show Notes Click HERE