Portfolio

While the home page of this blog serves as a journal of my experiences, this portfolio page provides snippets of my experiences and accomplishments.

NJAIS Innovations Symposium 2016

On August 9 & 10, 2016, NJAIS held the Innovations Symposium. Previously known as the Digital Educators Symposium, this annual gathering focuses on ways to transform education with technology. I gave a presentation on Computational Thinking Across the Curriculum (nicknamed Bit Fit, fitting CT in your classroom). The presentation materials can be found here.

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Rutgers Summer Science Institute 2016

For the second year, I worked with Rutgers and NJ 4H, who provide teens with a week of STEM opportunities. The goal is to expose these kids, who are under served and under represented, with insights into STEM studies and career fields. This year we did a full day of CS again, however this time I was joined by 10 students who were new in the class last year. They were excellent assistants. They demonstrated leadership in our activities and knowledge of the content through work with their communities throughout the year.

You can read more about the program and the experiences this year in the article from the Home News. The article has many more great pics of the kids using the Finch robots!

TEDxOakKnollSchool

Proud to be the moderator for the startup of the Oak Knoll School TEDx club. The club’s first ever event was held on April 6, 2016. Nine students presented topics supported by 12 event producers. We worked from October through April to plan, prepare, research and practice for the event. The club event page has all the details of the speakers and all the girls talks can be found on YouTube by searching for the official name of TEDxOakKnollSchool.

 

CS Ed Week 2015

In planning for CS Ed week 2015, I had the idea of students showcasing their programming, engineering and robotics work. With the help of our engineering teacher and the other CS teacher, we organized an upper school student demonstration during the lunch periods in the dining hall of different computer science projects. Along with Hour of Code activities , the upper school students all had an opportunity to participate and engage in computer science. Please see our school article for more on this story.

Rutgers Summer Science Program 2015

Rutgers University and Samsung paired up to work with the 4H program in New Jersey to present the Summer Science Program “A Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program for high achieving young people who are underserved and underrepresented in STEM fields.”  I was invited to give a 1 day workshop on computer science.  I prepared a day long program of introductory CS activities to help student ambassadors acquire the skills to start and support after school computer clubs for middle school students in their communities.  Activities included CS unplugged games and puzzles that encouraged computational thinking. After an introduction to Scratch and creating 2 basic programs, students worked with the Finch robots and the Makey Makey devices to extend their coding experience to devices, giving them a “maker” start for their club ideas.

NJIT Web Design Competition 2014

In March of 2014 the iMSMA student Tech Team participated in the NJIT Web Design competition. The girls were excited about this project all year, worked to create their projects with Notepad++ coding in just HTML and CSS.

Cyber Days

Our school was spotlighted in several news stories in February 2014 for having “cyber days” instead of snow days. See NJ.COM article NJ schools turn snow days into ‘cyber days’ with remote learning. My role in this has been to help the teachers implement the tech tools that allow for asynchronous learning, such as Moodle activities and resources, collaboration with Google Docs, video creation and sharing, and Glogster. During the summer of 2014, I will be working with faculty to use Office 365, our new cloud platform, for collaboration. This will include document work as well as One Note and Lync.

Google Visit

In February 2014 I was able to take my students on a field trip to Google in NYC. The girls had a great experience. When asked to reflect on the trip, the most common remark from them was about the collaborative work environment at Google.

Student builds website for Sandy support

During the 2012-2013 school year, I introduced a course in Web Design at my school. All web development was done with Notepad++ and Gimp. The students learned HTML and CSS and a bit of Javascript. As part of the course, the students were required to create a 5 page website. We had several great sites! I created a domain for the students using Dreamhost, and the girls learn to FTP their work onto the live server.

One student created her site as a fund raiser for her town, Breezy Point NY, that was devasted by superstorm Sandy. She continued to maintain the site after the class ended, and with it raised money to help restore recreation facilities in Breezy Point. For more information, see the article Student At Mount Saint Mary Academy in Watchung Raises Moneny for Sandy Relief.

 

Computer Science Principles

I have been part of the BJC/Computer Science Principles development in NJ since the summer of 2012, when Kean University began to offer NJ teachers the opportunity to learn this curriculum and provide input. Brian Harvey and Dan Garcia from UC Berkeley have worked with us the past two summers to teach us the BJC curriculum as done at Berkeley, and support us in developing the courses at our school. As a result of this experience, we have introduced a course Computer Science Priniciples at my school, our first computer science course. I have 9 girls this first year, several of which are going on the newly offered AP Comp Sci A in the 2014-2015 year.
For more info – Kean CS4HS Presenters and Third Annual CS4HS Week at Kean.

Graduate projects

For my Penn State Graduate work, we created a blog using Moveable Type. The blog documents my experience starting with the EDTEC 498 course, Emerging Web 2.0 Technologies and Learning.

In October of 2011, I hosted a workshop for Independent school librarians. The topic was eBooks and the School Library. I created a wiki for all participants to use as a reference and a place to share information. You can access it through this link.

I have created a series of Screencasts using Jing, Snagit, and Camtasia. These are used to provide on demand lessons or help in using various tools and technologies.