Instructional Technology

MANAGER

Mary Lynn Collins-Callanan
mcollins@lhric.org
T: (914) 922-3405

The Instructional Technology department at LHRIC aspires to build a community of educational professionals through the exchange of ideas and to leverage creative and innovative use of technology in a global collaborative environment for the advancement of all learners.

We provide professional development for teachers and administrators that is differentiated for each learner, each classroom, each school, and district.  We aim to spark the innovation, creativity, reflection and enthusiasm for teaching and learning that brought them into education in the first pace.

Our approach to the professional development design ensures that experiences are scalable, replicable, relevant, and the experiences are fun!  We offer job embedded cohorts, online courses, workshops, webinars, professional learning communities, peer to peer sessions, on demand coaching, vendor run sessions,  and everything in between.

Our ultimate goal is to make sure each adult learner has the skills and requisite knowledge to effectively amp up their practice through the integration of technology resources.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Virtual / Live Interactive Webinar

    Unpacking the NYS Computer Science/Digital Fluency Standards: Focus Grades 4-6

    The New York State K12 Computer Science and Digital Fluency Learning Standards were adopted by the Board of Regents in December 2020 and beginning September 2021, all districts will be encouraged to focus on curriculum development, resource acquisition, and professional development. This one hour session will effectively help you "unpack" the key concepts and subconcepts for grades 4-6. Participants will leave with a toolkit of suggested activities and lessons developed by educators across New York State.

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    Registered participants will receive the Zoom invite prior to session start.

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  • Virtual / Live Interactive Webinar

    Unpacking the NYS Computer Science/Digital Fluency Standards: Focus Grades 7-8

    The New York State K12 Computer Science and Digital Fluency Learning Standards were adopted by the Board of Regents in December 2020 and beginning September 2021, all districts will be encouraged to focus on curriculum development, resource acquisition, and professional development. This one hour session will effectively help you "unpack" the key concepts and subconcepts for grades 7-8. Participants will leave with a toolkit of suggested activities and lessons developed by educators across New York State.

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    Registered participants will receive the Zoom invite prior to session start.

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  • Virtual / Live Interactive Webinar

    Minecraft EDU: Using Pre Made Content (Two Session Series)

    Minecraft is known as a "blocky sandbox in a virtual world". The Education Edition provides teachers with additional features and safeguards for classroom use. This two part series focuses on using pre-made lessons, immersive worlds, and quick build challenges available from the Minecraft EDU portal.

    • Session 1: The Why and What of Minecraft, and the In-World Experience (February 10)
    • Session 2: Finding and Assigning Minecraft Lessons, Worlds, and Challenges (February 17)

    NOTE: Minecraft Education Edition is included in Microsoft A3/A5 district licensing. Participants should consult with their district administration to ensure proper access prior to registration.

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    Registered participants will receive webinar instructions prior to session start.

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  • Unpacking the NYS Computer Science/Digital Fluency Standards: Focus Grades 9-12

    The New York State K12 Computer Science and Digital Fluency Learning Standards were adopted by the Board of Regents in December 2020 and beginning September 2021, all districts will be encouraged to focus on curriculum development, resource acquisition, and professional development. This one hour session will effectively help you "unpack" the key concepts and subconcepts for grades 9-12. Participants will leave with a toolkit of suggested activities and lessons developed by educators across New York State.

    REGISTER IN MLP >

    Registered participants will receive the Zoom invite prior to session start.

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  • LHRIC offices, 450 Mamaroneck Ave. · Harrison, NY

    TLI: Active=Con 2022

    Active=Con is a conference for explorers, leaders, and innovators in K-12 active learning spaces. 

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    KEYNOTES: DR. JOHN SPENCER & DR. ROBERT DILLON

    Dr. John Spencer is a former middle school teacher and current college professor on a quest to transform schools into bastions of creativity and wonder. Spencer wants to see teachers unleash the creative potential in all of their students so that kids can be makers, designers, artists, and engineers. He explores research, interviews educators, deconstructs systems, and studies real-world examples of design thinking in action — and shares what he’s learning in books, blog posts, journal articles, free resources, animated videos, and podcasts.

    Dr. Robert Dillon has served as an educator and leader for the past twenty years. Through this work, he has excelled in change leadership, supporting organization with new ideas and energy, and providing solutions to meet specific organizational needs. Dr. Dillon draws upon his experience, national network, and research-based practices to support innovation that impacts learning. Dr. Dillon truly embeds himself in the work of an organization, supporting, coaching, and getting in the weeds where it is needed.

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  • LHRIC offices, 450 Mamaroneck Ave. · Harrison, NY

    CS/STEAM Playdate (Hosted by LHRIC and Teq Inc.)

    Computer Science/STEAM Playdates are designed for teachers, STEM/STEAM Coordinators, and Math/Science Coordinators. Launching or maintaining a systemic STEM program can be daunting, especially regarding the selection of the software, tools and equipment that are most appropriate to support learning objectives. This event will help schools properly select STEM products, considering grade band, teacher skills, school environment, and desired outcomes.

    We will spotlight/showcase products from selected vendors to help participants enhance their own library of materials. If you are interested in rolling up your sleeves and getting "hands on" in a safe and fun learning environment, this session is the perfect opportunity to mingle with fellow learners. As we explore together, we will examine ways in which these products and tools can help support teaching and assessing our New York State Computer Science and Digital Fluency Standards.

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  • Edith Macy Conference Center, Briarcliff Manor, NY

    TLI: TELL Awards

    This exciting annual award celebration give us an opportunity to celebrate and learn from educators and leaders from across the region who have been actively Transforming Education through Leading and Learning (TELL). Awardees apply for, or are nominated by their peers for their outstanding accomplishments in innovation, and are recognized by LHRIC leadership through a selection and review process. Participants will benefit from hearing directly from each awardee (Outstanding Innovative Teacher and Outstanding Innovative Leader). We are planning a dinner event this year.

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    KEYNOTE: DR. DEVORAH HEITNER

    Dr. Devorah Heitner is the author of Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World and founder of Raising Digital Natives. Dr. Heitner’s work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and CNN Opinion. She has a Ph.D. in Media/Technology & Society from Northwestern University and has taught at DePaul and Northwestern. She is delighted to be raising her own digital native. Dr. Heitner founded Raising Digital Natives for parents and educators seeking advice on how to help children thrive in a digital world. She has positioned herself to help take the fear out of this emotionally-charged topic and help districts and community members guide kids towards empathy, kindness, and integrity.

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  • Edith Macy Conference Center, Briarcliff Manor, NY

    TLI: TECH Expo 2022

    TECH EXPO is the annual capstone event for TLI. It highlights the contributions of regional teachers and administrators, and provides ample opportunities for networking with peers, experts and vendors. This massively popular event has grown steadily in attendance over the years, and recently we’ve had some fun with conference themes. Stay tuned for this year’s theme!

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    KEYNOTE: DAVE BURGESS

    Dave Burgess is the New York Times Best-Selling author of Teach Like A PIRATE: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator and co-author of P is for PIRATE: Inspirational ABC’s for Educators. He is a highly sought after professional development speaker well known for his creative, entertaining, and outrageously energetic style. His
    workshops, seminars, and keynotes not only motivate and inspire teachers, but also help them to develop practical ways to become more creative and engaging in the classroom. Dave empowers teachers to embrace the mighty purpose of being an educator and sparks them to design classes that are life-changing experiences for students.

    As a teacher at West Hills High School in San Diego, he was the 2001 and 2012 Golden Apple recipient and the 2007/2008 Teacher of the Year. He was voted a faculty standout for seventeen consecutive years in categories such as: Most Entertaining, Most Energetic, and Most Dramatic. At a ceremony in Washington D.C., the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences awarded him the 2014 BAMMY for Secondary School Teacher of the Year.

    He specializes in teaching hard-to-reach, hard-to-motivate students with techniques that incorporate showmanship and creativity.

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