EdTech Event: NYSCATE Technology Conference

By Monica Burns 12.13.2015 blog

Last month I had the pleasure of attending and presenting at the annual conference of NYSCATE, the New York State Association for Computers and Technologies in Education. This well-attended event provided an opportunity to network with teachers from across New York State.

The first day of the conference included workshops on topics that highlighted best practices in different classrooms. A session on Microsoft’s OneNote program was led by high school English teacher Jeremy Tucker. He shared the ways that students in his classroom use OneNote as a virtual notebook. Later in the day, David Held, the Technology Director/Coordinator at Poughkeepsie Day School led a presentation on Raspberry Pi. Although he did serve local raspberry pie during his session, David’s main focus was an overview of how teachers can build affordable computers with their students using a variety of computer parts.

Common Sense Media, known for their digital citizenship resources, also presented sessions highlighting their newest tools and partnership with Nearpod. Teachers who use their online curriculum spoke about activities they have introduced to students and the importance of digital citizenship. Their sessions also included plenty of time for questions and answers.

On the second day of the conference, I shared some of my favorite iPad apps for content creation, including informational, narrative and opinion writing. This gave me the opportunity to meet with teachers who were equally excited about the way students can use mobile tablets to demonstrate understanding. At the end, many teachers tweeted their favorite ways to use these tools in their classrooms.

Two educators from Dansville Central School District shared a program they started with a goal of inspiring students to explore computer programming. Considering the significant gap between the numbers of men and women in the computer science industry, they developed a special program to get girls excited about coding. GETT or Girls Empowered Through Technology used Google’s CS First curriculum to introduce foundational computer programing skills to students. It was interesting to hear about the successful outcomes of the program and see the excitement in the room.

In addition to the sessions at the conference there were also workshops for educators looking for a more in-depth experience with new technology tools. The event included a large exhibition hall that included booths from companies showing off new products and organizational solutions for schools with devices. As usual, one of the highlights of this conference was the chance to connect with old friends and make new ones. From running into educators I’ve met at other conferences or ones that have popped up on my Twitter feed it was great to meet educators who are also passionated about educational technology!

Have you participated in a regional conference or attended an interesting session at a recent event? Share in the comments below!

Monica Burns is an EdTech & Curriculum Consultant and Apple Distinguished Educator. Visit her site ClassTechTips.com for more ideas on how to become a tech-savvy teacher.


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  1. hannah

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    • ZACH


  3. Taylor

    Yes, it will help a lot in the school distrect.

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