Tech Training for Teachers Extends Beyond Harrison
The Harrison Daily Voice

Original post from The Harrison Daily Voice

By: Donna Christopher

HARRISON, N.Y. -- The Lower Hudson Regional Information Center has rolled out a slate of professional development opportunities at Tuesday's Fall Kickoff event.

These include an EDchat sessions for administrators, a STEAM Support Strand initiative, and a job-embedded professional development pilot for districts specifically located far from the center's base in Harrison.

Model Schools Coordinator Leslie Accardo talked about the breadth and scope of the service, which now has 49 school district members in Westchester, Putnam and Rockland counties.

“You are the stakeholders of this key service,”  she said.

The Model Schools initiative is to foster a community of professionals and help them provide a learning-centered education, said Accardo.

When asked what kind of “shift” they wanted to see in their schools, some said it was helping teachers and others to adopt a one-to-one technology initiative, while others talked about the need for changing a district’s culture so that everyone could be excited about using 21st century technology.

An example is the Bright Bytes Clarity platform, highlighted at the event for how it helps "strengthen and improve the use of technology for teaching and learning," said the announcement.

The platform helps districts in their strategic planning and decision-making regarding the use of instructional technology and its impact in their classrooms.