Rondout + Ulster Connect

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Here is a presentation of Rosario Agostaro, Superintendent – Rondout Valley CSD
and Donald Katt, President, SUNY Ulster County Community College kicking off an event to feature the teaching methods of our faculty and to support the partnership between our institutions.

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Rondout + Ulster Connect

  1. 1. RONDOUT + ULSTER connectApril 10, 2010<br />Donald Katt, President – Ulster County Community College<br />Rosario Agostaro, Superintendent – Rondout Valley CSD<br />
  2. 2. “It is today we must create the world of the future.”<br />Eleanor Roosevelt <br />
  3. 3. Our Focus<br />Collaboration<br />Paradigm shift<br />Bridging the gap<br />
  4. 4. Collaboration<br />
  5. 5. Two faculties but one focus<br />Seamless integration of technology<br />Establish an effective communication network<br />Transform classrooms from isolated learning environments to collaborative, connected teaching models in which teachers use on-line tools to share and build on best practices.<br />
  6. 6. Paradigm shift<br />
  7. 7. Teaching and learning<br />We must move beyond simply integrating technology into the curriculum. It’s not about “toys”.<br />Changing how students learn and how we teach.<br />Learning is a very social thing. But we spend a lot of time in schools trying to undo this concept.<br />Blogs, e-mail exchanges, whiteboard accessories, video, podcasts, videos, etc. – what’s next?<br />
  8. 8. Bridging the gap<br />
  9. 9. Moving from K-12 to college <br />Grade level standards (grades 4, 8, & 12)<br />College readiness<br />Accessibility of technology<br />On-line learning<br />Textbooks vs. digital content (cost?)<br />Expanded use of multimedia curricula<br />
  10. 10. Technology and the world of education.<br />Obama administration’s Ed-Tech Plan….<br /><ul><li>States that the “use of technology in schools does not sufficiently reflect or build on the ways students use digital tools in their lives outside of school or how technology is used in the professional world”.</li></li></ul><li>Rondout Valley CSD Technology Survey Highlights (2009-2010)<br />I would benefit from professional development on…<br />Learner-centered teaching strategies that incorporate technology, e.g., project-based or cooperative learning (65% of staff).<br />In the settings where I work with children…<br />I use technology to communicate and collaborate with other educators (60% of the staff).<br />

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