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Communication Coordinators Meeting- 2017/03/01: Presentations

March 1, 2017


Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Conference Room 2,  Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES. 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM.



Making Instruction Relevant: Connecting Teachers and Students with Business and Industry Experts.

Rene Lawrence, Instructional Technology Specialist, Cayuga-Onondaga

Renee will be providing an overview of Nepris and the features included that are now available to many of you.  Nepris connects students virtually with industry professionals to bring real world relevance into the classroom. It is cloud based software used to inspire and engage your students by connecting experts in the field of study and allowing learners to interact and ask relevant questions. You will have an opportunity to log in and take a look at what Nepris has to offer.

Slideshow: Nepris Revised.ppt


Gale Cengage Learning

Integrating Gale Databases into the K-12 Curriculum to Promote Student Learning.

Tammi VanBuren, Customer Success Manager, Gale | Cengage Learning.

Tammi will be providing an overview of Gale databases and their features that many of them have in common. Gale products support all areas of the K-12 curriculum. They integrate into both Google and Microsoft cloud platforms so that teachers can easily use these products with in their classrooms. Gale also offers product-specific support materials and widgets, and no-cost training resources for school librarians.

Slideshow: Empower Learning

Students learning about robotics.

Students showing their creation.

Experiences With Makerspace in Our Schools

Missy ;Beyel and Aja Hahn, A. A. Gates Elementary School, Port Byron Central School District.

Anne Mlod, Genesee Elementary School, Auburn Enlarged City School District.

Loretta Johnson,  Jordan-Elbridge High School

Makerspaces are emerging in libraries and they are embraced by schools as a way to integrate STEAM into their curriculum. Earlier in October, we invited educators in CNY to "Makerspaces, Inquiry, and STEM Learning: A Day of Exploration" to explore how teachers could use robotics and coding in their classrooms.

Since this event, the BOCES has been loaning out these devices to teachers in our component schools so that they could work with their students. Missy and Aja will share their makerspace experiences with us, and Anne will talk about teaching coding with her students. Loretta will share how she is working with her students to implement makerspaces in her library.

We will also have makerspace devices available to explore and to discuss how we can use the idea of makerspaces to engage students and promote teacher collaboration in our schools.

Slideshow: 2016-2017 A.A. Gates Makerspace

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