During the 2011-2012 school year I will be returning to the classroom. I will be at Mont Pleasant Middle School teaching Family & Consumer Sciences. Because the district will have no Instructional Technology Facilitators, I am leaving this page in tact for you to use as a resource for your technology needs. I can't guarantee how often it will be updated, but some of the information found here will be useful for a long time to come.  I have thoroughly enjoyed my 10 years as an Instructional Technology Facilitator in the district. I will miss working with you and your students. I hope you continue to use as much technology as you can manage in your classes; your students are ready! 
Above design was created using Glogster.

When thinking about keeping up with technology trends and whether or not these trends have any academic merit, think about this:  
The (person) who insists upon seeing with perfect clearness before he/she decides, never decides. -Henri Frederic Amiel

The truth is that many people set rules to keep from making decisions. -Mike Krzyzewsk

Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome. -Samuel Johnson

Tracy Standhart
Instructional Technology Facilitator
Howe Professional Development Center
Schenectady City Schools, NY
District Model Schools Liason
District DEstreaming Specialist
DEN Star Educator
Symbaloo Certified
Glogster Ambassador
e. standhartt@schenectady.k12.ny.us
w. You are already here :)

Sometimes a calendar of events can spark an idea of how to use technology in your classroom. I like the calendar below because it is filled with prominent happenings for each day. 

holidays, events & celebrations.

More lessons, ideas for using technology in your classes, and more fun for your students! Check out Verizon's Thinkfinity website.
"Verizon Thinkfinity offers comprehensive teaching and learning resources created by our content partners – the most respected organizations in each academic subject and literacy. The easy-to-navigate K-12 resources are grade-specific and are aligned with state standards."

Ten Techy Things to Do 
Click on the image below for a tutorial on how to: create a blog, wiki, google site, podcast, video, try twitter, save bookmarks online, use google maps and more. This is a great printable document.  

For more where this came from, visit Richard Byrne's
Free Technology for Teachers blog

" When the technology transforms the way we learn, offers us new, unchartered experiences and opportunities, it’s much more than a tool but a whole new environment." ~Dean Shareski

What's New?

  • Symbaloo Resource Page Added Locate the link to the Symbaloo page in the navigation menu to the left and click on it for resources regarding a user friendly  and fun tool for managing digital ...
    Posted May 11, 2011, 7:30 AM by Tracy Standhart
  • Schenectady STARS Congratulations to Sara Telban, Schenectady's newest DEN Star. Click Here to view all DEN Stars in Schenectady. 
    Posted Apr 25, 2011, 8:37 AM by Tracy Standhart
  • Skype Page of Resources Added Check it out. 
    Posted Mar 22, 2011, 9:12 AM by Tracy Standhart
  • ELMO Doc Camera & SMART Board Click on the link to access the document.
    Posted Mar 21, 2011, 8:27 AM by Tracy Standhart
  • New Discovery Ed Tutorials Click on links to access attachment. 
    Posted Mar 13, 2011, 4:29 PM by Tracy Standhart
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They ARE different. 

"This paper examines the new digital landscape and the profound implications that it 
holds for the future of education. What does the latest neuroscience and
psychological research tell us about how the Instant Messenger Generation’s brains 
are being re-wired? What are the implication of this new digital landscape for
teaching, learning and assessment of that learning? What will it mean to be 
educated in the light of this modern, changed, and continually changing world?"

Tech Tools and Trends for Teachers

Check out this collection of 2.0 tools for you and your students to use. 


5 Steps for Harnessing Technology
as a Teaching Tool

  • Go out of your comfort zone! Take the time to explore and learn by getting your own hands dirty with technology before asking your teachers or students to do so. Don't be afraid to fail or ask for help and give your teachers and students a chance to do so as well.
  • Transform your professional development by emphasizing, modeling, and utilizing technology as teacher learning tools. Teachers must see the relevance and necessity of these learning tools before they will be comfortable using them with their students.
  • Begin with desired learning outcomes. Align all integration in a purposeful way. Teach the use of these learning tools in context with content.
  • Collaborate among and between teachers. For example, technology teachers and English teachers should be working together to design interdisciplinary units like Mrs. Sivick's Fourth Grade technology class.  
  • Create a digital toolbox like this one including resources, lessons, projects, "unprojects", ideas, and examples of technology tools as learning tools for your teachers and students. 
  • ~ from Learning Today Blog

    Blogs, Wikis or Docs? Oh My!  

    Which one should you use and for what purpose?
     This document   provides a simple explanation to the question in an easy to read table.