Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Exciting Hands On Training for NYC DOE Students & Teachers

Vision Education & Media has partnered with the NYC DOE Office of Instructional Technology to offer iLearn Saturdays, an exciting new opportunity for students and teachers in all five boroughs to participate in a series of free hands-on workshops. Interested schools in each borough will send up to 3 students and 1 teacher grades 6-12 to take part in 6 Saturday sessions of interactive training in Robotics, Game Design or Digital Filmmaking. All programs focus on inter-disciplinary project-based learning while teaching students 21st century technology skills. Working alongside students in these interactive workshops, teachers will be paid by their schools per session for professional development. They will learn the technology and skills necessary to implement this curriculum in their own schools. The program will culminate in a final share-out in which students in all 3 workshops will have a chance to present their projects for family, fellow students, teachers and school administrators.

Dates & Times
November: 17
December: 8, 15
January: 5, 12, 26 (tentative)
All workshops are from 9 AM to 1 PM. Lunch will be provided.

Workshop Locations:
Brooklyn - PS 38
Bronx - High School of Computers and Technology (Evander Campus)
Queens - JHS 226
Staten Island - PS 57

To Participate
To register for workshops in your borough, visit
* Click on "Online Catalogs"
* Click NYC Department of Education/City Hall Academy
* Log in if you have an account or Register as a New User
* For Department, please choose Instructional Technology
* When you find the class you're interested in, click Enroll Now

If by any chance you are unable to register using protraxx, please email Emilie Reiser at with your registration information.

Workshop sessions are free for teachers and students. Participating schools are required to pay a $75 fee to the Deputy Chancellor and a per session fee for teachers.

Workshop descriptions:
IBOTechs, is a hands-on, learn-by-doing opportunity open to 6th -8th grade students and teachers. Participants will design, build, and program a robotic invention to solve complex problems. Students will participate in a final share-out at the end of the program. Participants will need to bring their own laptop to each session. The device must have NXT Mindstorms Software installed. This 6- session course is designed for one teacher and 3 students per school that has purchased the Robotics kit. LEGO Mindstorms Education Base Set for 4 students- $250 LEGO ID# W979797 LEGO Mindstorms Education Software 1.1 (individual) - $49 LEGO ID# W700077 Additional software needs to be purchased with additional base sets.

Simulation / Game Design
Students and teachers grades 6-12 will learn MicroWorlds and Scratch multi-media programming environments for Simulation and Game Design. Incorporating text, sound, graphics, and basic programming syntax, participants will create several interactive animated projects that will be presented in final share-out for family, fellow students, teachers, and school administrators. This inter-disciplinary curriculum is designed to strengthen Math, Science, Technology, and Language Arts skills through hands-on project-based learning. Working alongside students, teachers will participate in professional development, learning the skills and programming necessary to implement this curriculum in their own schools. No equipment/software required.

Students in grades 6th-12th will learn how to use research to produce storyboards, scripts, documentaries, videos and short films. Participants will write, film, edit and produce a short video (1-5 minutes) while learning the filmmaking process and use of film equipment and editing software. This 6-session course is designed for one teacher and 3 students per school. Schools will be expected to participate in a NYC Student Film Festival to showcase their work. Participants must bring their own laptop to each session. Mac is preferred (i-Movie software) OR PC laptop with Moviemaker installed.

Friday, October 26, 2007

FIRST e-Newsletter for October

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FIRST LEGO League Season Electrifies

Thousands of teams eagerly awaited the September 5, 2007 unveiling of the FIRST LEGO League Power Puzzle Challenge - and they were not disappointed as they tuned in to the online Kickoff and learned about the Power Puzzle missions, rules, and project! This year's Challenge calls for teams of 9 to 14 year-old children to research and present their own creative solutions to one of today's most critical envioronmental issues: energy management and sustainability.


FIRST Tech Challenge Teams in "Quad Quandary"

The FIRST Tech Challenge Program is off with a bang! Over 8,000 students , teachers, parents, and mentors are expected to participate. Many teams have been gearing up over the summer and ready to get started! more

Meeting Inspires and Reinvigorates Woodie Flowers Award Winners

In August, for the first time, winners of the Woodie Flowers Award (WFA) came together as a group to share their perspectives and experiences, and to focus on how to inspire and recognize more young people. more

President's Circle Recommends Resources for Startup Teams

At the FIRST Championship in April, I announded the inaugural year of the President's Circle. After reviewing a creative range of videos submitted thorught the FIRST Channel on YouTube, I invited twenty teams to come together to identify excellent existing resources that could be used to help get new teams started. more


On Sponsors...Rockwell Collins, Smart Move From Smart Communications Leader

On Alumni...Gordon Franken enters DARPA Challenge

On Staff...The Faces of FIRST Team Support

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Available now at the FIRST Store. Released in April, 2007, "FIRST - Chronicles of Inspiration, Competition, and Changing the World" is a collection of stories, photographs, and testimonials about FIRST. more

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