NJEA Technology Committee Launches TechTalks

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By the NJEA Technology Committee

As members of NJEA Technology, we are excited to launch NJEA TechTalks. The channel will introduce members to current and new applications in the classroom across grades and subjects, as well as across all areas of academic support (i.e. offices, buildings and grounds, security, etc.) .

The NJEA Technology Committee will use short video clips, solicited from NJEA Technology Committee members and other guest members, to share the variety of technology platforms used in classrooms and other places around the world. school setting.

This new content may be published on various digital platforms, including the NJEA YouTube channel under “TechTalks”. Just go to
YouTube.com/njeaweb. Our goal is to hire certified and supportive staff members to understand how beneficial technology is in our profession.

Videos and Presenters

Our first two videos will feature WeVideo and Google Jamboard. Committee members and Frenchtown Education Association President Pete Moran will present Google Jamboard.

Committee member Lori Lalama will present WeVideo. She is a professor of computer science at Christopher Columbus Middle School in Clifton and president of the Clifton Education Association. She enjoys following New Jersey student learning standards and designing her own engaging projects that use real-world apps. These projects can be used at any level, incorporating cross-disciplinary connections, while ensuring content is unique to each year.

WeVideo (wevideo.com) is a cloud-based online video recording and editing platform that allows users to share videos anywhere anytime. One of Lalama’s favorite video projects, his students developing a video advertisement for their theme parks. The students are the CEOs of their theme parks and they have to brainstorm to come up with a plan. The project forces them to “think outside the box” to make their park one of the 10 best in the world. They should incorporate images (jpegs and gifs), captions, transitions, backgrounds, and fun music. They can register to create voiceovers.

Once the project is finished, the students know how to share it on any device, via social networks, by e-mail and integrate it into different applications. WeVideo is easy to use in any classroom to develop collaborative, engaging and exciting projects. Who knows? You might have the next Steven Spielberg or Spike Lee in your classroom.

Committee member Peter Moran will introduce Google Jamboard. A technology teacher for 20 years and a classroom teacher for five, Moran is president of the Frenchtown Education Association and a fourth-grade teacher. He is a Google Certified Innovator and has been a speaker at the International Society for Technology in Education and NJEA conventions. He is passionate about integrating technology into programs that work seamlessly for educators and students.

There has been a tectonic shift in education over the past two years that would not have been possible without the help of technology. The combination of Google Classroom and Jamboard can make remote and in-person learning easier for teachers and students. Moran uses the product almost daily with her students, and with the combination of Google Classroom and Jamboard, teachers and students can create and complete assignments that can be shared and reviewed on their laptops.

The TechTalks video will show how to make it work on multiple devices such as iPads, Chromebooks or PCs. In addition, the video will show you how to have the students work individually or in collaboration. We hope this takes some of the stress out of our new and very stressful times.

The videos will show how to start creating your own technology tools and how to take advantage of all the wonderful features that can increase productivity and improve the classroom and school experience.

The NJEA Technology Committee

Sabina A. Ellis, Chair, Essex County
Michael S. Ryan, Bergen County
Christopher Bowman, Burlington County
Dali J. Kilpatrick, Camden County
Julie E. Stratton, Cape May County
Debra D. Byrd, Cumberland County
Stephen L. Whitehead, Gloucester County
Peter J. Moran, Hunterdon County
Olive M. Giles, Mercer County
Pallavi Shetty, Middlesex County
Ann M. Moyle, Monmouth County
Laurie A. Schorno, Morris County
Kayla A. Kanarkowski, NJEA Preservice
Virginia L. Hoden, NJREA
Melissa Krupp, Ocean County
Lori E. Lalama, Passaic County
Bethany Hannah, Salem County
Camille T. Ragin, Somerset County
Edith Farrell, Union County

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