Nassau County Technology Directors Visit the Great Neck Public Schools
January 14, 2016
On January 14, 2016, the Great Neck Public Schools hosted the monthly BOCES NASTECH (Nassau County Association of School Technologists) meeting at Great Neck South Middle School. Over 60 Technology Directors from Nassau County school districts came together to learn about Great Neck's Instructional Technology Program and South Middle's 1:1 iPad Initiative in Grades 6-8. The day began with Student Technology Leaders greeting guests at the main entrance of the building, helping them sign in via the LobbyGuard visitor management system. The guests were then led on a tour through the school's new IT Lab, a technology-based professional development space. The tour continued to the library, where lunch was provided by BOCES. Guests sat on node chairs, our new classroom furniture that facilitates traditional and electronic student workflows and supports collaboration. Following lunch, the visitors were treated to presentations by Marc Epstein, District Technology Director, Dr. James Welsch, South Middle Principal, Catherine Graybosch, South Middle Library Department Chair, Justin Lander, South Middle Technology Staff Developer, and several South Middle Classroom Teachers who shared technology integration best practices. Following the presentations, the tour continued with three periods of classroom visitations to core and encore classes, the Gym, and the TV Studio to observe students and teachers using technology in their regular daily classes. The day culminated with a viewing of a student-created morning Homeroom TV show using the new projection and sound system in the Auditorium, followed by a Question and Answer period. The visit was an overwhelming success and a testament to the hard work and dedication of South Middle students and staff, and representative of the successful and highly effective Instructional Technology Program in all of the Great Neck Public Schools.