Friday, September 29, 2017

TIF South Returns

Our first TIF of the season began on a hot September day, but we cooled off by showcasing amazing tech tips and tricks from Melanie Kitchen and Andy Wheelock.  They showcased their crowd-sourced presentation, How to be a Tech Rebel in Your School in 10 Easy Steps.

Their presentation resources can be found on this Google Doc:  TECHREBEL
We also had newly minted Technology Integrator Shaun Laska, showcase Frewsburg Central’s fantastic school video.

We will be looking for volunteers for upcoming presentations.  
  1. In December we would like to have schools do some “School Showcase” presentations.  The format is your choice, but we are looking for teacher/student testimonials about the great stuff your district is doing along the edtech spectrum.
  2. TIF Talks 2018-  We are looking for 2-3 educators willing to share their ideas in a TED Talk style event.   18 minute, thought provoking presentations.
Please let me know if you’re interested in presenting!

Upcoming events to be aware of:

Theme:  A Cornucopia of Great Ideas:  Come with an idea to share in 2, 7, or 20 minute presentations.  

Monday, September 18, 2017

TIF 2017 Coming Soon!

The 2017-18 School Year is under way and its time to shake off the summer blues and learn about Edtech!  Hope you can join us for Technology Integrator's Forum! on September 26th, 2017 from 9AM-2:30 PM

Here is the Agenda for our first meeting of the year:
9-9:30am - News, Notes, and Snacks (provided by Michelle K., Joanne L.)
9:30-11:30am - Steps 1-5 Being a Tech Savvy (Tech Rebel)
11:30am-12:30pm - Lunch on your own
12:30-2:15pm - Steps 6-10 Being a Tech Savvy Teacher (Tech Rebel)
2:15-2:30pm Fabulous Prizes Remind people for volunteers for Showcase and TIF Talks
  • Closing Announcements
    • Recruiting for Showcase and TIF Talks

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

TIF South Dates for Next Year

Hi Everyone,

Hopefully, everyone is enjoying their summer, with a casual eye towards next school year.  As you start planning your school year, I want to welcome all of you to join us for TIF South for the 2017-18.  We will once again have an amazing slate of presentations, sharing sessions, and TIF Talks. 

To help you stay connected, please join our Google Plus Communities (TIF North and South), our Remind Notification System, and the TIF South List Serv.

Otherwise, below are our Registration Links and Dates.

See you at TIF South!


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Thursday, May 24, 2018

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Monday, June 5, 2017

A Great Day for TIF Talks

We had a spectacular day of high powered presentations that made us think, as well as, generated new ideas.

Here are the presentation in order of appearance.

Angela May-Brain-Based Teaching in the 21st Century

Mark Putney:  "It's not IF... it's WHEN"

Kathy Gradel- "Keep Calm, and Curate On"

Robin Sullivan: "Shifting Time, Space, Things and Learning"

Jason Hammond:  "Engaging Gameplay Builds Academic Success"

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

TIF Talks Return

We will be having our Second TIF Talks presentation series at SUNY Fredonia's Science Center.  Taking a cue from the ever popular TED Talks we have put our own spin to this concept by having educators from around the area talk about education relevant topics in under 22 minutes.  We will be having the event streamed for those who are unable to make the presentations.

Want to register or learn more about the speakers and their presentations?  Click HERE

WHEN:  May 24th
TIME- 9am-2:30PM
WHERE:  SUNY Fredonia Science Center

Tuesday, December 13, 2016


Superheros, Escape "Rooms", Astronauts, Robots & Minecraft...All of these topics were part of this year's Annual NYSCATE Conference. This year's conference was one of the best! Each year I am amazed by what fellow Educators are doing in their classrooms. From gaming, collaborations and Google! The theme this year was "Unleash the Superhero in you". This theme was very fitting as each and every attendee is a superhero in their own way every day. We all were challenged this year to take risks and step outside of our comfort zone. This year's opening Keynote was given by the co-founder and CEO of Breakout EDU. Adam's inspirational keynote spoke the truth about some of the educational pitfalls we find ourselves dealing with on a daily basis. Adam offered multiple sessions where participants were able to experience Breakout EDU, the immersive learning games platform that is taking schools by storm. In these sessions participants played a Breakout EDU game with other attendees and using collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and communication to break beat the clock and break into the Breakout EDU box. These sessions filled up fast and were difficult to get into. The Keynote speaker on Monday was former astronaut, Michael Massimino. If you're a Big Bang Theory fan, like I am, you may have seen Mike Massimino play the role of, himself. He shared his story, which highlighted the perseverance he had to achieve his dream of becoming an astronaut. After being turned down three times, he continued to persevere, and it payed off when he was accepted on his fourth application to NASA. He shared pictures, experiences and stories that made me want to be an astronaut! The plethora of sessions offered never disappoints at NYSCATE. From virtual worlds, gamification, Google, Coffee Breakout, EDU Breakout, etc. The options offered by so many innovative, risk taking educators is beyond what anyone could be looking for. I found myself, more than once, having to choose between too many good sessions to go to. If only I could attend them all!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Technology Integrator's Forum South Returns!

On October 19th, TIF South brought back educators from around Western New York to share their great ideas and new tech tools.

We started our day with a discussion based around the recent TED Talk from Salman Khan about Mastery Learning in in the 21st Century.

There was a lot of great dialogue and I think most people were in agreement with the possibilities that Salman Khan advocated for, but not sure if American Education will embrace the change in any sort of dramatic fashion.  Good food for thought for any education circle!

We then transitioned into our first ever "Open Mic" session whereby educators get to share their favorite idea of tech tool.  We used the "Teach Meet" Concept that I discovered at the ISTE 2016 Conference and found teachers willing to share easily.  We took this concept into the afternoon because we had such fantastic sharing!

You can get your own copy of our notes and resources linked HERE

Rob Miller sharing his expertise about Genius Hour

TIF Members intently listening to Open Mic Sessions

Our Afternoon session was meant to have a theme based on Halloween, so we chose the notion of Edtech "Nightmares"  and how to fix them.  The session was free wheeling and fun, but sadly we didn't take lots of notes.   However, it did spur an idea, of for future discussion, such as "Ask the Edtech Experts"session of TIF for the future.

We finished our session with a Quizizz Quiz for the participants to test their knowledge of the topics we discussed.

Special thanks to Kim Powell, who brought some homemade cookies and some Pumpkin Muffins.   Scrumptious!  Jason Hammond brought some delicious Delicous Apples and locally produced Apple Cider!   

It was a fantastic day and we are looking forward to our session on November 16th, 2016 .  We are hoping to have some SUNY Fredonia students talk about their Edtech uses and ideas.