2014 Showcase


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The Bronx CUNY EdTech Showcase, held annually in May, promotes and highlights innovative uses of technology to bring students to new levels of engagement and academic performance. This year’s Showcase was held on May 9th, 2014 at Bronx Community College’s Hall of Fame Playhouse and the beautiful new North Hall and Library. The Keynote Address by University Director of Academic Technology, George Otte and the afternoon panel session entitled Game-Based Learning in Education was streamed live on our website.

This collaboration among the three CUNY colleges located in the Bronx (Lehman, Bronx CC, and Hostos) strengthens the bonds among campuses that serve similar student populations and is a model for inter-campus community-building throughout CUNY. The annual event provides opportunities for networking, sharing information, and building sound, technologically-rich pedagogical practice within the CUNY community.

Led by Bronx Community College’s Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology, a team of administrators and faculty from each campus worked together to convene educators from across CUNY and beyond to demonstrate and discuss their commitment to exemplary teaching and learning in technologically rich environments. This year’s format consisted of moderated short presentations on similar themes with adequate time for stimulating discussion. The interactive “birds of a feather” sessions encouraged group discussion and brainstorming on a variety of technology-related topics. An ePortfolio “eposter session” during lunch highlighted exemplary student work.

The audience, comprised of representatives from 17 colleges within CUNY, enjoyed the insights, experiences and perspectives of 56 (including 6 students) speakers representing a broad cross-section of disciplines.

This year’s distinguished plenary speakers are CUNY innovation leaders:

  • Dr. George Otte,  University Director of Academic Technology, Office of Academic Affairs, CUNY Central, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, CUNY School of Professional Studies; morning keynote
  • Linda Ridley, Lecturer, Business Department, Hostos Community College, afternoon panel moderator
  • Maura Smale, Associate Professor, Library, New York City Tech, afternoon panelist
  • Rees Shad, Associate Professor, Humanities Department, Hostos Community College, afternoon panelist
  • Joe Bisz, Associate Professor, English, Borough of Manhattan Community College, afternoon panelist

In the morning keynote, Dr. George Otte discussed the tension between working on the leading edge of innovation in the context of an institutional culture that, by its nature, is designed to limit risk. He argued that a new understanding of risk is needed in order to meet the demands and challenges of 21st century higher education.

The afternoon panel highlighted initiatives across CUNY dedicated to examining how games can be effectively integrated into learning, including the first ever 2014 CUNY Games Festival, approaches to “gamifying” traditional lessons, and Hostos’ Game-Framed Math & Science (G-FMS) initiative which uses games to familiarize media design students’ with STEM-based subjects.

Presentations focused on the practical implications of using technology in the classroom and included the following topics:

  • Facebook in the classroom
  • Podcasting for ESL students
  • Engaging students using Rap Genius
  • ePortfolios
  • Flipped classrooms for Research in Business
  • Clickers in the classroom
  • New Methods for Teaching Stem Literacy
  • Social Media for Education

Special Thanks to:
Our College Leaders:

Dr. Carole M. Berotte Joseph, President, Bronx Community College

Dr. Felix Matos Rodriguez, President, Hostos Community College

Dr. Ricardo Fernandez, President, Lehman College

Dr. Claudia V. Schrader, Provost, VP Academic Affairs, Bronx Community College

Dr. Carmen Coballes-Vega, Provost, VP Academic Affairs, Hostos Community College

Dr. Anny Morrobel-Sosa, Provost, SVP Academic Affairs, Lehman College

Speakers/Panelists:

Dr. Carole M. Berotte Joseph, President, Bronx Community College

Dr. Carmen Coballes-Vega, Provost, VP Academic Affairs, Hostos Community College

Ron Bergmann, V.P. / CIO, Lehman College

Dr. George Otte, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, CUNY School of Professional Studies, University Director of Academic Technology, Office of Academic Affairs, CUNY Central

Linda Ridley, Lecturer, Business Department, Hostos Community College

Maura Smale, Associate Professor, Library, New York City Tech

Rees Shad, Associate Professor, Humanities Department, Hostos Community College

Joe Bisz, Associate Professor, English, Borough of Manhattan Community College

Our Faculty and Staff Showcase Presenters

Hostos EdTech Staff & EdTech Interns

Bronx CC EdTech Staff

Lehman College/Information Technology/ Resources Staff

Bronx Community College IT Department

Edwin Sanchez

Gustavo De los Angeles

Sammy Henry

Jonathan Lacay

Errol Williams

Bronx Community College Academic Affairs

Dr. Claudia V. Schrader

Ayechia Perez

Conference Program/Graphics Designers

Lemar Francis

Miguelina Curiel Baldonado

Bronx Community College Duplicating Department

Frank Giglio

Jose Burgos

Bronx Community College Communications & Marketing Dept.

Hostos Community College Duplicating Department

David Floyd

Diann Beckett

Mercedes Valdez

Catering by Nayyarson’s

 

Bronx EdTech Showcase Committee:

Mark Lennerton, Director, Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology, Bronx Community College

Albert Robinson, Associate Director, Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology, Bronx Community College

Alyson Vogel, Associate Director, Online Education, Lehman College

Carlos Guevara, Director, Office of Educational Technology, Hostos Community College

Catherine Lyons, Assistant Professor, Reference/IT Librarian, Hostos Community College

Lisa Tappeiner, Assistant Professor, Collection Development Librarian, Hostos Community College