What is New York City Doing to Improve EdTech?

Monday, July 28, 2014

School photos, classroom, computers, students. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

The future economy could be based on jobs that require advanced computer skills. So are we teaching them from a young age? Phil Weinberg, deputy chancellor for teaching and learning at New York City Department of Education, and Michael Preston, Senior Director of Digital Learning in the Office of Postsecondary Readiness at the Department of Education, discusses what New York City is doing to improve EdTech.


Michael Preston and Phil Weinberg

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Mark - the Software Engineering Pilot and similar initiatives at the DOE were designed to expand our pipeline of CS teachers. Therefore our professional development opportunities are available to teachers from multiple backgrounds and certification areas, rather than restricted to math and science. While math teachers are very well represented, we felt it was important to design a program that can scale. All of our teachers have been learning CS content, including computational literacy and various languages/environments, as well as how to teach it.

Jul. 28 2014 02:56 PM

Caller: My school lacks connectivity because of your upside-down, catch 22 prioritization policies.

Weinberg: We'll look into it.

Translation: Don't hold your breath.

If the future of NYC's tech ed policies rests in the hands of a smarmy, clueless, out-of-his-depth bureaucrat like
Weinberg we are in deep caca. Every answer this man gave consisted of "everything's going great...the people involved are all terrific....our students are being edjimicated for the fyoocher"
All smoke no substance.
He claimed that lots of fiber has been laid. If it's not connected to anything & there's no coherent plan (or planner) for interconnection..... you do the math.

And speaking of doing the math, Preston stated that we're dealing with the acute shortage of Comp. Sci. staff by retraining SOCIAL STUDIES teachers. How about involving MATH teachers, or is there a shortage of them too?
Quality education depends on quality teaching

Jul. 28 2014 01:10 PM
Orla from NYC

The form answers of this pair makes me wonder if they themselves are the product of code, i.e. robots. Siri would make a more interesting interviewee.

Jul. 28 2014 11:12 AM
Janet from Brooklyn

Let's get real: Students lack keyboarding skills. Without them, using computers slows down their thinking and writing. Schools lack reliable connectivity and sufficient quantities of computers/tablets. DOE purchasing gets in the way of buying best priced hardware. Distributing, turning on, trouble shooting and collecting computers is viewed as time sucker by teachers. These tedious, unsexy problems need to be addressed if we are going to get students ready to be smart consumers of technology let alone have tech careers!

Jul. 28 2014 11:12 AM
gary from queens

You wont find a better article that demonstrates the hypocrisy of the high tech industry in California than this one.

The Valley of the Shadow
By Victor Davis Hanson
How mansion-dwelling, carbon-spewing cutthroat capitalists can still be politically correct.
July 22, 2014 4:00 AM

Jul. 28 2014 11:10 AM

Oooh, He said they can't get anyone qualified from these dumbed down teachers' colleges??

Jul. 28 2014 11:09 AM
lin from NYC

Tech is important but what about the pushing to support the arts. Do you
really want to see The MET Opera, NY Philharmonic etc fail? We need to
promote music and art education.

Jul. 28 2014 11:06 AM

Hey, I know !!!

Let's dumb down our schools even more with failed liberal (race to the bottom) educational policies.

Jul. 28 2014 11:04 AM

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