News & Announcements

  • Students Create Eye-Catching Signage

    Walk through Building B at our Center for Career Services and you'll see the incredible work of our Commercial Art students, whose creativity can be seen in the form of vinyl wraps currently on display in various areas of the building.

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  • Join our Cisco Academy Networking Program information sessions!

    Learn about our Cisco Academy Networking Program on Monday, Feb. 26, at 6 p.m., in Building B on our Career Services campus, 65 Grasslands Road, Valhalla. Register here! 

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  • Students at Tappan Hill School "Lend a Helping Hand"

    Tappan Hill students learned the value of lending a hand around their school during the month of January, a reflection on the teachings of Martin Luther King Jr.

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  • Southern Westchester BOCES Congratulates Region's Reward Schools

    Southern Westchester BOCES congratulates region's newly identified Reward Schools.  

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  • Mother of 2 thanks SWBOCES for helping her set example for kids

    Lisa Wilson-Patrick, a 40-year-old mother of two, is thankful to SWBOCES for allowing her to set a positive example for her children, ages 6 and 15.

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  • Second Quarter Breakfast Celebrates Students' Achievements

    At the Center for Career Services' second-quarter breakfast, several students received awards for their high academic performance. 

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  • Students Get Ready for SkillsUSA Competition

    Students in Christine Ireland's Architecture/Interior Design/3D Art class were practicing the steps necessary to compete successfully in the upcoming SkillsUSA competition, to take place in March. The activity was being done in conjunction with SkillsUSA Day 2018. 

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  • Students Avail of Work-Based Learning Hours Through Collaboration with YWCA

    Students in our Cosmetology Program at the Center for Career Services are getting valuable work-based learning hours through a special collaboration with the YWCA in White Plains. 

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  • Students Learn from Visit to Automotive Technology Center

    A class visit to the Herbert Kurz Automotive Technology Center at Rockland Community Center gave BOCES auto students a peek into the school's well-respected associate's degree program in automotive technology. 

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  • Sound Production Students Will Learn from New Digital Drum Set

    Students in the BOCES Sound Production Program at the Center for Career Services will benefit from a digital drum set that was purchased recently. 

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  • Auto Students Bring Back Coveted Prizes

    Two teams of automotive technology students did their teachers proud after they competed and won a fifth and sixth place at the Westchester/Rockland Regional Automotive Technology Competition in early January. 

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  • Auto Students Work Toward Careers in the Industry

    Making a career for themselves in the auto industry is on the minds of our students as they sit for the ASE exam. 

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  • Drum Performance Helps Students Get Creative

    Architectural students had some help getting creative, thanks to a drum performance held in their class Jan. 29. 

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  • SWBOCES, Questar collaborate on future assessments

    Southern Westchester BOCES was chosen to host educators from throughout the region to collaborate with Questar Assessment on a three-day item-writing workshop.

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  • Sharing and Caring the Theme of Special Assembly

    Students at the Tappan Hill School enjoyed a special assembly at their school Jan. 22 to honor Martin Luther King Jr., Day and to reinforce the importance of sharing and caring. 

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Tech Summit 2017

Technology Trailblazer Kicks Off LHRIC's Tech Summit 2017

In educational technology circles, Dr. Ruben Puentedura is a rock star of sorts.

The creator of the SAMR model for selecting, using and evaluating technology in education was the keynote speaker at the LHRIC’s TLI Tech Summit Oct. 27 held at the Edith Macy Conference Center in Briarcliff Manor.

In his keynote presentation before local school district administrators and teachers, Dr. Puentedura talked about the ways instructors can enhance teaching and learning in the classroom.

When he created SAMR, which stands for Substitution Augmentation Modification Redefinition model, he wanted to offer a method of seeing how computer technology might impact teaching and learning. The various steps show that when teachers are comfortable using technology in their classrooms, it can make a significant impact on their students’ success.

At its very basic level, Substitution refers to the stage when technology has been introduced to the classroom but as a direct substitute for more traditional teaching. Having students print out a worksheet, complete it and then hand it in is a good example of this. There is no functional change in the teaching and learning of the subject matter, and the instructor is guiding all aspects of the lesson, he explained.

By contrast, Augmentation takes the instruction a step further, with technology acting as a substitute to traditional teaching methods but with some functional improvements. Asking students to take a quiz using a Google Form instead of using pencil and paper is indicative of this stage in the SAMR model.

The Modification phase is when common classroom tasks are accomplished through the use of computer technology and when technology allows for significant task redesign, said Dr. Puentedura.

Redefinition, which is the final stage of the SAMR model, refers to the classroom where computer technology allows for new tasks that were previously inconceivable. Of all the stages, this one offers the most transformative experience for students, he said.

“If a class is only ready to go to Augmentation, that’s fine,” said Dr. Puentedura. “Teachers can introduce the other aspects of SAMR as they feel comfortable, without having to reinvent the wheel.”

To help educators move through the SAMR model, Dr. Puentedura suggested they embrace what he referred to as the “SAMR Ladder Project,” a series of questions he designed to help educators reflect on where they are in the process and where they want to be. The project highlights the types of skills they will need to create successful lesson plans for the 21st-century classroom.

When implementing a SAMR model, Dr. Puentedura said that teachers need to think about the topics that best serve their students’ interests and how knowledge of those topics might impact their future studies.Adding to the value of this year’s Summit was the vendor “Ignite” sessions, giving participants the chance to hear about the latest products and services from companies like Achieve 3000, Aimsweb, Annese, Blackboard, CatchOn, Custom Computer Specialists, Cisco, Dell, eChalk, Edgenuity, Ensemble Video, Finalsite, Frontline, Microsoft and more.

The daylong event ended with a “Model Schools Town Hall” meeting, led by the LHRIC’s Manager of Instructional Technology, Sarah Martabano, and Model Schools Coordinator Leslie Accardo.

The basis for the discussion was to gain feedback from local school districts in an effort to best serve their needs.

“One thing about our program is that we are agile,” said Ms. Accardo. “We will entertain any idea and will continue to stay in conversation with you until we find something that is the best fit for all 51 districts we serve.”

The Bedford and North Salem school districts recently became members of the Model Schools Program as did Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains.




Tech Summit 2017