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[Video]Tony Wagner Speaks to Educators about the 7 skills our 21st Century students require to succeed

posted Aug 7, 2012, 2:52 AM by Parvez Jamal   [ updated Aug 7, 2012, 10:40 PM ]

The amount of information generated in the last 10 years surpasses the combined human knowledge before that. In our ever changing world of smartphones and automation, the skills our students need to succeed are very different from the set of skills they would have needed a decade ago. This is why our educators have to think differently in order to train our students to develop the following seven skills. Dr. Wagner has traveled across the world and was part of a movie called "The Finland Phenomenon". Out of 34 OPEC countries, the U.S. ranked 14th in reading, 17th in science and 25th in math whereas Finland has consistently been one of the highest scoring countries. The seven skills he describes will help our country compete globally.

Tony Wagner Speaks to Educators: 7 Skills from Edu-Sources on Vimeo.


After interviewing hundreds of CEOS in business, non-profits and educational institutions Tony Wagner of Harvard University identified the top seven survival skills needed for the 21st century in his book The Global Achievement Gap.

1. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

"The idea that a company's senior leaders have all the answers and can solve problems by themselves has gone completely by the wayside...The person who's close to the work has to have strong analytic skills.  You have to be rigorous: test your assumptions, don't take things at face value, don't go in with preconceived ideas that you're trying to prove." - Ellen Kumata, consultant to Fortune 200 companies


2. Collaboration Across Networks and Leading by Influence

"The biggest problem we have in the company as a whole is finding people capable of exerting leadership across the board...Our mantra is that you lead by influence, rather than authority." - Mark Chandler, Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Cisco


3. Agility and Adaptability

"I've been here four years, and we've done fundamental reorganization every year because of changes in the business...I can guarantee the job I hire someone to do will change or may not exist in the future, so this is why adaptability and learning skills are more important than technical skills." - Clay Parker, President of Chemical Management Division of BOC Edwards


4. Initiative and Entrepreneurship

"For our production and crafts staff, the hourly workers, we need self-directed people...who can find creative solutions to some very tough, challenging problems."- Mark Maddox, Human Resources Manager at Unilever Foods North America



5. Effective Oral and Written Communication

"The biggest skill people are missing is the ability to communicate: both written and oral presentations.  It's a huge problem for us." - Annmarie Neal, Vice President for Talent Management at Cisco Systems


6. Accessing and Analyzing Information

"There is so much information available that it is almost too much, and if people aren't prepared to process the information effectively, it almost freezes them in their steps." - Mike Summers, Vice President for Global Talent Management at Dell


7. Curiosity and Imagination

"Our old idea is that work is defined by employers and that employees have to do whatever the employer wants...but actually, you would like him to come up with an interpretation that you like-he's adding something personal-a creative element." -Michael Jung, Senior Consultant at McKinsey and Company"


Kiosk App - MokiTouch within iPads to improve experience

posted Aug 5, 2012, 9:00 PM by Parvez Jamal   [ updated Aug 7, 2012, 10:43 PM ]

Exciting changes are coming to the iPads at EBT. Look for the following icon to access EBT related content securely within your iPad. Laptops and Desktops used by students will also have a Kiosk system in place shortly in order to improve the performances of the computers. This will save you valuable time and we are very excited to see how it improves productivity. 


Changes in DOE Google Apps/Docs. GDrive is the evolved product. Sign up now!

posted Aug 5, 2012, 10:02 AM by Parvez Jamal

Google Apps
Important: Google Apps for Teams ending in September, changes happening with your Google Apps for Teams account
Hello Google Apps for Teams user,

Our records show that your address is a Google Apps for Teams account. Google Apps for Teams allowed those with a verified business or school email address to use Google Apps and collaborate on Google Docs, Google Calendar, and Google Talk without needing to go through their IT department or domain administrator for support.

Today we’re announcing that we will be officially shutting down Google Apps for Teams beginning on September 4, 2012.

When this happens, your Google Apps for Teams account will become a personal Google Account.

  • If you already have a personal Google Account with the same username, your Google Apps for Teams account will become a personal Google Account with a temporary username, Your existing personal Google Account, which you might have used to access YouTube or Blogger, will not change.
  • If you have only one account with the username, the username may not change, but it will still become a personal Google Account.

Whether your username changes or not, you don't have to do anything, because this change will happen automatically. We'll let you know by email when your Google Apps for Teams account becomes a personal Google Account.

After the change, you’ll still be able to access your Docs, Sites, and Calendar data. However, you'll need to use the regular Google sign-in pages such as and, instead of the /a/ URLs you had previously been using. Please make sure to update your bookmarks.

If you are a Google Sites user, you may need to take further action. We'll email you instructions with what to do with the Sites that you own.

If you'd like more information about the changes coming to Google Apps for Teams, please see the Help Center.

Thank you for your support and understanding.


The Google Apps Team

© 2011 Google Inc. 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043

You have received this mandatory email service announcement to update you about important changes to your
Google Apps account.

Textbook and Equipment Inventory on Jupitergrades

posted Aug 5, 2012, 8:36 AM by Parvez Jamal   [ updated Aug 5, 2012, 8:48 AM ]

Dear EBT Colleagues,
In order to improve our inventory for the upcoming year, we will be taking advantage of the Equipment and Textbook Inventory feature of Jupitergrades. This will allow you to check out books or equipments to students or other staff and check them in when the person returns the item. Please note that Book Receipts must also be filled out and we recommend that you keep a physical print out of all of your inventory so that we can better manage and track our equipments. 

Here is the help section of Jupitergrades to help you learn how to do the Inventory through Jupitergrades -

Textbooks & Equipment

You can keep track of textbooks, projectors, computers, and any other assets. Teachers see the Info > Textbooks & Equipment screen; admins see theSetup > Textbooks & Equipment screen. (Requires a paid license. This feature is not intended for libraries. There is a separate feature to assign Lockers.)

New Inventory

Before you can check out textbooks and equipment to students and staff, you must first enter it as new inventory: Change the pop-up menu to "New Book" or "New Equipment". Each item must have a title, like "Fahrenheit 451" or "LCD Projector", and an inventory number, which may include letters, like 014-A. You can add optional information like the condition (new, damaged, etc.), replacement cost, and storage location. Also you can import serial numbers by copying and pasting a list from a spreadsheet or text document.

The "Inventory" screen lists each item so you can see what is available, where it is currently located, and who has it checked out. Click any items on this screen to edit or delete them. Admins can print the inventory on the Reports screen.

To add more books or items to an existing inventory, like when purchasing more copies of a textbook, add it as New inventory with the exact same title. (If the title is slightly different, it will be listed separately. But you can edit it to correct the title to merge the inventories together.)

By default all items are considered school property, but teachers may opt to enter their private collections so that other teachers cannot see them. (Note: Admins can see and edit private collections in Admin Mode, but private collections are excluded from the printed reports.)

Check Out / In

Teachers, click the "Check Out" button to check out items. Set the menu to "Students" to check out items to specific students, like textbooks. (There are spaces for you to check out extra copies to keep in the classroom.) Or select "Teacher" to check out items for yourself or your class in general, like projectors or reference books. To check in items, check the "Check In" checkbox, and optionally update the condition, or flag it as "Missing" or "Needs Repair".

To check out an extra copy to a student, like a loaner textbook, click "Check Out" and replace their regular textbook # with the loaner #. This will add to what they already have checked out, not replace it, so on the "Check In" screen you'll see both copies listed. When the student returns the loaner, it's best to "Check Out" the item to yourself, so that way it's still listed as one of your extras, not back in storage.

Admins, to check items out or in, click them on the "Inventory" screen. Items can be checked out to staff members and/or students. You can also restrict teachers from checking out certain items, like laptop computers, so that only an admin with the A3permission can check it out or adjust the inventory. This option is available when you create a new item or edit it.

If a teacher forgets to check in an item, teachers and admins can override that.

To see which students have not turned in their textbooks or other equipment, teachers can look at the Textbooks & Equipment screen and set the menu for "This class only" or "All my students". Also admins can print a report for the whole school or any selected student on the Reports screen.


The same book appears with different titles

Teachers might accidentally enter books with slightly different titles, like "Tom Sawyer" versus "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer". You can edit the item to correct the title, and they will be merged together.

Some items don't appear on the Check Out screen.

Each item must have an inventory, otherwise it appears as ??? and you cannot check it out. Edit the item to give it an inventory number."

Challenge for all staff at EBT

posted Oct 26, 2011, 11:04 PM by Parvez Jamal

1) Jupitergrades - Post at least ONE STRENGTH for your students under STAFF NOTES within Student Menu.
2) Google Apps/Docs - CREATE YOUR ACCOUNT using DOE Email.
3) - CREATE YOUR ACCOUNT especially for all teachers who teach regents based curriculum

Drop by Room 440 if you need help meeting these challenges.

"Good is the enemy of Great!"

EBT Visual Grid for Parent Teacher Conference

posted Oct 25, 2011, 9:04 AM by Parvez Jamal   [ updated Oct 25, 2011, 9:06 AM ]

Please consult where EBT Faculty will be for parent teacher night.

Parent-Teacher Conference Announcement

posted Oct 24, 2011, 8:01 AM by Parvez Jamal

Please inform all your students that Parent Teacher conferences will take place on Thursday,
October 27, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM and on Friday, October 28, 2011 from 12:30 PM to
2:50 PM.

Friday, October 28, 2011 will be a shortened school day because of Parent Teacher Conference.

The schedule for Friday, October 28, 2011 will be the following:

Periods 1-4 Normal schedule: All students report to their regularly scheduled classes
periods 1 through 4.

11:20 AM to 12:00 PM Teachers’ Lunch

12:30 PM to 2:50 PM Parent Teacher Conference.

Teachers must be in their assigned rooms by 12:15 PM.

1st-4th Period Teachers: Please tell your students that they must be here on Friday,
October 28, 2011 Please tell them of any special activities you are planning for that day
such as quizzes, exams or projects.

All teachers and educational paraprofessionals must report to school at 8:00 AM on
Friday, October 28, 2011

Secretaries, school aides and additional staff members must report at their regularly scheduled

October 24, 2011

All Teachers

Hipolito Fernandez, Assistant Principal Pupil Personnel Services

Parent Teacher Conferences

STANYS Conference November 5th-8th, 2011

posted Oct 23, 2011, 6:44 PM by Parvez Jamal

Conference Information

Where is the STANYS 116th Annual Conference held?

The STANYS Conference is held at the Riverside Convention Center in Rochester.

Workshop sessions:
1 through 18 – Riverside Convention Center
20 through 34 – Radisson Hotel Rochester Riverside
40 through 55 – Hyatt Regency

Sign-up online now or download a Sign-up form to mail-in.

What do you get for your Conference fee?

Dinner on Sunday and Monday evening and one Subject Area Breakfast (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Elementary, Environmental, Physics) or one special luncheon (Intermediate, NYSSELA, Retiree, College). $3 coupons will be included in the Conference Program that can be used Sunday and Monday from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. and on Tuesday from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. in the concession area, Empire Hall South (Exhibit Area) in the Convention Center.

Your Conference registration fee allows you to register for up to 10 workshops of your choice. Attendees are scheduled into each workshop. In this way, presenters know how many to expect. Since you are scheduled into each workshop, it is important for you to select three workshops for each session. If one of your first choice is filled when your registration form is processed, your second, then third choices are used, respectively. We strive to give each attendee their first-choice selections for each session. Despite our best efforts, however, some sessions may be canceled, or filled to capacity, and we will have to go to an attendee’s alternative choices. Your Conference registration also allows you to sign up for the Saturday special events.

Your Conference badge will admit you to your workshop sessions, Conference events, and the Exhibition Hall. You will receive a tote bag sponsored by Pearson Prentice Hall. Look for more information about the exhibits elsewhere in the brochure.

Each year the Conference features two major speakers. The Keynote Address opens the Conference, and the Fellows Address follows the presentation of individuals receiving the highest honor that STANYS bestows. Look for descriptions of the speakers and the topics elsewhere in the brochure.

Why must I pay a STANYS membership fee to attend this Conference?

The Annual Conference is organized and run as a service to members of STANYS, and is the official Annual Meeting of the general membership. If you are not a member when you register, you pay a higher registration fee, which includes the current year’s membership fee. Learn more about STANYS membership categories and rates here.

This year’s dinners will be served buffet style.

A concession area will be open in the Convention Center:

Lower Level – Riverside Court on Sunday and Monday from 7 a.m.–3 p.m. and on Tuesday from 7 a.m.–10 a.m.

Empire Hall South (Exhibit area) on Sunday and Monday from 2 p.m.–5 p.m.

EBT Wallpaper

posted Oct 18, 2011, 1:07 PM by Parvez Jamal   [ updated Aug 5, 2012, 7:49 PM ]

How do you save time and increase productivity? By using a faster browser and by staying organized. I took the time to design a wallpaper for all of the computers at EBT that reminds me of all the important services within the EBT Website. Please add this wallpaper to all computers so that students and teachers can be reminded of what to do when they use any EBT computers. 

A Conversation on Raising Standards in the Classroom - Tuesday, October 25, 2011 @ 6:00PM

posted Oct 17, 2011, 6:12 PM by Parvez Jamal

Please join Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott; Members of the Panel for Educational Policy; Chief Academic Officer Shael Polakow-Suransky; and David Coleman, an author of the Common Core Literacy Standards for:
A Conversation on Raising Standards in the Classroom
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
6:00PM – 8:00PM
Seward Park Educational Campus
350 Grand Street, Manhattan
Over the next few years, New York and more than 40 other states will transition to a new set of learning standards designed to prepare all students, from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, for success in college and careers.  Over time, teachers will integrate these new learning standards, called Common Core, into their classrooms.
After an introduction from Chancellor Walcott, Mr. Coleman will make a presentation on what the new academic standards ask of students at each grade level—and, above all, what they will need to learn to be on track for success in life after high school. The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Mr. Coleman and Chief Academic Officer Polakow-Suransky.  For the remainder of the evening, attendees may take part in an exercise with staff leading the citywide instructional work in which they engage in activities similar to those done by our schools to learn how the new assignments are more challenging and thoughtful than those in years past.
For questions about this event please contact: (212) 374-4946

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