Posted by: Barinas | October 9, 2012

Since I am a prospective, technophile teacher in New York State, I figured that it was about time I started looking up tech information on the NYS Dept of Education website.  I was really looking forward to what I was about to find.  I mean, we are talking about New York State here people!  We rule!  We got Wall Street, the Statue of Liberty, Niagara Falls, and… uh… I know!… garbage plates!   So as I perused the site, I found some interesting findings that I thought I’d share.

First of all, the site has so much information that it requires a lot of moving around from one page to another.  To make navigation easier, I went through the tech-related pages that I found most interesting, and created the following flow chart:

So by looking at the flow chart above, you can clearly see that we tech fans are going straight to the educational technology page, and then three pages down hop to the juicy stuff:  the Resources page!  Oh yeah…

So here I am at Resources, and I click on Teaching with Technology, where the first link is intended to direct users to the CoSN Compendium, which according to the site, “released its 2007 Compendium, an annual collection of monographs exploring timely issues of importance to K-12 technology decision makers.”  But alas, it is a dead link.

Unfazed, I pressed on, and found two cool websites that I really liked: and  The former has good links to other resourceful websites while the latter, well, I got to say that it is a two-big-thumbs-up for me!  I think it is a sweet mix of fun and learning rolled up into one.   Primary school kids will love it!  I must make special mention to its Jet Ski Addition game.   There you race a jet ski and try to beat other kids to the finish line.  You speed up the jet ski by solving basic arithmetic (4 + 6, 12 – 9, etc).  The faster you solve them, the quicker you go (by the way, not wanting to be cruel, I made sure to take my sweet time answering the math, since after all, I’m online competing with kids half my age).

Another highlight from my search was finding Teacher Centers, which according to its web page, “have led the integration of technology curriculum and instruction in New York State”.  I visited the Teacher Centers’ homepage, and was surprised that it still uses frameset HTML technology.  I don’t want to bother you with technical jargon, so let’s just say that frameset is a way of displaying websites that is no longer in vogue.  One of the cool discoveries from the Teacher Centers website is its link to  This site has an excellent collection of lesson plans and compared to other lesson plan sites, has a great search engine that narrows down your lesson plan search to grade level, content, and other key filters.

The other two NYSED pages that I’d like to point out are known as Multimedia in the Classroom and Homework Resources.  Their titles are pretty much self-explanatory, and they provide links to educational videos, homework aid tools, and other useful online resources.   And as cherry on the top, NYSED also directed me to journeyEd.  Educators can go there to purchase market-leading software at a discount.  It is nice to see that there are opportunities to bring high-end technologies to the classroom at lower rates than through conventional channels.

With that said, I’d like to encourage you all to pay a visit to  Perhaps you could find other technological resources that I might have missed.  The site has so many pages that I am sure that there’s a lot more stuff left in the cookie jar!



  1. Thanks for sharing all of these great resources. As you can see, there is no shortage of resources in an Internet-connected world. Here’s another good one to add to your collection:

    And, the new NYLearns site is a great one, as it has all kinds of planning goodies for you, especially if you create an account and log in.

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