Breakout Session V

Breakout Session V
Friday 8:20-9:15

The iBeacon Project: Using Pingable Technology in Schools

This session will demonstrate the use of iBeacon “pinagable” technology for a school-wide history project.  Using Locly.com, a proximity-based mobile communication app, participants will access information, digital images and student videos included in this project. A number of iBeacon applications, including interactive learning zones, games, polls, and accessibility tools, will be discussed.

Deborah Nagler
New Jersey City University

Stephanie Talalai
New Jersey City University

Patricia Holzman
New Jersey City University

Wendy Thompson
New Jersey City University

Deborah Nagler is an Instructional Designer and Maker Education Researcher.  A veteran educator, administrator, teacher trainer and lecturer, Nagler teaches Educational Technology to graduate students at NJCU in Jersey City, NJ and at Gratz College in Philadelphia, PA. She also works as an Instructional Designer for an online graduate program of HUC-JIR.  Nagler’s interest in technology integration in Special Education brought her to this unique collaboration with A. Harry Moore. She holds a BA in Religious Studies from Washing University, an MA in Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and an MS in Education Media Design & Technology from Full Sail University. Nagler is a doctoral candidate in Educational Technology Leadership at New Jersey City University.

Stephanie Talalai is the Technology Coordinator at the A. Harry Moore School in Jersey City. She has worked with students with multiple physical, medical and cognitive disabilities for twenty-five years in many different capacities. Stephanie worked as a classroom teacher for twelve years with students ages 3-21 with a wide range of learning needs. In 2003, she became the School Technology Coordinator, a job she created herself, and designed and oversaw the construction of the school’s first Assistive Technology Lab. Currently, she is in charge of budgeting, ordering, installing and maintaining the school’s software and hardware. She also performs inventory control, keeps up-to-date on the latest educational and assistive technology trends, conducts workshops and presentations for staff, parents and New Jersey City University students, finds curriculum resources for teachers, troubleshoots school equipment, works with groups of students in the lab, develops and maintains the school’s web site and provides informal assessments for students in assistive technologies. Stephanie has taught several courses on Assistive Technology at New Jersey City University and is currently enrolled in their Educational Technology Leadership Doctoral program.

Wendy Thompson is a veteran special educator with twenty-five years’ experience working with students with severe disabilities. As a member of the demonstration faculty for the A Harry Moore School, a department of New Jersey City University. Ms. Thompson has served as an ambassador to the building embracing the inclusion of instructional technology used to motivate and support student engagement. Staying connected to the pulse of the educational technology professional community, Ms. Thompson is the current recording secretary for the New Jersey Coalition for the Advancement of Assistive and Rehab Technology (NJCART). She continues her educational goals with her acceptance into the New Jersey City University Educational Technology Leadership Ed. Doctoral program.