It’s 2016 and classroom instruction sure is changing at J. Taylor Finley Middle School. Social studies teachers Mike McCabe and Angela Whitfield recently taught their first lesson utilizing Chromebooks and the seventh graders involved loved it.
Projects are a fun and enriching way to integrate the Internet into your curriculum. Students will gain online communication skills and meet other students from around the world. Most of these projects only require e-mail and Internet access to participate.
Huntington’s instructional technology department strives to provide students, teachers and paraprofessional staff members with the hardware, software and support services they need to enjoy an enhanced educational experience.
The department’s mission is to provide assistance through staff development, instructional support, resources and opportunities that empower teachers and students to use technology as a tool for learning.
District Director of Assessment, Instructional Technology and Elementary Mathematics Marybeth Robinette is available to facilitate the effective and successful integration of instructional technology into the academic curriculum. This is done in a collaborative environment with faculty, staff and administrators working together to design and develop instructional materials using a variety of technological and pedagogical tools. Teachers can arrange for this support by calling 673-2078.
Support is provided by technicians Mike Tudisco, Noreen Heffernan and Hugo Guardado, who maintain the district’s network and regularly upgrade the infrastructure. To bring technical or equipment related problems to the attention of a technician send an e-mail to the department at Track-it. Include in any message a description of the problem and the school and room number were the equipment is located.
Feel free to let the instructional technology department know how it can be of assistance.
Marybeth Robinette has been the Huntington School District’s director of assessment, instructional technology and elementary mathematics since July 2014. She earlier served as the district’s data coordinator and chief information officer and as district director of mathematics, K-12. A member of the faculty since 1990, she has worked as a special education and math teacher.
Ms. Robinette earned an undergraduate degree in sociology with special education certification in 1978 at the University of Hartford and a master’s degree in computer science in 1985 at Union College. She obtained a certificate of advanced study in educational leadership along with state administrative certification at SUNY Stony Brook in 2009.
Prior to coming to Huntington, Ms. Robinette worked for Unisys Corp. and Harris Corp. as a software engineer (1985-1990), as a math teacher in the Wappinger Falls School District (1983-84), as a special education teacher in the Poughkeepsie School District (1981-83) and at the Astor Home for Children-Rhinebeck Country School.
Over the years Ms. Robinette has been a member of numerous Huntington School District committees, including the educational development committee, academic intervention services planning committee and technology committee. She has also been a member of the Response to Intervention development team, Tiers of intensive and educationally responsive services team and high school data team.