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2014-15 News Archive

2014-15 news headlines from the home page of this website are archived here.

June 2015

Video highlights the success of Virtual AP® program

A new video, produced by the Capital Region BOCES Communications Service, highlights the success of Capital Region BOCES/NERIC’s Virtual AP® program. View the video here.

May 2015

BOCES/NERIC team up for workforce challenge

Staff from NERIC and Capital Region BOCES participated in a 3.5 mile road race/walk through downtown Albany that involved thousands of runners, walkers, volunteers and spectators. MORE»

APRIL 2015

Students showcase Virtual AP at blended and online learning conference

On April 27, Mike Sylofski, NERIC’s managing coordinator for eLearning services, Cobleskill-Richmondville Social Studies Department Chair and Advanced Placement (AP) economics teacher Marc Weiss and students from Schoharie and Sharon Springs high schools talked with school district participants at the New York State Association of Computers and Technology in Education (NYSCATE) Blended and Online Learning Summit about the many benefits of Virtual Advance Placement (VAP). MORE»

Save the Date! 2015 Technology Awareness Day is scheduled for Dec. 11

NERIC's Tech Awareness Day 2015 will be held at the Holiday Inn/Wolf Road in Colonie from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (with an optional "idea swap" from 2-3:30 p.m.) on Friday, Dec. 11.

This annual event offers students, faculty and technology leaders from school districts around New York state the chance to learn about and present the cutting-edge technologies being used in classrooms today.

Click here for more information.

Follow the @BOCESNERIC event hashtag #TechADay on Twitter for the latest Tech Awareness Day news and updates. 

NERIC helps Troy City Schools transform the learning experience

Learn how new classroom technology supported by NERIC is transforming Troy City Schools. MORE»

March 2015

NERIC Forward 2015-16 budget newsletter

Click here to view the recent edition of the NERIC Forward newletter featuring NERIC's proposed 2015-16 budget, information and deadlines related to the service commitment process, and details about new service offerings.

2015-16 Service Commitment Process

Click here for important information and deadlines related to the 2015-16 service commitment process.

2015-16 NERIC Services Guide

Click here to view the 2015-16 guide to NERIC services and supports.

FEBRuary 2015

NERIC takes technology into schools

The 90 or so students who attended Schoharie Central School District’s third annual STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) Fun Night on Feb. 6 were greeted by a pair of walking, talking and dancing keynote speakers. MORE»

January 2015

NERIC’s eSchoolData launches GURUBoards

The launch of eSD GURUBoards demonstrates NERIC’s commitment to providing districts the latest and finest in technology advances. MORE»

December 2014

Roxanne Pombrio named new North Country Assistant Director

North Country native Roxanne Pombrio has been named the Northeastern Regional Information Center’s (NERIC) new Assistant Director for North Country operations, which includes the St. Lawrence-Lewis (SLL), Champlain Valley Educational Services (CVES) and Franklin, Essex, Hamilton (FEH) BOCES regions. MORE»

Event showcases innovation in educational technology

A record 600+ students, administrators, faculty and technology leaders from 13 school districts around New York, along with representatives of the ed tech industry, gathered on Dec. 12 at the Holiday Inn/Wolf Road in Colonie to celebrate NERIC’s 26th Annual Technology Awareness Day.

This anticipated annual event offers participants a chance to learn about and present the cutting-edge technologies being used in classrooms today. MORE»

Click here to view the Facebook photo gallery from this year’s event.

Tech A-Day 2014 Presenter Previews

Guilderland helps level the learning "playing field", expand student learning with Google tools. MORE»

Schodack's Maple Hill Middle School to present on the makerspace movement, and illustrate how they are developing their own makerspaces. MORE»

Niskayuna's Iroquois Middle School to present on the use of student-built websites as a reflective and educational tool. MORE»

Tech A-Day 2014? There’s an "app" for that!

At you'll find an up-to-the minute schedule of workshops, information about vendor/presenters and endnote speakers, and other details that will make navigating the 2014 Regional Technology Awareness Day a snap. Access the schedule via computer or create a link to the space from your mobile device for planning and sharing on-the-go.

Sign up here for a free Sched account and add your name to the list of this year’s attendees. Not interested in sharing? Feel free to make your profile and schedule private.

Click here to learn how to personalize your event schedule.

Learn more here about connecting with other attendees and share your experiences during Tech A-Day through social media

For other questions about how to get the most from the Tech A-Day 14 "app" click here.

2014 Tech A-Day session schedule now available

"Classrooms of Tomorrow," "Next Generation Workspaces," "Flipping the Classroom," and creative learning in MakerSpace environments are among the dozens of exciting offerings slated for this year's Technology Awareness Day.

NERIC's Executive Team — Director Dale Breault, and Deputy Directors Aaron Bochniak and David Versocki — will lead a roundtable discussion about "What's Next" for NERIC. At noon, Stephen Fang of Google's education team and Dr. Chad Stevens, K-12 strategist with CDW-G, will present the event's endnote on how education is changing and how Google's research and technology is playing a part in this evolution.  VIEW THE 2014 TECH A DAY SCHEDULE [PDF]» 

November 2014

District users "dive deep" into the schooltool pool at annual meeting

NERIC’s annual schooltool user group meetings were an opportunity for district representatives to learn more about the many features of the web-based student management system. MORE»

NERIC names new manager for Network Services

NERIC's Stephen Yankowski has been appointed as the new Managing Program Coordinator II for Network Services. In this new role, he will oversee the operations and staff of the Wide Area Network (WAN) and Server Infrastructure teams. MORE»

October 2014

Fall 2014 NERIC Forward newsletter

Click here to view the recent edition of the NERIC Forward newletter featuring "What's New" at NERIC, information on how NERIC helps keep student data safe and secure, and details about the upcoming Technology Awareness Day 2014.

Working with districts to keep school data secure

Protecting the privacy and security of school district and student data and information — and helping district staff achieve this goal as well — are top priorities for the entire NERIC team. MORE»

NERIC reinforces its commitment to provide reliable, efficient and time-saving ways for districts to track, update, report and protect crucial student data

The NERIC eSchoolData (eSD) team recently hosted a User Group conference to present new and enhanced features of the eSD student information application, which is designed to collect, analyze, and deliver student data to all stake holders. MORE»

Data Warehouse assists and educates administrators

"This is something we've wanted to do for years and we're really excited to offer this level of instruction to our constituents." — Mary McGeoch, Data Warehouse manager, on the new Data Administrator Institute. MORE»

September 2014

Distance Learning expands district borders, creates unique learning for students statewide

A new partnership between NERIC's eLearning Service and Coxsackie-Athens School District is helping support the district's mission of “Preparing Today's Youth for Tomorrow's Possibilities.” MORE»

august 2014

“Unconference” showcases innovative educational technologies, applications

Innovative educational technologies were on display at NERIC’s Model School’s Connected Classrooms “unconference,” held on Aug. 25 and 26. MORE»

Students, staff prep for a new year of virtual learning

For a third school year, Capital Region BOCES and NERIC will partner to help deliver Virtual AP (VAP) — a 2.0 turn on the advanced placement (AP) coursework students take to earn college credit while still in high school. MORE»

JULY 2014

Dale Breault named NERIC's new director

Dale Breault, the Northeastern Regional Information Center’s assistant director for North Country operations, has been named the new director of the NERIC. The reinstated NERIC director’s position and related leadership change was formally approved by the Capital Region BOCES Board of Education on July 31 during a special session. The change will take effect on Sept. 1. MORE»

NYSED authorizes early release of 2014 Grades 3-8 ELA and Mathematics Testing Program Instructional Reports

Click here to read the memo from the New York State Education Department.

NERIC’s Dale Breault speaks at Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Smart Schools Public Symposium

On Monday, July 21, Dale Breault, assistant director of the Northeastern Regional Information Center (NERIC) of the Capital Region BOCES, was among five presenters who lead the discussion on best practices in technology-enabled education and learning at the first Smart Schools public symposium held at the State Capitol in Albany. MORE»

NERIC to host professional development event

Connected Classrooms, NERIC's summer professional development event, emphasizing innovation in education will take place Monday, Aug. 25 to Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 900 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Albany, NY.

Sessions will highlight how featured instructional technologies connect educators with each other, students, the standards, and experts throughout the world. This is not about technology in a vacuum, but rather how the pieces fit together to enhance teaching and learning and prepare students for the future. MORE»