Monday, October 1, 2018

Check Out What MESTRACT Has To Offer

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Mid East Suffolk Teacher Center
MESTRACT provides opportunities to the educational community for professional development, technology training and resources to support student achievement.  

MESTRACT is an approved CTLE Provider!

Registration for Fall 2018 Courses and Workshops Now Open! (They are listed in My Learning Plan)

iPad and Chromebook Loan Applications Now Open!

Click here to go to the MESTRACT website

Thursday, May 31, 2018

SkyView - Learn About the Universe on this free Augmented Reality App

This is a really neat free augmented reality (AR) app for your phone, iPad or tablet. With this app you can scan the sky to find planets, stars and constellations, galaxies, and even satellites flying over head!  When you scan the object a short blurb appears down below explaining what you see.

Some of its features include:

  • Simple: Point your device at the sky to identify galaxies, stars, constellations, planets, and satellites (including the ISS and Hubble) passing overhead at your location.
  • Augmented Reality (AR): Use your camera to spot objects in the sky, day or night.
  • Social: Capture and share beautiful images with friends and family on social networks.
  • Mobile: WiFi is NOT required (does not require a data signal or GPS to function). Take it camping, boating, or even flying!
  • Supports Space NavigatorTM binoculars, spotting scope, and telescopes.
  • Available for both Android and Apple devices.

Check out the short video about SkyView:

Check out the links below for more information!

Monday, May 7, 2018

5 Google Search Tools and Strategies to Cut Through the Clutter

We use search engines each day to help us search for information. Our biggest hurdle is the amount of information we need to sort through to find exactly what we want.  Knowing how to effectively and efficiently search is part of being informationally literate.  Teaching students to locate, evaluate and effectively use this information should be part of the instructional practices in every school.

Google’s search Tools, allow the user to manipulate a search within Google’s  main search engine. Learning how to implement these search skills is an important technique we can teach our students to help them cut through the clutter of the web. In this post, we will focus on search commands that tell Google you don’t want to search through the entire internet but are interested in something more specific and more refined.

Click the direct link below to the post @ for the great searching tips.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Websites All Educators Should Know About

We must think differently about the kinds and types of assessments we give our students.

Here are some websites of which you should be aware that we know our students are using regularly. The first is called, which contains everything from textbook answers to college essays – here is the link - .  Sites like these, including,, and a multitude of language translators are also being accessed regularly.  Some are blocked by the filter and others are not. Please just know that at any given moment, students can access these sites using their cell phones. As you may also have seen this week, photos of the grade 5 NYS ELA exam wound up on a Suffolk County “Moms” Facebook page and circulated rapidly. While the intent was either for cheating or discrediting the test, this type of “cheating” or sharing is rampant. This highlights, whether we like it or not, how we must think differently about the kinds and types of assessments we give our students in an ever increasing, technology-based society.

-  © Kerrin Welch-Pollera - 4/19/2018

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Chrome Extensions for Struggling Students and Special Needs

Technology can be a powerful tool to assist students with special needs or any sort of learning challenge. In particular the Chrome web browser allows users to install a wide variety of web extensions that provide tools that can help all learners, regardless of ability level.

In this blog post we will take a look at over 30 Chrome web extensions that can assist students in five main categories:

  • Text to Speech
  • Readability
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Focus
  • Navigation
To read more of this post follow the link below from the blog - Control Alt Achieve - Transforming Education with Technology