New York Institute of Technology, Technology-Based Learning Systems

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Stan Silverman

Director, NYIT TBLS
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Professor Stan Silverman is a full professor in the School of Education at the New York Institute of Technology and the Director of the school’s Technology Based Learning Systems Department and Educational Enterprise Zone. He is widely regarded as a pioneer and national leader in distance learning and educational technology.

Silverman combines a physicist’s knowledge of technological hardware with a teacher’s insight into how it can be applied to enhance learning. He is a nationally known speaker on technology and education, serves on the NYS Regents Technology Council, and chairs the NYS Teacher Center Technology Committee. He is the author of numerous publications concerning technology and education and has served as the Project Director for many research and technology innovation projects funded by a wide variety of organizations.

Silverman has been honored by inclusion in the USDLA Hall of Fame and was the September 2003 profile winner of the Center for Digital Education's "In the Arena" program. Most recently, he has directed numerous grant projects, including multiple state-funded Title II-B STEM projects, Title II-D Enhancing Education Through Technology grants, a federally funded Institute for Museum Library Services (IMLS) 21st Century Museum Professionals grant, and an Innovation Challenge grant.
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Yong Ra

Senior Engineer, NYIT TBLS
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Yong J. Ra, a Senior Engineer, has been with the Technology Based Learning Systems (TBLS) Department at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) for over 20 years. He started working at Academic Computing Labs (ACL) as a proctor in 1991 and became a LAN Manager in 1993 at the Old Westbury Campus computer labs. From there, he moved to the Central Islip campus and became the Distance Learning (DL) Room Manager, a position that required him to maintain and support the 12 DL rooms across all three NYIT campuses.

Since joining the TBLS Department, Ra has changed his focus to network engineering to provide support to server/client systems and video conferencing systems. He now manages several servers to support New York State Education Department, Brooklyn Technical High School, New York State Teacher Centers, and Educational Enterprise Zone (EEZ) members. Ra also manages and maintains the video conferencing systems at the TBLS Department and its MCU bridging service to support EEZ and NYIT.
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Elpidio Dela Cruz, Jr.

Technology Coordinator, NYIT TBLS
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Elpidio Dela Cruz, Jr., is the Technology Coordinator of the Technology Based Learning Systems Department at New York Institute of Technology (NYIT). His main responsibilities are providing helpdesk support to NYIT faculty and students and administering online courses for NYIT using Blackboard. He also provides Blackboard Technical Certification training for NYIT faculty who are pursuing teaching online courses and has taught online courses for NYIT’s School of Education.

Along with serving as the Technology Coordinator, Dela Cruz is a Robotics and Pasco Science Probes trainer. The Robotics curriculum provides an engaging program to teach STEM concepts utilizing the LEGO Mindstorms NXT Robots. The Pasco Science Probes training allows participants an opportunity to experience the physical correlation between phenomenon and modeling, helps them develop a deeper understanding of Robotics, and teaches them to confront misconceptions using science probes.

Prior to joining NYIT, Dela Cruz worked four years as a mathematics teacher in Bronx High School for Law and Community Service. He holds a Master of Science degree in Mathematics and earned his professional teaching license in mathematics after passing the New York State Board exam.
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Eugene Christopher Williams Jr.

Trainer, NYIT TBLS
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Eugene Williams is a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) training specialist in the Technology Based Learning Systems department of NYIT, providing curriculum development and technology support for the educational community of NYS. In addition, Mr. Williams is the Coordinator of the NYIT STEAMed Vehicle which brings a host of engaging activities to schools in the areas of 3D printing/Design, Circuitry and wearable electronics, Robotics, and Citizen Science. Finally, Mr. Williams serves as the Program Coordinator for the NYS Science Technology Entry Program (STEP), which aims to excite minorities and economically disadvantaged youth into the STEAM related professions by engaging them in engineering-based activities.

Eugene’s areas of expertise include: professional development in emerging technologies for educators, teaching content in the STEAM related areas; science curriculum development, new teacher mentorship, ENL and special education science and technology implementation strategies for educators and students, at- risk student development and preparing underrepresented youth for science and technology related college programs and careers.

Prior to his work at NYIT, Mr. Williams taught multiple science disciplines (Living Environment, Earth Science and Forensics) at Wyandanch Memorial High School for 9 years. He created the Research and Forensics programs and redesigned the 9 – 12 Science curriculum. He was the facilitator of the teacher common planning time hosting 20 teachers daily where best practices and classroom management strategies were shared and demonstrated. Mr. Williams was appointed to the NYS Teacher Center technology dissemination network, then nominated to serve as the representative for the network on the NYS Teacher Center Technology Committee. Mr. Williams is a successful professional development trainer for the OWL teacher center, bringing information from the Technology Committee to develop successful implementation strategies for the classroom. He is a Dowling College Graduate holding an MA in Secondary Education and a NSF NOYCE Scholar. Mr. Williams is also a published author for research completed at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in the Journal of Biochemistry.
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Barbara Knab

NYIT TBLS
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Barbara Knab is a professional development specialist providing services to NYS BOCES, school districts and NYS Teacher Centers. She is a Microsoft Innovative Educator and Trainer, Google Certified Teacher, Intel Master Trainer, and was chosen as one of the DreamTeam teachers for LearnZillion. Since retirement from the classroom, she has been the Director of the Massapequa Teacher Center (MTRACT) and has served on the NYS Teacher Center Technology Committee for seven years. Prior to her work at NYIT's Technology Based Learning Systems (TBLS), Ms. Knab taught computer programming (Pascal, BASIC, Visual Basic, Java, and C++), PC applications, and middle school mathematics for the Massapequa school district.