VIDEOS & PROJECTS

Although not an exhaustive listing, please take a look at some of my work as a trainer, project lead, and educator...

Projects & Presentations

Innovation Day

For three years, I produced an event for TechSETS and the San Diego County Office of Education named Innovation Day:  An Education Electronics Showcase.  My staff and I worked with 30 vendors and other stakeholders to put on this invitation-only, day-long event for district and school administrators as well as other leaders (e.g. TOSAs, coaches, etc.) to learn about the latest and most effective tools and applications for use in K-16 education.

 

This last year, the event was held at the new San Diego Central Library and was attended by nearly 350 participants.  Take a look at the opening interaction where we meet The Double...

Overview of the Common Core State Standards

In my role as a curriculum and instruction coordinator at San Diego County Office of Education, me and my team were charged with rolling out the Common Core State Standards for all 43 school districts in the county.  As part of the effort, we developed a number of overview videos for educators and administrators who were not able to participate in the live events we convened throughout the region.  This is but one of the many clips we produced.   Click here to view...

Healthy Habits While Using Technologies

Interview segment filmed winter of 2014 on KPBS.  I discuss how students and others can stay healthy as they use various technologies.  We look at eye strain, using stand-up desks, various software programs, and the dangers associated with filming stunts using Go-Pro and other cameras.  Click here to view...

Web Tool Wednesdays: Online Professional Development

Conceived, developed, and produced an ongoing online professional learning program for educators interested in strengthening their digital literacies and education technology integration skills.  Thousands of educators and other professionals from around the world logged on weekly to participate in this professional learning community.  Click here for a sample presentation...     (not available on mobile)

Working with Student Artists

For three years, I directed the Innovative Video in Education Awards program for San Diego County schools.  At the year-end, Oscar-like ceremony, we provide big stage entertainment--everything from kindergarten dance troupes to high school musicians, to middle school singers.

 

Here is a behind-the-scenes look at one of our rehearsals for the 2013 iVIE Awards.  In this segment, I am working with a middle school student and two high school students..  Take a look...

CENIC Presentation

This presentation was presented at the 2012 Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California conference.  The presentation was geared to  review the work conducted by a local education agency to promote equity and sustainability in broadband access for students both at home and on campus. The presentation discusses partnerships established between the federal government and telecommunication organizations to provide Internet connectivity for teaching and learning. Infrastructural challenges, community education programs, and regional cooperative partnerships are also addressed.  Click here to view...

University Lecture:  Gamification

This lecture was one of seven interactive presentation I designed and produced for my graudate students at San Diego State University.  The EDL621 course was part of the M.A. Ed. program in leadership and provided learners with an opportunity to examine the incorporation of interactive tools into blended learning programs, understanding the needs of students working with assistive technologies, exploring systems for assessing learning through Web-based tools, and the gamification of the learning process as related to behavioral psychology of learning.  Click here to view...

Dr. Ahangarzadeh Teaching

This is a sample of my classroom teaching.  Here, I am working with early-advanced English learners in the 7th grade at Los Angeles Unified School District.  The district identified my classroom as a demonstration class for teachers from across the district to visit.  The purpose of this lesson is to provde direct instruction regarding propaganda in print materials.  Click here to view...

Dr. Ahangarzadeh Teaching II

In this example of my classroom teaching, I work with Intermediate to Advanced 8th grade English learners as they learn about complex sentence construction.  This is an example of how I differentiate instruction not only by langauge proficiency but by learning modalities.  Some of my students were extroverts and enjoyed learning about complex sentences by acting out a skit while others worked on writing a report.  Click here to view...

Dissertation Presentation

This is a recording of the presentation component of my doctoral dissertation defense.  The case study centered on a multi-district video conferencing instructional initiative undertaken by three local education agencies in Southern California.  The presentation includes a thorough explanation of the problem being explored as well as the purpose, methodology, and findings of the study.  Click here to view...

KPBS Interview 2012

A brief television interview on the impact technologies are having in the classroom and beyond.  Click here to view...

 

For a more in-depth radio interview, click here...

KPBS Interview 2013

A follow up to the 2012 television interview on KPBS.  Here, I discuss the need for careful review of technologies before schools (or parents) purchase them.  Click here to view...

 

For a more in-depth radio interview, click here...

Lecture for San Diego State University Course:  Connectivist Learning Theory

A lecture for an online course I taught at San Diego State University on the topic of a new learning theory known as 'Connectivism'.  The theory takes advantage of the traditional learning theories and approaches but adds a new construct--that of the network.  Based on the work of Dr. George Siemens and Mr. Stephen Downes, Connectivism is a learning theory that takes into account the effect of modern technologies on the learning process and provides a more nuanced understanding for educators of how to approach curriculum in today's classrooms.    Click here to view...

TechSETS

Formerly, I served as the director of California's Technical Statewide Education Technology Service--a project of the California Department of Education.  The service provided guidance, professional learning, research, and resources for IT professionals working in the education sector.  Established in 1992, the organization served over 3,000 network and security administrator, software application developers, help desk technicians, and Cheif Technology Officers.  Funding for the service was depleted in 2005 and as such, the service ended.

View a five minute overview of what TechSETS is...

Digital Literacies MOOCs

In late 2013, I wrote, designed, and produced two massive open online courses (MOOC) for Instructure and the California Department of Education named Digital Literacies 1 & 2.  The courses were designed educators and other professionals interested in stregthening their skills with Web 2.0 tools, academic research skills, and other information literacy skills.  As of early 2015, just under 5,000 people from around the world have taken the courses.  

 

The courses include dynamic interactivities and highly-produced video lectures designed specifically for intermediate and advance skilled adults interested in expanding their wherewithal with computers, the Internet, and video/audio recording systems.   Visit the Canvas Network to sign up for the next offering.

Learning On the Go (LOGO) Summit

I worked closely with a team of three others at the San Diego County Office of Education to support the Federal Communications Commission's E-rate Deployed Ubiquitously (EDU2011) Pilot Program.  My staff and I coordinated a two-day national summit in January 2012 for 140 participants who joined 14 of the 20 EDU2011 Pilot Program organizations as well as other stakeholders (including the FCC and the United States Department of Education) in San Diego.  The purpose of the summit was to explore the progress and prospects of off-campus use of mobile devices and broadband connectivity by students.  

 

Key participants inlcuded Ms. Karen Cator (Director of the US Department of Education's Technology Office), Mr. Josh Gottheimer (Cheif Executive Officer to FCC Chairman's Office), Mr. Bill Kowba (Superintendent of San Diego City Schools), and Dr. Paula Cordiero (Dean of the School of Leadership and Education at the University of San Diego).  The content from the summit has been archived and may be accessed by clicking here.

KPBS Interview on Professional Development in K-12 Education

A short interview I gave on the topic of professional development needs to bridge the digital divide.  This was on KPBS in late February, 2015.  Take a look or listen to the radio interview.

Innovtive Video in Education (IVIE) Program

For three years, I served as the director of the Innovative Videoin Education project, Golden Bell Award winning education program geared toward supporting and promoting projct-based learning and visual literacy in K-12 environments.  Each year, students across over thirty school districts in San Diego County work with their teachers to create short videos to demonstrate their understanding of Common Core State Standards based topics.  Their submitted videos are judged by some 40 educators and broadcast professionals and nominated to an IVIE award.  The nominated videos are screened at an all-day festival and the program culminates in an Academy Awards-style ceremony to announce the winners in each of 14 categories.  Students (and teachers) receive scholarships for their work.

 

Take a look at what the program is all about.  Behind the Scenes     |     Program Overview

Interview on KPBS re: Mobile Devices in K-12 

A new study was released by the University of San Diego on how technology is being used in our schools.  Dr. Scott Himelstein (former CA Secretary of Education) and I spoke with KPBS on the challenges faced by local school districts in providing training and access to devices as well as the Internet--anytime, anywhere.  Give it a listen or watch the TV interview...

Digital Literacies:  The Game

In 2008, I developed a comprehensive, online curriculum of study for adults working in the education sector interested in strengthening their digital literacies.  In 2016, I converted this course into an online game using multiple systems including the Rezzly learning management system.

Over 160 educators from Orange County, CA are currently participating in the self-paced game.  To learn more, check out the game's website.

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