TR Teacher a 'Bright Light' for Technology Leadership
Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School teacher Mr. Brian Agostini was named a 2020 Bright Lights honoree by the Association of Suffolk Supervisors for Educational Technologies (ASSET) in recognition of his leadership in educational technology.
Mr. Agostini, who teaches second grade, was recognized for taking a leadership role in implementing the District’s 1:1 technology initiative at the second-grade level and for infusing technology in a fun, engaging and personalized way so that students of all levels can be successful.
“Mr. Agostini is a beacon of leadership in instructional technology implementation,” said Ms. Janna Ostroff, K-12 Supervisor of Science and Technology for Instruction for the Oyster Bay-East Norwich School District. “He not only helps colleagues with his knowledge and resources, he inspires them with his passion and drive to integrate technology in ways that excite and motivate students.”
Colleague Ms. Regina D’Orio, K-2 science and technology teacher, added, “Brian takes students who are living in a digital world to a whole new level. For one lesson on non-fiction features of text, he used Flipgrid to send his students, in partnerships, on a scavenger hunt searching for non-fiction features of text and as they found them, they were assigned points and they had to create a video and post it to Flipgrid, which shared it with a wider audience.,” she explained.
Mr. Agostini is responsible for securing virtual reality technology through an innovation grant to enhance learning for all teachers. In his classroom, he uses the technology to elevate “Genius Hour,” a time when students enrich their learning through independent projects. For a culminating activity for a non-fiction unit, for instance, the class created a museum and then groups of students presented their part of the museum to first graders using virtual reality for a 3-D experience that enhanced their presentations and impacted students in positive ways.
“You could see the smiles on their faces, the kids were really into it, they couldn’t stop talking about it,” Mr. Agostini said.
Mr. Agostini accepted the award at a luncheon at Timber Point Country Club in Great River where he was accompanied by Ms. D’Orio and Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School Principal Ms. Tami McElwee.
He said of the award, “I was honored just to be nominated. I am lucky to work with such an amazing team of teachers at Roosevelt who are always looking for new ways to keep the students engaged in learning. We are so fortunate to have such a passionate group of students here at Roosevelt!”
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