Author Archives: Dave Adkins

About Dave Adkins

I was born and raised in upstate New York and still live there. I went to Syracuse University for a BS in Telecommunications, but did not quite stick to the standard four year plan. I took a year off and went on the road as a drummer in a top-forty band. After college, I continued to play and also did a tour as the Technical Director for an Ice Show (yes – skaters!). Our biggest show was for President Carter at the White House the Christmas before he left office. After getting married, I worked in a number of technology companies designing, consulting, and implementing computer systems and networks. In 1991 I finished an MBA with a concentration in Information Technology. My wife was in law school, so it was the perfect time to go back to school. After this round of graduate school, we had two kids (now 16 and 18 – boy and girl), and I went to work for New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) in 1993. In the new millennium, my wife got elected as a local judge, I finished a PhD in Information Science and moved up the ladder to become the Director of Information Technology for NYSUT. I am an adjunct professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the undergraduate program and have also taught in an evening MBA program. I also have been active lately giving "Cyber Safety" workshops for parents of teens. I enjoy volunteering as a Board member for several local organizations and recently dusted off my drums and started playing again.

10 Popular Tools Being Used On iPads In The Classroom

If you are lucky enough to have Apple iPads in your classroom, here is some good news. The link below contains “a list of free apps and websites that… really motivates and inspires my students to be actively engaged in … Continue reading

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Community College Conference

I’m trucking up the Northway this morning to speak at NYSUT’s Community College Conference on the “Positives and Pitfall of Social Networking.”  My slides are posted here (CC-Saratoga-Handout), plus  I found a few great resources – here are the links: … Continue reading

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Hotel Thayer – West Point

Great drive down today from Albany to the Retiree Conference at the Hotel Thayer.  For those attendees who want an electronic version of the presentation – West Point-HO.

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NYSUT ED 51 Annual Meeting

Today I get to drive to Utica for the Annual ED 51 meeting.  The theme this year is: 2012 – A Dynamic and Dangerous Year for Retirees! I’ll be presenting on Internet Safety (Facebook) and other topics.  For those of … Continue reading

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How to remove yourself from Google searches

Last Friday I was visiting with the awesome members of the Carmel Teachers Association at the George Fischer Middle School.  They had lots of great questions – and one stumper! How do I remove myself from an embarassing Google search?  … Continue reading

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I’m heading out for Carmel to speak with members of the Carmel Teachers Association about Social Networking.  It’s a bit early, but then again I’m sure my audience is already up as well!  Here is a Carmel-Handouts in case you want … Continue reading

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ED 52 Social Networking

It was great to get out of the office and meet with some of NYSUT’s wonderful retirees today.  The questions were excellent and I had a good time.  As promised, click here for the ED52 Retiree Presentation.  See you on … Continue reading

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Running the Numbers – ED17/ED18 Meeting

Another week, another ED Meeting.  Thanks to this week’s hosts Ken Ulric (ED17) and Barbara Hafner (ED18) – and a shout out to Selina Durio (At-Large Director).  The questions were great – and you guys really kept me jumping.  I … Continue reading

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ED15/16 Meeting

I had the privilege of spending my evening in Mt. Kisco tonight with some of NYSUT’s awesome Local Presidents. Thanks to Karen Magee (ED 15 Director) for the invite and also Pat Puleo (NYSUT At-Large Director) for hosting. I apologize … Continue reading

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High-Tech in High School?

I’ve been procrastinating for a while.  I wanted to write about the cycle of the next new things (technology) that will revolutionize learning in the classroom.  There has been a constant march of “breakthroughs” such as laserdiscs, laptops, palm pilots, … Continue reading

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