Dr. Jasmin (Bey) Cowin is presenting at VOICE, The Event Focusing on the Conversational AI Community

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My topic: AI, Avatars and 21st Century Simulation Training for Educators

AI and intelligent systems are positioned to become change agents in education through ushering in profound changes in institutional administrative functions, systemic strategic planning, and program planning. Post-pandemic, the explosive growth of fully-accredited online degrees has also reached teacher education programs. However, any online program in teacher education needs alternative pathways to support teacher candidates who are required to complete practicum and fieldwork hours.

This lightning talk focuses on reviewing, contrasting, and framing two distinct immersive ecosystems. Mursion and simSchool. While both platforms offer immersive experiences simSchool is AI-driven while Mursion employs mixed reality simulations. Both provide preservice teachers a platform to practice and rehearse the art and skill of teaching within a controlled simulation setting using avatars. Insights on evidence-based practices by teacher candidates are generated through data from both AI and candidates’ in-world experiences. Such data aggregation offers institutions informed decision-making through a systematic review using technology to improve teacher education programs.

The Voices At The Cutting Edge of Conversational AI.

I am excited to be speaking at #VOICE22 on October 10-12. I invite you to join me as the world plans for ways to reconnect, restore, and reinvigorate plans for growth in 2023.

  • 💡 Discover ways you can modernize your call center to meet customer expectations.
  • 💡 Get a first-hand look at digital transformation initiatives to improve and automate the customer experience.
  • 💡 Learn how you can develop and implement custom assistants to improve efficiency.
  • 💡 Connect with creators, companies, solutions providers, investors, and media from around the world.

Register here: https://www.voicesummit.ai/

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Dr. Jasmin (Bey) Cowin presents “The Three Pillars: Strategic Augmented Reality Digital Technologies Implemetation” at the International Conference on Innovation in Basic – Higher Education, İstanbul, Türkiye

It was my honor to present “The Three Pillars: Strategic Augmented Reality Digital Technologies (ARDT) Implementation” at the International Conference on Innovation in Basic – Higher Education (September 8-11, 2022) İstanbul, Türkiye (Republic of Turkey).


The purpose of this presentation was to frame and share my thoughts on The Three Pillars: Strategic Augmented Reality Digital Technologies (ARDT) Implementation for institutions of Higher Education. To offer ARDTs with functional 3D immersive spaces such as metaverses requires a robust institutional system-wide Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) discussion. TEL integrations not only ask for a highly qualified educator workforce but also demand articulated, interconnected institutional, educator, and learner cultures. The podcast would articulate the three different cultures institutions, educators, and learners to engage in meaningful conversations around ARDTs. The goal was to explore, discuss and debate the purposeful implementation of 21st Century technologies such as metaverses into Institutions of Higher Education while analyzing their positive potential and possible dangers they bring to higher education institutions.

Affirming Diversity & Socio-Political Contexts: Reflections by Touro University Bilingual Certificate Candidate Paola Gomez, EDPN 671

EDPN 671 Theory and Practice of Bilingual and Multicultural Education

This course reviews the impact of historical, legal, sociological, and political issues in relationship to the education of culturally and linguistically diverse students. Students explore the evolution of attitudes regarding bilingualism and multiculturalism in the United States. Emphasis will be placed on developing multicultural competence as educators, with areas of focus including: cross-cultural communication in the classroom and with parents; how the language and culture of the home and the community impact student learning; cultural factors in the relationships between the school and the community. Models of multicultural and bilingual education will be presented and analyzed. Includes 10 hours of field work.

Mrs. Paola Gomez was born in the Bronx and raised partially in the Dominican Republic. She attended Hunter College where she received her degree in Music Performance and Touro College where she received her master’s in education. She is currently a teacher at P186X, where she hopes to integrate her bilingual skills acquired from Touro College’s bilingual education program.

Paola wishes to thank her family, her husband, Justin, and her professor, Dr. Jasmin Cowin, for her support and dedication to candidate learning during the summer semester 2022.

There is an overwhelming amount of research that confirms that an achievement gap does exist in our public education system. According to Nieto and Bode, “41 percent of whites are reading at grade level, only 15 percent of Hispanics and 13 percent of African Americans are at grade level. The gap worsens through the years: Black and Hispanics twelfth graders perform at the same level in reading and math as white eighth graders” (Nieto & Bode, 2018, p.9). The reason why this is happening is because the achievement of this group of students is related directly to the conditions and contexts in which these students learn.

Paola Gomez, Touro University Bilingual Certificate Candidate

Dr. Jasmin (Bey) Cowin will present “The three pillars: Strategic Augmented Reality Digital Technologies (ARDT) Implementation” at the International Conference on Innovation in Basic – Higher Education, September 8-11, 2022 İstanbul, Türkiye (Republic of Turkey)

I am excited to be presenting The three pillars: Strategic Augmented Reality Digital Technologies (ARDT) implementation for International Conference on Innovation in Basic – Higher Education, September 8-11, 2022 İstanbul, Türkiye (Republic of Turkey)

Our conference theme on innovations in basic and higher education will give educators wonderful opportunity to learn more about the latest innovations and cutting-edge research in basic and higher education as well as share best practices in teaching and learning, leadership and administration, and research partnerships.
We look forward to seeing you in Istanbul (8-11 September 2022).

Dr. Patrick Blessinger (President, HETL)

Poland and Polish Culture: Touro University TESOL Gabrielle Mescia’s Cultural Investigation Report for EDPN 671

EDPN 671: Theory and Practice of Bilingual and Multicultural Education: This course reviews the impact of historical, legal, sociological, and political issues in relationship to the education of culturally and linguistically diverse students. Students explore the evolution of attitudes regarding bilingualism and multiculturalism in the United States. Emphasis will be placed on developing multicultural competence as educators, with areas of focus including: cross-cultural communication in the classroom and with parents; how the language and culture of the home and the community impact student learning; cultural factors in the relationships between the school and the community. Models of multicultural and bilingual education will be presented and analyzed. Includes 10 hours of field work.

Gabrielle Mescia is a Pre-K teacher in the West Islip School District in Long Island, NY. Gabrielle graduated from St. Joseph’s College in May 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Study, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in TESOL at Touro College. In her free time she enjoys cooking, reading, exercising, and spending time with her loved ones.

Gabrielle Mescia, Touro University, TESOL Candidate

I learned quite a bit from this investigation of Polish culture, and I am glad that I chose this project to inform my knowledge and meet the changing needs of my school population. I will be able to use what I learned going forward to provide Polish families with resources and bring students’ culture into the classroom with bilingual and multicultural books and materials. Additionally, I now know many of the differences between Polish and English, and the areas where these students may struggle with learning the language. Here some examples: The polish alphabet (alfabet polski) consists of 32 letters (23 consonants and 9 vowels). Unlike other slavic languages, the polish language (język polski) uses Latin Script with additional diacritics for the special polish phonemes (such as ą and ł). A good rule to remember is that with the most Polish words, the stress lies on the second last syllable. There is no English equivalent of any of the Polish vowels.

Gabrielle Mescia, Touro University, TESOL Candidate

“The Empty Pot” by DEMI and Touro University TESOL candidate Kate Yanovich’s Materials Critique & Redesign for EDPN 673

For EDPN 673 Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a Second Language. This course provides a historical overview of second language acquisition theories and teaching methods. Students learn how to apply current approaches, methods and techniques, with attention to the effective use of materials, in teaching English as a second language. Students will engage in the planning and implementation of standards-based ESL instruction which includes differentiated learning experiences geared to students’ needs. Emphasis is placed on creating culturally responsive learning environments. Includes 15 hours of field work.

Touro TESOL candidates submit a Materials Critique & Redesign where candidates (1) prepare a written critique description of the material or resource, analyzing its effectiveness for ELLs and (2) based on your analysis, redesign one section/activity of the original material so that it meets the need of ELLs. The materials chosen will promote culturally and linguistically responsive classrooms and instructional practices.

My name is Kate Yanovich and I teach in the New York City elementary public school in Brooklyn. I have taught students of different ages, ranging from Pre-K to middle school, and being licensed in special education, I also worked with students and young adults with special needs. Currently, I am pursuing the TESOL Graduate degree at Touro College and look forward to working more closely with second language and multilingual learners in their educational journeys.

Kate Yanovich, Touro University TESOL Candidate

The Empty Pot by Demi (1990)New York: Henry Holt and Company.

Kate Yanovich:

“Generally, this book is used for a read aloud in the 1st grade classroom. I would use this book as a shared reading to differentiate for a small group of 2nd grade ELLs on expanding level who are below grade level in reading and are working on reading comprehension. For a shared reading activity, I would use the book in its revised version (see below) to accommodate the needs of the students. According to the WIDA Can Do Descriptors, students on expanding levels are able to identify main ideas and details in illustrated texts. The focus of the activity would be understanding characters in a story and choosing words from the text to describe them and their actions. The content objective would be “I can describe how characters respond to major events and challenges.”. The language objective would be “I can discuss how characters acted in the story by choosing key words from the text to describe character’s actions and responses to the events in the story.”. Before reading the story, I would go over a list of character traits with visuals we have previously discussed and preview vocabulary words in the book using their definitions. As I read the illustrated story presented on the Google Slides, the students and I would make a list of words that students can then choose and use as details to describe how characters respond to the challenges in the story, a strategy called vocabulary selection (SIOP® 8 Components and 30 features, 2022). Here are the words I would expect for children to notice and inquire about as they look and listen to the story: hoped, very carefully, couldn’t wait, worried, transferred, ashamed, best he could do, worthy, impossible, courage, reward. After reading the story aloud, I would ask the following moderately challenging questions to guide students in their comprehension of details about characters’ actions with the purpose to achieve the lessons’ objectives and help students understand the lesson in the story: What is the major event or challenge in the story? What did Ping do to make the seed grow? In the end, why did Ping bring an empty pot to the emperor? How were the other children able to grow their flowers? What do you think about Ping and what words can you use to describe him? How can you describe other children in the story? What do you think this story teaches us?”

Book Redesign:

As far as the text goes, I would add Chinese translation on each page to promote greater understanding for ELLs with Chinese background.  This text can be used to reinforce understanding of emotions, and even though illustrations of character’s emotions mostly match the text, readers would have to look closely at the expressions on the characters’ faces.  For this reason, I would make illustrations bigger so the character’s emotions are much more visible.  I would also make an emphasis on the words that help to highlight the main character’s persistence and convey the lesson in the story.  I would make the advanced words stand out by making them bold, in a different color, and using a bigger font.  I would also add insets with definitions and visuals on some pages of the book to help ELLs understand the meaning of advanced words like tend and successor among other words.  See below.

“Bread, Bread, Bread,” by Ann Morris & Touro University TESOL Candidate Melissa Greenfield’s Material Critique and Redesign for EDPN 673

For EDPN 673 Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a Second Language. This course provides a historical overview of second language acquisition theories and teaching methods. Students learn how to apply current approaches, methods and techniques, with attention to the effective use of materials, in teaching English as a second language. Students will engage in the planning and implementation of standards-based ESL instruction which includes differentiated learning experiences geared to students’ needs. Emphasis is placed on creating culturally responsive learning environments. Includes 15 hours of field work.

Touro TESOL candidates submit a Materials Critique & Redesign where candidates (1) prepare a written critique description of the material or resource, analyzing its effectiveness for ELLs and (2) based on your analysis, redesign one section/activity of the original material so that it meets the need of ELLs. The materials chosen will promote culturally and linguistically responsive classrooms and instructional practices.

Melissa Greenfield

Melissa Greenfield works as a first grade teacher on Long Island. She is committed creating classroom environment where students feel safe, confident and excited to learn. She holds an initial certification in Elementary ed. (1-6) from SUNY Old Westbury and is working towards a MS in TESOL at Touro.

ELLs with limited experience with the non-fiction genre may be confused by the text structure presented in Bread, Bread, Bread. Instruction at the primary level uses a lot of fiction texts, where students have learned to look for characters, settings and other story elements within a book. It can be challenging at first for some students to move from fiction to nonfiction texts because these books are just used less commonly in our classroom. To refamiliarize students with nonfiction before reading Bread, Bread, Bread, the teacher should remind students of the differences in the genres, pointing out that there are photographs rather than illustrations, and explaining that the author’s purpose for writing this book was to inform.

Melissa Greenfield, Touro University TESOL Candidate

‘How to Make Pizza,’ a SIOP Lesson Plan by Touro University TESOL Candidate Kelly Broshear for EDDN 637

“Now that I have taken this course, I have learned invaluable methods to help make the content comprehensible for all students, but even more-so for my ELL students.” Kelly Broshear, Touro University TESOL Candidate

EDDN 637 Second Language Learners and the Content Areas: Students will become acquainted with and practice effective approaches, methods, and strategies for teaching and evaluating English language learners in the content areas (ELA, social studies, math and science). Throughout the course, students will explore the impact of culture and language on classroom learning. Special challenges in teaching and assessment in each content area will also be discussed. Includes 15 hours of field work.

Context and Overview: Teacher candidates are required to design a sheltered instruction lesson following the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) Model is a research-based and validated instructional model that has proven effective in addressing the academic needs of English learners throughout the United States. Candidates need to explain how and why they’ve decided on the specific lesson content and language needs to be addressed. Activities should focus on assessing student needs before, during and upon lesson completion to enhance future instructional planning.

Touro University TESOL Candidate Kelly Broshear: “I am a student at Touro College as a member of the TESOL masters program. I received my undergraduate degree at Salve Regina University in Newport RI in 2019 with a major in early childhood education. At Salve Regina University, I found a passion for working with ENL students. My current career is a kindergarten teacher for the NYC DOE in District 27 with the hope to eventually assume a role as an ESL specialist.”

This is the second time I written a SIOP lesson, however, this was the first time I have used this specific SIOP template. One thing I find to be difficult when writing a SIOP lesson plan is determining where every aspect of a lesson plan belongs. I found myself feeling that I was repeating myself often throughout the lesson plan. This is a lesson that I have taught with my students prior to making this lesson, but I had never written out a formal plan to go along with it until now. With that being said, it was interesting to try and reflect upon how I had taught the lesson compared to this plan I wrote now because I realized how many things that I should have done in the lesson when I taught it. When I taught this lesson, I had not considered specific ways to make content more comprehensible, I just taught it because it was part of the curriculum. Now that I have taken this course, I have learned invaluable methods to help make the content comprehensible for all students, but even more-so for my ELL students.

Kelly Broshear, Touro University TESOL Candidate

“A Night out With Mama” by Quvenzhane Wallis & Touro University TESOL Candidate Jessica Cruz’ Material Critique and Redesign for EDPN 673

For EDPN 673 Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a Second Language. This course provides a historical overview of second language acquisition theories and teaching methods. Students learn how to apply current approaches, methods and techniques, with attention to the effective use of materials, in teaching English as a second language. Students will engage in the planning and implementation of standards-based ESL instruction which includes differentiated learning experiences geared to students’ needs. Emphasis is placed on creating culturally responsive learning environments. Includes 15 hours of field work.

Touro TESOL candidates submit a Materials Critique & Redesign where candidates (1) prepare a written critique description of the material or resource, analyzing its effectiveness for ELLs and (2) based on your analysis, redesign one section/activity of the original material so that it meets the need of ELLs. The materials chosen will promote culturally and linguistically responsive classrooms and instructional practices.

Jessica Cruz is proud to serve as a First Grade Bilingual teacher on Long Island. She holds a Bachelors Degree and is currently pursuing her Masters in TESOL at Touro University. Ms. Cruz shared, “I have a true passion and am proud to be able to work with English Language Learners. Working with ELLs gives me the opportunity to teach my language and my culture.”

I took into inconsideration my First Grade Bilingual class. The majority of students come from Central America and have no prior schooling from their home country. I chose to critique three children’s books that I frequently use as read-alouds in my classroom.

Jessica Cruz, Touro University TESOL Candidate
Jessica Cruz redesign “A Night out with Mama” by Quvenzhane Wallis
Jessica Cruz, redesign: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? By Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle

Hyperlinked Internet Repositories & Resources for Educators Infographic by Dr. Jasmin (Bey) Cowin

There is a plethora of Internet Repositories & Resources available for educators. Yet, curating, vetting and keeping track of all the valuable repositories and resources is a hurdle. This is why I created my Hyperlinked Internet Repositories & Resources for Educators PDF. I hope this resource proofs useful to my peers and colleagues. Dr. Jasmin (Bey) Cowin