Nominee’s Name: - Steve Feld
Address: - 99 Terrace View Avenue Bronx, New York 10463
School Name: -John F. Kennedy High School
District: – Bronx Superintendency
Nominee’s position: – Computer Graphics Instructor, Webmaster, Data Programmer.
Email address : firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone (718) 562 5500 | FAX (718) 562 5132
Supervisor: – Deborah Effinger
Supervisor’s position: – Asst Principal - Visual and Performing Arts Department
Steve Feld is a master teacher who has demonstrated within an inner city large non-specialized public Bronx High School, pioneer use of the Internet to nurture, enrich, motivate and captivate student learning and growth. Over a career which has spanned 30 + years of fine arts, mathematics, science, and other subject disciplines, Steve Feld has mastered, incorporated and integrated the broad spectrum of accessible technologies in service of engaging students in rigorous inquiry based, product driven, project based learning portfolios.
Although multi-ethnic, socially and educationally at risk students at John F. Kennedy High School, located in the Kingsbridge/Marble Hill section in the Bronx, come from non-native English language speaking backgrounds, daunting acculturation challenges, and the lower end of the digital divide with limited access to household computer technology; they are leveraged into state of the art Internet investigatory and involvement rich learning adventures once they enter Mr. Feld’s classroom. During the year 2000-2001 all of the students enrolled in Mr. Feld’s computer graphics classes (none of these students are accelerated learners or are selected on the basis of academic reading, writing distinction) are privy to participate and contribute as part of the literate Internet community in the following ongoing strand of Mr. Feld’s curriculum:
- Nominee’s use of the Internet within the curricula to encourage student learning and growth during the 2000-2001 school year.
- Maintenance expansion, and study of the Bronx John F. Kennedy Thinkquest four-year-old web collaborative project "Why is the Mona Lisa Smiling?". The Mona Lisa ThinkQuest project has received numerous awards and citations /13681/data/davin2.shtml
Students study the various key components of this project which are aligned with the required arts curriculum for their grade levels including but not limited to: the historical/research perspectives of the identity of Mona Lisa, further research into Leonardo’s Codex as a model of science inquiry, observation, and reflection, analysis of additional contributions in the multidisciplinary Leonardo studies arena
- Leonardo's Horse /13681/data/museum/horse.htm?tqskip=1
- Leonardo's Bird and Fables /13681/data/museum/leobird.htm
Examination of and study of art history utilizing the award winning Microsoft Challenge 2000 (Bronx 1st place) ArtiFAQ 21OO web component which includes a review of outstanding figures in art’s past whose contributions anticipated pre-figured or were integral to trends in 2100. As part of these investigations Mr. Feld’s fine arts students also authentically developed expanded and enhanced key critical thinking, persuasive essay, comparative image analysis and persuasive speaking, listening, discussing and viewing capacities. These multidisciplinary internet based skills exercises, maximize students’ performances on the multidisciplinary Regents examinations which are now required of High School students in New York City. ArtiFAQ 21OO was selected as a Classroom Connect Library Hot Five July 31, 2000.
ArtiFAQ 21OO has been selected by Classroom Connect’s team of Cybrarians as a featured site in the Library Hot Five. This free resource appears once a week as both a subscriber listserv and as part of Connected Teacher’s A+ Web Links at http://www.connectedteacher.com/library/hotFive.asp
Participated in any number of collaborative contests competitions and portfolio opportunities with the network of student centered media, political, international, and civic proactive strategic partners, Mr. Feld and his students have developed over the past four years of their internet literate community involvement. Among these strategic collaborative partners whose prompts, projects and opportunities are regularly made available to the students are:
1. Ovation TV
Past partnership efforts with this key media supporter over last school year include:
Miho Museum Design and Japanese peer cultural conversations, /13681/data/museum/trees.htm
Arthur C. Clarke/Leonardo Futurist Connection, /13681/data/links/clarke.htm
the products/observation journals Codex Comes to Kennedy /13681/data/museum/codex.htm
2. A comparison of Leonardo's journal with South Pole Explorers of the Bancroft Expedition /13681/data/links/anartica.htm?tqskip=1
3. Fluid Arts/Miksike http://studentfactory.org/
Mr. Feld is founding Board member of the Fluid Arts International Project, which engages students in utilizing digital arts and accessible technology to report and capture international arts movements. Student Danny Mena created the award winning logo for this international group and also served as a reporter/documenter for an Estonia based environmental website project coordinator by another founding board member Mikhel Pilv http://miksike.com/articles/kennedy_highschool_article.htm
As part of their futurist and space studies students also went out into the community to photograph one of John F. Kennedy’s local arts partners, CityArts and a Bronx neighboring elementary school who developed a space mural
CityArts - NASA Living on Mars Mural Project /13681/bronx/mural.htm?tqskip=1
4. ET3 Educational Technology Think Tank A non-profit organization devoted to the expansion, enhancement and accessing of technology to support the achievement of students and citizens on the lower end of the digital divide. This past June 2001, Mr. Feld, as a result of a review by Dr. Ronnie Lowenstein of the “Why is the Mona Lisa Smiling” website was invited to design the ET3 website. As part of its design Mr. Feld was excited by the prospect of involving his John F. Kennedy computer graphic arts students in becoming the Bronx hub of the Net Generation of Youth 2001 School Year and Beyond
- Educational Technology Think Tank http://et3online.org
- How the nominee plans to use the Internet in the classroom during the 2001-2002:
As students in New York City public high schools began their school year at a budget deficit, Mr. Feld’s students began their school year with inestimable Internet intense enrichment vistas. They have been enriched by a donation of five computers from The TechFoundation, which will support them in demonstrating newly honed cyber journalist skills including digital photo journalism, computer graphic editorial comments, multimedia community news based e-news coverage, and PowerPoint editorial presentations. Students at John F. Kennedy High School, adjacent to the Marble Hill projects in the Kingsbridge area of the Bronx, will have the opportunity to use the Internet to be part of a broad powerful student centered productive and proactive community of global citizen teacher and learners.
It is said that teachers affect eternity. Through use of the internet, teachers, such as Steve Feld are able to orchestrate, empower, enable and leverage not only their own inner city multiethnic students, but also positively charge the next generation of internet literate and active community members. It takes an educator to raise up a committed informed and critical Internet citizenry!
Mona Bridges Digital Divide /13681/data/links/summary.htm
NEW YORK Times ` /13681/data/links/times99.htm NEW YORK Daily News /13681/data/drama/raphael.htm Technology
& Learning Magazine
Presented at the following Conferences
AT&T Make IT Work /13681/data/workshop.htm SchoolTech Expo
New York City
/13681/data/links/siggs.htm Nomination Letters of Endorsement
It is my pleasure to nominate Steve Feld for this classroom, Internet teacher honor. Mr. Feld is an outstanding computer graphics and fine arts educator, whose state of the art collaborative, captivating, Internet style learning experiences, not only benefit the students officially registered in his classes, but also positively infuse the teaching and learning of the JFK school community.
Among the many beneficiaries of Steve’s student’s Internet expertise in our school were and are:
- The various Departments and classes who received signed lithographs of the Artic Explorers Ann Bancroft and Liv Arnesen, donated by Volvo of America. Steve’s classes created their own web pages and were invited to a conference in Manhattan /13681/data/millennium/fonecall.htm
- Playbill on line - Steve and his students became digital cyberjournalist reviewers. They personally took time to attend after school rehearsals and performances of JFKs yearly theater productions. Their digital photos and commentary are on the JFK school website http://members.nbci.com/_XMCM/sjfeld/home/little.htm
- Steve secured funds from the Bronx superintendency to train 17 teachers in the school in the use of the Internet. These teachers and counselors created their own web pages:Social Studies, Special Education, Language Arts, Guidance, Health Education, Business Education and Mathematics.
Steve’s class took its website learning on the road at School Tech, Siggraph'99 and JFK was visited by a Danish delegation of technology professionals.
The above are just the tip of the cyberspace Iceberg of infinite Internet interactions and benefits, which the JFK student community enjoys as an outcome of Steve’s teaching.
Visual and Performing Arts Department
John F. Kennedy High School
It is my pleasure as the Director of Instructional Technology of the NYC Bd of Education to share with you some of the many ways in which Steve Feld's state of the art, curriculum innovation and professional development teacher educator leadership have affected the lives of his students and served as exemplary models for teacher educators in the five boroughs.
Steve's Why is the Mona Lisa Smiling? and his guidelines for designing art history web pages to bridge the Digital Divide and promoting web projects are featured in the newly published ISTE Making Literacy Magic Happen (September 2001).
The Danish Study Group delegation who visited me at the Board of Education, chose only one teacher educator to visit, Steve Feld at John F. Kennedy High School. The past President of NYSATA Joan Davidson, recommended Steve to my office as an outstanding classroom educator for teachers developing art based cultural resources.
Steve presented his four year old student designed JFK project and its second component ArtiFAQ 21OO to a captivated audience of art educators city wide at Technology Supported Art Instruction at the Con Edison Learning Center on April 24, 2001.
My staff uses Steve Feld's three NYC Board of Education curricula pieces: Computers in the Art Classroom, Art Primer and Infusing Critical Thinking Skills in the Middle Schools, in their staff development citywide training.
Steve serves as a resource for me to alert me to worthy web investigations for students and teachers ie. Leonardo My Hero, and ThinkQuest.
I continually revisit his site and use it as a resource for its extensive library of Steve Feld authored curricula resources. These include key content and skills topics such as Computer Graphics Curriculum and Using Digital Photography. His lesson plan is part of the Encarta collection.
Whenever I want to tap a teacher who is actually working with at risk students in a challenging catchment area, I call on Steve Feld and know he will be able to provide me with examples of student work, student presentors, award winning portfolios and ready to use teacher resources.
He epitomizes the qualities of Teacher Educator on both the instructional and professional leadership forefront.
NYC Board of Education
Director, Office of Instructional Technology
I am writing in support of the nomination of outstanding technology teacher educator and fine arts teacher leader Steve Feld for the Classroom Connect Teacher Educator of the Year. I became familiar with Steve's work in the process of City Lore expansion of its CARTS.ORG Web Site.
My staff and I were on the outlook for an outstanding technology specialist who was also expert in the fine arts, cultural arts, and multicultual competencies content area. Steve's web site which is listed in the NYC District 10 Social Studies Resource of Exemplary Web Sites surprisingly served all our needs!!
When I contacted Steve he was able to supply City Lore with numerous classroom tested web design and maintenance insights gleaned by his JFK High students, through their creation and work on their web projects. As a designer of Cultural Kiosks at the Museum of the City of New York, I am an admirer of the historical and language arts interactive and participatory nature of the resources developed by Steve and his students at JFK.
City Lore's mission involves an International Environmental and Folktales research concerns.
As a folklorist and Executive Director of CityLore, a cultural arts organization with a global network of cultural artists and a cultural catalogue; I find the materials, resources lesson plans and activities developed by teacher leader Steve Feld, are exemplars that inspire my network of teachers, readers and researchers.
Dr. Steve Zeitlin
CityLore, Executive Director