Tom Daccord is an educational technology speaker, instructor, and writer who has worked with schools, districts, colleges and educational organizations in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Author of Best Ideas for Teaching with Technology: A Practical Guide for Teachers by Teachers and The Best of History Web Sites, Tom has presented on educational technology topics at national and international conferences, including ISTE (U.S.), ELMLE (Europe), and ICTLT (Asia). He has produced a series of online courses on Web 2.0 and iPad integration, as well as 21st century school leadership and classroom assessment. A former social studies teacher who instructed in a laptop classroom for seven years, Tom has been featured in the Boston Globe for his contributions to teaching with technology and invited to Singapore by the Ministry of Education as an “Outstanding Educator in Residence.” In addition to leading EdTechTeacher, Tom currently serves as President of the National Council of Social Studies Technology Committee and was a featured speaker at the 2010 NCSS Conference. Tom is also an advisor to Massachusetts Computer Users in Education (MassCUE), and the Massachusetts Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (MASCD), and serves as a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) project consultant. He is the creator of Best History Web Sites, an award-winning portal, and The Center for Teaching History with Technology, dedicated to helping K-12 history and social studies teachers effectively incorporate technology into their courses. Tom also created Teaching English with Technology, designed to guide K-12 English and Language Arts teachers in their use of technology in the classroom. A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Montreal, Tom has taught in Quebec, France, Switzerland, and the United States.
Justin Reich is the co-founder of EdTechTeacher, a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and the director of Online Community, Practice and Research at Facing History and Ourselves, an organization devoted to combating bigotry and nurturing democracy through history education. His current research and work examines how online professional learning opportunities (both formal and informal) can support educators’ efforts to develop students’ historical thinking and moral reasoning skills. He is also developing research projects around family involvement in informal learning with high-poverty populations and around inventorying school-based approaches to cyber-bullying and online cruelty and meanness. Justin is a co-author of Best Ideas for Teaching with Technology: A Practical Guide for Teachers by Teachers, and his academic work has been published in Educational Researcher, Social Education,Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, and other venues. His opinion writings have been published in the Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, The Providence Journal, and other publications. He has been an Outstanding Educator in Residence for the Academy of Singapore Teachers, a Digital Media and Learning Summer Fellow with the MacArthur Foundation, and is among the 2012 class of Emerging Leaders for the International Society for Technology in Education. He also blogs for Education Week atEdTechResearcher.
Greg Kulowiec brings eight years of teaching experience as a Social Studies teacher and Technology Integration Specialist to EdTechTeacher. An award-winning history teacher who was recognized by the Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies with the Aieta Promising Teacher Award in 2009, Greg’s expertise and influence in technology integration has grown to a national level. As a co-creator of #sschat on twitter, Greg has been featured in both the New York Times and theWashington Post regarding the impact of social media with educators. While in the classroom, Greg was a proponent of expanding the audience of his student’s work by having them publish text, audio and video online. His student’s video projects exploring the protests of the Arab Spring were featured on WBUR’s “Here and Now” program in 2011. Greg has also been an early adopter of iPads in the classroom. Student projects integrating iPads have included a student created digital math textbook, iPad podcasting, paperless iPad research and iPad screencasting across the curriculum. Greg presents at regional and national conferences on his teaching strategies and technology integration ideas including MassCue, The National Council for the Social Studies, The New England 1:1 Summitt, EdTechTeacher Winter Conference and multiple EdCamps. Greg has been at the forefront of integrating cell phones into the classroom and has been featured on Public Radio International’s, “The World Technology Podcast” in 2009 and contributed to the 2009 ISTE Fall Newsletter, both about cell phones in the classroom.
Holly Clark is a technology and innovation specialist from San Diego, California who has taught for over 16 years in San Francisco, Chicago, and San Diego. She has been helping teachers redefine instruction in their classrooms by overseeing a 1:1 iPad pilot and implementing digital literacy programs. Holly is both a Google Certified Teacher as well as a National Board Certified Teacher, and holds an MA in Technology in Education from Columbia University. Since 2003, she has been working with technology integration and 1:1 environments. Holly has consulted with schools internationally on improving their iPad integration and using Google Apps for Education to empower learning.
Beth Holland coordinates all of the communications for EdTechTeacher – web sites, social media, and newsletters – as well as instructs at workshops. Bringing expertise in mobile learning, elementary education and assistive technologies to the team, she has presented at the 2011 Global Education Conference, the EdTechTeacher Winter Conference, the Massachusetts Assistive Technology Expo, the MassCUE Technology Conference, Edscape, and previous EdTechTeacher iPad Summits. Bringing over 12 years of education experience, she most recently served as the Director of Academic Technology at St. Michael’s Country Day School in Newport, Rhode Island where she implemented professional development programs, designed interdisciplinary, technology-rich projects, taught students in grades 2-8 during technology classes, coordinated with the Student Services Director to facilitate the integration of assistive technologies to support students, and helped to design their iPad pilot program. Before St. Michael’s, Beth worked as a researcher at the Naval War College in the Innovation Lab where she designed knowledge management plans to support blended communication environments and researched the potential to create an online environment to streamline training and education which she presented at I/ITSEC. She has also taught 9th grade English at the Rocky Hill School in East Greenwich, RI, and led adventure learning programs for ActionQuest in the Caribbean and Polynesia. Beth holds an Ed.M. in Technology, Innovation, and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a B.S. in Communications from Northwestern University.
Carl Hooker comes to EdTechTeacher as an instructor and presenter. Currently, he serves as the Director for Instructional Technology in the Eanes Independent School District in Austin, TX where he has been a part of a strong educational shift with technology integration since becoming an educator. His unique blend of educational background, technical expertise, and humor make him a successful driving force for this change. As Director, he has helped spearhead the launch the LEAP program (Learning & Engaging through Access and Personalization) which put 1:1 iPads in the hands of all K-12 students at Eanes. He is also the founder of iPadpalooza – a learning festival showcasing the use of iPads in education. Over 1000 people from 20 states will attend this year’s iPadpalooza which also includes live music and food trailers. Carl is a member of the Apple Distinguished Educator class of 2013. Connect with him on twitter: @mrhooker.
Douglas Kiang is a technology integration specialist with over 20 years of teaching experience at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Tufts University and a Master’s Degree in Technology Innovation & Education from Harvard. In 2007, he was one of two Massachusetts teachers to be honored as an Apple Distinguished Educator, recognizing his innovative work with iPods in the middle school curriculum. Currently, Douglas works at Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii – in addition to being an EdTechTeacher instructor – where he teaches computer science, provides technology professional development to faculty, and is co-director of the Lab School@Punahou – an intensive two-week cohort-based professional development experience for teachers from all over the world. He is the author of five bestselling game strategy guides, and his latest book on Minecraft in Education is soon to be published by Peachpit Press.
Patrick Larkin is the newly appointed Assistant Superintendent for Learning for Burlington Public Schools in Massachusetts. Prior to this, Patrick served 15 years as a building level administrator at the high school level. He was recently selected as one of three national Digital Principal Award winner by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). In addition, he was recently featured in an article in T.H.E. Journal titled 7 Habits of Highly Effective Tech-Leading Principals.
Patrick’s school has recently made the transition to a 1:1 environment for the 2011-2012 school year after distributing over 1,000 iPads to staff and students. He is actively presenting to colleagues on the power of social media for administrators, teachers, and students.
An avid blogger and a proponent of social media to better engage teachers, students, and parents in the education process, Patrick is one of the founders of the Connected Principals Blog and #cpchat on Twitter. He is one of the authors of the Super Book of Web Tools for Educators, and his article, Getting Connected, was published in September’s issue of Principal Leadership. Most recently (June 2012), he was featured in an article in Technological Horizons in Education’s THE Journal entitled 7 Habits of Highly Effective Tech-leading Principals.
Prior to serving as a school administrator, Patrick was a high school English teacher. As an Assistant Principal, Patrick was named Assistant Principal of the Year in the state of Massachusetts. He also is a former Executive Board member in the Massachusetts Secondary Schools Administrators Association (MSSAA), and recently completed a two year term as a member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Public Secondary Schools (NEASC). Patrick is a graduate of Assumption College, and received his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Framingham State College. You can find Patrick’s blog at PatrickMLarkin.com and follow him on Twitter @patrickmlarkin.
Shawn McCusker has 18 years of experience as a middle school and high school teacher. He has taught in public, private and alternative schools. In 2006, he was recognized as a finalist for the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. He earned his B.A. in history from Northern Illinois University and an M.A. in Educational Leadership from Concordia University, Chicago. On Twitter, Shawn is the co-leader of #sschat, an online social studies community, and the creator of #1to1techat, which conducts discussions of effective leadership and teaching practices for 1:1 programs. He is also an organizer of both EdCampChicago and EdCampSocialStudies. He has presented at national and local conferences such as the National Council for Social Studies, and the ILCHE/IMSA Conference. Shawn is currently an American Studies and World History teacher at William Fremd High School in Palatine, Illinois where he teaches in a 1:1 iPad pilot.
Samantha Morra is an educator with 20 years experience in K-12 schools. She started her teaching career as a kindergarten, first and second grade teacher. She has worked as an elementary school technology coordinator, a middle school technology coordinator and an assistant principal. She is a Google Certified Teacher, has presented throughout the state of New Jersey, and is an advisor for the New Jersey Educational Computing Cooperative (NJECC). She has also presented at a number of conferences including the International Society for Technology in Education’s (ISTE) Conference, EduCon, and Tech Forum NY and Boston. She has been published in ISTE’s Learning & Leading With Technology magazine, quoted on education and learning in a variety of newspapers including the New York Times and Star Ledger and appeared on television on NJN’s Classroom Close Up and the ABC network special issues in education. She also contributed to Web 2.0 How-To for Educators by Gwen Solomon and Lynne Schrum and published by ISTE. She believes that technology has the power to transform education and build deeper understanding for students and teachers.
Don Orth, Director of Technology at Hillbrook School in Los Gatos, California, joins EdTechTeacher as an instructor and presenter. He received his BA from Tufts University and EdM from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Don has been working in public and private schools, both in the US and Europe, for over a decade as a teacher and administrator. In the last few years, Don has focused on bringing meaningful innovation into education, not simply in the form of technology, but by way of better understanding student needs, learning styles, and the shifting landscape of our world. Hillbrook School was one of the first schools to initiate a 1:1 iPad program, which has become one of the platforms they use to help transform teaching and learning. Don is also coordinating the Hillbrook iLab project to study how agile learning environments affect engagement, confidence, and performance of students. Don co-authored an article on digital citizenship published in Independent School Magazine, summer 2013. Hillbrook School was recently selected as an Apple Distinguished School for the 2012-2013 school year, and Don was named an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2013.
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