Really proud and honored to work with such an innovative teacher!
Date of interview: August 13th, 3-3:30pm
Teacher, Edutopia blogger, and cohost ofEd Got Game, Matthew Farber has been pushing the bounds of education and technology. I stumbled across his fantastic work through my Gaming/education threads. He is the author of a brand new book, Gamify Your Classroom: A Field Guide to Game-Based Learning (Peter Lang Academic, 2015).
Ways to Connect and learn more about Matthew:
Matt's Favorite Edtech Tools
Through Twitter, I get to learn some great ideas from top educators around the world. One name that came across my feed pretty regularly was Amy Hollingsworth. I noticed that she has a science background which intrigued me because it has been awhile since I have talked to a tech savvy science teacher. Can't wait to learn more.
I asked Amy to send me a short bio, that I usually edit, but this was so nicely written and gave me a picture of her work, so I have just copied and pasted it.
"Up until July, I had been a biologist and STEM educator at The University of Akron. I’ve taught over 11,000 non-majors biology students and mentored 150 biology grad students. I’ve written seven laboratory manuals, while working full time, kicking butt as a single mother, and living with Type I diabetes. I love technology, and use it to enhance my teaching. I developed a personal website, www.sevenminutescientist.com , and a custom website for a laboratory manual publisher, www.bigpicturebiology.com.
And then, in May, the perfect job posting ended up in my inbox. I applied for a position as a Technology Integration Specialist for Massillon City Schools - and I got the job! I get to do all the fun things I did at the university, in biology, for an ENTIRE district! I’m planning Google PD, helping with 1:1 Chromebook integration, and designing curriculum (my PhD is in Curriculum and Instruction, not Biology). And I’m doing it all by harnessing the power of my PLN!"
Social Networks and Websites of Note
I watched a presentation by Lucas Gilespie a few years ago at an ISTE Conference, ( I think the last time it was in Philadelphia). At the time he talked about using World of Warcraft with his students, which was about as trend setting as it gets back then (and even now!). Following from afar, I see he is still pushing the envelope with W.O.W but is also using Minecraft and more. I invited Lucas to the show to catch up on his latest and greatest ideas. What I admire about Lucas is not only that he is willing to break educational barriers, but that he has the background knowledge to put his pedagogical practice to best use.
Helen has been serving students and teachers for the last 15 years across k-12 and higher education. Currently a teaching and learning consultant and curriculum specialist for the Lakota Local School District, passionate about providing teachers with quality professional development to enhance student success and revitalize teaching.
Want to connect with Helen? Check out her twitter feed
+Alice Keeler is a trusted source of inspiration for her amazing work in the #edtech field. Alice is a Google Certified Teacher, Microsoft Innovative Educator and New Media Consortium K12 ambassador. She co-authored the book “50 Things You Can Do with Google Classroom,” is the founder of #coffeeEDU and is working on her doctorate in EdTech with an emphasis in games and simulation. I am looking forward to a fantastic interview session to learn what she is up to next! Follow her on Twitter @alicekeeler
The OETC 15 Conference was an ideal place to connect with new colleagues. Katie Ritter was another forward thinking Educational Technology teacher that I had the honor to chat with. Recently, Katie was offered a new job! I will ask her about this new opportunity, as well as, her current role as Instructional Technology Specialist at Middletown City Schools.
Want to learn more about Katie read about her edtech journey? Check out her blog: http://talktechwithme.com/
Recently I had the awesome opportunity to go to the Ohio Educational Technology Conference in Columbus. There I had the chance to interview the Keynote presenters as well as the participants. There I had the wonderful chance to talk to Katie Henry. Katie shared with me that she was the Making IT Happen Award winner. I asked her to spend a little more time via Google Hangouts so I could learn more about her role as a tech savvy Elementary Teacher.
Check out some of Katie's amazing work below:
Katie's Digital Resume: HERE
Katie's Work work making nature a priority: HERE
Katie's recent promo video created for a STEM Event: HERE
I had the awesome opportunity to be a part of the Ohio Educational Technology Conference (#OETC15) in Columbus a few weeks back . Like our local affiliate NYSCATE , I was able to be the conference interviewer know as the Edutekkie! There was another amazing film crew their documenting the event, and they wanted to interview me! I was really impressed with the production team under the direction of Tom Wilson, and the high school students that put it all together. Here is their interview of ME!
February 21, 10Am Eastern Time
Scott Merrick will the the NYSCATE Digtial Wave Keynote speaker this year in Buffalo. Scott is a true pioneer in both virtual and online learning. His experience is far reaching and a fascinating. Never dull, always kind, and a wealth of 21st Century Teaching know how.
I have a chance to talk to Scott and hopefully get a sneak peek at his presentation.
My name is Andrew Wheelock- I am a technology integrator who's fascinated with my fellow educators and their powerful uses of tech for learning.