About the Blog
This blog is designed to provide up-to-date information, articles and best practices in the areas of educational technology from around the globe. Whether a teacher, school principal, district administrator, government official, policy maker, technology specialist or someone who is simply interested in current practices and information related to the state of technology in education, this is the site for you!
Integrating technology into the world of education is a complex process which takes time and requires a great deal knowledge, support and practical application. Although the teacher is often viewed as a focal point in the process, all of the school stakeholders play an important role.
After receiving my Bachelors degree in Education from the University of Florida in 1995, I spent the first 5 years of my career as a homeroom teacher for 4th and 5th grade students in Broward county, FL. Technology was just reaching the classrooms at the time in the form of dial-up internet and iMacs in the back of the classroom and my students used it most for research, drill and practice activities, and developing projects and presentations. In 1999 I received my Masters degree from Florida Atlantic University and in 2002 an Educational Specialist degree from Nova Southeaster University. In 2000 I was offered the position of area technology specialist where I oversaw teacher technology integration in a number of schools in the south part of the county. These were exciting times because laptop computer carts and wireless internet had been rolled out in many schools and classrooms throughout the county, which gave me the opportunity to be involved first hand with teacher and principal training as well as developing new approaches and use policies.
A few years later I was offered the position of Senior Project Manager for the district, overseeing instructional technology projects in over 260 schools. I had the opportunity to oversee the the roll out of 40,000 laptops to the schools, develop a “digital divide” program providing technology for disadvantaged families, implement a 1-to-1 program, develop a district education portal, oversee the school Technology Liaison program, and both develop and oversee multiple teacher training initiatives. The most successful of which was the Digital Education Teacher Academy (DETA) in cooperation with FAU where 50% of the teachers in the district underwent an intensive 5 day course in integrating technology into the classroom. The participants received graduate credits towards a masters degree. In addition to my position at Broward Schools I taught technology integration courses at FAU and Broward College.
In 2006 I moved with my family to Israel and began working as the Implementation Director at Time To Know inc. where I oversaw the field operations, teacher training and played a major role in the expansion into new educational markets abroad.
Since 2010 I have worked both as an Independent Consultant and the Teaching and Learning Director at Appleseeds Academy, a non-profit organization aimed at bridging the digital gap on an intentional scale. Within the context of this position I have had led the charge in terms of technology integration into the field of education through projects with local and international partners on an international scale: large-scale 1-to-1 implementations, creating technology training hubs in rural areas of Africa (Kenya, Uganda, S. Africa, Ghana and Angola), developing Ministry of Education initiatives, leading technology-education programs in teacher colleges and universities, and promoting the use of technology throughout the K-12 school systems.
I have participated and presented in many regional, national and international conferences and have become a certified Apple Professional Development consultant, Google Certified Teacher, Intel Education master trainer and more.
Much of modern day research in the areas of technology in education are based on cognitive learning theories such as Constructivism, Learning Styles, Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences theory, Blooms Taxonomy, Marzano and others. It is imperative that we focus on the practical application of these theories and look closely into what really works in the classroom. learning styles such as Puentedura’s TPACK model, provide us with a greater understanding into the interaction of components that lead to teacher transformation.
The every-evolving availability of new and exciting technology tools provide us with a means to accomplish the goals of paradigm shift and transformation into a student-centered world and the age old adage of “teacher as the guide-on-the-side” as opposed to “sage on the stage”. It is the effective selection and use of these tools within the context of a well structured lesson that enables the change to happen in the classroom. It is therefore critical for educators to stay abreast of new developments in the field.
There are so many technology solutions available that it is often difficult for educators to find a “tree” within a “forest” of options. This blog is designed to highlight those “trees” and provide samples of first hand experiences, stories and best practices.
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