I am best known for my award-winning blog, Free Technology for Teachers. I am a Google Certified Teacher who has been invited to speak at events on six continents and I’d gladly speak in Antarctica too.
Today, I teach computer science in western Maine. Previously, I spent eight years as a consultant helping teachers all over the world develop interesting ways to use technology in their classrooms. And prior to that I spent nearly a decade teaching high school social studies.
I’m Dad to two little girls, a dog-lover (#adoptdontshop), a cyclist (it never gets easier, you just get faster), a skier, and a champion coffee drinker.
My philosophy of technology integration (the Reader’s Digest version)
Over the years I’ve reviewed thousands of educational websites and apps. In reviewing all of those resources I realized that all educational technology serves one of three basic purposes; discovery of information, discussion of information, and demonstration of knowledge. While demonstration and creating demonstrations is the most fun use of technology, the discovery and discussion aspects are just as important. The discovery, discussion, demonstration framework is the basis for all of my professional development webinars.
To contact me
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About my courses
Professional development for educators often means going to a conference for a day or hosting guest speaker for a day at your school. Too often teachers come away from those experiences inspired, but unsure of how to actually get started on the path to better utilization of technology in their classrooms. The purpose of each Practical Ed Tech course is to pick up where those traditional professional development opportunities leave off.
Practical Ed Tech provides teachers with direct instruction on how to utilize technology in their classrooms. The balance the how-to portions of my webinars with examples of how each tool can be integrated into instruction. Each course is roughly 75% how-to and 25% examples of integration.
Why you should take a Practical Ed Tech course:
*You want clear, direct instruction on the nuts and bolts of using technology.
*You want to have your tech questions answered by someone who is both a teacher and techy.
*You want to have recorded video directions to accompany written directions.
*You will be teaching others how to use technology in their classrooms. Over the last ten years I’ve learned a lot about teaching teachers technology. I’ll share the common pitfalls of teaching teachers technology and how to avoid them.
The structure of Practical Ed Tech live courses:
*Every course runs for three to five weeks.
*Every course has one-hour live webinars on the same day and time for three to five consecutive weeks.
*All webinars are recorded for participants to go back and watch as many times as they like.
*Certificates of completion are awarded to participants at the conclusion of each course.
The structure of Practical Ed Tech on-demand courses:
*Each course has eight to ten lessons that you can complete at your own pace.
*Every lesson comes with an instructional video, an outline, and a suggested activity.
*I’m always just an email away to help you out as you work through the course materials.
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