Creating a Roadmap for Digital Learning Success

Sunday, September 20, 2015 #txeduchat welcomes

host Kasey Bell a.k.a. @shakeuplearning



Kasey Bell is an award-winning digital learning consultant and blogger with a passion for technology and learning. Kasey offers engaging staff development for all levels of educators, specializing in training, presentations, keynote speaking engagements, and consulting. As a skillful facilitator, Google Certified Innovator and Google Certified Trainer, Kasey has led a variety of digital learning workshops, including presentations at ISTE, FETC, TCEA, Google Summits, and iPadpalooza. Kasey was a finalist for the 2015 Instructional Technology Specialist of the year by TCEA, and has been recognized as a Top Ten EdTech and ELearning Influencer. Kasey is co-leader of the North Texas Google Educator Group. She is also an EdCamp organizer and has also been featured on edtech podcasts, including House of EdTech and Coffee with a Geek. She also serves on the Educational Advisory Board for Responsibility.org.

Kasey’s website and blog, ShakeUpLearning.com, provides educators with instructional technology resources, tips and tricks, and classroom technology integration ideas. Here you will find great resources for Google apps, including guides and cheat sheets, mobile learning and apps, iPad tips, and social media tips for educators. Shake Up Learning, was recognized as a Must Read EdTech Blog for 2014 and 2015, and a 2014 Edublog Awards Finalist for best new blog and best edtech resource blog. Kasey also received an honorable mention for the Digital Innovation in Learning Awards given by EdSurge and Digital Promise, in the “Sharing is Caring,” category, for her work sharing educational resources on her blog and across social media. Also, Kasey’s resources and tips have also been featured on other blogs and websites including Edsurge, Edudemic, EdTech Magazine, Emerging Edtech, and more. As a blogger, Kasey uses her blog to create and share original technology integration ideas, resources, cheat sheets, and more!

Are you Future Ready?

Join @thomascmurray as he hosts #txeduchat

Sunday, Sept. 13th at 8pm Central



Thomas C. Murray serves as the state and district digital learning director for the Alliance for Excellent Education located in Washington, DC. He has testified before the United States Congress and works alongside that body and the US Senate, the US Department of Education and state departments of education, corporations, and school districts throughout the country to implement digital learning while helping to lead Future Ready, Project 24 and Digital Learning Day. Murray’s experiences in K–12 digital leadership, which include implementing a 1:1 program, BYOD, blended learning, and a K–12 cyber school where he served as the director of technology and cyber education for the Quakertown Community School District in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, have been recognized nationally.

He is also the co-author of the recent release, Leading Professional Learning; Tools to Connect and Empower Teachers (Corwin, 2015), and serves as a school district consultant for digital learning planning and implementation. A former CIO and school principal, Murray is passionate about proper digital learning implementation and personalized professional learning.

He was the recipient of the Blended Schools Network Leadership Award, named one of the top 16 “forward thinking EdTech leaders in the country,” named one of the “top 100 influential voices in education,” has been featured in Tech & Learning magazine’s Leadership Profile, and has appeared on various television shows.

Murray’s cyber- and blended-learning programs have been highlighted by Forbes.com, T.H.E. Journal, District Administration magazine, Project Red, Tech & Learning magazine, the Innosight Institute, and iNACOL, among others, and on Digital Learning Day in both 2013 and 2014. He also serves on the advisory board for AlmaT.H.E. Journal, and Remind.

Murray is the cofounder of #edtechchat, a weekly educational technology Twitter forum, where hundreds of educators from around the world discuss digital learning. As a follow-up, his weekly show, #edtechchat radio on the BAM Radio Network, is available on iTunes and is regularly one of the top downloaded education podcasts.

Taking Risks – Becoming a Change Agent

Sunday, September 6th at 8pm Central

Join #txeduchat host @janamac



Jana McEachern is an Instructional Technologist at Region 5 ESC in Beaumont, Texas, serving the schools of Southeast Texas and the surrounding areas.  She has developed and implemented various instructional technology programs on 1:1 mobile devices, Google Apps for Education, Interactive Whiteboards and mobile devices/BYOT.  She taught Criminal Justice at the high school level for several years before venturing into the field of instructional technology.  She has served in multiple capacities since obtaining an M.Ed. in Educational Technology, including district instructional technologist, ESC Instructional Technology Coordinator, and grant implementation/instructional technology team coordinator for a 1:1 iPad campus implementation.  She is passionate about empowering teachers to marry good pedagogy with technology for awesome classroom experiences.  Jana is also one of the founding members of #reg5chat, a weekly twitter chat for SETX educators and #EdCampESC5.  

Jana is married to Brad McEachern, Superintendent/Lead Learner of Warren ISD, Warren, Texas.  They have three children, Caitlin, Chase, & Claire who keep them busy at Texas A&M and WHS!  

Serious Games for Learning

@ak_leeg hosts #txeduchat Sunday 8/30

Lee Graham


Dr. Lee Graham is an Associate Professor of Educational Technology at the University of Alaska, Southeast. She teaches the courses in the Educational Technology Master’s Program and has served as the Program Coordinator for the STEM Program. Dr. Graham was a finalist for the Bammy Award for College Professor of the year in 2014, and was awarded Teacher of the Year by Liverpool University for her work in their online Ed.D. Program in 2011. Her work with online course design yielded her the award of Platinum Award for Best Practices in Online Programming in 2007. Dr. Graham’s research and creative activity centers on emerging online pedagogy and innovative practice. She is a Member of the Editorial Review Board for the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education’s (AACE) Journal of Online Learning Research. You may follow her on twitter at @ak_leeg and on Google+ at https://plus.google.com/u/0/+LeeGrahamAK/posts.

Best Summer PD Experiences

Rachelle Wooten and Janet Corder host #txeduchat

Sunday, August 16th at 8pm Central

Rachelle Wooten:



Rachelle Wooten is a Digital Learning Specialist with Fort Bend ISD. Her passion is designing and facilitating a professional development experience that empowers, inspires, and equips teachers with innovative, proven solutions to reach and teach each their students.  She is the author of the iBook: Mission ‘Pod’sible: A Teacher’s Guide to Podcasting.  She’s an authorized Google Education Trainer, Adobe Education Leader, and Certified Adobe Education Trainer.  She has also earned distinctions such as: an Edmodo Certified Trainer,  and Common Sense Media Certified Graphite Educator, and is a Nearpod Pionear.  She has presented at Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA), SXSWedu, Region 4 Education Service Center (Houston area), Rice University, and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference and Association of Supervision, Curriculum, and Development (ASCD).  She’s a proud member of several professional learning communities.


Janet Corder:



Janet Corder is an educational technology consultant specializing in technology integration, BYOD implementations, interactive whiteboard technologies and mobile learning devices. She has over 30 years experience as a classroom teacher and instructional technology coordinator in Texas public schools and has also been an adjunct education professor at a local university. Her passion for assisting educators learn new strategies for successfully integrating technology into their curriculum has provided her with many opportunities to present at national, state and local conferences and in school districts throughout the United States. She has co-authored four books on technology integration and professional development. Janet served in various positions for the Texas Computer Education Association Board of Directors for several years and was awarded ISTE’s Making It Happen award given to leaders in educational technology.  Janet is also a Nearpod Pioneer and an Edmodo Certified Trainer.

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