Join #txeduchat on 5/22 as @dothinkeducate hosts!
Anna Carswell has taught in Australian and International schools, both as a class teacher and in administrative roles, including as Assistant Head/Head of Elementary schools. Her particular passions lie in creating environments that best engage with the individual learner, along with incorporating innovative learning methods and technology into her everyday practices.
One of Anna’s favourite educational quotes and one that she truly believes, comes from Michael Fullan – ‘Pedagogy is the driver, technology is the accelerator.’ Without sound pedagogy, technology is irrelevant in an educational setting. She a firm believer in ensuring that students leave class at the end of each year with a holistic education, one that encompasses and nurtures their academic, emotional, social and spiritual well being. Student voice is particularly important and something that she fosters and develops from the beginning of a school year.
Anna recently made the decision to return to the classroom full time, after many years in a dual admin/classroom role. This has enabled her to put into practice the transformational ideas that she spent the past few years developing at her last school, for which she was nominated and won a National Excellence in Teaching Award. She has recently had an article in ETS Magazine published detailing this transformation. In her spare time, Anna is attempting to locate a PhD topic to pursue!
Finishing out the year strong because #kidsdeserveit
@techninjatodd hosts #txeduchat 5/15
Prior to being asked to serve as the Principal of Navasota Intermediate School this year Todd lived in Brenham, TX. In 2010, he was named FSE’s Teacher of the Year, and is also the co-sponsor of the Nationally Recognized (3 times) FSE Student Council. He loves technology and finding new and exciting ways to bring technology into the classroom and children’s education. He’s so passionate about this that he and a colleague of his (Stacey Huffine) have started a technology training company called “The 3 Tech Ninjas”. You can also find him on Twitter at @TechNinjaTodd.
In 2013 Todd was selected as a White House Champion of Change, Center for Digital Education’s “Top Innovators in Education” and a “20 to Watch” by the National School Board Association. He also works with Remind101, Sophia, Classroom Champions and several other organizations and has recently authored two books! Children’s book, “Spruce & Lucy”
Flipping 2.0: Practical Strategies for Flipping your Classroom he is a co-author and has a chapter in the book!! His chapter is all about flipping an elementary classroom!
Todd also regularly blogs for his own blog as well as several well known entities.
Personalized PD with @Mann4Edu
Sunday, May 8th at 8pm Central
Jeff is the principal of A&M Consolidated Middle School in College Station, TX. Before middle school, he served in administration at the high school and intermediate school levels. Prior to becoming a school administrator, Jeff served as an athletic trainer working at the professional level, clinical level, and public school level supporting and serving athletes of all ages and abilities.
As a principal, Jeff encourages teachers to be risk takers and always challenge the way we have always done things in schools. School transformation has been the focus of his work for the last two years and his passion for creating schools that should be and could become through in his conversations and beliefs. Jeff is married to the love of his life, Amanda, and the two of them strive to change the world one student at a time.
Jaime Donally hosts #txeduchat on “Making”
Sunday, May 1st at 8pm Central
Jaime Donally is an Instructional Technology Coordinator and passionate technology enthusiast. She began her career as a math teacher, and eventually taught grades from Pre-K through 8th grade. During that time, she used multiple technology resources to engage students and improve learning.
As an Instructional Technology Coordinator, she provides staff development and training on all areas of technology integration. She enjoys encouraging teachers to step out of the bounds of the classroom walls, and embrace new ways of engaging the students.
Sunday, April 24th at 8pm Central
Kevin Corbett hosts #txeduchat on Artificial Intelligence, Robots, and our Students
A former science teacher who believed in the power and possibility of online learning over two decades ago, he taught himself how to build courses in HTML on class intranets.
Kevin taught one of the first hybrid, educational technology courses for teachers, for the University of Washington. And, after building countless web pages and classes on the early world wide web, he now helps develop e-learning programs, consults on virtual training ‘best practices’ and has many interests in other internet and educational technology-related areas.
Kevin finds he’s now enjoying learning more from his children who are all deep into their own technology-related careers and entrepreneurial endeavors.
With two new grandchildren, he’s investigating more seriously the advancing new technologies in an effort to understand the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve happiness and success in a technological future. He’s certain that the ubiquitous nature of technology will have a considerable impact on a new generation. He believes that adults–educators, parents, and more, will be critical in mentoring young people as they navigate and work through all the changes, along with new moral and ethical decisions mankind has never had to deal with.
Sunday’s TXeduchat is intended to be a fun-filled hour to consider the possibilities and get us all thinking about how to future proof our students in a world where deep learning, automation, artificial intelligence, and robotics are accelerating.
Follow Kevin on Twitter: @Kevin_Corbett
His blog: http://www.KevinCorbett.com