March is known as Women’s History Month and this year the theme honors Trailblazers whose passion has influenced their respective field of work. This month I plan to highlight groups of Edtech Women each Friday that are leading the way in our field, celebrating their passion, innovations, and work. These women are helping to lead the way in creating a change in the field of education that is best for kids around the world.
Leslie Pralle Keehn, Instructional Technology Consultant at Prairie Lakes AEA
“I want to help teachers and students follow their passions to create, change, and lead a world that is better off than when I entered it.”
- Current Edtech Favorites: DIY.org, ISTE Young Educator Network, #ObserveMe movement
- Advice: Don’t let any individual or system keep you from doing the work that is best for your kids. There is a huge network of educators ready to lift you up and support you, often only one click away.
- Connect with Leslie: @LPralleK (Twitter and IG)
Beth Holland, doctoral student, writer, consultant
“My entire education focus has always been to find the best possible ways to create meaningful learning experiences for students.”
- Current Edtech Favorites: Book Creator, OneNote, Paper53
- Advice: Be curious! Ask questions, challenge the status quo, and constantly seek out new learning opportunities for yourself and your students.
- Connect with Beth: Twitter @brholland; Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Julie Daniel Davis, Technology Coordinator
“Somewhat of a futurist, I am passionate about meeting teachers and students individual needs through the use of technology and taking them forward in their growth as lifelong learners.”
- Current Edtech Favorites: www.canva.com, Rocketbook Wave notebook, G Suite
- Advice: Learn how to balance: life and work, technology and face to face, passion and an open mind. A balanced educator listens to hear, not to respond.
- Connect with Julie: Email email@example.com, Twitter @juliedavisEDU, Blog techhelpful.blogspot.com, Instagram Julie Davis EDU, LinkedIn
Alice Keeler, Teacher and EdTech Blogger
“You don’t teach a class, you teach a room full of individuals.”
- Current Edtech Favorites: Google Classroom, Google Keep, Google Slides
- Advice: IMHO the #1 quality necessary of an educator is a growth mindset.
- Connect with Alice: Twitter @alicekeeler and website alicekeeler.com
Jennifer Womble, Program Chair, Future of Education Technology Conference
“My mission is to design the highest quality professional development that inspires educators, accelerates learning and engages curious minds.”
- Current Edtech Favorites: Catchbox (great for engaging audiences and getting people talking), Mentimeter (perfect for visualizing responses from an audience),
Google Cardboard (inspiring VR with low cost tools and apps)
- Advice: Engage your professional passion every day; teaching children requires building relationships and inspiring thinking, when educators are passionate, students are motivated to create, be curious and learn new things.
- Connect with Jennifer: Twitter @JenWomble and at face to face conferences around the country–especially FETC
Kara Welty, Mentor Teacher and Technology Integrationist
“Do everything with great love.”
- Current Edtech Favorites: All things GAFE, Do Ink Green Screen App for iPad, Seesaw
- Advice: Let your heart steer you. Follow and embed your passions as an educator into everything you do. When it is clear to others that you love your work and thoroughly enjoy what you do, it is contagious to all who interact with you. Be the person that uplifts everyone you meet through EVERY single interact you have. Furthermore, anyone who dedicates their life to teaching, leading, and learning understand how important our roles are and see how much it takes to be an educator that our students need. Having said that, through your journey, keep your eye focused on what really matters, which is always the people we serve. Through serving others, we grow and become better as a result. Give yourself grace and acknowledge the incredible acts of service YOU dedicate to your school and community. Lastly, continue taking in as much knowledge and inspiration from the people around you and you will be UNSTOPPABLE!
- Connect with Kara: Twitter- @kara_welty, Website- karawelty.com, Instagram- kara_welty
Sue Gorman, Consultant
“Always see the good in everything and everyone and be kind always.“
- Current Edtech Favorites: Seesaw, Ozobots, BreakoutEdu
- Advice: Learn all you can and never cease to be a student of life.
- Connect with Sue: Twitter @sjgorman
Victoria Olson, Grade 3/4 Teacher & Technology Coach
“To me, education is about nurturing the growth of the whole child and providing them autonomy in their learning so that they’re proud of what they can offer the world.”
- Current Edtech Favorites: Explain Everything, YouTube Playlists, Google Classroom, IFTTT
- Advice: Let kids make mistakes and give them space and time to realize it. When adults interject too much in the lives of kids, we are failing them. Realizing mistakes allows kids to build independence, self-regulation, and resilience.
- Connect with Victoria: Twitter @MsVictoriaOlson, Insta @msvictoriaolson, Blog: techteacheronamission.com
Kerry Gallagher, Digital Learning Specialist at St. John’s Prep, Director of K-12 Education for ConnectSafely, and EdSurge Columnist
“Start with a question, and let your search for answers lead to better questions.”
- Current Edtech Favorites: Open Education Resources, Formative , PlayPosit
- Advice: While it is important to listen to the feedback of your colleagues in your school and your PLN, be true to yourself and your students when you make your final decisions about what happens in your classroom and how you represent yourself to the world professionally.
- Connect with Kerry: Twitter: @KerryHawk02, My Blog www.KerryHawk02.com
Heather Callihan, District Technology Integrationist
“Every day is an opportunity: As an educator, I embrace the opportunities, reflect on the process, learn from others and never stop learning!”
- Current Edtech Favorites: Google Keep, Twitter and Podcasts
- Advice: Failure is a learning opportunity. Own your experiences and embrace all opportunities!
- Connect with Heather: Twitter @hcallihan email: firstname.lastname@example.org