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. You can read last Friday’s post here.
Marisa Dahl, Instructional Tech Consultant
Kaye Henrickson, Instructional Services Director at CESA #4 in Western Wisconsin
- “If I can help move the needle, even a little bit, to support others in existing as safe, positive, and self-directed learners, I can land on that as a success.”
- Current Edtech Favorites: Google Keep, Edpuzzle, Fitbit
- Advice: Even small steps forward in your learning are steps forward. Honor that and keep moving.
- Connect with Kaye: Twitter @kayehenrickson LinkedIn, FB, Pinterest, Instagram: Kaye Henrickson
Shana White, Local School Technology Coordinator
- “I purposefully disrupt the status quo and work daily to provide and support innovative and engaging opportunities for my students and teachers.”
- Current Edtech Favorites: Twitter, GSuite, DiscoveryEd
- Advice: Mediocrity is easy and comfortable. Great is uncomfortable, hard, but beautiful. Dare and challenge yourself to be great for kids.
- Connect with Shana: Twitter @ShanaVWhite Blog www.shanavwhite.com Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Christine Boyer, 5th Grade Teacher & Makerspace Curator
- “Connectedness: bringing teachers, students and community together because learning can not just happen within the walls of the classroom.”
- Current Edtech Favorites: Make Writing by Angela Stockman (e-book), Evernote for record keeping, Explain Everything for documenting
- Advice: Teach from the heart – get to know your students well and teach to their hearts.
- Connect with Christine: Twitter @5Boyer Email email@example.com
Kayla Delzer, 3rd Grade Teacher and International Keynote Speaker
- “If it’s right for kids, it’s right.”
- Current Edtech Favorites: Seesaw, Epic! Books for Kids App, Augmented and Virtual Reality
- Advice: One thing I’ve really embraced over the last few years is to dive into unfamiliar or new things head on. Don’t wait for the perfect time or a new school year to get started. My comfort level is less important than doing what’s best for kids. Best practice starts now.
- Connect with Kayla: Twitter @TopDogTeaching @topdogteaching on SM, topdogteaching.com
Jodie Deinhammer, Teacher
- “Challenging kids to think differently.”
- Current Edtech Favorites: Numbers, iMovie, Flipgrid
- Advice: Set the bar high because kids are capable of more than is typically expected of them.
- Connect with Jodie: Twitter @jdeinhammer and firstname.lastname@example.org
Cari Teske, Tech Integrationist
- “To share my passion of learning with others so that it ripples for eternity.”
- Current Edtech Favorites: Google Expeditions, Breakout EDU, Seesaw
- Advice: Students always remember how you made them feel.
- Connect with Cari: Twitter @cariteske, Email email@example.com
Mindy Cairney, Digital Learning Consultant at Grant Wood AEA
- “My driving force is to help education evolve into an empowering experience for students and teachers.“
- Current Edtech Favorites: Seesaw, CoSpaces, and all things Virtual Reality
- Advice: Find something that brings fire into your soul. Walk away from things that don’t.
- Connect with Mindy: Twitter @TeamCairney Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hadley Ferguson, Executive Director, Edcamp Foundation
- “It’s always about creating the learning spaces for that spark of understanding, the light in the eyes moments, whether for students or adults.”
- Current Edtech Favorites: Slack, Google Calendar, Wunderlist
- Advice: Never stop learning; keep personal growth as one of your goals! It will make you a better educator!
- Connect with Hadley: Twitter @hadleyjf Email email@example.com
Mickie Mueller, Educational Technology Facilitator
- “Always keep learning, always keep stretching, always keep growing.”
- Current Edtech Favorites: Google Classroom, Canva, Seesaw
- Advice: You’ve got to get out of your comfort zone to truly grow. As educators, we must always be willing to learn and try new things. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Build a PLN of trusted friends and confidants, those people who will support you and more importantly challenge you.
- Connect with Mickie: Twitter @Mickie_Mueller
Michelle Baldwin, Lead Teacher, Anastasis Academy
- “My passion is inspiring kids to follow their curiosity, and that mostly requires me to simply get out of their way.”
- Current Edtech Favorites: Google Keep, One Tab, Seesaw
- Advice: Getting to truly know your students – their interests, how they think they learn, what they’re curious about, etc. – should always be your top priority. Everything else is secondary to that. WHO we teach is far more important that WHAT we teach.
- Connect with Michelle: Twitter @michellek107
Amber Teamann, proud principal of Whitt Elementary in Wylie, Tx
- “My passion as an educator is to inspire a love of learning in all I come in contact with, empowering each and every person to be the very best version of themself they can be.”
- Current Edtech Favorites: Adobe Spark, Voxer, Facebook Groups for learning
- Advice: Share, share, share. Connections are one of the easiest, free ways to grow and learn. Your PLN can become some of your best friends and truly make you a better educator. Everyone needs a spark every now and then…YOU could be just what someone needs as a catalyst for change! You also need to market your work for more opportunities. Visit The 970 Marketing company to give you the best marketing tips.
- Connect with Amber: Twitter@8Amber8 Website www.amberteamann.com
Kasey Bell, Digital Learning Consultant
- “I am passionate about doing what’s best for kids and leveraging digital tools (and everything else at our disposal) to improve student learning.”
- Current Edtech Favorites: NYT VR, Google Keep, Story Wars
- Advice: Question everything that is done in schools! Education is slow to change, and it’s in need a big change. We have to question the reasons we do everything so we can rethink education.
- Connect with Kasey: Twitter @ShakeUpLearning Website/Blog www.ShakeUpLearning.com
Meenoo Rami, Manager Minecraft Education at Microsoft
- “The throughline to all that I’ve done is to help connect to educators to one and another so they can leverage students’ inquiries and interest to power learning.”
- Current Edtech Favorites: Minecraft Education Edition
- Advice: You don’t have to go at it alone, there are many, including me, who would love to support you on your journey as an educator.
- Connect with Meenoo: Twitter @meenoorami or at meenoorami.org
Rusul Alrubail, Executive Director of the Writing Project
- “I’ve made it my life’s mission to help students see that their voice matters.”
- Current Edtech Favorites: The Writing Project, Teaching Tolerance, Educolor
- Advice: Be yourself! It is your true and authentic self that allows people to see you as a person and connect with you as an individual.
- Connect with Rusul: Twitter @RusulAlrubail