Meet Our EdTech Leaders
To us at SimpleK12, an EdTech Leader is someone active in the field of education, with enthusiasm and knowledge about current and upcoming technology as it applies to the field.
In this blog post, I’d like to recognize two of my favorite EdTech Leaders, both of whom are presenting for the EdTech UNconference in October. To see a complete list of upcoming EdTech UNconference Live Sessions, click here.
Steven Anderson is a graduate of the Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC and earned his M.Ed. in Instructional Technology from East Carolina University, Greenville, NC. He is currently a District Instructional Technologist for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. Previously he was a Technology Facilitator for Clemmons Middle, also in the WSFCS. He began his teaching career in 2003 as a middle school Science teacher.
During his teaching career, Mr. Anderson has specialized in science and technology integration, but he has also been a presenter at several area technology conferences and meetings. As a panelist for the #140 Conference in Los Angeles, Mr. Anderson was presented the NOW Award, which recognizes “Movers and Shakers” in the world of social media. In 2009, he was also voted Most Influential Tweeter and co-recipient of the Most Influential Series of Tweets as part of the Annual Edublog awards. Most recently he was given the honor of an ASCD Conference Scholar with recognizes educational leaders world-wide.
He resides in Winston-Salem, NC with his wife, Melissa, and their 1 year old daughter, Reaghan.
Steven’s EdTech UNconference presentation, “Personal Learning Network: What It Is and Why You Need One” will explain why teachers need to make international connections with other teachers in order to help bring the world to their classroom, and examine what a personal leaning network is and how we can use its power to change our classrooms and the way we teach.
Steven Katz graduated from the University of California, Irvine and earned his M.Ed. in Computer-Based Education from California State University, Dominguez Hills. He began teaching in southern California in 1990 and has been teaching internationally since 2003. Steven also taught two years in the teacher credential and master’s program of education at Chapman University in Orange, California. He currently teaches social studies and is the middle school technology integration specialist at Korea International School in Seoul, Korea.
During his teaching career, Steven has specialized in social studies and technology, although he has been called upon to teach a variety of different subjects, and work as a technology coordinator, professional development coordinator, and mentor teacher. He has been recognized in his school as Teacher of the Year, in the district as District Teacher of the Year Finalist, and was awarded the Multiple Subject Outstanding Faculty Member at Chapman University in 2003.
Steven’s EdTech UNconference session, “Podcasting for Beginners”, will explain the basics of Podcasting so that you can get your students podcasting tomorrow. When used correctly, podcasts can be used to strengthen your students’ communication skills while helping them gain a deeper understanding in the curriculum.
I hope you’ve enjoyed learning a little bit about some of my favorite EdTech Leaders.
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PS – I also want to remind you that our special EdTech UNconference back-to-school pricing is expiring soon. Use the coupon code “BACK2SCHOOL” at checkout and get $60 off the full price of $199.99 – you can have access to the EdTech UNconference learning portal until October 2011 for just $139.99. Click here to learn more.