Educator Spotlight – Jo Burns

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joJo Burns

Technology Coordinator

Jo is currently teaching Kindergarten. She has taught Kindergarten for 14 non consecutive years. She has also taught 1-8 and special education through the course of her career. Her other longest stop has been first grade for 10 years. She has been a teacher for 33 years. In 2014 she will return to teaching K-6 Technology/Computer skills. She is currently piloting ChromeBooks in her Kindergarten classroom and using Symbaloo for coordinating links for teacher and student use.

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Educator Spotlight – Sue Levine, Teacher-Librarian

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sueSue Levine

Teacher-Librarian

Sue Levine is an extroverted, fun loving, knowledge seeking, educator who loves exploring tools that enable my students to “show what they know.” She looks for tools that are easy for students to learn so they can focus on creating their work products and not have to invest a lot in start up time. We ran into Sue on Youtube and we’re impressed with her Symbaloo tutorials making skills. Watch Sue’s video to hear about her newest tech tool and how she is using Symbaloo.
 

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Educator Spotlight – Kelli Robinson, Georgia Virtual School

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kelliKelli Robinson

Instructional Technologist at Georgia Virtual School

Her previous roles included business education instructor, course/technology developer, and CTAE/Electives department chair. She currently serve as an Instructional Technologist where she provide technical support and solutions to teachers and staff. Her department manages projects that help support Georgia Virtual Learning instructional initiatives and the learning management system.

 

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Educator Spotlight – Sarah Staudt

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PreK-4 teacher-librarian for Mason City Community School District

Sarah Staudt is PreK-4 teacher-librarian for Mason City Community School District in Mason City, IA at Harding Elementary. Prior to these six years as a teacher-librarian, she served as a K-5 Title I Reading Teacher at Clarion-Goldfield CSD, and two years as a K-12 At-Risk/2nd Chance Reading teacher at CAL CSD in Latimer, IA. She’s extremely passionate about teaching, learning, sharing, creating, connecting, collaboratively, and most importantly, INSPIRING others. She love to present at conferences, and have had the honor of presenting at Iowa Association School Library Conference and Iowa AEA267 1:1 Conference.

We came across Sarah’s blog post about the 2013-2014 Iowa Goldfinch Award Unit and it caught our attention. In this blog post, Sarah shares that the Iowa Goldfinch Away Unit develop positive student-teacher relationships and foster love for reading from her students. We wanted to learn more and share this with all of you! Sarah’s video in this Educator Spotlight will tell us how she is currently using Symbaloo as a Teacher-Librarian, she will tell us more about the the Iowa Goldfinch Award, and the best part is how she uses Google Draw and Symbaloo to create an engaging and fun experience for her students.

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Educator Spotlight Christine Cox

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coxChristine Cox

Retired Teacher from UK

Ms. Cox taught at the same high school in North West of England for 32 years before retiring. She continues to work on a voluntary basis with two other school clubs., teaching her students digital leader skills and exploring the wonderful tools and apps that enhance learning.

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Educator Spotlight Martha Thibodeau

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marthaMartha Thibodeau

Martha Thibodeau has been in education for 30 years. Currently she is the District Technology Training Coordinator for a district in rural Maine. For the last nine years she has been a mentor/coach for technology integration. She continues to practice the techniques she brings to teachers in her district through her math class at the local community college. Martha is Symbaloo PD Certified, SMART Certified, and is also an eMINTS Instructional Specialist.
 
 

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Educator Spotlight: Kris Szajner

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krisKris Szajner

Kindergarten Teacher and Google Coach, Kris is a fourth year Kindergarten teacher at Jefferson Elementary STEM School in Winona, MN. He has served as the building technology representative and a pilot for Google Apps in the district. Kris has spoken at the Illinois Ed Tech conference, the E4 engineering conference, the Wisconsin STEM summit, and the Lacrosse Google and Intel mini summit. Kris has published curriculum and is a foundational member of STEM instruction in the primary grades.

Visit his site at krisszajner.com

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Educator Spotlight: Heidi Bjerke

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heidiHeidi Bjerke

The SymbalooEDU team met Heidi at the IETC Conference in Illinois, and we were impressed by her enthusiasm for SymbalooEDU and Science.
Heidi Bjerke supports 4 of 19 schools in her district as an Educational Technology Coach to facilitate teachers use of technology with their students. Heidi is also a former high school science and social science teacher with over ten years of classroom experience. Her years as a classroom teacher taught her that differentiating with technology can really motivate students to attempt new things and increase classroom participation and interaction among students.
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Educator Spotlight: Alison Camire

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alisonAlison Camire

Alison is a Canadian-trained educator, specializing in Early Childhood Education and Kindergarten to Grade 6. She is currently living and working in Singapore teaching Pre-Kindergarten (4 and 5 year olds). Previously, she has worked in Milan, Italy and Vancouver and Kingston, Canada. The majority of her teaching has been in International Baccalaureate Primary Years’ Programme schools, though she also has experience with other curriculums and approaches including the British Columbia and Ontario provincial curriculums, Waldorf (Steiner) education, Montessori, and the Reggio Emilia approach. Her educational interests include visible thinking practices, the physical learning environment, emergent curriculum, arts and technology integration, play-based learning and documentation. She enjoys learning from other educators and, in this way, challenging and extending her own practice and perspectives.

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Educator Spotlight: Robert Petitto

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robRobert Petitto

Robert Petitto is a PreK-5 Instructional Technology Specialist at Valley View School District 365U in IL. Robert came from a district using about 3 types of technology to Valley View with over 8-10 different types of technology. Teachers from Valley View are required to access different tech tools and resources every day. Robert’s position as a Instructional Technology Specialist is to train teachers how to use these technology. Feeling overwhelmed with the mass amount of tech and different resources. Robert seek out to find a solution to his problem and to help his staff.

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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