Jeff sits down with Brent Catlett, Cory Pavicich, Mark Coleman, Jenny Kirsch and Kelly Croy to discuss the Google Teacher Academy.
Brent Catlett is the Instructional Technology Trainer for Bellevue Public Schools in Bellevue, NE. He was previously a principal for the six years previous to his current position. Brent recently became a Google Certified Trainer back in May. Brent graduated from Creighton University and has a Master’s Degree in Elementary Administration from Creighton University. He enjoys spending time with his wife and three young children all under the age of six. Brent is humbled and honored to have been selected to attend the Google Teacher Academy in NYC this October.
Cory Pavicich has worked in educational technology as a classroom teacher, designer, and consultant, and holds an M. Ed. from Harvard University (’06) and a B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder (‘04). As a technologist, Cory served as Director of Technology at a local private school, designed and taught computer-based summer camps for kids, and consulted on behalf of CUE (Computer Using Educators) and Google Inc. Additionally, Cory has worked as a Solar Energy installer, as a contributor to a book in the field of leadership studies, and once spent a summer mowing lawns to pay his CU tuition.
Cory joined Academic Technology in June of 2010, and currently serves as the Academic Technology Consultant in both the School of Education and the College of Engineering.
Jenny Kirsch teaches English to middle school students in New York City. She is a frequent participant at professional conferences, where she has presented on topics ranging from student blogging as a writing tool to the role of technology in developing an independent curriculum. A recent Twitter devotee, @MsJennyKirsch is looking forward to introducing a class Twitter account to her students later this fall. She is excited to participate in the upcoming Google Teacher Academy in Manhattan this October.
Kelly Croy is a seventh grade English teacher at Oak Harbor Middle School in Ohio. He team teaches in a Challenge Based Learning environment that uses technology in unique and meaningful ways. His students are one to one with MacBooks and they are steadily implementing iPads into the classroom. Kelly is the founder and senior writer for Wired Educator a website dedicated to helping teachers explore exciting technologies in their classrooms. Kelly was honored by Apple in 2011 as an Apple Distinguished Educator and is working with ADEs to create content for iTunes University. Kelly also travels as a speaker and speaker and performance artist, inspiring thousands of students and adults with his unique presentations. He lives with five women. (HIs wife and four daughters.) Kelly is excited about the role technology plays in the upcoming educational revolution.
Mark Coleman was the Technology Coordinator at Booker T. Washington Magnet High School, an arts magnet school, for several years until stepping back into the Social Studies classroom. Rebuilding his curriculum from scratch, he decided to go with a blended model of eLearning supplementing the traditional classroom. Without a system in place for eLearning, Coleman found server space, installed Moodle and has been paperless ever since.
As he started sharing what he was doing in his classroom, he realized that he needed to begin communicating about his successes and his failures with other teachers. Beginning by presenting at the Alabama Educational Technology Conference, he has since presented at the Georgia Educational Technology Conference, the Mississippi Educational Computing Conference, and the Alabama MEGA Conference. He has also developed a workshop on Professional Development through Social Networking for the Alabama Learning Exchange, a division of the Alabama State Department of Education. His video on a Project Based Learning method for teaching George Orwell’s 1984 won the grand prize in the ISTE 2012 Passion Based Learning Contest. Currently he is working on his Ph. D. in Instructional Leadership with a focus on Educational Technology.
Mark and his wife Heather have two boys, ages 10 and 7 and live in Montgomery, Alabama. A lifelong musician, he enjoys playing and recording music and curates a long running music podcast. He is an amateur Shiitake mushroom cultivator, a proud bike commuter and constantly is looking for ways to make his community and school system stronger.