Monday, November 25, 2013

Meet Ginger Lewman

Ginger is an education consultant with ESSDACK, an non-profit educational service center in Hutchinson, Kansas. She specializes in Project Based Learning, Technology Integration, Gifted and High-Ability Learners, and Creativity. She is formerly the Director of Turning Point Learning Center’s f2f Program where, for half a decade, she worked to create the LifePractice PBL Model. At TPLC, she helped to createe a rich learning environment utilizing Project Based Learning and 1:1 laptops with a Democratic approach to learning. Ginger provides dynamic and hands-on learning for those interested in providing engaging learning opportunities.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Meet Kevin Honeycutt

Kevin is currently serving his ninth year as a Technology Integration Specialist at ESSDACK, an educational service center based in Hutchinson, Kansas. During his classroom tenure, he developed project-based approaches to learning that infused technology and problem solving skills. Kevin has developed online safety, anti-bullying and cyber-bullying curriculum which he shares with parents, teachers and students around the country. He certifies instructors in this curriculum and supports trainers as they go out and do this important work. His recent book Don’t Stay Under The Couch Starbuck and The Bully is the centerpiece of his Pre-K-6 curriculum. He continues to work with schools to develop innovative, engaging curriculum to better prepare learners for the world they will face when they graduate. He is passionate about meeting the needs of at-risk learners and works with kids in juvenile detention, developing approaches to re-engage the "lost" learner. Kevin travels the country and the world speaking at conferences and working with educators at the grassroots level and likes to promote a "tradigital" approach to education.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Meet Leslie Fisher

Leslie Fisher's interest in technology began while studying music at the University of Southern California. She quickly realized the value of utilizing computers for music mixing and recording. She grabbed her 300 baud modem, jumped on the Internet (before anyone really called it the internet) and started looking for music resources. She soon realized she was spending more time discovering technology than playing music so she changed her major and tried to figure out what geeky thing she could do for the rest of her life. After graduating from USC with a Business and Marketing degree in 1989 and a quick stint as a Trainer, Leslie joined Apple Computer in 1992. When the Internet took off in 1994, Leslie was one of the first Apple employees assigned to study Internet growth and implementation. Fisher Technologies Inc. is now a worldwide company (meaning one employee named Leslie gets to travel the world teaching) specializing in presenting technology solutions for educators as well as Digital Photography, editing and workflow.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Meet Jeff Crews

Jeff Crews, co-founder of BeyondtheChalk, received his bachelors degree from The University of Montana in Broad field science and biology.  Jeff completed his master's in technology education from Lesley University and later received his Doctorate from The University of Montana in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on science and technology. Jeff serves as adjunct faculty for Lesley University where he travels to different location around the country to teach masters' level classes to teachers pursuing an advanced degree. He also has serve as adjunct for The University of Montana where he taught the elementary science methods and the instructional technology courses. These experiences have reinforced the importance of sound professional development within our teaching corps both old and new.