Myk is the Director of Educational Technology for the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works with leaders and policymakers in 16 states. The SREB Educational Technology Cooperative provides information and analysis on the potential impact of educational technology to guide schools, colleges, state education agencies, and legislative policy makers as they create and expand effective uses of technology.
Curtis, Professor of Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University and founder of CourseShare, LLC and SurveyShare, Inc. Curtis teaches instructional systems technology courses (many via distance education--Web and videoconferencing), researches on collaborative educational technologies, and promotes a more learner-centered approach to instruction.He was a former accountant and CPA and educational psychologist. In his third career, he moved from educational psychology to the IST department in July 2005 after serving in ed psych for 13 years. He is also adjunct in the School of Informatics. He has done more than 800 talks around the world for college faculty, corporate trainers, and K-12 teachers on how to teach on the Web (see TrainingShare.com). He also has more than 200 publications (see PublicationShare.com for examples).
Kristin is the National Online Teacher of the Year 2011 and a high school English teacher and instructional leader for Jeffco’s 21st Century Virtual Academy in Jefferson County School District. In her career at Jefferson County, she has taught eighth through twelfth grade English, been a department chair/instructional leader and served as an instructional coach teaching other teachers. For the past three years she has also been involved with Colorado Online Learning, teaching adjunct courses as well as serving as director of curriculum and instruction.
Jeffco 21st Century Virtual Academy is a tuition-free high school for students age 14 to 20. The school provides rigorous curriculum, which is also used by Jeffco high schools and aligned with state standards.
In her online courses, Kipp stresses three primary connections. First, students should be deeply connected to content, engaging critical thinking as they learn and practice skills. Second, students should be connected with their teacher. Students need to know that there is a caring teacher on the other end of the computer who will not allow them to settle for mediocrity. Finally, students should be connected with each other. Learning is rarely a solitary pursuit, even online. Students need to be interacting with each other to help their learning deepen and broaden.
Walker-Jones started teaching the blended-learning model as a Cisco Networking teacher, using computer-based courseware in 1998. In 2001, Bonita piloted the first CPS-VHS classes. By 2004, she received accommodation for having the largest online learning classroom in a public high school setting, where she helped hundreds of students graduate via online credit recovery classes.
Walker-Jones has a BS in Computer Science from Roosevelt University and a M.Ed. in Secondary Curriculum & Instruction from DePaul University. She received National Board Certification in Career & Technical Education in 2007.
Tammy Worcester has nearly twenty-five years of educational experience. She began her career in the classroom, teaching various grades from kindergarten to middle school. While teaching, Tammy also served as the technology coordinator for her K-8 school.
For the past twelve years, Tammy has worked for ESSDACK, an educational service center, as an Instructional Technology Specialist, providing staff development and training in the area of technology integration.
Her website, “Tammy’s Technology Tips for Teachers” (www.tammyworcester.com) is a popular online resource for teachers around the world. Tammy has developed several software applications for teachers and is the author of several best-selling technology resource books that are published and marketed nationally.