These summits may be over, but the learning, reflections and relationships continue! Find the events recaps below or jump over to one of our Upcoming Summits.
Keynote Speaker GoBlended In Go Blended, Aspire Public School leader, Liz Arney, tells what turned her from a healthy skeptic to a passionate believer in the power of blended learning. She also shares tips, tricks and wisdom from four years of working with technology to support learning.
Keynote Speaker Richard Culatta Director of the Office of Educational Technology for the U.S. Department of Education
40 companies were selected by a team of local educator judges to participate in Baltimore Tech for Schools Summit 2015.
Technologies that support differentiated and customized learning for student
New and innovative digital content
Resources to support blended PD options
Tools for mastery/competency measures
Project-based learning development tools
Student creation tools
PARCC-aligned curriculum and assessments
Tools that are compatible with HP Revolve (the student devices used in the district)
Ideally tools can be integrated into a single sign-on
Howard County Public School System:
Anywhere, Anytime Learning
Options for Earning Credits
Online Staff Collaboration
Staff Professional Development
Improved School Security
Joshua Shaw is a Functional Analyst on the Classroom Support Team for Baltimore City Schools IT. He supports school leaders and teachers in their efforts to integrate technology into instruction, and provides on-going training to teachers throughout the district. He previously worked as the Technology Coordinator and Technology Teacher at Gwynns Falls Elementary School in Baltimore City, teaching students in grades Pre-K through 5 technology and computer literacy skills. He serves as the Technology Chair for the Gwynns Falls Foundation, has a Master’s of Art in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University and was a 2009 Teach For America Corps Member.
Joseph Manko is the principal of Liberty Elementary School in Baltimore City, Maryland. Out of 158 schools, Liberty is the tenth highest performing school in Baltimore City with 85% of students scoring proficient or advanced in mathematics and 90% of students scoring proficient or advanced in reading. 93.5% of students at Liberty qualify for the Federal Free and Reduced Meals program. The school is also the site of the first attempted one-to-one mobile program in Baltimore City with 300 i-pads and 60 laptops being used daily by students. Liberty Elementary is also the site of the newly launched Liberty Rec and Tech Center, an adjacent recreation center building directed at providing technology activities to students and community members. Mr. Manko is a National Board Certified Teacher, Fulbright Scholar, America Achieves Fellow, New Leaders For New Schools Cohort Member, Teach For America Corps Member, and Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins and Towson University.
Dan Menges works as a functional analyst on the ITD Classroom Support Team for Baltimore City Public Schools. He spends time helping teachers throughout the district integrate and effectively use technology in their classroom. Prior to his current role in ITD, Dan taught computer technology to students in grades Pre-K through 8 at The Empowerment Academy in Baltimore City. When he's not working, Dan enjoys staying active and spending time outdoors with his wife and two children.
Responsible for developing elementary mathematics curriculum and designing teacher professional development that reflects 21st Century skills, content knowledge, expertise and literacies.
Catherine Villnave is the Science Enrichment Specialist for Baltimore City Public Schools. Under her leadership, City Schools's robotics program has grown from 29 school programs to 55 school programs. Before this position, she taught physics in Baltimore City Public Schools and worked with a number of after school providers.
Jenna Shaw is passionate about changing the educational landscape through innovation, creation, and technology integration. She is interested in all aspects of learning and unlearning. Jenna currently teaches middle school language arts at Patterson Park Public Charter School. Jenna particularly enjoys working with other teachers and has developed a number of professional development opportunities that help connect teachers around Baltimore City.
Selena Ward has been a part of the ed tech community for a while as an educator, presenter, and MSET president-elect. Currently she the Arts Program Coordinator at Edward M. Felegy Elementary School in Prince George's county. Those that connect with her over social networks know her as @thetechtiger.
Educator, researcher, writer and professional development junkie. Sharon Gallagher has taught elementary and middle school students, supported teachers in technology integration at Baltimore County Public Schools where she is currently the Coordinator of Educational Options. Her work to leverage technology to facilitate rigorous and personalized teaching and learning is demonstrated through ISTE and MSET presentations, Governor's Committee on Digital Learning, as well as her efforts with the Northeastern iNACOL committee.
I am a Library Media Specialist and Instructional Technology Coach. I collaborate with classroom teachers to plan instruct and evaluate student learning. I curate resources to support instruction and help users make informed decisions. I design and present professional development that supports the school improvement plan. I am always learning new ideas that will support the 21st century learner.
Shionta Somerville is the principal at Carver Vocational Technical High School. She began teaching in Baltimore City Public Schools in 2001. This year at Carver, Ms. Somerville leads Professional Development sessions (Tech Talk Tuesday) with her staff on integrating technology in their classrooms.
Dan Larsen is a technology teacher at Catonsville High School and technology coach with experience in professional development on all aspects of educational technology. Dan has served as Instructional Technology Coordinator and Professional Development Coordinator in several Baltimore County schools. He currently serves on the Professional Development Committee for the Maryland Society for Educational Technology. Dan's students are currently exploring "making" with a 3D printer he acquired for his classroom this year.
Justin Eames has been a teacher in Baltimore City for nearly a decade. Currently, he is the technology teacher at the SEED School of Maryland, an independent, public boarding school located in West Baltimore. As a fervent advocate for educational technology, Justin teaches middle and high school students 21st century skills including 3D Printing, Graphic Design, Digital Photography, Game Design, and Robotics. Justin is a Faculty Associate with the Johns Hopkins University School of Teacher Preparation, as well as an inaugural EdTech Link Fellow of the Digital Harbor Foundation. For the past several years, Justin has focused his attention on the subject of Game Based Learning, about which he is particularly passionate.
Beth Napier is the Library Media Education Specialist for Baltimore City Public Schools, with 19 years of experience in education and administration. She is ensuring that all schools have access to information rich materials, both print and electronic, so that the students are effective users of ideas and information. She supports and provides professional development to the 188 schools and library media specialists in the district.
Corey Basmajian is a Principal in Baltimore City Schools at The “Wonderful” Windsor Hills Elementary Middle School. In his second year as a principal at the school, he has placed a high priority on infusing technology into day-to-day teaching. School-wide Wireless Internet was set-up in the entire school, Promethean Boards are utilized in every classroom, student laptops were purchased for small group instruction, teachers were provided tablets to capture data, and WHEMS continues to utilize their budget to move toward 1:1 technology.
Nick Schiner is a Digital Content Integration Resource Teacher for Baltimore County Public Schools’ Department of Innovative Learning. For the past five years, Nick has held a variety of positions with BCPS, including time as a fourth and fifth grade teacher as well as a technology integration teacher and liaison to the Department of Instructional Technology. As a classroom teacher, Nick implemented a series of initiatives including BYOD, game-based learning, and the student-centered classroom. In his current position, he is responsible for working directly with BCPS curriculum departments to begin embedding 21st-century tools and methods directly within the district curricula as well facilitating professional development and providing support for a wide range of topics and tools, including the new BCPSOne system.
Shannon is currently the Middle School Dean of Students and Middle School Drama Coordinator at the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore, an all-girls, independent K-12 school. Prior to her current position, Shannon served as Bryn Mawr's Middle School Technology Integrator for three years. Outside of the classroom, Shannon is a co-founder of Edcamp Baltimore and active participant in Edcamp Foundation subcommittees, a 2014 National Association of Independent Schools Teacher of the Future and current Teacher of the Future cohort faculty mentor, a member of the Association of Maryland Independent Schools Technology committee and mostly recently, a member of the Lillie May Carroll Jackson Charter School's board of directors.