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Classroom Technology Webinar

How Pandemic Tech Is (and Is Not) Transforming K-12 Schools

This event occurred on November 04, 2021 3:02 PM EDT, but is available to view on-demand.
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The COVID-19 pandemic—and the resulting rise in virtual learning and big investments in digital learning tools— helped educators propel their technology skills to the next level.

Teachers have become more adept at using learning management systems, video content, and conferencing tools like Zoom. Districts put Chromebooks, iPads, and other devices in the hands of students, speeding up their efforts to establish 1-to-1 computing environments.

At the same time, students have become more comfortable using digital tools in instruction, fueling efforts to build more blended learning programs that combine face-to-face instruction in classrooms with the use of educational technologies.

How can districts and schools build on all these developments? What does it mean for the future of teaching and learning with technology? Our guests for this webinar will be educators who can offer practical tips on how to make the most of a more tech-heavy landscape in K-12 education.

Mark Breen
Chief Technology Officer Vail Unified School District
Breen serves as the CTO for the Vail School District where he oversees and implements IT and EdTech initiatives in the District. He was awarded the AzTEA Technology Director of the Year award in 2015 and was recently named as a 2020 Leader to Learn From by Education Week for his work in improving Technology in Education. Breen also recently served as President for the Arizona Technology in Education Association (an ISTE affiliate).
Derek McCoy
Principal North Asheboro Middle School
McCoy is currently the principal of North Asheboro Middle School in Asheboro City Schools. He was named one of 25 educators to Follow on Twitter by #NCED and the Innovative School Partners. In 2014, he was named a Digital Principal of the Year by NASSP. He presents nationally on aspects of leadership, teaching and learning best practices, equity, and learner-centered schools. He has co-authored, “The Revolution: Its Time to Empower Change in Our Schools,” a book designed to lead conversations on leadership, change strategies, school culture, and empowerment and “10 Perspectives on Learning in Education,” a compilation featuring leading educational voices today.
Kelly Pinkerton
Director of Assessment & Innovative Learning Vail Unified School District
Pinkerton serves as the director of assessment and innovative learning for the Vail School District. She oversees all of the blended and online learning options in the district including Vail Virtual Live, Vail Blended Learning and Vail Virtual Self Paced. She also oversees Civano Community School and the Vail Microschool. As the director of assessment, Pinkerton coordinates the administration and data connected to all formative, benchmark and state assessments across the district.
Kelly May-Vollmar
Assistant Superintendent of Educational and Technology Services Desert Sands Unified School District (DSUSD)
Alyson Klein is an assistant editor for Education Week.
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