Keynote: Storytelling Across the Curriculum: Making Teaching Personal
Brain research and business suggest that presenting curriculum content using storytelling can be captivating, compelling, and help students grasp curriculum content. Kathy’s address calls for a pedagogical shift towards presenting content in the form of digital stories and outline the process and tools that can be used to make this happen in your classroom.
Kathy Schrock has been a school district Director of Technology, an instructional technology specialist, a middle school, academic, museum, and public library librarian, and is currently an online adjunct graduate-level professor at two universities. Kathy has been involved with technology to support teaching and learning since the early 1990's, and is an Adobe Education Leader, a Google Certified Teacher, and a Discovery Education STAR and a DEN Guru. In 1995, she created her award-winning site, Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators, to help teachers easily wade through the many resources on the Web. In 1999, Kathy partnered with Discovery Education and she maintained the site until late 2012 when the site was retired.
In addition to teaching online, Kathy writes, speaks, blogs, tweets, and conducts professional development workshops, and presentations. She is known for her practical presentations dealing with pedagogically sound practices for the embedding of technology seamlessly into teaching and learning. Her passions are online tools to support classroom instruction, infographics, the role of emerging technologies in the classroom, the use of tablets in the classroom, copyright and intellectual property, and gadgets of any type! You can find her on Twitter (@kathyschrock), Skype (kathyschrock), Google+ (http://linkyy.com/7QM), and on many other social networks!
Kathy has written hundreds of articles dealing with technology and education and has authored several books about edtech topics. In addition, she has received numerous awards for her work, including a People's Choice Webby, the ISTE and MassCUE Making IT Happen Award, the NCTIES Service Learning Award. She has served on the ISTE Board of Directors twice and has worked with the US Department of Education on several educational technology initiatives.
Here are some of the current sites she maintains:
- Kathy Schrock's Home Page (http://kathyschrock.net)
- Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything (http://schrockguide.net)
- iPads 4 Teaching and Learning (http://ipads4teaching.net)
- Blog: Kathy Schrock's Kaffeeklatsch (http://blog.kathyschrock.net)
- Blog: Kathy Schrock's Katch of the Month (http://blog.discoveryeducation.com/schrock)
Her full vita may be found here: http://kathyschrock.net/kbsres.pdf