I have been teaching social studies to 8th graders in Pawcatuck, CT for the past seven years. In that time I have moved from a traditional “industrialized” mindset to a rationalized constructivist approach. I was afraid of technology until 2005 when I had an epiphany and realized that there was no secret combination of buttons I could press on a computer that would cause it to explode. This understanding has allowed me to better incorporate technology to assist students in creating meaningful and relevant work. I loathe the questions “Why do we have learn this?” and “Is this graded?” and seek to frame my classes so that those questions do not arise. I am finishing up my master’s in educational technology from the University of Connecticut this July. In my spare time I enjoy making the hip hop scratching sounds on my turntables and reading books to my daughters.
Twitter:@judyarzt | Blog: judyarztblog.blogspot.com
Formerly a high school English teacher in Windsor Connecticut, I now teach education courses at the University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford, Connecticut. Most of the courses I teach are in the field of computer education, and I particularly enjoy working with teachers and pre-service teachers helping them envision and implement technology tools in their teaching. I hold a BA and MA in English from The State University of New York at Albany and earned a 6th Year in Administration and Supervision and PhD in Education, with a focus on Curriculum and Instruction, from The University of Connecticut. When I am not teaching and engaged in professional work, I love to travel, and have visited more than 40 countries and almost every US state.
Twitter: @sedson | Blog: www.sarahedson.com
I joined the Ethel Walker School community in 2009 after more than a decade working in the fields of education and academic technology. After graduating from Middlebury College with a B.A. in history, I attended Harvard University where I completed my master’s degree in education with a focus on technology and innovation in education. I’ve worked as a Spanish teacher, instructional designer, professional development leader, program manager, and producer of various learning technologies, and I’m thrilled to help bring the edcamp revolution to Connecticut!
Twitter: @mgohagon | Website: gohagon.weebly.com
I am a technology facilitator in Middletown, CT. In Middletown, I am very fortunate to work with teachers, staff, administrators on how to best integrate and use technology to promote student achievement. Previously I worked with grades K-8 students and teachers in Regional School District 13 in finding new ways to use technology to improve learning and educational experiences. In a former l life, I was a history, Social Studies, and Fire Fighting (yep, you read that right-long story) at New Britain High School. I received my B.A. in History and Secondary Education at University of Hartford. My love for educational technology began when pursuing my master’s degree in Special Education at Simmons College, and I realized the potential of assistive technologies. I have since completed my master’s studies in Educational Technology at Central Connecticut State University and currently am in the Educational Leadership program at Southern Connecticut State University. My passion is understanding how to use technology, instruction and authentic learning experiences to foster children to be independent, confident learners.
I am very excited to learn, be inspired and make connections with the phenomenal educators at EdCampCT.
Twitter: @jluss | Website: brewsterkorn.weebly.com
I am a teacher librarian for grades K-4 and formerly an elementary teacher in Regional School District 13. I have a passion for research, children’s literature, and technology and love to share and learn with kids and adults! I have presented on topics of Research, Technology and the Common Core, Building Global Classrooms, Using Web 2.0 Tools at the Elementary Level, and Building Professional Learning Communities at various conferences and unconferences.
Twitter: @WillyB | Blog: blog.benwildeboer.com
Born and raised in Michigan, I emigrated to Connecticut in 2008. I’ve been teaching science for over a decade between time spent in Michigan and Connecticut. As my career has progressed, I’ve found myself thinking much more critically and creatively about how, why, and when technology should be (and should not be) used in education. Currently you can find me teaching integrated science, chemistry, and physics at the Marine Science Magnet High School in Groton, CT. I’m excited to connect with so many amazing educators during the next EdCampCT!