F2016 – Connecting the Dots: The Power of a Global PLN, K-12

Sarah Thomas, Barbara Cotter, Howard Brent, Katie McNamara, Rachelle Poth, & Tammy Neil

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Sarah Thomas is a Regional Technology Coordinator in Prince George’s County Public Schools.  She is also a Google Certified Innovator and the founder of the #EduMatch movement, a project that empowers educators to make global connections across common areas of interest.  Sarah is a doctoral candidate in Education at George Mason University.

Rachelle Poth is a Spanish and STEAM Teacher at Riverview Junior Senior High School in Oakmont, PA.  She is the Communications Chair for the ISTE Mobile Learning Network, a Member at Large for Games & Sims, the Innovations and Resources Co-Chair for the Teacher Education Network and the PAECT Historian. Rachelle is proud to be involved in several communities including being a Common Sense Media Educator, Amazon Inspire Educator, WeVideo Ambassador, Edmodo Certified Trainer, Nearpod Certified Educator and PioNear, TES Ambassador and ambassador for several other networks.  Rachelle enjoys presenting at conferences on technology, blogging, and finding new learning opportunities to benefit her students. You can connect with Rachelle on Twitter @rdene915.
Barbara Cotter is an educator with at least 24 years experience in Caribbean, US, and European Curriculum.  She is a Tech Integration Specialist, Computer Educator, Curriculum Developer and Coordinator with a passion for continued growth & learning both as an individual, and as a professional. Barb prides herself in being very resourceful and staying current with New Age Teaching and Learning Practices through a growing PLN. As an agent of change, she believes that change must be reflected in yourself first, as testament of the endless possibilities a transformative Growth Mindset has in store for all. Barb enjoys all things techy, the great outdoors, and family (not necessarily in that order).

Tammy Neil is a Computer Science teacher. She teaches grades 6-12 in a growing CTE program at Branford High School in Suwannee County, FL where she was named the 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year. Outside of the classroom, she is the lead organizer for Edcamp Branford, co-moderates #FLedChat and #RuralEdChat each week on Twitter. She has presented at several conferences on the power of connections through social media. Connect with Tammy at tammyneil.com or on Twitter at @TG_Neil.
Katie McNamara is the Teacher Librarian of North High School. Prior to becoming a TL (the best job on campus), she has enjoyed serving as an English teacher, literacy coach, and academic coach. She has worked with k-12 students ranging from ESL to GATE.  She is an ambassador of literacy and innovation, as she believes there are always new things to discover and explore.  Katie is passionate about inspiring and empowering others.  One of her greatest joys comes from the ripple effect of helping a teacher who then uses that in their classroom and then shares with another teacher and so on. She is also a proud mom.
Howard Brent currently teachs computer technology concepts to 6th-8th grade students, provides STEM integration activities to K-5th grades, and manages the day-to-day operations of the Mac Lab at Thomas Pullen K-8 Creative and Performing Arts Academy of Prince George’s County Public Schools in Landover, MD. Having over twenty years of experience in teaching grades K-8 and adults, he’s passionate about teaching and learning.  Howard especially enjoys working with other educators in discovering effective strategies in using emerging technologies to reach our learners and creating a more student-centered learning environment.  Howard is especially interested in connecting teaching and learning theories with the use of social media platforms and Web 2.0 tools to be used in pedagogically meaningful ways to support student learning and improve academic performance.

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