Ashley B.

Location:

New York, NY

Member since:

November 7, 2012

What is your interest in edtech?

I am particularly interested in developing technologies which recognize the new role of teachers to be primarily that of coach rather than content-provider. l am envisioning a learning platform that gives students access to the right content-provider for them based on learning styles and personalities. I am eager to learn more about the edtech market, opportunities and challenges.

Tell us about yourself.

I have been a full-time teacher for the last 3 years in Title I schools. My approach to teaching is largely affected by my own frustrations of being schooled in a way that failed to recognize the new world order that came about as “google” became a verb. I regularly make use of available technologies in the classroom; insisting that all students download dictionary apps on their smartphones, report on TED talks, and learn content from primary sources, as well as experts through documentaries or archived speeches. Class time is used as thinking time. Rather than idly listening to me lecture, my students engage in structured debates, seminar discussions and analytical writing exercises. There are so many fascinating ways to positively disrupt the education system. It's only a matter of time (and a lot of hard work!) before we see more meaningful learning and engagement.

Introduction

I'm a high school humanities teacher bitten by the edtech fever. I see tremendous room for innovation in the classroom and am eager to be on the forefront of that.


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