After almost a decade teaching English in urban secondary schools, I have applied my experience in curriculum development, technology integration, and teacher professional development to writing educational books. I graduated from Indiana University (Bloomington) in 2000 with a B.S. in English Secondary Education and from Walden University in 2006 with an M.S. in Education--focus on integrating technology in the curriculum. I have led high school professional development for four years and have presented at both online and in person conferences, including the National NCTE conference in November 2012.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Most of the education books out there are research-based books. While I enjoy reading about research-based approaches to education, I sometimes feel overwhelmed with the theory and underwhelmed with the practical applications. I write the kinds of books I'd like to read--practical, hands-on application of teaching best practices with exciting technology tools. I wanted a flexible format that let me include live links to video demonstrations that I've created for the visual learners and complete technophobes out there. I wanted to create interactive experiences for the audience members that really help them use and apply the technology tools creatively in ways that fit their teaching styles. I haven't found any other books like that available, which led me to believe that traditional publishers weren't looking for those kinds of books. Hence, I became an indie author.
What are you working on next?
While my first two books, VoiceThread for Digital Education and QRevolution, each focus on a single technology tool and explore its many uses, my next book will encompass a broad range of free online tools for flipped, blended, and technology-rich classrooms. Digital literacy strategies and Common Core applications using best practices in secondary literacy instruction will be the focus of Flip Your Lit (working title). The goal is to help teachers use technology tools to develop students' literacy skills across the curriculum.
With over one hundred ideas for using QR codes in every aspect of school communication, this book provides easy-access solutions and over an hour of video tutorials.Harness the power of mobile technology and QR codes in your school.
Versatile, easy-to-navigate, and interactive, VoiceThread equips teachers to deploy numerous best instructional practices that engage 21st century students in rigorous literacy activities. Upgrade your current teaching strategies with VoiceThread for Digital Education and create an environment where every student learns every day.