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Friday, May 31, 2013

Transformational IT Integrator: Theresa Allen @tdallen5 #edtech



Theresa Allen (@tdallen5)  is an amazing IT Integrator from Illinois. In the last three years, she's helped her school connect on a global basis from kindergarten through middle school.

She inspires me with how she works with teachers at her school and her ability to facilitate change in such a short amount of time.

"You can do this, I can help you, let's go." says Theresa. 

She shares her philosophy of IT integration at the end of the show. As I look at what I'm trying to do in IT Integration, I've got to be more like Theresa.

Theresa is a Flat Classroom certified teacher and will be with Julie Lindsay, me, Frank Guttler  in the Flat Classroom Live Event in Hawaii. She is an inspiring example of how much one good IT integrator matters in the life of thousands of students. IT Integrators can help teachers so much. Please follow Theresa, she's amazing

Listen to the show

Show Notes and Links:

Hello Little World Skypers (mentoring group for teachers): https://sites.google.com/site/skypershello/

Quest Atlantis (junior high): http://atlantisremixed.org/
Digiteen and DigiTween: www.digiteen.org
Kidlink: http://www.kidlink.org/
Flat Classroom K-2 "Building Bridges": http://www.flatclassroomproject.net/k-2-building-bridges.html
A Week in the Life: http://www.flatclassroomproject.net/a-week-in-the-life-project.html
Kerpoof: http://www.kerpoof.com/
Voicethread: http://voicethread.com/
Edmodo: http://www.edmodo.com/
Skype: http://www.skype.com/en/
Educator Virtual PD: http://educatorvirtualpd.wikispaces.com/
Theresa's Mentor Mob Playlist: http://www.mentormob.com/learn/i/interactive-whiteboard-resources/sheppard-software-fun-free-online-learning-games-and-activities-for-kids
Diigo Lists: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrO1xBL5tiU
Global Monster: http://www.smithclass.org/proj/Monsters/
The Writers Club: http://theglobalclassroomproject.wordpress.com/tag/writers-club/
Global Heroes: https://globalclassroom2011-12.wikispaces.com/Hero+Voicethread+Project
Crazy Crazes: http://theglobalclassroomproject.wordpress.com/2012/05/27/new-project-announcement-crazy-crazes-grades-4-7-june-2012-june-2013/
Student blogging challenge: http://studentchallenge.edublogs.org/2013/03/03/so-the-10th-challenge-begins/
Flat Classroom Certified Teacher: http://fcpteacher.flatclassroomproject.org/

Full Bio:
Theresa Allen is the Technology Teacher and Coordinator for the Cathedral of St. Raymond School in Joliet, IL.  She is Flat Classroom certified and manages the Digiteen Project, a digital citizenship project for junior high and high school students.  She is a global educator, involving her students from Kindergarten to 8th grade in many global projects including Flat Classroom projects:  Building Bridges, A Week in the Life and Digiteen, and also projects from Kidlink (Global Monster Project, Draw/Describe), The Global Classroom Project (Edmodo Pen Pal Project, Crazy Crazes, Global Hero Project), Blogging Challenges (Student Blogging Challenge, Quadblogging, and The Writers Club), and virtual worlds in Quest Atlantis.  She presents about these projects face to face and virtually including topics about:  Building Your PLN and How to Utilize Technology in the One Computer Classroom.  Theresa is also a life-long learner, working towards a Masters in Technology Education and attending workshops throughout the year.  Recently Theresa was awarded the Joliet Area Great Teacher Award this March 2013, as well as Technology Teacher of the year in 2011.  She is passionate about connecting, communicating and collaborating with students and educators around the world.


To find out more about this podcast go to my Podcast page.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I am the co-founder of Flat Classroom Projects, the company offers the Flat Classroom Certified Teacher course, K-2 project, and a Week in the Life projects. I'm president of the non-profit organization that manages Digiteen and am a leader of the Hawaii conference mentioned in the opening. Regardless, I only recommend products and items that I have personally used and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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