Meet our Advisory Board!
Did you know Eduro Learning has an Advisory Board? We are very excited about all of the things we can offer, but we want to make extra sure that all of our products are things that are relevant and practical for you. With this in mind, last year we formed the Advisory Board as a panel of international experts to help preview, review, and advise us on resources, opportunities, and products that would be just right for you.
Although all of that’s still a primary function of our Advisory Board, one interesting development that has come out of forming the board is our conversations about education. In fact, our advisory board is such a diverse and dynamic group of people, we’ve actually created an ongoing podcast where we discuss big ideas about technology-rich learning.
In this podcast, our nine volunteer Advisory Board members come together about once a month to discuss big ideas about technology in learning. It’s called The Shift Key: Global Perspectives on Learning. The board is made up of teachers, instructional learning coaches, school staff, parents, and one superstar student, so the conversations are always interesting! Each month, we tackle a different topic, like Social Media: A Global Perspective and Digital Fluency: What It Takes to Be Literate in the Digital World.
It’s great to have a wide variety of voices to be heard on the Advisory Board because it offers unique perspectives to each conversation. Not only do our Advisory Board members have different roles in their school (teacher, coach, administration, parent, or student), they are also located around the world – from Taipei, Taiwan, all across the world to New Hampshire, USA.
Get to know the Advisory Board members
Pana Asavavatana: I work as a PreK-2 Technology and Design Coach where I focus on helping students and teachers not only use technology, but to understand how technology is an intricate part of how we think, learn, and communicate, even at five years old. From redefining what it means to be literate in today’s world, to understanding how robotics and engineering permeate our lives, I believe even our youngest learners can and should learn to think about, analyze, and apply these skills and understandings.
Ben Sheridan: After starting my teaching career 14 years ago in the US I’ve had the privilege of teaching at international schools in Thailand, India, Cambodia, Korea, and Indonesia. I’ve also had the privilege of working at the University of Kentucky while I worked toward a Ph.D. in educational leadership. (still under construction) Throughout my career I’ve worked as a classroom teacher, learning innovation coach, technology coordinator, instructional designer, university lecturer, and consultant. In addition to teaching in the P-12 setting, I also enjoy teaching undergraduate and masters level courses in educational technology and design thinking.
Keri-Lee Beasley: With over 18 years teaching experience globally, including New Zealand, England, Indonesia, Singapore and Switzerland, I am passionate about supporting educators in using technology to enhance learning across the curriculum. My latest endeavor is to take up the role of Director of Digital Learning at GEMS World Academy of Switzerland in August 2017.
Brian Lockwood: I’ve been the Educational Technology Director at Copenhagen International School since 2016. Previously I’ve been part of leadership teams in China, Japan, and the United States. I’m an advocate for kinesthetic learning and recently have been exploring Design as a change management tool. As a classroom teacher, I’ve taught Information Technology in Global Society, Animation, Film, and Engineering. Prior to teaching, I worked for a design company, training, and supporting Architects.
Rebekah Madrid: I have been lucky enough to have a number of jobs in schools, where I have seen the complexity of the work of schools from a number of different vantage points. My primary role has been a classroom teacher, where I have taught middle school and high school social studies, history and Theory of Knowledge. I have also been the team leader of humanities and professional development coordinator. I am currently the Middle School Vice Principal and MYP Curriculum Coordinator at Yokohama International School, Japan, where I am lucky enough to work with the special teachers who spend time with the most fun people in a school – middle schoolers.
Scott Beebe: I moved from the classroom to working as an instructional designer and developer, focused primarily on integrated technology and online learning at a regional educational service district. From there, I moved to a large school district, first as the instructional technology administrator for the district and then 9 years in the same district as an elementary principal. Most recently, I’ve worked in a medium size school district north of Seattle, WA as Chief Technology Officer.
Cynthia Merrill: My work toward a Ph.D. in Literacy at the University of New Hampshire deepened my passion for understanding how children learn to read and write, setting me on a path to become a staff developer and speaker. I love supporting teachers’ literacy work in classrooms and finding ways to use technology to enhance these experiences. I see technology as a powerful tool for student creation, reflection, and understanding. I have experienced this power firsthand, with my daughter Liv, who has spent the last year working on a project called LivBits, an endeavor that highlights her passion for books, technology, and social media. I am humbled by the video messages she shares with the world. It’s been an incredible experience working with Liv and seeing her grow into a responsible digital citizen. My biggest claim to fame might be that I am LivBit’s mum!
Olivia (Liv) Van Ledtje: For the last year, I have used social media to help me share my thinking with the world. The short videos I create are called LivBits, and I hope they inspire kids to think, hope, and love the world more deeply. I post my videos on my website, and I recently began blogging about my work. Some people call me a “book activist,” and I think that’s a super cool title because it means they understand my passion for books, thinking, and connecting with other kids.
Clint Hamada: I have been a classroom teacher since 1996, living and working internationally since 2000. Before moving to my current position as PK-12 Education Technology Coordinator at the International School of Beijing, China, I was heavily involved in the implementation of a 2:1 environment for students in the middle school at Yokohama International School in Yokohama, Japan. Along with Kim Cofino, we worked on documenting the effect that iPads are having in the learning environment when combined with laptops.
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