Kevin grew up in poverty and attended school in many cities across the United States. As he witnessed education around the country he collected powerful experiences that still influence his conversations and his work with educators. He spent 13 years teaching art K-12 in public school and for 17 years spent summers leading creative adventure camps for kids of all ages. In 1991 he received the Making IT Happen Award which is an internationally recognized awards program for educators and leaders in the field of educational technology integration in K–12 schools. The program identifies and rewards educational technology leaders around the world for their commitment and innovation.
More about Kevin
For the past four years he has hosted a creative learning site called ArtSnacks where he shares 150+ ten minute drawing videos that support standards curriculum. This social “learning” network is his Petri-dish for learning to mentor teachers and students in virtual environments. He was selected to be in the Apple Distinguished Educator class of 2011 and spends time helping schools that use Apple’s powerful tools get the most out of them for students and teachers.
Kevin is currently serving his ninth year as a Technology Integration Specialist at ESSDACK, an educational service center based in Hutchinson, Kansas. At ESSDACK he researches and designs programs, training and staff development with a strong passion for helping teachers and learners become successful with educational uses of technology. He shares his thinking and learning on his blog Tradigital Learning and in his podcast Driving Questions in Education. He is a school board member in the town of Inman Kansas and is currently serving in his second term. He feels that one of his most important roles is to help vision what the future holds for learners and to help move schools in right, new directions. During his classroom tenure, he developed project-based approaches to learning that infused technology and problem solving skills. He created a film program for kids and developed it into a fully functioning curriculum at the high school level. He co-developed a PBL approach called the Life Practice Model with colleague Ginger Lewman and they provide training and certification in this powerful, student driven approach to learning.
Kevin has developed online safety, anti-bullying and cyber-bullying curriculum which he shares with parents, teachers and students around the country. He certifies instructors in this curriculum and supports trainers as they go out and do this important work. His recent book Don’t Stay Under The Couch Starbuck and The Bully is the centrepiece of his Pre-K-6 curriculum. He continues to work with schools to develop innovative, engaging curriculum to better prepare learners for the world they will face when they graduate. He is passionate about meeting the needs of at-risk learners and works with kids in juvenile detention, developing approaches to re-engage the “lost” learner. Kevin travels the country and the world speaking at conferences and working with educators at the grassroots level and likes to promote a “tradigital” approach to education.
Kevin likes to bring his personal life experience and a sense of humour and creativity to the mission of helping prepare 21st century learners!
Quotes from Kevin – aka “honeyquotes”
“Teach kids to understand everything but to fear nothing.”
“The killer app for the 21st century is to inspire kids to learn to love to learn. L2L2L”
“The web and technology have set out an amazing buffet of teaching and learning tools and for the most part we’re eating the napkins.”
“Students’ potentials are hiding in plain site. It is up to us as educators to stop long enough to discover what others might miss.”
“Empowering educators by offering them a connection to a network of other educators who share ideas, strategies, resources and encouragements is a supremely benevolent act.”
“Seeing with 21st century eyes, today’s kids have a chance for a level of creative invention that the world has never seen.”
“Throughout history we’ve heard stories of how some of our most brilliant thinkers, inventors and writers struggled in school. The need to conform nearly did them in. I wonder how many would-be geniuses never survived till graduation with their genius intact.”
“Systems can be great ways to get things done but often the designers forget or quickly lose sight of what the real outcome was supposed to be.”
“With a focus on test scores, on content that someone, somewhere deemed important, there is little room left for the curriculum of the individual, pre existing imagination.”
Want to see Kevin in action?
Trends, Tools and Tactics for 21st Century Learning - as presented at CUE13
Keynote Presentation: Collaborate, educate and innovate – Ulearn Conference – Auckland NEW ZEALAND
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