Professor & Director of Secondary Education, University of Indianapolis
Dr. Angie Ridgway began her career in middle and high school Spanish teaching. She's now working with future secondary teachers at the university level. Her passion lies in supporting new teachers' work in the implementation of original pedagogies that strive to meet all students' needs. She holds an M.Ed. and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with areas of emphasis in secondary education and Spanish.
EdTech TOSA Palm Springs Unified School District
Eduardo is an instructional technology specialist at Palm Springs Unified School district. He was an Algebra teacher at his alma mater, Cathedral City High School, class of 2003. He graduated from the University of California in Irvine in 2007 and received his credential and his masters from National University.
Eduardo enjoys researching new technology and is constantly looking to improve the learning environment in his district. He has helped deploy 25k Chromebooks throughout grades K - 12 and provides support for all teachers at PSUSD.
Eduardo's other passion includes hip hop dance. At the University of California, Irvine Eduardo was Coordinator and Captain of MCIA a hip hop team for 4 years and performed at numerous events including Vibe, half-time at the Staples Center, and exhibition performances.
Eduardo has presented at ISTE, CUE, EdCampLA, and numerous local conferences. Eduardo is a Level 2 Google Teacher, Leading Edge Certified, Apple Teacher, a Google Innovator, LAX18.
Eduardo is the father of four. He met his wonderful wife as a student at Cathedral City High School. His wife, Ruby Rivera, is also a teacher. Both Eduardo and Ruby hope to help and encourage students as their teachers did for them.
He created www.cchsmath.com to supplement student learning and contributes to www.psusd.us/edtech. EdTechEddie.com is how he chooses to reflect on any and all learning. Follow him on Instagram and twitter @EdTechEddie.
High School History Teacher & Author of "Don't Ditch That Tech"
Nathaniel Ridgway is a tech-loving history teacher in Indianapolis, Indiana. He specializes in lesson design and differentiation and also is licensed in Special Education Mild Interventions. He's taught in both middle school and high school settings, but currently is enjoying teaching World History & Dual Credit U.S. History. He currently is working on finishing a Masters degree in History at the University of Indianapolis.
Coordinator Ed Tech at Riverside County Office of Education
Heidi Baynes is a Coordinator of Educational Technology for the Riverside County Office of Education. She specializes in the integration of technology into classroom instruction and am a strong advocate of computer science education and the #CSforALL movement. Her experience in K-12 public education includes online, blended and traditional classroom models where she has taught multiple subjects and grade levels. Additionally, she is highly invested in the importance of the Maker Movement, and looks for ways to merge the maker mentality with lesson design to enhance the student learning experience.
CUE Director of Member Engagement
Cate Tolnai works as the Director of Member Engagement for California’s ISTE Affiliate, CUE. In her sixteenth year in K-12 education, Cate serves educators as they integrate technology-rich, future-ready learning in all learning environments. She has spent ten years in K-12 classrooms and five years coaching teachers and administrators at both the district and county levels. As a Google Certified Innovator and Trainer, she commits to supporting the integration of technology and teaching across grade levels and content areas.
Senior Educational Consultant, Educators Cooperative
Scott Houston is a K-12 educational consultant with teaching expertise in math and science. Scott holds a Master of Arts in middle school education and a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry. He began his teaching career in Fontana where he taught both middle school and high school over an eight-year period. During this time he also taught night classes for California State University San Bernardino for teachers who wanted to get their Master of Arts degree in Middle School Education. In 2001, he earned his National Board Certification in early adolescent mathematics. He received recognition in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers four years in a row. For the past sixteen years he has been working as a professional educational consultant helping teachers implement research based teaching strategies and most recently preparing districts for the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. He is currently a cooperative member in Educators Cooperative, where has been employed for the last 12 years.
Senior Program Manager, Education at Common Sense Media
Sue Thotz is a senior program manager for Common Sense Education. In 2011, Sue began working for Common Sense in Chicago by partnering with educators and parents to help them create a culture where students use technology in a meaningful, thoughtful, and respectful way. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2014, Sue has provided educational leadership through motivating keynotes, professional development workshops, conference presentations, and consulting with districts across Southern California.
Dr. Angie Ridgway
All teachers want to meet their students' needs, but some tasks can seem pretty daunting for beginners and experts alike. In this session, we'll tackle two scary ones: creating personalized lessons and promoting students' metacognition. Join us for this thought-provoking session - literally!
What would happen to your classroom community if you gave your students 5 minutes every day to just PLAY? Cate Tolnai, co-author of "Power Up Your Classroom: Reimagine Learning Through Gameplay," offer research-based and practical tips to help get you started on your instructional gaming journey. Discover how playing games can increase learner engagement, build authentic collaboration, and increase the impact of your lesson all while players have fun!
Digital citizenship and social-emotional learning foundations can be established with lessons, but unless we intentionally model with best practices, the culture is not sustained. How can we use technology to build relationships in the classroom and encourage the practice positive social skills in an authentic and intentional way? In this webinar, we discuss what to do after the #digcit lessons are taught to enhance relationships between the teacher, students, and the family community.
Are you looking for ways to integrate computer science into your curriculum? Are you worried you’ll be tasked with fitting computer science into your already full class day? Do you think technology will play an increasing role in students’ lives? If you answered yes to any of these questions then this webinar is for you.
In this panel discussion, Google Certified Innovators Heidi Baynes and Eduardo Rivera share their experience bringing computer science to all students.
As reported in the Los Angeles Times, many schools have been struggling with the math assessment coming out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) design. Only 33% of students in the United States meets or exceeds the educational standards. One of the questions we frequently get while supporting schools is, “How can teachers engage and prepare students without ‘teaching to the test’?” This Webinar will focus on the most looked over of the three keys for improving SBAC elementary math; the type of strategic thinking that questions are asking students to perform. The goal is to recognize this kind of thinking and be able to create genuine learning experiences that helps to improve the targeted type of strategic thinking.