As an educator for the past twenty-five years, I have had a variety of experiences around the use of technology in education. As a young teacher, I wrote some of the first technology grants to obtain 4 computers in my classroom to use "Carmen Sandiego" with 9th graders in my World Geography curriculum. As my professional career moved forward, I continually took on several roles relating to Educational Technology. I was the Technology Coordinator for a school and a school district, advancing a variety of Educational Technology initiatives, including: creating 6 courses to develop a "Technology Arts" department at Capuchino High. One of these courses, Global Communications, teaches students how to be better consumers of the media they have access to and how to be "Global Citizens."
In the past ten years I have created partnerships with local business to provide Internet access to students in our school on free and reduced lunch. Worked with the Regional Occupational Program (ROP) and the Community Colleges to create TechPrep agreements, giving students college credit for a variety of classes taught at the high school and bringing in additional funding for technology. I have written grants to local businesses and to the State Department of Education bringing in over $500,000 for Educational Technology to my school. In 2006, I was one of the first 50 Google Certified Teachers and led a variety of professional development sessions for Google, CUE, CLHS and within my own district.
In 2006, I decided that in order to change the nature of education and the role of technology in education I needed to move into administration. After having been a teacher at the same school for 20 years, I left to become a Vice Principal. In this role, I feel I can assist teachers in bringing the world to their students through the use of technology by modeling my own personal use, clearing the way with district level information technology directors and providing professional development sessions for teachers to add tools to their personal technology tool box.Kyle Brumbaugh