Hello, my name is Randy Rodgers. I have been in public education for 21 years, including 11 in the elementary and middle school levels, and was once even fortunate enough to be named district secondary teacher of the year. The past 10+ years have been out of the classroom & in the instructional technology field in Birdville ISD, in the enchanted suburbs northeast of Fort Worth. I recently loaded up the family and moved to south-central Texas to embark upon a new adventure as the Director of Digital Learning for Seguin Independent School District (Go, Mats!).
A lot has changed since I learned basic programming on a Commodore Pet back in the 80s. Unfortunately for a lot of students, many classrooms have changed very little in that time (or much, much longer). They are ready for us educators to get with the program and teach like we live–surrounded by and dependent upon technology. I am completely psyched by the unstable nature of technology! It is completely opposed to sitting still, and the changes that happen here affect everything else in our profession and beyond. That is why I do what I do–to help teachers keep up and see where they and their students fit in with all of this evolution occurring around them. Professionally, I have presented workshops and keynotes at TCEA regional and state conferences, CAST, and Jump, and have consulted on using Web 2.0 technologies in the curriculum. In my spare time, I am working on a PhD in educational technology, I go fishing whenever possible, and cheer on my kids in soccer, music, robotics, etc.
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I am very passionate about all of this, and I’d love to talk to your staff about it! If you wish to reach me about speaking or consulting (Web 2.0, creativity and innovation, 21st Century Skills, general technology integration), you may reach me via this blog, by email at randyrodgersits <at> gmail <dot> com, or through Google Voice, at 817-601-5585. I’ll do my best to motivate, entertain, stimulate change, and create a positive revolution where you are–you’ve been warned! Thank you for visiting, and don’t be a stranger!