Interview with Jon Samuelson, @JonSamuelson: Digital Reporters!

Each mission in my new book, Hacking Digital Learning Strategies: 10 Ways to Launch EdTech Missions, shares an example of the Mission in Action by a teacher I admire. When I was writing the Mission: Seek and Preserve the Truth, I immediately thought about edtech guru and good friend, Jon Samuelson, @JonSamuelson. Jon is the Innovation Strategist for the Beaverton K12 School District in Oregon. Each year his district hosts an incredible event that recognizes their K12 students’ creative productions, the Signal to Noise Festival! I caught up with Jon this week and asked him to share insights about getting students to create news broadcasts and other inspiring video productions.


Jon Samuelson is the creator of the Techlandia, STEAM Team, and Grumpy Old Teachers podcasts. Jon has been an educator for over twenty years and has presented and keynoted at conferences around the United States, sharing his love of mobile learning and educational technology. Jon constantly strives to learn and share ideas with educators. He currently works as an Innovation Strategist for the Beaverton School District. My daughter, Savvy, got to meet Jon at ISTE 2017. Follow him @JonSamuelson.

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell is a teacher trainer, instructional designer, adjunct professor, and the author of The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers: Small Steps to Transform Your Teaching and Learning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones and BYOT. She has been recognized by the ELTon Awards, The New York Times, the Ministry of Education in Spain, and Microsoft’s Heroes for Education as an innovator in the movement of teacher-driven professional development and education technology. Recently, she was named Woman of the Year 2014 by Star Jone’s National Association of Professional Women and awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, the Twitter chat that spurred over 400 teacher chats. She has trained teachers and taught learners in over 25 countries and has consulted with organizations worldwide such as UNESCO Bangkok, The European Union aPLaNet Project, Cultura Iglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, and VenTESOL. She shares regularly via, Twitter (@ShellTerrell), and Her greatest joy is being the mother of Rosco the pug.

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