Hello, my name is Randy Rodgers. I have been in public education for 24 years, including 11 in the elementary and middle school levels, and was once even fortunate enough to be named Birdville (TX) ISD secondary teacher of the year. The past 13+ years have been in the instructional technology field, beginning with a decade in Birdville, in the enchanted suburbs northeast of Fort Worth. In the spring of 2012, I loaded up the family and moved to south-central Texas to embark upon a new adventure as the Director of Digital Learning for Seguin ISD (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 as 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 in the technology world 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. I want to equip educators to use technologies in powerful ways, and to enable students to create, innovate, invent, and imagine amazing possibilities.
Professionally, I have presented workshops and keynote addresses at TCEA regional and state conferences, ISTE, Tech & Learning Live (formerly Tech Forum), TLA, CAST, TECCSES, Dention TiA, and more. I have consulted with districts on technology integration, maker tools, and using Web technologies in the curriculum. In my spare time, I am working on my PhD dissertation in educational technology assessment, go fishing whenever possible, and cheer on my kids in soccer, band, robotics, etc.
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I am very passionate about technology’s potential to engage kids and revolutionize classroom practice, and I’d love to talk to your staff about it! If you wish to reach me about speaking or consulting (Web 2.0, maker technologies, creativity and innovation, 21st Century Skills, multimedia tools, flipped learning, 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 keep folks thinking, laughing, entertained, and challenged, and help to create a positive revolution – – you’ve been warned! References are available, of course. Thank you for visiting, and I look forward to hearing from you!