Jeff Utecht: CEO | Eduro Learning
I started my teaching career at a 4th grade teacher. To this day it is my favorite grade! Through the years, like most elementary teachers I have ended up teaching all grade levels in one form or another from K-6.
In 2005 I started my blog The Thinking Stick and that is when things took a turn towards educational technology. I was an elementary computer teacher at the time and just wrote about what my students were working on and my thoughts on how “computer time” was being integrated into their classroom.
“I like the days I get out of the office and get to spend training teachers face to face in workshops, institutes or as part of a district contract. Helping teachers help kids is my passion!”
In 2007 I co-wrote a plan to help my school go 1:1 6th-12th. Soon after we started that implementation process I moved schools and helped to write the plan and rollout the 1:1 at that school as well. I worked for a wiki company that wanted to get into the educational space, was asked to write a course for a university and next thing I know I’m keynoting conferences.
Today, my passion is still students and I am honored that I get to touch so many students’ lives though the work of their teachers. On days when I need a break from the company, I substitute teach in….you guessed it, any 4th grade class I can get my hands on.
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Kim Cofino: COO | Eduro Learning COO
My focus as a teacher is on technology in the classroom. I’ve worked with students and teachers in all subjects and at every grade level, from pre-k all the way up through university, to help them use technology in innovative ways to enhance learning. Throughout my career, I’ve helped students participate in many globally collaborative projects via an inquiry-based, constructivist approach that often combines the Understanding by Design framework with the Middle Years Program (MYP) design cycle.
In addition to being a classroom teacher I have also worked as a Technology and Learning Coach, a role which lets me help teachers find the fun in using technology, to help them feel empowered to try new things and take risks, and to build connected teams of teacher leaders so that teachers can support and learn from each other.
“I absolutely love what I do to support my teaching colleagues. I am honored to lead the educational initiatives for the company – working with the team to design develop curriculum to help and support teachers in the classroom.”
Along with teaching and coaching, I’ve been fortunate to design and facilitate technology-rich learning programs in all of the schools I’ve taught at — from laptop carts to highly developed 1:1 programs. My focus is on building strong community involvement with engaged students and empowered teachers, making sure everyone has a voice in the integrated learning platforms we collaborate on.
As a learner, I love reflecting on my experiences on my professional blog, Always Learning. Through the connections I have made there, I have been very fortunate to continue my career in education by facilitating workshops and trainings for teachers and parents in schools around the world.
Chrissy Hellyer: Director of Online Learning | Eduro Learning
I am an Elementary and Middle School classroom teacher. Some of my most memorable teaching moments include working with students, leading laptop cart classroom integration at the elementary level, facilitating workshops at conferences and creating and participating in global collaborative projects.
“I love helping teachers use technology in the classroom to enhance learning. Being able to connect with passionate, life-long learners who impact student learning inspires me every day.”
I’m also a Technology & Learning Coach, having written and implemented technology standards using the Understanding by Design framework across all curricular areas, including K-12 integrated digital citizenship programs. I’ve implemented blogging in the elementary classroom for grades 3 – 5, and facilitated whole school professional development focused on learning with iPads.
Lastly, I have co-established and actioned a Parent Certificate in Technology Program for parents of kinders, right up to parents of high schoolers.