Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Introduction and Purpose

Welcome to the Big Tech Coach blog.  My name is Keith George and I have been involved in Instructional Technology for the past fifteen years.  Currently I work for the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) in the Office of Educational Technology.  I hold an Educational Specialist degree in Instructional Leadership- Instructional Technology from the University of Alabama, where I am currently working to complete my Ph.D in the same major.

I serve as an adjunct faculty member for the School of Education at Auburn University Montgomery (AUM) teaching Computer-based Instructional Technology at the Graduate level.  Previously, I co-taught Technology Leadership and Resource Management at the University of Montevallo (UM).

I am a Google Certified Educator (Level I) and SymbalooEDU Basic Certified.  I also serve as an Education Expert for Participate Learning (www.participate.com).

I have worked as an instructional technology coach (ITC) and that is also the focus of my dissertation.  I have trained ITCs as part of my work with the ALSDE and the courses at both UM and AUM.  I have presented on the topic at educational conference across Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee.  I have spoken with scores of ITCs and have become an advocate for them across the state.

From all of these experiences, I have developed a passion of technology coaching and feel I have the background and experience to provide at least some level of advice and guidance for current and prospective ITCs as well as all technology integrating educators, which should include them all.

This is my personal blog, so I plan to comment on a variety of technology and educational issues.  The opinions expressed are my own and do not reflect those of my employer or the institutions for which I teach.  Please take a moment to look over the disclaimer page for additional information related to that as well as a couple of disclosure items.

I plan to include write about instructional technology practices and policies as well as educational software, apps and websites.  Heck, I may even throw in some hardware reviews as things come along.

I hope that you will check out my first couple of posts and determine for yourself if this blog will interest and inform you.  If so, take a moment to subscribe.  If there are topics related to educational technology that you would like to see covered, drop me an email at bigtechcoach@gmail.com.

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