Meet NCCE's Tech-Savvy Teachers! Mike Agostinelli and Jason Neiffer have been working together since 2008 leading the way in classroom technology innovation, professional development, and just being incredibly nice guys! The Tech-Savvy Teachers connect and engage with NCCE members and fans through a variety of ways including presentations, speaking opportunities, interviews, equipment and software reviews, interviews and thier personal favorite, the NCCE Tech-Savvy Teacher blog!
The purpose of the Tech-Savvy Teacher blog is to provide a platform to share, collaborate and increase engagement with NCCE members, educators and the greater Educational Technology community as we collectively work to progress instruction.
Regular contributions to the blog will be made on a weekly basis by Mike and Jason, NCCE’s Tech-Savvy Teachers in Residence. Postings made every Tuesday and Thursday will cover a variety of topics including current Ed Tech trends, how-to’s, hardware/software/app reviews, and interviews with tech-savvy teachers from across the United States.
Be on the lookout for Mike and Jason and be sure to introduce yourself, in-person or virtually. They are always on the lookout for other tech-savvy educators and can often be found tweeting away!
Connect with NCCE via the blog at blog.ncce.org, and also through Facebook/ncceconnect, Twitter @NCCE_EdTech and @Techsavvyteach, You Tube-NCCEEdTech and Google + at NCCE Connect.
About the Tech-Savvy Teachers
Mike Agostinelli is a 6th Grade teacher at CR Anderson Middle School in Montana. His education career has taken him from teaching 1st grade to a school district technology coordinator. After a short stint in the business side of the world, Mike returned to the classroom in 2007 to implement the vast amount of technology integration he had been teaching over the past decade. The ability to teach and live technology integration has brought a great pedagogic balance to Mike’s facilitation/instruction. With degrees from Carroll College (Elementary Education) and Boise State University (Educational Technology), he is well versed in both content and technology integration in the elementary setting. Mike has been honored as an Outstanding Teacher by the Helena Education Foundation and winner of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) “Making IT Happen” award.
Jason Neiffer is the first curriculum director of the Montana Digital Academy (MTDA), Montana's state virtual school. Since MTDA's start in 2010, he has led a team of over 100 teachers delivering more than 100 course titles to tens of thousands students across the State of Montana. Jason is veteran classroom teacher with experience in two large high schools building diverse, successful programs in social studies, debate, speech, newspaper production, and computer science. He is a leader in educational technology integration and popular speaker and trainer with experience working with thousands of teachers from all levels to improve their tech-savvy teaching. A doctoral candidate at the University of Montana, Jason is studying open education resources, online learning and the impact of internet filtering on classroom technology integration. He has been honored as a Distinguished Educator, Most Inspirational Teacher, Outstanding Teacher and winner of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) “Making IT Happen” award.
The Tech-Savvy librarian
Richard Snyder is a National Board certified teacher-librarian in the Lake Washington School District and is a Microsoft Innovative Educator. He serves on the Board of Directors for NCCE and is currently serving teh role of President. He has worked with new teachers and new teacher-librarians at Western Washington University and The University of Washington. He also teaches a graduate Technology in Education course at Seattle Pacific University. When not in school, Richard tries to fill up his passport with as many stamps as time and budget will allow.