Steven W. Anderson is a learner, blogger, speaker, educational evangelist, author and Dad. As a former teacher and Director of Instructional Technology he is highly sought after for his expertise in educational technology integration and using social media for learning. As @web20classroom he regularly travels the country talking to schools and districts about the use of Social Media in the classroom and how they can better serve students through technology. Steven has been a presenter and keynoter at several educational technology conferences, including ISTE, ASCD and FETC, VSTE as well as numerous state and local conferences. Most recently he published his first book, The Relevant Educator: How Connectedness Empowers Learning. He is also responsible in helping create #edchat, a weekly education discussion on Twitter that boasts over 500 weekly participants. Steven has been recognized with the the 2009 and 2011 Edublogs, Twitterer of The Year Award, a Microsoft Heros of Education award, along with a 2013 Bammy Award, recognized worldwide as the Educational Emmy, for his work with #edchat.
Captivated from the earliest days (think 1980: Apple II, dBaseII, and VisiCalc) by the promise of computers to change everything about education, business management and communication, Mitch founded Personal Computer Learning Centers of America. Personal Computer Learning Centers ultimately offered 100 courses in the use of PCs primarily for professionals, administrators, and managers. From this experience where Mitch developed methods for creating training materials, training trainers, developing course developers, and teaching technical writing, Personal Computer Learning Centers went on to have eight offices, and 130 employees.
As a partner at Academic Business Advisors, Mitch applies his knowledge of business, instructional design, and systems to help organizations align their products and services with academic needs and education market funding requirements so that they can scale and make a difference to kids and educators. Mitch has overseen development of systems, content, curriculum, and courses across the spectrum of K-12, Postsecondary, corporate training, and job readiness.
Mitch co-authored the SIIA Guide to the Postsecondary Market and is a national speaker at conferences on education technology in both K12 and higher education. He writes the PilotED blog and is on the Boards of the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) Education Division and Youth Rights Media. Follow Mitch on Twitter @weisburghm
Tom has presented at many national, statewide, and local education conferences as well as Edcamps, and has contributed to the WISE Conference in Doha, Qatar, an International Education Conference, for the last two years. He served as a social media consultant for SmartBrief and a contributing Editor for SmartBlog on Education for SmartBrief. Currently, he blogs for for Edutopia.
Tom is a retired Adjunct Professor of Education at St Joseph’s College in New York, having taught for 6 years after 34 years as a secondary English teacher in the Public School system. He was also a leader in my New York State United Teacher Locals for 30 years.
Tom founded a number of Educational Groups on Linkedin including Technology Using Professors Group. He has been recognized with an Edublog Award for the most Influential Educational Twitter Series, Edchat, which he co-founded. He hosts The Edchat Radio Show for the BAM Networkk and available as free podcasts from K-12 education at the Apple iStore. He regularly contributes articles to several education journals, and guest blogs, with contributions to The Royal Treatment and Teacher’s Reboot Camp.
Tom created the Ning site, The Educator’s PLN. http://edupln.ning.com/ Follow him on Twitter @tomwhitby