Last summer, I was fortunate to attend ISTE in Atlanta. I spent 5 days connecting, learning, dreaming, and being challenged by the wealth of information and resources provided by the participants and speakers. It was there I met Nikki D. Robertson, an instructional technology facilitator (and library super star) from Alabama. Nikki will be hosting our Teacher-Librarian at NCCE in March, so I wanted you to get to know her. I asked her to share her experiences, technology loves, and other stories from her career.
Name: Nikki D Robertson
Location: Huntsville, AL
Current job: Instructional Technology Facilitator
Current computer: MacBook Air
Current mobile device: iPhone 4
One word that best describes how you teach or work: Enthusiastic
Show us a shot of your mobile device’s home screen!
What apps/software/tools can you not live without?: Google…My entire personal and professional life resides in the Google universe.
What is your favorite avenue to connect with social media?: Hands down my favorite avenue to connect with social media is Twitter. Hello. My name is Nikki. I’m a Twitterholic.
When you are not living the glamorous work life, what do you like to do in your spare time for fun?: Well, when I walk the red carpet to my car for the 45 minute drive home I enjoy listening to audiobooks and/or NPR. This is about the only time I have to actually “read” a novel or work of nonfiction. Most evenings you will find me attached to my computer engrossed in a Twitter chat and/or reading, sharing and archiving posts via my Flipboard app, or working on a presentation or blog post. (Yes. These things are FUN!) I’m also a big “foodie”, love to travel, seek live outdoor “artsy” music venues, spend time sitting around fire pits catching up with friends, and visiting with my grandchildren.
What is your workspace/classroom like? (Take a photo please!): My workspaces are the classrooms of our 1:1 & BYOD teachers. My school district had the incredible vision to embed an Instructional Technology Facilitator in each school as part of the district’s 1:1 initiative. Thus, I get the opportunity to work with teachers and students in the environment in which they feel most comfortable to integrate technology seamlessly into the curriculum, rather than teaching a technology skill in isolation.
What app or web service, not currently in existence, do you wish someone would develop?: Teleportation.
Who are your influences in the education community?: My influences in the education community are those people who are willing to connect, share, learn and grow by contributing to the conversation on Twitter especially during Twitter chat sessions. Each time I participate in a Twitter chat I discover great new friends to add to my PLN…The educators who are a constant source of inspiration, support, and friendship include my TL Community members.
Nikki has received numerous awards and recognition for her work with teachers and students. She received the ASLA Ann Marie Pipkin Technology Award, she was named one of the top 3 contributors to #Edchat, SLJ recognized her innovate use of Pinterest, a Bammy Award nominee, and cohost of #TL News Night! (which we look forward to each month). Her blog has received accolades from Edudemic, Best Colleges Online, and the ELiterate Librarian. Spend 5 minutes talking to her and you will know that she is passionate about learning, teaching, and living life as an adventure. Join her (and Morgen Larsen and me) this March for a powerful day of learning, laughing, and leading. In the meantime, follow Nikki on Twitter or catch up with her blog to be inspired by her and her students.
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Richard Snyder is a National Board certified teacher-librarian in the Lake Washington School District and serves on the Board of Directors for the Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE). He regularly plans and teaches technology staff development classes for teachers in his district and other workshops. 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. He has presented at NCCE, IETA, and district meetings. When not in school, Richard tries to fill up his passport with as many stamps as time and budget will allow (upcoming trips include France, Norway, and Bhutan).