A former kindergarten teacher and school Director of Technology, Discovery Education’s Online Community Manager, Steve Dembo, is a pioneer in the field of educational social networking, winning recognition from the Online Education Database, Technology and Learning Magazine, Association of Educational Publishers, and a recipient of the BESSIE Award. Steve is a prolific blogger whose personal blog and companion podcast, Teach42, continues to serve as inspiration for tens of thousands of educators around the world. In 2009 his blog was recognized as one of 20 Must-Read Education Technology blogs by ACE Online Schools and was nominated for Best Individual Blog and Best EdTechSupport Blog at the Edublog Awards. In addition, Steve has been recognized as one of the top 50 educational bloggers by Social Media Explorer.
Steve is also a dynamic speaker on the capabilities of social networking, the power of educational technologies and Web 2.0 tools, and the ability of digital content to empower teachers to improve student achievement. He has delivered keynote presentations at PETE&C, TRETC, the Maryland K12 Libraries Conference and the Connecting & Learning Conference, and has been a featured speaker at GaETC, MACUL, METC, FETC, and Tech Forum.
I would place the professional development that has been provided at the top of the list in terms of quality, in terms of relevancy as well as engagement of the teachers and helping them see the possibilities of their students.
Chief Academic Officer, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools