Katie Robinson | Episcopal Collegiate School | Director of Academic Technology
Beginning Interests… As the use of technology became more and more prevalent in the classroom, I wanted to ensure that the students in my English classes were given the opportunity to enhance their learning with the devices and resources that were available. As my knowledge of education technology grew, I became passionate about educating other teachers. I wanted to reduce the stigma that the use of technology in the classroom is too difficult or only for teachers who described themselves as ‘tech-savvy.’ This led me to pursue a master’s degree in educational technology at UCA and my current position at Episcopal Collegiate.
Day at Work… One of the best parts of my position is that my workdays are rarely typical. Some days I provide tech support for the students and teachers; some days I get to spend the day with a grade level working on a project or new tech tool that a teacher wants to try; some days I am working behind the scenes to plan curriculum or researching tools and services we are considering adopting. While the days have some common themes, each is unique.
LOVE the Work… I love creating space for students to learn and grow with technology. My position has afforded me the opportunity to have a hand in developing STEAM curriculum in all three divisions of our school through co-curricular classes in the lower school, exploratory design courses in the middle school and upper school as well as through day-to-day planning with our faculty. Additionally, I love working with our faculty and I am inspired daily by their willingness to innovate and work with me to engage students with technology.
Surprising but True… When I started my career in education, I had no idea that my journey would lead to my current position. In the education world, my position is still fairly new and constantly evolving.
Advice… I am only in this position because I am dedicated to being a life-long learner. Always be willing to learn and grow!
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