Michael Jaber is a nationally recognized Google Certified Trainer and Google Certified Teacher who has worked closely with the Google Education Team and presented at numerous conferences across the country as a keynote, and as a featured presenter. Michael has a long history within education. He spent 18 years in the classroom as a social studies teacher, which eventually transitioned into a technology coaching role, and now leads the Sheboygan Area School District in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, as their Instructional Technology Coordinator. He has trained multiple school districts around the world on how to approach 1:1 initiatives, along with teaching how to fully harness the power of Google Apps and web resources in schools. Michael’s mission for 2015 is to focus on the topic of Instructional Coaching that works! He has attended workshops with world renowned Kansas Coaching Project founder, Jim Knight to really learn about how students can achieve academic success through the supports of instructional/technology coaches.
What does your ideal school or classroom look like?
The ideal classroom/school is one that features an open concept model that embraces "learning spaces", as opposed to walled classrooms with rows of desks. There would be access to every type of technology available from tablets, to Chromebooks, to 3D printers, to robotics, augmented reality, and the list goes on. It would be problem based learning and students would be challenged by taking ownership in their own learning. There would be "enrichment" days where students would work off campus and immerse themselves into an experience for learning. There would be genius hour or 20% time built into the week. The curriculum would have more of a thematic feel and assessment would be based on the showing of students' learning, and not the memorization of facts. Social media would be used to promote the great things happening in our classrooms/school and students would conduct their own parent/teacher conferences. The building itself would have a contemporary feel and there would be writable surfaces everywhere. There would be a lot of natural light and the walls would be bright colors.
If you were to lead a session at Edcamp USDOED, what would it be about?
How to Be Successful with a 1:1 Initiative