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Teacher Education Technology Conference June 11-12

Register now to join area educators at Using the Cloud to Build Blended Learning Experiences June 11 and 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at MNU. John Kuglin, senior technology consultant, retired associate dean, and former NASA grant administrator for the University of Montana, will lead this exciting, two-day professional development conference. This workshop will focus on vital characteristics of 21st Century teaching and learning including:

  • instruction and assessment
  • digital tools and resources for higher order thinking
  • learning through authentic assessment

Kuglin is known as a technology pioneer and a visionary leader in K-16 education.   He has been featured on CNN for his innovative uses of technology in the classroom, has testified before the U.S. Senate on classroom technologies, and served as consultant and on-air host for a 10-part technology series on the Learning Channel. He was identified as one of the Top 25 Education Technology Advocates in the United States by District Administrator magazine, as well as awarded the Power Teacher designation - one of only ten such designations in the country - by USA Today.  He is also a nationally acclaimed keynote speaker addressing the nation’s largest technology conferences.

Kuglin's career began as a teacher and then was promoted to technology director in Missoula, Montana. Early in his career, he developed and directed two nationally known technology-training centers for Telecommunications, Inc., the nation’s largest cable company at that time.  Kuglin served as senior director of technology for McREL (Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning) a part of the U.S. Department of Education's research and development lab system which serves all 50 states and 20 foreign countries.  From this position, he was recruited by the University of Montana to serve as an associate dean and a NASA grant administrator for the university.  After retiring from UM, Kuglin served as vice president for education and training for ComChoice, Inc. There he conceptualized and helped to develop products that enhanced feature films to serve as standards-based instructional materials.   To regain first-hand, practical knowledge of the current state of public education, he returned to a K-12 district in 2006 to serve as the chief information officer for the Eagle County School District in Vail, Colorado.  There, he successfully oversaw the complete rebuild of the district’s technology systems funded through the passage of a $128 million bond which he helped secure.  For three years, he researched and directed the technology components for the bond construction projects, as well as managed all facets of technology learning in the district’s 18 schools.  His experience is current, practical and relevant to the actual status of technology, students, and learning in America’s schools today.

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