A conversation with education strategist Holly Clark
This interview was
originally published on edCircuit
Holly Clark is the
Director of Innovative Learning at Oakhill Academy, as well as an author and
education strategist from San Diego, California. As her job title suggests,
Clark is interested in innovations, and particularly those that focus on
student learning first and foremost. She is excited to be presenting at the 2020
Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC),
taking place in Miami this coming January.
Clark’s first book, The Google
Infused Classroom, co-authored with
Tanya Avrith, examines the importance of technology-infused learning for
students. As she proposes, “It’s not about the technology; it’s about the
learning. My whole brand is infused learning because you need to think about
pedagogy first. What are the outcomes that you would like in your classroom? It’s
understanding by design but adding technology.”
As she detailed in her
TED Talk in 2016, there is a great deal to learn by getting into the minds of
what kids are thinking, but sadly, not enough progress is taking place.
Students are still filling out multiple-choice questions, even when modern
research suggests it’s not the right approach.
According to Clark, it
starts with the pedagogy, “If I could stand [and shout] from the rooftop
and people would listen, I would say no more technology directors; no more
technology coaches. This is about learning. Technology is just a tool like a
pencil or a textbook for learning. It’s a more powerful tool than those, but
that’s what I want to talk about. I want to talk about learning.”
Clark’s next book, Chromebook Infused Classroom, will be
coming out sometime this fall. FETC is going to be the first place where the
books will be displayed and she’s enthusiastic about the opportunity to share
and discuss its ideas. “I’m super thrilled it’s going to launch at [this
year’s] FETC,” she cheerfully exclaims.
About Holly Clark
Holly Clark is an Education Strategist from
San Diego, California. She is a Google Certified Innovator, National Board
Certified Teacher, and holds an MA in Technology in Education from Teachers College,
Columbia University. She has been working with technology integration and 1:1
environments since the year 2000.
Presently she consults with schools
internationally on building both the culture and strategy to support and
inspire innovative teaching – including powerful technology integration and
design thinking protocols. Holly has taught in both independent and public
schools and is the co-founder of #CaEdChat. She authors a popular education
and gives keynotes to audiences worldwide.
In 2017, Holly published her first book The Google
Infused Classroom which is available on Amazon. Her next book, Chromebook Infused Classroom will become
available this fall.
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