Mark Coleman was the Technology Coordinator at Booker T. Washington Magnet High School, an arts magnet school, for several years until stepping back into the Social Studies classroom. Rebuilding his curriculum from scratch, he decided to go with a blended model of eLearning supplementing the traditional classroom. Without a system in place for eLearning, Coleman found server space, installed Moodle and has been paperless ever since.
As he started sharing what he was doing in his classroom, he realized that he needed to begin communicating about his successes and his failures with other teachers. Beginning by presenting at the Alabama Educational Technology Conference, he has since presented at the Georgia Educational Technology Conference, the Mississippi Educational Computing Conference, and the Alabama MEGA Conference. He has also developed a workshop on Professional Development through Social Networking for the Alabama Learning Exchange, a division of the Alabama State Department of Education. His video on a Project Based Learning method for teaching George Orwell’s 1984 won the grand prize in the ISTE 2012 Passion Based Learning Contest. Currently he is working on his Ph. D. in Instructional Leadership with a focus on Educational Technology at the University of Alabama.
Mark and his wife Heather have two boys, ages 10 and 7 and live in Montgomery, Alabama. A lifelong musician, he enjoys playing and recording music and curates a long running music podcast. He is an amateur Shiitake mushroom cultivator, a proud bike commuter and constantly is looking for ways to make his community and school system stronger.