Hi and welcome to EdTech-ology! My name is Jared.
I'm a former high school Social Studies teacher turned “EdTech Thinker, Tinkerer, and Coach.” I currently serve as an Instructional Technology Coach for a small private school in Columbia, South Carolina after 16 years in public school. My passion for impactful technology use in the classroom began early on in my career when I was introduced to the LCD projector and a “Smart Board.” That is when I began to see how technology could not only impact my teaching but the learning of my students as well.
While working in a small rural & low socio-economic school I began tinkering with some old and run- down computers to get them up and running so that I could use then with my students. I was encouraged by my district to pursue a Master's in Educational Technology and then was promoted to be Technology Integration Specialist.
In 2017, I was selected as one of the first 50 coaches to join the Dynamic Learning Project, an instructional coaching research project through Google for Education, Digital Promise, and EdTechTeam, and remained with it for all three years. Being a part of that program gave me the skills needed to be a great coach and the confidence to be a leader.