Sarah Thomas

Website: https://www.sarahjanethomas.com/

 

Sarah-Jane Thomas, PhD is a Regional Technology Coordinator in Prince George’s County Public Schools. Sarah is also a Google Certified Innovator, Google Education Trainer, and founder of the EduMatch project, which promotes connection and collaboration among educators around the world. Through EduMatch, Sarah has published several collaborative and individual books, and serves as President on the Board of Directors for EduMatch Foundation, Inc. Sarah is also on the leadership team of the ISTE Digital Equity PLN, and Affiliate Faculty at Loyola University in Maryland. Sarah is a co-author of the ISTE publication series, Closing the Gap, focusing on digital equity.

 

Sarah graduated from George Mason University with a doctoral degree in Education, and a concentration in International Education. She also holds a Master’s degree from Howard University in the field of Curriculum and Instruction.

 

Sarah was designated an ASCD Emerging Leader in 2016, and was named Prince George’s County Public Schools Outstanding Educator Using Technology in 2015. She was named by the National School Board Association as one of the “20 to Watch” in 2015. She was part of the Technical Working Group that refreshed the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards for Educators in 2016-2017, and in 2017, she received the ISTE “Making IT Happen” Award.

Where to find Sarah at #INConnectED

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Let’s Talk Podcasting
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Podcasting is a great way for you and your students to become creators of content, by reflecting on learning, flipping content, teaching new topics, connecting with other educators, and so much more! Let's explore how to get started. In this session, you will learn how to create your own educational video podcast, using a variety of tools such as YouTube Live. Participants will discuss ideas for podcasting, explore best practices, and learn about tools such as YouTube Live.

Teaching and Learning Through Video
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In this session, catch the bug as we discuss flipped and blended instruction. Topics covered will include videotaped lessons, useful resources, and best practices to begin. Participants will be introduced to the concept of using video for learning (i.e. flipped/blended learning, creating vs. consuming, etc.), discuss common challenges of flipped instruction and their solutions, preview and test resources for video creation, editing, and curation, examine best practices for video in teaching and learning.
Level Up: Five Steps to Gamify Your Class
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The face of instruction is changing, as educators often struggle to engage students. Gamification, or applying game mechanics to non-traditional settings, has proved to be an innovative and effective way to capture the interest of today's learners. In this session, educators will create a basic template to help them begin the process of gamifying their classroom for little or no money. After attending this session, participants will understand what gamification in education means, and how it will help to engage students; understand the difference between gamification and game-based learning; begin to create a gamification model; learn other resources to gamify for little or no cost.