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PD Bytes is an education blog designed to give teachers small “bytes” of professional development, with a focus on integration of technology into the K-12 classroom and is also a forum to discuss education-related issues. Thanks for stopping by!

bitstripavatarShannon Steimel is Library Media Specialist and Technology Committee Chair at Lift for Life Academy, a nonprofit charter school in St. Louis, MO. Her work earned her the 2016 LFLA Operations Service Award for exceptional work in support services, education program effectiveness, collaboration and innovation. She has presented at METC (Midwest Education Technology Conference) and is a Midwest Spotlight Educator for 2017. She has also presented at the Fontbonne Fall Institute on Teaching and Technology and at Missouri Google Apps for Education Summits. She often lends her expertise to other districts locally by presenting at their professional development days as well as worldwide at virtual conferences for Library 2.0 and the Social Learning Summit. Shannon served as a consultant at the School District of Clayton forum on Teaching Writing in the 21st Century and is a board member of the Educational Technology Association of St. Louis. She has previously reviews professional books and web tools for Talking Points, an NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) publication. She and her students also blog about the books they love at www.liftforlifeacademyreads.wordpress.com.

Guest Contributors:

profile_picCarol Birnbaum has been a middle school and high school computer science teacher in Missouri, Ohio and Colorado. As a teacher, she has taught a range of classes including digital photo editing, web design, Java programming and video production. She has presented at METC (Midwest Education Technology Conference), and the Ohio Educational Technology Conference.

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JP Prezzavento is an instructional technology coordinator in the Fox C-6 School District in Arnold, MO. He has presented locally at the Character Plus conference and has been part of the planning committee for #edcampSTL and is a board member of the Educational Technology Association of St. Louis.   JP blogs at www.jpprezz.blogspot.com and www.c6edtech.blogspot.com.

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Greg Lawrence is an Instructional Technology Coach for the Wentzville School District.  He has presented at many local, state, and regional conferences.  He is a SMART Technologies Certified Trainer, a LoTi Mentor, a DEN Star, and a Google Certified Teacher.  Greg was also the recipient of ISTE’s (International Society of Technology Educators) Making IT Happen Award in 2012.   Greg blogs at http://digitalsidekick.wordpress.com.

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Patricia Brown is a technology integration coach at Ladue School District, an adjunct professor at Lindenwood University, and an edtech consultant. With advanced degrees in Educational Technology, she is passionate about providing educators with practical ways to integrate technology through her trainings, blog, and website.  In 2006, she was honored as Teacher of the Year.  Check her out at msedtechie.blogspot.com and msedtechie.com.

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