1 to 1 Schools is a collaborative blog dedicated to 1:1 computing environments in elementary and secondary schools. Our regular contributors are listed below. If you’d like to be a contributor or a guest blogger, please contact Nick Sauers at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
Janet Moeller-Abercrombie has 16 years of teaching experience and currently works full time at Hong Kong International School. Janet’s passion is creating learning environments in which instruction is enhanced through technology integration and differentiated instruction. Janet earned an MS in Education from Western Oregon University and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from The College of New Jersey. Janet is a doctoral candidate with the University of Minnesota and has begun curriculum consulting with administrators and teachers. She is also the author of Expat Educator. Janet is certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
Michael Gielniak, Ph.D. is One-to-One Institute’s Director of Programs and Development. He has worked with numerous school districts across the country to create successful and sustainable one-to-one programs. Michael is the former Executive Director of the Anton Art Center and the Center for Creative Learning and Teaching. Both a Fulbright Scholar and an Emmy Award winner, he has been working with creative and educational environments around the globe for more than 25 years. He studied orchestral conducting with Sergio Celibidache and Leonard Bernstein, and has conducted numerous orchestras in the United States and Europe.
Michael is a co-author of the groundbreaking Project RED research, The Technology Factor: 9 Keys to Student Achievement and Cost Effectiveness, as well as Technology for Learning’s A Guidebook for Change. He is a frequent conference speaker and presenter, adjunct professor at Oakland University, and the creator of the annual Great Lakes 1:1 Computing Conference.
Keith Gillette directs the Information Technology program at Lake Forest Country Day School, where he has launched his second 1:1 student computing program. Keith has more than 15 years of experience delivering information technology solutions in K-20 educational contexts. Keith holds a Master of Science in Information & Telecommunications Systems Management, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, as well as numerous IT industry certifications. Keith is Past President and current board member of the Illinois Chief Technology Officers, a nonprofit association of educational technology leaders.
Sam has been leading technology applications in business and education for over 25 years and is currently working as a Director of Educational Technology in Los Angeles and also as an independent educational technology consultant to a number of K-12 schools. Sam speaks at conferences nationally and overseas and also gives workshops to administrators, teachers and school groups. He also founded and blogs for the popular iPads in Education website (www.ipadeducators.ning.com) that has a membership of several thousand educators worldwide.
Pamela Livingston, Senior Product Manager at Schoolwires, has spent eighteen years directing education technology programs and helping teachers integrate technology at public, private and charter schools. The author of ISTE’s bestseller “1-to-1 Learning: Laptop Programs That Work”, Pamela wrote the book by spending over a year interviewing laptop leaders around the U.S., synthesizing research and studies on 1-to-1, and documenting her experience running a laptop program. With published articles in TechLearning, Learning & Leading with Technology, Digital Directions, and HotChalk, Pamela co-authored a chapter in the S. McLeod and C. Lehmann book “What School Administrators Need to Know about Digital Technologies and Social Media.” A frequent presenter and keynote at national and international venues such as ISTE, Lausanne Collegiate’s Laptop Institute, South Dakota’s Laptop Conference, and Penn State’s One-to-One Conference, Pamela is an adjunct professor at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia and at University of Massachusetts, Boston. With a B.S. in computer systems from CUNY and an M.S. in education and technology from Chestnut Hill College, Pamela is a Google Certified Teacher. She can be followed on Twitter as plivings and blogs solo at http://www.1-to-1learning.
Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Kentucky. He also is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and was a co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He has received numerous national awards for his technology leadership work, including recognitions from the cable industry, Phi Delta Kappa, the National School Boards Association, and the Center for Digital Education. In Spring 2011 he was a Visiting Canterbury Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at Dangerously Irrelevant, Mind Dump, and Education Recoded and occasionally at The Huffington Post. He also just completed his first book, What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media.
Rich Merlo, Corcoran (CA) Unified School District Superintendent for eight years, earned degrees in Human Biology (BA) and Education (MA) from Stanford University, and in Educational Administration (MA) from Fresno Pacific University. Mr. Merlo’s passion — to raise student achievement levels through motivation and ensuring all staff and students have the most optimal and innovative technology tools to greatly enhance student learning and prepare students for the Information Age — came to fruition with a one-of-a-kind Technology Learning Center, considered to be unique in the Central Valley. Through his leadership, the District is committed to a 1:1 program for 6th to 12th grade students with laptops in every core classroom. A true 1:1 program was recently implemented with all 6th-, 7th-, 11th- and 12th- grade students using iPads at school and at home along with free Internet — all provided by the District. Mr. Merlo has received honors as Selma Unified School District Teacher of the Year in 1994, and was named a Fresno County Administrator of the Year finalist in 1998 as principal of Selma High School. In 2009, Mr. Merlo was presented the Association of California School Administrators Region 11 Administrator of the Year Award. Mr. Merlo’s Corcoran involvement includes Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, Community and Schools Together (CAST), and Citizens Advisory Committee for the two local prisons. Mr. Merlo serves on the California State University-Fresno President’s Advisory Committee for the School of Education and participates on the Executive Leadership Council for Central Valley Educational Leadership Institute as well as the Rural Schools Network for the Central Valley. He also serves on several educational committees through the Kings County Office of Education and currently is a professor for University of Phoenix Online.
Nick Sauers, Ph.D., is currently the Leadership Training Coordinator of the Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE) at the University of Kentucky. CASTLE is the nation’s only center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators. In his position with CASTLE, Nick works with administrators helping them develop their personal technology skills and deepening their understanding of the impact of technology on education. Prior to assuming his role with CASTLE, Nick has held positions as an elementary and middle school principal, teacher, and coach in public schools in Iowa. Nick blogs at 1to1schools.net, and he can be reached at email@example.com.