“Our role as technology mentors is to demonstrate the power of technology to impact teaching and learning so that it leads our teachers and students to become information and technology literate.”
Kathy Schrock teaches in-service K–12 educators enrolled in the Wilkes/Discovery University master’s degree program. Her courses include Web 2.0: Impacting Learning Environments and Mobile Devices for Teaching and Learning. Her students use Adobe Connect, Photoshop Elements, and numerous Adobe mobile apps as they investigate ways to develop assessments so students can creatively showcase their mastery of the content being studied.
As a retired technology director for a school district, Schrock is experienced with professional development in the sound use of technology tools to support teaching and learning. Trained as a library media specialist, she is keenly interested in search strategies, evaluation of Internet information, copyright issues, emerging technologies and gadgets, and the use of technology to support instruction.
In 1995, Schrock became one of the first educators to create a subject-organized portal of websites for teachers, Kathy Schrock’s Guide for Educators. She was accustomed to finding resources to support teaching and learning, thanks to her library media background, and as a tech-savvy educator she understood the power of online information. Schrock shared her website portal of more than 2,500 sites with teachers around the world, through the Discovery Education portal, until August 2012.
Her current curation site, Kathy Schrock’s Guide to Everything, provides collections of resources by educational type — infographics, information literacy, Bloom’s taxonomy, creativity, assessment and rubrics, and so on — to provide teachers with the background they need, successful practices, and examples to help them implement new strategies in the classroom.
Schrock continues to explore new ways of using technology for teaching and learning — from online synchronous presentations using Adobe Connect to school district podcasts on using Web 2.0 applications and 1:1 initiatives to support teaching and learning. She shares these discoveries via her websites, articles, blogs, and social networks. Schrock also presents at many educational technology conferences nationwide and internationally.