Cape Cod, Massachusetts
"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."
As an educational technologist, Kathy Schrock instructs educators all over the world in the best ways to infuse technology meaningfully into the curriculum at all levels. Most recently a school district technology director and 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 and assessment.
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 shares her website portal — now consisting of more than 2,500 sites — with teachers around the world. In 1999, she partnered with Discovery Education to enhance back-end access.
Schrock continues to explore new ways of using technology for teaching and learning — from online synchronous presentations using Adobe® Acrobat® Connect™ software to school district podcasts to the use of Web 2.0 applications and 1:1 initiatives to support teaching and learning. Those discoveries are shared via her websites, articles, and blog. Schrock also presents at many educational technology conferences nationwide and internationally.