Educator (K-8 F2F/Online Professor), Writer, Online Curriculum & Content Creator
Whether troubleshooting the first fiber-optic cables in Southern California in the mid-1980s, teaching sixth-grade second language learners in the mid-1990s, or teaching educators how to leverage technology in their classrooms in the late 2000s, I used my listening skills to help find a way to achieve what was needed.
For 19-years I have used technology, multimedia and hands-on projects to engage K-8 grade students from low-performing ethnically diverse populations in STEAM, social studies, journalism and technology. For 6-years I taught in a fully-online masters program for educators and content creators moving their skills to online teaching/training environments. For 40-years I’ve been involved in tech troubleshooting as a phone company communications technician and as onsite tech support/problem solver for campus colleagues. My expertise is in assessing complex circumstances and finding the words or media to make the data more readily understandable.
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Educator (Certificated) STEAM Lab K-5 Fitzgerald Elementary
Clark County School District, North Las Vegas NV, 2016-Present
- Duties (summary): Created and adjusted curriculum, taught all grades (K-5) in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math using zSpace Windows-based 3D workstations and iPads. Collaborated with zSpace to improve curriculum offerings.
- Setup, organized and maintained 12 zSpace Windows-based 3D workstations, including installing, organizing and maintaining software applications. Organizing, troubleshooting and manage associated styluses for zSpace workstations, Active 3D glasses, passive 3D glasses, mice, and headphones.
- Setup, create and maintain classroom LMS (Schoology) to best share, supervise and maintain evidence of student work.
- Teach technology using CODE.ORG, blockly-games.appspot.com/, scratch.mit.edu and pbskids.org/scratchjr
- Teach engineering/robotics using LEGO Mindstorms EV3, LEGO WeDo and associated applications Teach science using zSpace proprietary applications: zSpace Studio, zSpace Newton’s Park, zSpace Franklin’s Lab
- Teach art using iPads and notes.app (drawing), Animation Desk™ Premium by Kdan Mobile Software and Plastic Animation Studio by Digital Video S.p.A. (animation), and zSpace Studio (sculpting).
- Organize and manage Fitzgerald’s First LEGO League Robotics after-school team (3rd, 4th and 5th graders) 2016-2020, getting the team into the Southern Nevada Championship competition in 2018 & 2019.
Facilitator, Full Sail Labs
Full Sail University, Winter Park FL, 2015-2016
- Helped create and implement week-long theme-based instruction & exploration in video-making, game programming, recording arts & robotics with 7 to 12 year olds, & Challenge-Based Learning with high school students, and After-School instruction.
- Reasons for Leaving: Opportunity to create a unique ed-tech learning experience using cutting edge 3D technology at the elementary school level.
Professor/Course Director – Instructional Design Technology & EMDT Masters Programs
Full Sail University, Winter Park FL, 2008-2014
- Duties (Summary): Created and taught online Masters’ courses on principles of graphic design & instructional design, media, online collaboration, leadership, blogging, and copyright to educators, corporate trainers, & content creators.
- Course Creation, Design and Implementation of EDM613: Media Asset Creation
- Facilitate Online Instruction and management for EDM613: Media Asset Creation
- Facilitate Online Instruction and course management for EDM532: Emergent Technologies in a Collaborative Culture
- Facilitate Online Instruction and course management for DGL: Digital Literacy (Undergrad Month 1 University Intro Course)
- Facilitate Online Instruction and course management for MDL: Mastery (Graduate Month 1 University Intro Course)
- Assist EMDTMS Program Director, Course Directors and Course Directors for other EMDTMS with Mac OS, blogging platforms, online media posting and other course responsibilities.
- Reason for Leaving: Position ended/Laid-off.
Educator (Certificated) Technology & Media 6-8
DeMille Middle School, Long Beach USD, Long Beach CA, 2005–2008
- Duties (summary): Taught journalism, yearbook and technology to 6th-8th graders.
- Set-up, managed, and maintained 38-station computer lab running Apple Macintosh OS9 and assisted with school site technology running OS9, Windows 98/XP
- Implemented and continued to develop Introductory Computer & Print Media Computer curriculum, coordinated with a fellow computer lab teacher, to support student projects using AppleWorks, MS Office (Word, PowerPoint, & Excel), Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Typing Tutor (keyboarding) and Internet research.
- Technology Coordinator: Assisted the department head and helped represent the school site at district level meetings with District’s Director of Educational Technology
- Reasons for Leaving: Opportunity to teach at the University level. School shut down and converted to vocational high school 2010.
Educator (Certificated) Computer Lab, Site Tech Coordinator K-5
Twain Elementary, Long Beach USD, Long Beach CA, 2001–2005
- Duties (summary): Taught all students (K-5th grade) technology units integrated with their classroom curriculum. Maintained school website/online PTA publication with monthly updates.
- Set-up, managed, and maintained 42-station computer lab and school site technology (one to five networked computers per 40 classrooms), running Windows 98/XP and Novell network operating system
- Developed computer lab curriculum, coordinated with classroom teachers, to support student projects using MS Office (Word, PowerPoint, & Excel), MS Paint, KidPix, Hyperstudio, Type- to-Learn (keyboarding) and Internet research.
- Conducted staff development on using Groupwise (district e-mail), word processing basics, MS PowerPoint and using the Internet for student research.
- Created, maintained and edited school website with new school news every month for parents, access to resources for student projects and plans for easy access to tech training and support for teachers: TwainTalkOnline
- ￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼Technology Coordinator: Represented school site at district level meetings with District’s Director of Educational Technology
- Reason for Leaving: Position ended. Reassigned to different school.
Educator (Certificated) Teacher-in-Special-Assignment, Technology Teacher, Site-Tech-Coordinator, Magnet Grant Co-coordinator K-6
Furgeson Elementary, ABC USD, Hawaiian Gardens CA, 1998–2001
- Duties (summary): Designed and implemented Federal Magnet Grant to teach video journalism to 5th and 6th grade students and integrated technology and curriculum with the rest of the school.
- Researched, directed purchasing, installation, & maintenance of all educational technology: computer hardware, software, networking, and video studio technologies for Magnet program Coordinated with district staff, contractors, and Furgeson staff in the installation and maintenance of data/video network, electrical facilities upgrade, phones, and library circulation network
- Trained & supported Furgeson staff and students in the usage of computer and video technologies:
- Developed training strategies for video journalism teams (5th grade)
- Developed procedures for studio production groups (6th grade)
- Developed resource management system to handle flow of cameras, tapes, teams, editing resources, story assignments and tape archival
- Developed coordination system to facilitate teacher usage of the studio and video coverage in the classroom
- Conducted Staff Development in the areas of hardware, software, Internet and basic computer skills
- Technology Coordinator: Represented school site at district level meetings with District’s Director of Educational Technology
- Reason for Leaving: Position Ended, Switched positions and school districts.
Educator (Certificated) Grade 6
Furgeson Elementary, ABC USD, Hawaiian Gardens CA, 1995–1998
- Duties (summary): Created multimedia social studies/ancient history units & video- journalism/language arts to tech and teamwork to address the needs of low-performing second-language students.
- Language Arts: Developed Writers’ Workshop program using classroom computer time with Newspaper, Literary Magazine & Video Magazine publication models.
- Social Studies: Developed curriculum using group literature exploration, individual booklets, video interaction, library & computer research projects.
- Technology Accessibility: Developed classroom computer rotation which gave a class of thirty students one-hour a week individual computer time.
- Technology Coordinator: Represented school site at district level meetings when the district was creating its technology plan
- Reason for Leaving: Assignment change to Teacher-in-Special-Assignment.
Educator (Certificated) Grade 6
Juarez Elementary, ABC USD, Cerritos CA, March 1995–June 1995
- Duties: Used problem-solving skills to work with diverse group of learners/wide SES spectrum. Reason for Leaving: Temporary contract not renewed.
Pacific Telephone/Pacific Bell/Pacific Telesis, Irvine CA, 1979–1995
- Duties: Frame-Technician, El Toro – June – Sept 1979. Sept 1979 – October 1994, FMAC/DNAC-group. Tested installations and maintained voice, data, T-CXR, and fiber-optic systems in local switch centers (Anaheim-Irvine-South Orange County).
- Reason for Leaving: Early retirement/separation. Career switch to public ed teacher.
- Master of Arts in Educational Technology, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA, 2002
- Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, Cross-Cultural Language Academic Development Certificate, Chapman University, Orange, CA, 1994
- Bachelor of Arts, Communications/News-Editorial, California State University, Fullerton, Fullerton, CA, 1991
- Bachelor of Arts, Biblical Studies, Biola University, La Mirada, CA, 1981
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Writing – News/Editorial (Advanced)
When I earned my BA in journalism I wrote for the entertainment section of the student paper and became comfortable encapsulating the gist of the media I was reviewing, communicating what worked without giving away the story. Over the years I’ve employed this skill continuing to review media, but more often than not commenting on technology products or trends.
Writing – Creative Writing (Advanced)
I’ve been writing short stories, poems and songs since my teenage years. I am actively working on several longer writing projects.
Writing – Online Media, Blogging (Expert)
I’ve been blogging and posting content and media online since my first LiveJournal blog in the early 2000s, switching to WordPress in 2004.
Presentation Skills (Advanced)
Besides the daily process of delivering curriculum and facilitating learning via presentation and interaction that I’ve enjoyed since I began teaching in 1995, I’ve been fortunate enough to have shared subjects important to me at Macworld in San Francisco (2012: Disruptive Ed-Tech: Mobile Technology Invasion of the Classroom) and Barcamp Orlando 2015 (Education in the Age of the Technologist).
Instructional Design (Advanced)
I have been creating curriculum materials and designing learning modules since my earliest teaching experiences beginning in 1995, when my district’s designated textbooks and curriculum proved ineffective and insufficient to the learning needs of my sixth-grade second-language learners. Based on learning goals and objectives outlined in my state’s frameworks I created work-booklets, found and presented appropriate literature and media. As the technology improved I moved my units and lessons to online content management systems and web-pages. Teaching at the masters and undergraduate levels fully-online from 2008 to 2014, I learned how to best use the school’s online learning platform, combining text, media, interactive video conferencing, and blogging to create learning communities/cadres to boost course effectiveness.
I spent 17-years working as a public school teacher in California and Nevada, working three-years as a 6th grade teacher, three-years as a teacher-in-special-assignment creating and teaching a school-wide video journalism program, four-years as a computer lab teacher working with kindergarten through fifth grade students, three-years teaching technology and media in a middle-school computer lab to sixth to eighth grade students and four-years teaching in a STEAM Lab with Kindergarten through fifth-grade students. I also spent six-years creating curriculum and teaching educators enrolled in a master’s online degree program.
Educational Technology (Expert)
Since beginning my teaching career in 1995 I had been the technology go-to-person in every position I’ve held, I’ve been the site-coordinator, I’ve represented my site at the district level and I’ve received formal training in Educational Technology, earning a Masters Degree at Pepperdine (2002) and doing doctoral studies also at Pepperdine (2004-2009).
Teaching – Assessments (Advanced)
Part of creating curriculum and working with different populations and learning needs, required that I develop a certain level of understanding how to create appropriate and effective assessments to help analyze the learning and determine the next course of action to take.
Teaching – Collaboration (Expert)
Whether working with sixth-grade second-language learners in Southern California or masters students online spread all over the world or my own learning experience in my online masters and online doctoral studies, I believe the learning experience is all the more powerful the more students are authentically brought into each other’s learning process and experiences
Teaching – Curriculum Development (Expert)
Working with different populations where existing curriculum didn’t work and adapting to improving technology motivated me to create learning materials and curriculum to address the learning needs of my students.
Teaching – Multiple Intelligences (Expert)
My experiences teaching younger learners with varying language skills and life experiences and the explosion of image/media technology has given me the opportunity to attempt to match my students’ learning styles and create materials that address their strengths. The right tool for the right job makes it better and more efficient for everyone.
Teaching – Online and Distance Learning (Expert)
I’ve experienced online education as both a student and instructor for the past 15-years. From 2008 to 2014 I helped create, implement, deliver instruction and maintain Full Sail University’s online EMDT & IDT Master’s degree programs as a course director/professor.
I’ve been using photography as part of my storytelling process as the technology improved enough to include images with words. I’ve posted my work on my flickr site for years and recently began to post my still and video photography on my own site at http://jbbsmediaprojects.com
Editing – Video/Film (Intermediate)
I have been producing video projects since my undergraduate journalism degree in the late 1980s. I began teaching video-journalism in my student-teacher training in 1994 and used video-journalism PSA teams to promote literacy with my second-language learners from 1995 to 1998. From 1998 to 2001 I taught, supervised and edited videos produced as part of Furgeson Academy of Communication and Technology’s video journalism program. I have continued to created videos as part of my learning and personal projects.
Technology Troubleshooting (Advanced)
Technology, learning challenges, communicating complex ideas—my years as a communications technician, growing up experiencing different cultural expectations has afforded me the opportunity to develop a problem-solving/analytical approach to any situation.
Computer Hardware and Maintenance (Advanced)
Designed, assisted installation and maintained Macintosh computers for 30-classrooms, computer lab, video-studio and school site network, 1998-2001; Assisted installation and maintained 30-seat PC computer lab, created and maintained Novell folder/file student population shares, 2001-2005; Maintained 30-seat Macintosh computer lab, created and maintained Appleshare folder/file for lab, 2005-2008; Assisted peer technology troubleshooting and technology purchase recommendations, 2008-2014.
Operating System – Windows, Apps, Networking (Advanced)
Maintaining classroom technology has traditionally fallen to the teacher, and I have been keeping my classroom PCs of varying vintages running and assisting peers in unofficial and official capacities since my first teaching assignment in 1995. Whether it’s software installation, networking, purchasing recommendations or basic troubleshooting, I’ve been the goto person before the official technicians were called.
Operating System – Macintosh, iOS, Apps, Networking (Advanced)
I’ve been working with Mac OS since OS9 and iOS since before it was given it’s own designation. Whether it’s software installation, networking, purchasing recommendations or basic troubleshooting, I’ve been the go-to person before the official technicians were called.
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- Academic Paper: Looking at the Tenures of Steve Jobs & John Scully at Apple Computer, Pepperdine EDD program 2004
- Biographical Editorial: Subliminal Ethnicity, Ember, Fuller Seminary Student Publication 1985
- Education Position Paper: My Four Pillars: A Philosophy of Higher Education, Part 1 2014
- Education Position Paper: Teaching Using Tech: Philosophy of Higher Education, Part 2
- Education Presentation: Education in the Age of the Technologist, BarCamp Orlando 2015 Presentation 2015
- Education Video Essays: “Labs vs. Classrooms” and “Goldilocks & Tech Implementation” 2005
- Interview/Article: The Amazing Political Ascension of Gaddi Vasquez or Is He just Another One of George Bush’s “Little Brown Ones”? 1988
- Pictorial Report: The State of NASA & Getting That Old Exploration Mojo Back 2015
- Teaching Certificate: Standard Elementary (K-8) All Elementary Subjects, State of Nevada, Commission on Professional Standards in Education, 2017-2023
- Teaching Certificate: Professional Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential Authorized Field: General Subjects (Examination), State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, 2016-2021 (also 2004-2009)
- Teaching Certificate: Clear Cross-cultural, Language and Academic Development Certificate, State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, 2009-Present
- Teaching Certificate: Limited Assignment Single Subject Teaching Permit, State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, 2005-2006
- Teaching Certificate: Temporary Certificate: Elementary Education (Grades K-6), State of Florida Department of Education – Bureau of Educator Certification, 2015-2018