• 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. (return to main resume page)

  • 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. (return to main resume page)

  • 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. (return to main resume page)

  • 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). (return to main resume page)

  • 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. (return to main resume page)

  • Educator/Teacher (Expert)

I spent 13-years working as a public school teacher in California, 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, finishing teaching technology and media in a middle-school computer lab to sixth to eighth grade students. I then spent six-years creating curriculum and teaching educators enrolled in a master’s online degree program. (return to main resume page)

  • 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). (return to main resume page)

  • 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. (return to main resume page)

  • 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. (return to main resume page)

  • 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. (return to main resume page)

  • 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.(return to main resume page)

  • 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. (return to main resume page)

  • Photography (Intermediate)

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 (return to main resume page)

  • 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. (return to main resume page)

  • 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. (return to main resume page)

  • 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. (return to main resume page)

  • 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. (return to main resume page)

  • 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. (return to main resume page)