Meet Steve Johnson, EdmodoCon 2014 Speaker
Posted by: Elena Ontiveros
As we begin the countdown to EdmodoCon on August 6, we’re giving you a sneak peek at what you can expect by introducing you to who will be presenting. Come meet our edtech experts, plan your viewing party, and if you haven’t already, register to attend!
Teaching Mythology with Technology:
Engaging Students in CCSS
Wednesday, August 6, 1:00 pm–1:45 pm PDT
Steve Johnson is currently the Technology Specialist at Panama-Buena Vista Union School District in Bakersfield, California. In this position, Steve spends most of his time training teachers to effectively incorporate 1:1 devices in their classrooms, creating professional development curriculums for the district’s educators, and teaching new programs and instructional strategies to both teachers and administrators. Steve has nine years of teaching and project management experience, has written a few books, and collects his stories and thoughts on his blog, riseandconverge.net.
In his session, Teaching Mythology with Technology: Engaging Students in CCSS, Steve will present a Language Arts instructional unit on mythology from beginning to end, demonstrating how to use Edmodo’s infrastructure to manage workflow, communicate, and assess what students have created and learned. He will also show how Edmodo Snapshot can help conduct quick and formative assessments to shape your lesson plans and engage students in their own learning.
When asked why he wanted to speak at EdmodoCon, Steve answered, “I was given a very unique opportunity last school year piloting 1:1 laptops in my ELA and AVID classes. I knew I needed a way to manage all the students’ work, and Edmodo became instrumental in my classroom’s daily operation. I got to see first-hand how much the students enjoyed using Edmodo, and how easy Edmodo made the 1:1 implementation.
“I’d like to share how simple it is to assign and receive assignments, assess students, and communicate both in and out of the classroom. I want other educators to see that Edmodo made teaching really fun, and the students truly enjoyed doing their work. My hope is that other teachers experience this same joy in their classrooms.”
Steve’s favorite Edmodo feature is more of a compliment—but hey, we’ll take it! He loves how easy it is to give students feedback on their schoolwork. After trying other learning management systems, he claims none of them make it as easy as Edmodo to click through student work, make comments, and grade it. Because Edmodo is so simple and intuitive, it became the infrastructure of Steve’s classroom. “Workflow in Edmodo is way better than loose papers sprawled across my desk!”