Next up in our “10 Questions with…” series is Dr. Monica Burns!
Monica is a Curriculum and EdTech Consultant, Apple Distinguished Educator and Founder of ClassTechTips.com. As an educator, Monica was part of her school’s Federal Magnet Funding leadership team and was a vocal advocate for bringing 1:1 technology into her 5th grade classroom. During her tenure as a classroom teacher, Monica used iPads to create engaging, differentiated learning experience to meet the unique needs of her students. Realizing the power of tech tools in the classroom, Monica started ClassTechTips.com to provide a resource for educators and administrators on implementing EdTech in the classroom.
1) Who are you? My name is Monica Burns, I am an EdTech and Curriculum Consultant and former New York City public school teacher. I run the website ClassTechTips.com and am the author of several books including #FormativeTech: Meaningful, Sustainable, and Scalable Formative Assessment with Technology.
2) Why is technology important to you? I have seen the impact technology has had in teaching and learning and I want children to be prepared for a future of unknowns.
3) Why is it important to have technology in the classroom? Students of all ages need to have experience using digital tools as creators and collaborators.
4) Favorite piece of technology? I love the portability of tablets like the iPad that give students the opportunity to move, capture and share easily.
5) Favorite subject when you were in school? I always loved social studies and reading historical fiction.
6) Favorite food? I love breakfast food like huevos rancheros and French toast.
7) Best vacation you ever took and why? Growing up near the water, beach vacations are always my favorite.
8) How do you like to learn? I like to listen first then jump right in to make mistakes and figure things out.
9) Favorite sport/sports team or TV show? I am a NY Giants and Yankees fan.
10) How and why is technology changing the world? It’s been really exciting to see how certain technologies like virtual reality are taking off in the field of education. I believe that VR can change the world by helping learners of all ages build empathy and understanding of different cultures.