Joanna Van Raden

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Joanna Van Raden, EdTech SpecialistsJoanna Van Raden taught at the elementary and middle school level for over 30 years. She served as a special, general, and technology education teacher. She spent the final five years of her classroom teaching career, in a 1:1 iPad classroom where she successfully blended all subjects effectively with technology. She transformed her delivery method by creating recordings of her lessons, using an LMS, and growing a student-centered classroom. She was awarded the 2015 Michigan Association of Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) Outstanding Technology-Using Pre K-12 Teacher of the Year Award.

She has presented the blended learning model to a variety of Michigan and National conferences, workshops, and school groups including MACUL, the Governor’s Summit: Michigan Innovative Schools Conference, the Michigan Connected Educators Conference (JISD), ISTE, NYSCATE, GAETC, TCEA, and many more.

She was instrumental in the development of the digital assets for a unique blended writer’s workshop program. It is now widely used across the country by teachers and schools who are implementing technology with their writing curriculum.

Joanna is passionate about lifelong learning and sharing new educational technology ideas with others. The future of education is exciting and she loves stepping out of the box to find ways to inspire creativity and collaboration with students and colleagues. Joanna’s journey now leads her on a path where she enthusiastically shares her creativity, excitement for blended and student-centered learning, as well as her expertise with the next generation of educators.