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Selecting the Right EdTech Tools…Every Time
Monday, October 4, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
Presented by Dr. Joni Poff, Director of Instruction (Retired), Botetourt County Public Schools (VA); Jim Yurasits, Senior Manager of Trust, Veracity Verification Solutions; and Dr. Kecia Ray, Strategic Advisor and Transformation Coach, K20Connect
Sponsored by Veracity Verification Solutions
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Researching, evaluating, and purchasing the right educational technologies can be a daunting and exhaustive process for school districts – with curriculum and technology leaders carrying the weight of the burden. Selecting software solutions that drive accountability, student outcomes, and teacher success while ensuring data security, compliance, and integration with current systems consumes valuable and limited resources. Watch this recorded edWebinar to learn best practices for evaluating and selecting the right educational technologies for your classrooms, school, or district.
This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to K-12 school leaders, district leaders, technology specialists, and EdTech providers.
About the Presenters
Dr. Joni Poff has 34 years of experience in PK-12 public education, earning a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Radford University and a doctorate degree from Virginia Tech. As a classroom teacher for 16 years, Dr. Poff taught at the elementary, middle, and high school levels in both general education and special education classrooms. This included working in rural, urban, and suburban school systems. Dr. Poff’s administrative experience also included positions in both general education and special education. As an administrator, Dr. Poff had a wide range of responsibilities that included school improvement planning, curriculum supervision, management of federal programs, and development and implementation of innovative student services. Some of the school-related accomplishments of which she is most proud of facilitating are a middle school summer transition program, a parent education exposition, a multi-tiered intervention system, an adolescent literacy program, and the opening of a STEM-H Academy. Additionally, she was responsible for the regulatory and financial management of Title I, Title III, and Special Education programs. These experiences afforded the opportunity to work within different organizational structures and with a variety of agencies and individuals. Dr. Poff continues to stay connected to education through teaching graduate courses to teachers and administrators and consulting with school systems on a variety of issues.
As Senior Manager of Trust, Jim Yurasits coordinates the efforts of Veracity’s Guardians as they evaluate client software solutions. His professional background includes 34 years in education, serving as both teacher and administrator. He understands the importance of successfully integrating educational software into the school environment, whether it is used to aid instruction or manage the school division’s student information system.
Dr. Kecia Ray is a member of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and is past president of the ISTE Board of Directors. In 2015, she was invited to serve on a USDOE technical working group focused on evaluating education technology. She is a four-time recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award and the ISTE Lifetime Achievement ‘Making IT Happen’ Award. Dr. Ray was named ’20 to Watch’ by the National School Board Association, Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, one of the top 10 EdTech Leaders by Tech and Learning magazine, and most recently named a Top 100 EdTech Influencer by EdTech Digest. She is a brand ambassador for Tech & Learning and leads a leadership community forum and consulting group, K20Connect, along with other passion projects.
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As a third-party verifier of educational software products, Veracity maximizes resources for both EdTech Providers and Educators. Veracity Guardians, a team of experienced educators, conduct a comprehensive product assessment to verify the efficacy and merits of a software solution – providing invaluable data and insights for sound purchasing and product roadmap decisions.