Hi, I’m Andy Brovey, The Portable Prof. I’ve been helping others make sense and make use of technology for almost 30 years. Much of that time I taught teachers and support staff to use technology. They wanted to improve their own skills and help others apply technology to teaching, learning and leadership.
In 2010, I started the website iPad Academy to share what I was learning about Apple’s new tablet computer. In 2011, I began offering iPad training in person and then online through my iPad Academy Master Class video series. Today, 50,000+ visitors per month drop by my iPad Academy website. More than 4,600 subscribe to my iPad Tip Sheet. Over 1,000 people registered for my online iPad class. I continue to lead workshops for school personnel, business employees and lifelong learners (what some call senior citizens, perhaps my favorite group of students eager to learn). I’ve also built a few websites with WordPress, including the one you’re seeing now.
Why I Started Teach About Tech
In 2007, I was honored to be named an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE). ADEs are part of a global community of education leaders recognized for their work with Apple technology in and out of the classroom. My Portable Prof brand originated in an exercise at an ADE Summer Institute on defining our professional roles. One of the great benefits of being an Apple Distinguished Educator is the generosity of fellow ADEs. Through our online and in person connections, we answer requests for the best ways to help others learn about various technology topics. We openly share lesson plans and teaching resources with other ADEs who are leading training and fostering professional development. I thought about how this type of sharing could happen among other talented technology trainers.
I also remember being a novice, new to teaching about technology. Designing instruction was a challenge. I needed and appreciated the guidance of other instructors and the content of books and articles. Before the Internet, we were much more dependent on near peers and printed materials as sources of inspiration and guidance. Now the Internet offers a great way to connect with others to share experiences, find resources and consult with experts.
Whether you’re a novice trainer or an experienced professional, you constantly try to improve the ways you lead others to learn. You’re often searching for new ways to teach a topic, especially in the constantly changing field of technology. The Internet is a tremendous resource, but finding solid lesson plans and reliable guides for teaching about technology can still be a time burn. The Internet makes the search easier, but I realized more could be done.
As a professional trainer, I take great care and invest considerable time in creating my lesson plans. I’m confident these instructional designs help others become more comfortable and capable with technology. I’m also certain there are many others who have effective plans, efficient approaches and excellent products for teaching about technology. My fellow ADEs are a great example of such talent. However, I know there are many thousands more who could share their expertise with fellow trainers if there was an easy and rewarding way to do so. That’s why I created Teach About Tech.
Thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to read our story. I invite you to browse the training resources on Teach About Tech and set up a free shop to showcase your own creations.
All the best!
Andy Brovey, Ed.D.
The Portable Prof
Portable Prof LLC