Hi, I’m Andy Brovey. I’ve been helping others make sense and make use of technology for almost 30 years. Much of that time I taught teachers how 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 subscribed to my iPad Tip Sheet. Over 1,000 people registered for my online iPad class. For the past five years I’ve had the privilege of working with the faculty and students of Valdosta Early College Academy (VECA) on a 1:1 iPad integration project. I’ve also built a few educational 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. 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. I thought about how this type of sharing could happen among other talented teachers.
I also remember being a novice, new to teaching. 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 educational resources and learn from colleagues. The Internet is a tremendous resource, but finding solid lesson plans and reliable guides can still be a time burn. The Internet makes the search easier, but I realized more could be done.
Two years ago, I became involved in a STEAM project to connect great art and STEM topics, called STEAM On Tour. I built the STEAM On Tour website as a way to let others know about our project. As I learned more about STEM and STEAM, I wanted to develop a way to encourage fellow educators to share what they were learning and doing in their classrooms. I’m certain there are many other teachers who have effective plans, efficient approaches and excellent products for STEAM teaching. I know there are many thousands more who could share their expertise with fellow educators 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 my story. I invite you to browse the educational resources on Teach About Tech and set up a free shop to showcase your own STEAM creations.
All the best!
Andy Brovey, Ed.D.