Welcome to Jennie Magiera's Technology in Education Blog:

Redefining the (digital) Classroom


Technology + Education + Passion = Wow. I believe that the classroom should reflect the world for which we are preparing our students. If we are asking them to create, innovate and be outstanding as graduates entering a terrifying job market, then our classrooms should be creative, innovative and outstanding places to learn. Everyday. Period.

Author of Courageous Edventures

Hello! My name is Jennie (Cho) Magiera. I began my career as a 4th/5th grade teacher in Chicago Public Schools and then served as the Digital Learning Coordinator for the Academy For Urban School Leadership (a network of CPS schools). Now I'm the Chief Technology Officer for Des Plaines Public School District 62. In all of these roles I've worked to redefine education through digital learning both in my daily work with teachers and students as well as leading workshops and sharing our stories in keynotes.

My passions are building student agency, engaging educators solve problems of practice and helping both adults and students rediscover playtime. I am also excited about about transforming professional learning, serving on the Technical Working Group for the US Department of Education’s National Educational Technology Plan and co-founding PLAYDATE and other PD concepts. I have been fortunate to be honored as a TEDx speaker, White House Champion for Change, Apple Distinguished Educator, Google for Education Certified Innovator, Google Education Trainer and CPS’ 2012 Tech Innovator of the Year. You can find me on Twitter at @MsMagiera.


Contact / Info...
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Recent Honors...
  • Co-Founder of PLAYDATE
  • Technical Working Group member revising the 2016 National Educational Technology Plan
  • White House Champion of Change: Connected Educators, 2013
  • #17 of 100 Top Experts in #eLearning and #EdTech
  • MERLOT Classics Award Winner, 2013
  • Chicago Public Schools Tech Innovator of the Year, 2012
  • BAMMY Award - Innovator of the Year - Finalist, 2012, 2014
  • Google Certified Teacher, 2012
  • Apple Distinguished Educator, 2011
  • University of Chicago - Center for Elementary Math and Science Education: Summer Fellow, 2011
  • Golden Apple Teacher of Distinction, 2008, 2011
  • CUE Lead Learner for Google Teacher Academy - GTAMTV2012, GTACHI2013
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