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Redefining the (digital) Classroom

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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.

Hello! My name is Jennie (Cho) Magiera. I'm the Digital Learning Coordinator for the Academy for Urban School Leadership, a network of 32 neighborhood Chicago Public Schools. In my other lives, I've also been a 4th-5th grade math teacher and a Math/Technology Coach in Chicago Public Schools. I received my B.A. in Psychology & History at Columbia University, then attained my M.S.T. in Mathematics Education at University of Illinois-Chicago. 

As an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Teacher and Chicago Public School's 2012 Tech Innovator of the Year, I have been exploring ways to redefine education through effective technology use. In 2010, I began implementing a 1:1 iPad technology grant. I did my best to leverage these devices to improve assessment practices and increase differentiation. In 2011, I oversaw an expansion of this grant to 9 other classrooms in our building. Now I continue to explore how to use iPads, Chromebooks and other 1:1 devices to increase student metacognition skills, problem solving and creativity. 

I am also passionate about transforming professional learning. In 2012, I co-created PLAYDATE, a new conference concept encouraging hands-on teacher exploration. As a Golden Apple Teacher of Distinction, I also helped to co-found the GA Teachers for Tomorrow annual conferences. More recently, I was honored to be named a White House Champion of Change as a Connected Educator.

Aside from my students, my great loves in life are sci fi, mashed potatoes, Tabasco sauce, my dog and my husband.


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Recent Honors...
  • Co-Founder of PLAYDATE
  • 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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