Shaking Up the Status Quo of Learning and Engagement
A discussion with Kasey Bell, coach, author, and founder of Shake Up Learning
Kasey Bell, the CEO and Digital Learning Coach at Shake Up Learning, will be presenting at January’s 2020 Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) in Miami.
Bell is a former middle school teacher and self-proclaimed “middle school survivor.” She loved working with students and other teachers, but over time found she lacked the passion for being a language arts teacher. When she decided to get her master’s degree in education technology, her career pursuits lined up. “It was a great transition for me. I moved into a coaching role at my school district, where I was helping teachers learn how to integrate technology,” she says.
It was during coaching sessions with teachers that Bell realized blogging would be an avenue to consider. As she explains, “In my training with teachers, I mentioned, ‘Oh, you should follow these great bloggers, and you should be blogging with your kids in the classroom and doing all these things.” Then I [realized], ‘Okay, if I’m saying this, I really should be making an example of myself, and this is something I should do.'”
She developed Shake Up Learning with the idea to increase students’ learning and engagement. As the title suggests, Bell looked to shake things up in the learning space and watched her idea snowball to the success it is today.
Bell never dreamed that her commitment to edtech and learning engagement would lead to a successful blog or even a high-profile speaking engagement at a conference like FETC. Through it all, she has remained humble and excited to share her story and ideas.
“I talk a lot in my book, and when I speak of the power of your voice, that everybody has something to share, something that’s unique to them that teachers and others can learn from. I encourage teachers to do it; to reflect and share. [I encourage them] to pass it on to students. It’s a powerful message that students often don’t get to focus on. There is a power to sharing learning online as opposed to just a Snapchat filter.”
About Kasey Bell
Kasey Bell is a former middle school teacher turned award-winning digital learning coach, international speaker, author, blogger and podcaster with a Texas-sized passion for technology and learning.
Kasey is the author of the Shake Up Learning blog and book, host of The Shake Up Learning Show Podcast, co-host of The Google Teacher Tribe Podcast and author of Shake Up Learning: Practical Ideas to Move Learning from Static to Dynamic.
As a skillful facilitator, Google Certified Innovator, and Google Certified Trainer, Kasey has led a variety of digital learning workshops across the globe and helped thousands of educators to transform their classrooms!
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Kasey Bell will be presenting at the following at FETC:
- 25 Things You Didn’t Know Google Slides Could Do
- Shake Up Learning with Google Keep
- The Teacher’s Guide to Podcasting
- Confessions of a Bad Teacher
- Top 10 Secrets of an Awesome Tech Coach
- Stranger Google: Crazy Tools from the Upside Down
- The Teacher’s Guide to Digital Choice Boards
- Be Dynamic and Shake Up Learning (keynote)
The 40th anniversary Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) will take place January 14-17, 2020 in Miami, Fla. Registration is now open at Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC)