John Schinker has been working in the field of educational technology since 1993. He began his career as a middle school computer applications teacher, and has taught in three different school districts in northeast Ohio. He holds degrees in Computer Science Education and Instructional Technology.
John was an early proponent of the use of asynchronous communication tools in an educational environment. In 1994, he set up a bulletin board system for his students to use, and four years later was conducting research on using online discussion boards with middle school students. In his current position, he encourages teachers at the primary, middle, and high school levels to use online discussion tools along with blogging software, social networking tools, and collaborative software to accomplish the same goals.
Currently, John is the technology coordinator for the Brecksville-Broadview Heights schools in Ohio, a suburban school district consisting of six schools, 4500 students, and approximately 500 employees. He is responsible for all aspects of operational and instructional technology.
A strong proponent of open source solutions for schools, John oversees a technology infrastructure where 90% of the servers are running the Linux operating system. Teachers and students regularly use a number of open source software products, including the popular Moodle learning management system and WordPress blogging software.
Since 2007, John has co-hosted the EdTechWeekly webcast on the EdTechTalk network. This discussion of news and resources in educational technology is broadcast live on Sunday nights, where people can listen to the show live and and participate in the real-time chat. The show is also archived as a podcast.
In 2009, John participated on an international Education Beyond Borders team to provide technology training and capacity building for teachers in South Africa and Kenya. He spent six weeks facilitating professional development workshops in Africa as part of this experience.
John has presented at numerous educational technology conferences in the United States. He blogs at www.tasteoftech.net.