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Kristin Hokanson is the Director of Professional Learning at Inquiry Schools. With her expertise in innovative use of technology for learning, she serves as the Digital Learning Coach for the Meda Education Lab. Kristin Hokanson spent 20 years in public education as a teacher and HS technology integration specialist through Pennsylvania's Classrooms for the Future Initiative. She holds a BS in Education from University of Delaware and M.Ed from Cabrini College, a certificate as an Instructional Technology Specialist through Penn State University's World Campus, and K-12 Principal certificate from Edinboro University. For the past 5 years she has offered coaching services to help educators be more effective in implementing innovative digital learning and leading in K-12 education for organizations such as Discovery Education, November Learning, EdTech Team, and Knovation. She has worked with students and teachers K-12 helping them to leverage web-based tools and emerging technologies to increase rigor and student engagement. Her specialty is best practices in technology integration, especially in the areas of constructivist teaching practices in science, project based learning, and media literacy.
One of the things Kristin is most passionate about is helping teachers find ways to harness 21st Century tools to create more independent, thoughtful, creative learners. As Affiliated Faculty with the Media Education Lab at University of Rhode Island Kristin helps teachers to develop a greater understanding of media literacy and digital responsibility with regards to Copyright and Fair Use.
Kristin has been invited to presented at many local state and national venues including the Pennsylvania Educational Technology Conference and Expo (PETE&C), NJ Educational Computing Cooperative (NJECC), New York State Association for Computers and Technology in Education (NYSCATE), PA Keystone Technology Integrator Summit, International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), and Building Learning Communities (BLC). She is a STAR Discovery Educator, PA State Keystone Technology Integrator and Google Certified Teacher.
Kristin is also actively involved within the Educational Technology community. She serves on the board of Pennsylvania Association for Educational Communication and Technology providing numerous workshops and presentations on variety of topics. Kristin is a chapter coauthor in What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media.