A democratic civilization will save itself only if it makes the language of the image into a stimulus for critical reflection, not an invitation to hypnosis.
Kristin Hokanson is an educational consultant and Director of Curriculum and Instruction as School Lane Charter School in Bensalem, PA. With her expertise in innovative use of technology for learning, she serves the Meda Education Lab as the Digital Learning Coach. 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. Since 2011, as the Director of Professional Learning at Inquiry Schools, she has offered professional development and 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 topics such as Copyright and Fair Use in content creation, critical reading and writing through propoganda and fake news, and digital citizenship.
Kristin has been invited to presented at many local state and national venues including the Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference (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 served on the board and iPennsylvania Association for Educational Communication and Technology. Kristin is a chapter coauthor in What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media.