Jenna Dawson is currently a Program Specialist in Marion County. Her duties include mentoring new teachers, providing regular district-wide professional development, and integrating instructional technology. Over the past few years, she has focused on acquiring technical certifications directly related to providing innovative digital curriculum that fosters an environment for hands-on learning. Specifically, Jenna holds the title of being a Microsoft Certified Educator, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, and a Skype Master Teacher.
Through the MIE Expert program, Jenna traveled to Portland, Oregon for the 2017 NCCE Conference to deliver a presentation titled, "Bringing Inquiry Learning to the 21st Century Classroom" with Nicole Cotner and Megan Lipinczyk. As a former Gifted Teacher, she developed curriculum for Hillsborough County's Summer Scholars Program that integrated computer coding, Sphero & SPRK Lightning Lab. Jenna was also a regular featured speaker during monthly Gifted PLC's where she shared "tech-KNOWLEDGE-y" tips.
Jenna is passionate about delivering relevant 21st century technology-focused curriculum and feels it is crucial for student success. She believes technology allows students to express their creativity, while providing the necessary technical and critical thinking skills that will not only prepare them for the future, but foster a sense of school belonging that has been proven to be a key element of educational attainment.
Utilizing various Microsoft tools, especially OneNote Class Notebook, in a 1:1 and BYOD environment, allows the ability to teach purposeful content by adapting curriculum to include the community and the world around us. With technology, education would be personalized, learner-driven, and hands-on. Student motivation and engagement would increase. Students would be better prepared for the world of tomorrow. A world where most jobs have yet to be created. A world where technology is deeply embedded. A world where time is a variable and learning is constant. Achieving these goals will transform the learning happening in today's classrooms by bringing the true meaning of teaching – discovery and exploration – back to education. With this opportunity, the possibilities are endless.
Jenna holds a B.S. in Elementary Education and will begin working on her Master's Degree this fall. She has come to the realization in her teaching profession that technology touches almost every part of students' lives and feels that integrating technology into the classroom is a priority in order to make learning relevant for students in today’s digital age.
Favorite Tech Tools: Nearpod, Quizizz, Microsoft Sway, Microsoft OneNote & Class Notebook, Skype in the Classroom, Coding, and Robotics