Tech Salad

With Crunchy Bits and Bytes


I am the Goochland Middle/High School Instructional Technology Coach.  I am a former Spanish teacher. I am an Apple Distinguished Educator and a Google Certified Teacher.

Goochland is a small place and we all wear many hats, so my days are never boring.

Most of my days are spent meeting with teachers to work on lesson plans, or to provide one-on-one instruction on computer applications and online tools. Once teachers are familiar with tools, we work together to adapt lesson plans, or to develop new ideas for lesson plans that are creative and engaging. I am always happy when I’m invited to co-teach one of these lessons.

Over the past year I have worked very closely with the teachers in our 1:1 program. From finding apps to helping teachers adapt their pedagogy to the new environment, there is always something to do. We have embraced Google Apps for Education, Schoology, and a wide range of apps that allow for open-ended, creative projects.

 I mange a fleet of 18 laptop carts, each loaded with 15 laptops and a printer. Those are shared among the various departments in the building. We also have classroom sets of iPads and laptops, and I work with the teachers who host them to make sure they are in good shape.
When I am not in school, I spend my time learning about bugs through my iPhone lens. I use a macro attachment to take pictures, then I research what I find. I have written four books, three of them for children.
You can find me on Twitter and Flickr, too.


One Comment

  1. Hi Bea,

    It was so great to see you at NECC and I can’t believe that conference was months ago. Just wanted to say hi and wish you and your family a premature Happy Thanksgiving ;) I am enjoying perusing your blog and it is evident how much you enjoy your job. Also, since I know you are a fan of C-SPAN, we are airing our three original productions over the weekend. If you are near a television, here is the schedule:

    All on C-SPAN

    THANKSGIVING THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26 – 8PM EST and 12 midnight “The Supreme Court: Home to America’s Highest Court”

    FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27 – 8PM EST and 12midnight “The White House: Inside America’s Most Famous Home”

    SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28 – 8PM EST and 12 midnight “The Capitol”

    I hope you have a wonderful holdiay break. Keep up the good work ;)

    Take care, Meredith