Craig Kemp is a truly passionate global TechnoTeacher, originally from New Zealand and now living in Singapore. He has over a decade of experience in both the classroom and in leadership (like our UK Founder, Nicole Ponsford). His current role is Head of ICT and Learning Innovation at Stamford American School, Singapore- he is the co-founder of #whatisschool edchat. He calls himself "A a lifelong learner, dream creator and thought leader". We think he is inspirational at TechnoTeachers HQ!
We first learnt about Craig due to his dedication to education through Social Media. As his website says, "He is a professional development speaker whose workshops, seminars, and keynotes not only motivate and inspire educators, but also help them develop practical and creative ways of implementing ideas into classroom practice".
Going beyond the classroom to help other educators, Craig is a Google Certified Teacher, has a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning and a Post Graduate Diploma in Educational Leadership and Administration. He was rewarded in 2010 as one of only three teachers in New Zealand by being invited to the NZ Leadership Institution Young Leaders Programme.
"He is a leading change agent, being involved in the makeover of several schools ICT hardware and programmes, with particular focus on pedagogy to support curriculum integration of technology.
Craig is the co-founder and moderator of the trending twitter ed-chat #whatisschool. The goals of #whatisschool are simple, to give educators a space to express an unbiased response to questions about schooling, where educators have a voice in shaping the future through their experiences, recommendations and interests. #whatisschool is an award winning chat and quickly became one of the most talked about chats on twitter. Please make sure you join Craig every Thursday 7pm EDT (Friday 9am AEST).
Craig specialises in global connections, creating enjoyable and engaging learning experiences for students, social media in education, educational technology, inspiring and motivating staff, integrating technology and innovation in education. He is available for speaking engagements both in person and via Skype/Google Hangouts – Please click here for more information".
Here is our interview with Mr. Kemp:
TechnoTeachers (TT): Please introduce yourself!
Craig Kemp (CK): My name is Craig Kemp and I am a Design and Innovation specialist at a large American International School in Singapore. I blog at www.mrkempnz.com and speak globally on becoming globally connected and supporting global learning opportunities in your classroom.
TT: How do you share your knowledge with others?
CK: In my experience I have found that Twitter is the best tool to engage education professionals online.
CK: It is easy to use, provides the best professional development opportunities in an instant (http://mrkempnz.com/2011/05/twitter-vs-paid-professional-development.html) I got introduced to Twitter about 4 years and have only been using it properly for the past 2 years. I have an amazing PLN of about 15,000 followers and I learn so much from them every day - I often get asked about how to gain followers or how to get connected, so here are a couple of must read posts:
TT: How did you move from the classroom to a wider stage?
CK: My move from teaching (which I still do now) to becoming a conultant and blogger was very natural. I am by no means an expert but I am a huge believer that Education speakers / writers should stay connected to schools through leadership or in the classroom and I never want this to change - I want to be engaged in a school and share my stories, my ideas and my resources as an engaged and connected educator in a 21st century learning classroom.
I have gone from 'Lone-Wolf' to 'Hunting with the Pack' - here is my original post to show my journey of becoming a globally connected educator.
TT: Why did you originally choose to become a teacher?
CK: I was encouraged to get into education by my mother who is my role model. She was an educator in my school as I grew up and I saw how respected she was by her students and the entire school community and she frequentely shared her stories of how she is maknig a difference. I didn't want a jon where I would sit behind a desk - I wanted to get involved and make a difference.
TT: Why do you think it is important to share with others?
CK: It is so important to grow and continue to develop as a teacher. Never remain stagnant in your profession, learn and grow with your students, stay up to date with the latest advancements and even create and make your own advancements that you can share.
TT: How can our readers connect with you?
CK: I am always happy to share, connect and collaborate with other educators. Connect with me at www.mrkempnz.com, on Twitter @mrkempnz and other social media channels here: http://mrkempnz.com/contact. For more information or to have me speak at your school/event/conference please see here: http://mrkempnz.com/speaking.
Thank you Mr Kemp! Next time we will be joined by Carl Hendrick. To find out more about Mr Hendrick please check out his Twitter feed @c_hendrick or see his work as Head of Learning and Research @WellingtonUK.
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