About

IMG_7062Jo-Ann Fox google-certified-teacher

Founder of AppEducation.com

Teacher since 2000

MA in Education- Literacy

Google Certified Innovator

Contact me for consulting: Fox@AppEducation.com

My name is Jo-Ann Fox and I am an elementary teacher. Since integrating technology into my primary and upper elementary classrooms, it has changed the face of my teaching style in more ways than I could list. It has motivated my students to harness their learning and helped me to promote innovation. My students are actively engaged, easily make connections to their learning, collaborate with their classmates, and internalize their learning through the use of technology.

My goal with AppEducation is to share with you how I am implementing 1:1 technology into my classroom. As I began the adventure of 1:1 implementation, I became overwhelmed with the amount of educational apps that are available out there. I quickly found so many apps are not worthy of my students’ time. I realized it is not just WHAT apps I use in the classroom, but HOW I use them to promote the 4 C’s: critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and to promote communication skills. As you set out on your journey to integrate technology into your classroom, come back and visit AppEducation.com often to research great ideas for the effective use of iPods or iPads in your classroom.

My district is committed to promoting innovative teaching and learning. I am a part of two Apple Distinguished Programs: the Project Live and iRead program. The Project Live program seeks to promote project based learning through the use of movie-making in the classroom. I have been a part of this program since 2010 and my class has won several awards for their student created movies. The iRead program is known world-wide as a successful program that utilizes iPods/iPads to promote reading comprehension. I am a mentor teacher for the iRead program and help teachers to effectively use 1:1 iPods and iPads in their classroom.
My current position is a Teacher on Special Assignment tasked to plan and design a new innovative school. The school I helped to design will be utilizing 1:1 iPads, STEAM, design thinking, and project based learning to design a student centered learning environment. To learn more about this project, please read this CUE Blog post.

Awards:

2013 Google Teacher Academy, Chicago

2013 Winner of California Student Media Festival, School Information Category

2013 Winner of Escondido Youth Media Fesitival, grades 3-5 Video Category and People’s Choice Award

2013 Nomination for iVIE, Public Service Announcement grades 3-5

2012 iVIE Special Recognition Award- Powerful Writing

2012 Semi-Finalist California Teacher of the Year

2012 San Diego County Teacher of the Year

2011 Escondido Union School District Teacher of the Year,

2011 Reidy Creek School Teacher of the Year

2010 iVIE Special Recognition Award- Best  Persuasive Writing

2010 Escondido Youth Media Award Winner

In the News:

Fox 5 highlights Flipped Learning 

NC Times: Flipped Classrooms Turning Education on Its Head

Flash Mob at my school gets kids excited about California Standards Testing! NC Times

Selected to be on California’s Education Technology Task Force with Tom Torlakson, SSI

San Diego County Teacher of the Year: North County Times article

Teacher of the Year Inspired by her Own Learning: San Diego Union Tribune article

San Diego County Office of Education: Issues in Education

Contact Information:

Fox@AppEducation.com

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