Kathy Schrock has been a school district Director of Technology, an instructional technology specialist, a middle school, academic, museum, and public library librarian, and is currently an online adjunct graduate-level professor at two universities and an independent educational technologist.
Kathy has been involved with technology to support teaching and learning since the early 1990's, and is an Adobe Education Leader, a Google Certified Teacher, a Sony Education Ambassador, and a Discovery Education STAR and a DEN Guru. In 1995, she created her award-winning site, Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators, to help teachers easily wade through the many resources on the Web. In 1999, Kathy partnered with Discovery Education and she maintained the site until late 2012 when the site was retired.
In addition to teaching online, Kathy writes, speaks, blogs, tweets, and conducts professional development workshops, presentations, and keynotes nationally and internationally. She is known for her practical presentations dealing with pedagogically-sound practices for the embedding of technology seamlessly into teaching and learning. Her passions are online tools to support classroom instruction, the role of emerging technologies in the classroom, infographics, tablets in the classroom, copyright and intellectual property, and gadgets of any type! You can find her on Twitter (@kathyschrock), Skype (kathyschrock), Google+, and on many other social networks!
Some personal facts about Kathy are that she lives in a geodesic dome, has a large Dave Debusschere sports card collection, and watches Days of Our Lives each day!
One page information sheet about Kathy.
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Full resume in PDF format and two choices for a hi-res photo in JPEG format: Choice 1 or Choice 2
She currently maintains these Web sites:
Kathy has written hundreds of articles dealing with technology and education and has authored several books about edtech topics. In addition, she has received numerous awards for her work, including a People's Choice Webby, the ISTE and MassCUE Making IT Happen Award, the NCTIES Service Learning Award, has served on the ISTE Board of Directors twice, and has worked with the US Department of Education on several educational technology initiatives.
Kathy's contact information is:
45 Starlight Lane
Eastham MA 02642
Google Voice: 508-247-0044
Read Kathy's Contemporary Authors entry. (Google Viewer version)
Read two articles from Kathy's local papers written in March, 2001 and July, 2003.
1975, Morris Knolls Regional High School, Denville, NJ (Kathy as the mascot!)
BS, 1979, Elementary and Special Education, Rutgers College, New Brunswick, NJ
MLS, 1981, Rutgers Graduate School of Communication, Information, & Library Studies
- Educational Technologist and CEO, kackl!, Eastham, MA
- Director of Technology, Nauset Public Schools, Orleans MA
- Technology Director, Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District
- Library Media Specialist, NH Wixon Middle School, South Dennis, MA
- Librarian, Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Brewster, MA
- Assistant Director, Education Library, University of Maryland - College Park
- Circulation Department Head, Engineering Library, University of Maryland
- Library Media Specialist, Timberlane Regional High School, Plaistow, NH
- Preservation Cataloger, NE Document Conservation Cntr., Andover, MA
- Children's & Preservation Librarian, Morristown/Twp. Public Library, NJ
awards and recogntions
- Subject of Shelley Paris' podcast about library leaders, May 2013.
- Noted as one of the "Connected Educators: Awesome Twitter Accounts", Jan. 2013.
- Noted as one of the "25 Best Pinterest Boards in Ed Tech", Sept. 2012.
- Named as one of "Must Read Educational EdTech Blogs", June 2012.
- Names as one of the "25 Top Education Blogs to Rock Your World", May 2012.
- Profiled as one of Game Classroom’s Top Educators, April 2010.
- Named an Edublog 2009 Award Winner: First runner-up for Best Individual Blog.
- Named the Bella Online Distance Learning Site of the Month, August 2008.
- Recipient of a MassCUE "Making it Happen" Award at MassCUE Conference, November 2007.
- Recipient of the NCTIES Service Award, awarded at the Annual Conference, March 2006.
- Recipient of an ISTE "Making it Happen" Award (and the coveted pink jacket) at NECC, June 2005.
- Honored as a Top Five Innovator in Education (along with Papert, Gates, Wozniak, and Jobs) by Tech and Learning, 5/05..
- Appeared as the subject of an interview in a podcast in the Paradigm Shift series.
- Honored as Rutgers University School of Communication, Information, and Library Studies Alumna of the Year for 2004.
- Subject of an interview on Microsoft's site, MainFunction.com, May 2004.
- Given 5 stars by Barbara Feldman's syndicated newspaper column, Surfing the Net With Kids, for my critical evaluation links during during September 2002.
- Selected as a USA Today Education Best Bet site for the week of 11/13/0.
- Voted as a Top Ten Favorite Site by the members of the listserv, The Teacher List, from Alberta, Canada, November 2001.
- Awarded the Impact Award by FamilyEdge for making "a significant contribution to building and strengthening the relationship between children and the adults", 10/01.
- Inducted into the Internet Librarian Hall of Fame, June 11, 2001.
- Appeared in a segment on NBC's Today Show dealing with the importance of home-school communication and the integral role of technology in supporting the process, May 23, 2001.
- Recipient of an Above and Beyond Award from the MA Tech Leadership Council for advancing the use of technology in Massachusetts schools, February 2001.
- Britannica Internet Guide Award for quality, accuracy of content, presentation and usability, 2/00.
- Chosen as a "Best of Category" in the Teaching Materials section of the
Librarian's Index to the Internet, January 2000.
- Chosen as a "Featured Top Site" by Educating.net, December 1999.
- Featured link on the Copernicus Education Gateway , November 1999.
- Subject of a Guru Interview on Ex Libris, an E-zine for librarians, October 1999.
- Selected by UNESCO to serve on its international task force, A Window for Children, to protect students and children from exploitation on the Internet, June 1999.
- Winner of the 1999 People's Voice Webby Award for Education.
- Received a rating of 10 on the Planet Click Education Channel, March 1999.
- Named as one of the "Impact 30", a group of decision-makers, policy-makers, and educators who have had an important impact on educational technology by eSchool News, February 1999.
- Named as the “Best Niche Portal” in the Webfeet Awards given by the Daily Mail & Guardian, a South African newspaper, February 1999.
- Nice write-up in Education World as "An Educator's Best Friend", 11/98.
- This site has the Argus Clearinghouse Seal of Approval with 4/5 checks, 1999!
- Featured as the top story in the Cape Cod Journal, January 8, 1999.
- Designated a NewHoo Cool Site, December 1998.
- Honored as a STAR (Spectacular Teacher Achieving Results) at Classroom Connect's Connected Classroom Conference, Spring 1998.
- Contributor to an Education Week special report on "Teaching the Teachers", 11/12/97.
- Written up as a "Beacon" in the Fall 1997 issue of High_Tech@MA.schools.k12 newsletter.
- Selected as an outstanding site by Education Index, November 1997
- Selected as one of the Digital Dozen at the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse site for August, 1997.
- Written up in the March 1997 issue of Internet World magazine in an great article entitled "Ode to Librarians" by Cynthia James-Catalano.
- Subject of a Philadelphia Inquirer article in @techlife written by Joyce Valenza, February 1997.
- Recipient of a 1996 Pathfinder Award from MassCUE (MA ISTE Affiliate) and the MA Department of Education. This award honors Massachusetts educators who have "demonstrated leadership in their ability to find an effective pathway for planning and integrating the uses of technologies in education", October 1996.
- Chosen as one of the "Top Ten Sites for Educators" by Electronic Learning, Fall 96.
- Voted the 5 Checkmark Site of the Day for October 22, 1996 at TKM's Education Web Search.
- Designated a Rossgita Hot Sight for "moving the Internet in a positive direction", 11/96.
- Designated as an site from Classroom Connect.
- Featured in a 1996 issue of Private School Resource in a great article by Max Kvidera.
- Cited as a "source of substantial educational value" as a Related Resource to visit in the Discovery Channel School programs "Putting Kids First" and "Plugging Into Technology".
- Listed as a K-12 education resource to visit in Internet World magazine, 9/96.
- Added to Blue Web'n as an exemplary educational application, 8/96.
- Finalist in the World Wide Web Winner (W4) Home Page design contest from Arizona Central, May 1996.
- Featured on the Curriculum Resource Page of the WMHT K-5 Cybertrail. My favorite description of my site: "Your students might say, "Kathy's site kicks" or "Schrock's site rocks" -- but whatever the vernacular, Kathy Schrock has put together one heckuva resource for educators. The library media specialist from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, has meticulously organized her links by subject matter, making it easy for you to find just the curriculum resource you're looking for. It's one of those sites that you keep finding links to elsewhere on the Web: it seems that once educators on the 'Net discover it, they want to share it with everyone. Follow the link to see why! (And once you're there, download Kathy's audio salutation!) "
- Selected as one of the ten Best Science, Art, and K-12 Sites on the Internet for February 1996 by the Exploratorium, a wonderful science museum in San Francisco.
- Featured on the "Byte Size Page" of the December 1995 issue and mentioned as a "Web Winner" in the January 1997 issue of NEA Today, the official publication of the National Education Association.
- Excite, an Internet search engine that includes reviews, writes "Kathy gets straight A's for this project. Her guide to resources for teachers is thorough and easy to use. Sites are arranged by academic subject : history, music, science, etc, and each month she presents a featured Web site of unique value to educators."
- Rated 3 stars (a site worth a visit) in the Net Guide, December 1995 Cyberguide.
- Neat Site of the Month for August 1995 in Cybertown.
- The Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) called the site "an excellent example of how one educator with lots of imagination and some computing know-how can help colleagues navigate the Net.", August,1995.
- One of the "Top Ten Educational Resources of the Month" for July 1995 on the Puget Sound Community School site.