Mark Coppin, Prairie Assistive Technology
Mark Coppin is the owner of Prairie Assistive Technology. For 32 years, he was the director of assistive technology at a nonprofit center for students with special needs where he coordinated the provision of assistive technology services. He also provided technology evaluations and consultation services throughout North Dakota.
Coppin has presented at state, regional, national and international conferences on such topics as technology and teaching, special education, assistive technology, mobile devices in education and autism. He has presented twice at the United Nations on the importance of accessibility.
Coppin holds a bachelor's degree in speech communications and special education, and a master’s degree in educational media design and technology. In 2009, Coppin was named an Apple Distinguished Educator and served on their advisory board from 2009-2012. His leadership was instrumental in the Anne Carlsen Center’s selection as an Apple Distinguished School from 2012 to present. In 2013, Coppin was one of 10 educators recognized as a Champion of Change by the White House. Coppin also serves on the SXSW EDU advisory board.