Tim Needles, Smithtown High School East
ISTE affiliate: NYSCATE
Tim Needles is an art, media and STEAM teacher, the author of STEAM Power: Infusing Art Into Your STEM Curriculum and an artist. An educator for over two decades, Needles has taught AP art, digital media, filmmaking, photography, drawing, screenwriting, animation, game design, 3D printing, coding, animation, and augmented and virtual reality. He has also taught mass communication and emerging media at Five Towns College and Adelphi University. Needles trains teachers and students in edtech, creative and media arts integration curriculum, social-emotional learning, and provides professional development for the Lincoln Public Schools, Brigantine Schools, Cape May Schools, NYSCATE, School Library Journal, StoryCorps, Mid East Suffolk Teacher Center, Suffolk's Edge Teacher Center, Project Presence and Digital Media Academy. He’s an Adobe Education Leader and Master Teacher with the Adobe Youth Voices program, and a frequent conference presenter. Needles is the chair of the NAEA ArtEdTech interest group and an ISTE Community Leader. He’s a NASA Solar System Ambassador, a DEN Star and an Adobe Creative Educator, and is a certified educator for National Geographic, Adobe, Formative, PBS, Discovery, Kami, GoGuardian and Clever. He is the recipient of the 2021 NAEA Eastern Region Art Educator Award, 2019 ISTE Teacher Education Network's Technology In Action Award, 2018 ISTE Arts and Technology PLN Network Creativity Award, 2016 NAEA Art Education Technology Outstanding Teacher Award and the Robert Rauschenberg Power of Art award at The National Gallery of Art. As an artist and writer, Needles’ work has been featured on NPR, in The New York Times and at the Norman Rockwell Museum, Columbus Museum of Art, Photographer’s Forum, French Photo and SVA Gallery. He also writes for McGraw Hill’s The Art of Teaching, School Arts, NYSCATE’s News, TEAE’s Trends and Short and Sweet NYC.
In-person sessionsCreativity Playground Digital Blackout Poetry Project Digital StoryTelling Playground: Explore Wonderment and Foster Digital Creativity Photowalk in New Orleans Strengthen Your STEAM Power Game