Jessie Erickson is current acting District Assessment Coordinator for Grand Forks Public Schools and serves as an EdTech Consultant providing professional development for EdTech platforms and technology integration. Jessie holds Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and a Specialist Diploma in Educational Leadership. She has had the opportunity to work with the students and staff as a teacher, Building Resource Coordinator, Instructional Coach and Curriculum Technology Partner within the Grand Forks Public Schools and Grand Forks Air Force Base School Districts.
She loves facilitating opportunities that ignite all learners to become passionate about leading and learning.
Cathy Houchin has been teaching for over 40 years. As an elementary music teacher, Cathy loves infusing technology into her classes. She has presented at many conferences including ISTE, FETC, SLATE, TEAC,MACUL and WMEA. For many years, Cathy volunteered with ISTE'S Art and Technology PLN and served in many capacities including president. Currently, she is semi-retired and teaching part-time for the district's eCampus as a special
Rita Mortenson is the Educational Technology Coach for Verona Area High School, in Verona, Wisconsin. She is an ISTE Certified Educator, Discovery Education Leadership Council Member, Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Innovator, and is a National Board Certified Teacher with an MBA Degree. She enjoys working and collaborating with staff and students to create opportunities for all.
Enjoy a beautiful morning in Philadelphia mingling with others of like minds. We'll set out in the morning on a fun, engaging walk as we collaborate and share rich conversation. Photo opportunities while networking with others from around the world will be part of the fun.
Purpose & objective
Purpose is to network with other educators from around the world while we walk and take photos of the beautiful city of Philadelphia. While we are walking, we will try various photo techniques and share ideas and apps.
Please note: The three of us are submitting 2 distinct photowalks. We intentionally are going to different sites and focusing on different locations. At previous ISTE's, we often had a wait list and up to 100 people signing up. By submitting 2 proposals, we are hoping that participants have some options on time, date and location. Thank you!
We have provided a photowalk for the past several ISTE's and we generally go for about 1.5-2 hours.
We begin with introductions, then take a group picture, and depending upon the size of the group, we divide into smaller groups.
We have various stops on the way based on the city, landscape and architecture. We generally stop 8-10 times and talk about techniques, encourage participants to try new features and support each other. The conversation, shared interest in photography and the city we are visiting is always so much fun and interesting. We not only learn about photography, apps and websites, but we have such a good time learning. With participants from all over the world, it is impossible not to have a great experience.