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HIGHER EDUCATION

Doctor of Philosophy

George Mason University
2017-12
  • Major: Education
  • Specialization: International Education
  • Dissertation: Using Technology to Facilitate English Language Acquisition

Master of Education

Howard University
2007-05
  • Major: Elementary Education
  • Thesis: The Effects of Classical Music on the Behaviors of First Grade
    Students.

Bachelor of Arts

Howard University
2003-05
  • Major: Radio-Television-Film.
  • Minor: French

CURRENT POSITION

Regional Technology Coordinator

Prince George’s County Public Schools

Coordinating technology initiatives in the county and within a cluster of schools.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Affiliate Faculty

Loyola University
2018Present

Taught the ET630: Digital Communication in the Classroom course to Master's level in-service teachers.

Co-Founder

Edcamp Voxer/Edcamp Voice
2015

International edcamp held entirely on Voxer.

Founder

EduMatch
2014

Project utilizing social media to connect educators globally along topics of similar interests (edumatch.org).

Technology Liaison

Prince George's County Public Schools
20082015

Facilitated technology initiatives within the school, and served as a liaison between the school and county.

Technology Teacher

Prince George's County Public Schools
20082015

Taught technology in elementary, middle, and high schools.

Reading/English Teacher

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
20082015

Taught Reading in grade 2 and English in grades 6-8.

1st Grade Teacher

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
20052008

General education teacher.

5th Grade Teacher

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
20042005

General education teacher.

Presenter

Technology Training Team
20112015

Conducted CPD training for the county on Google Drive, Google Sites, and PowerPoint

GRANT ACTIVITIES

Grant Participant

20082010
  • Sharing Technology with Educators Program (STEP).
  • Awarded by Prince George's County Public Schools.

HONORS AND AWARDS

Making it happen

ISTE
2017

ASCD Emerging leader

ASCD
2016

Outstanding Educator Using Technology

Prince Georges County Public Schools
2015

20 to Watch

National School Boards Association
2015

Sharing is Caring Award, Digital Innovation in Learning Awards

Edsurge and Digital Promise
2014

Digital Arts Award

Prince George's County Public Schools
2012

White Paper Award (Nominee)

Maryland Society of Educational Technology
2012

Digital Arts Award

Prince George's County Public Schools
2010

Digital Arts Award

Prince George's County Public Schools
2009

ETS Recognition of Excellence – Elementary Education:Content Knowledge

The Praxis Series
2004

Cum Laude Honor

Howard University
2003 (Spring)

Certificate of Excellence

Howard University School of CommunicationAnnenberg Honors Program
2003 (Spring)

First place winner

Ralph Bunche Women Ambassador’s Essay Contest
2003

Outstanding Student Award

Spotlight, Howard University
2003 (Spring)

Capstone and Annenberg Honors Scholarships

Howard University
19992003

MEMBERSHIP/AFFILIATIONS

  • Raspberry Pi Certified.                        
  • ASCD.
  • International Society for Technology in Education.
  • American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
  • Edmodo Support Ambassador.
  • Kappa Delta Pi, Howard University.
  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Howard University Chapter.
  • Google Certified Innovator.
  • Google for Education Certified Trainer.

RECENT PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP POSITIONS

ESSA Title IIA - Teacher Leadership Committee

Maryland State department of education
2017

National Strand Leader - Instructional Coaches

Future REady
2017

ISTE educator Standards refresh committee

international society for technology in education
20162017

Google Mentor/Coach

Edtechteam/Google
20162017

Technology Committee Co-Chair

EdCamp Maryland
20152016

Teacher to Teacher

Advisory Council, Gates Foundation
20152016

Digital Equity PLN Co-Leader

International Society for Technology in Education
2015Present

Professional Development Presenter

Prince Georges County Technology Training Team
20112015

Technology Liaison

John Hanson French Immersion School
20082015

School Leadership Team Member

John Hanson French Immersion School
2012Present

STEP Program Committee Member

John Hanson French Immersion School
20082010

Social Studies Department Chair

Clinton Grove Elementary School
20072008

School Leadership Team Member

Clinton Grove Elementary School
20072008

FOREIGN LANGUAGES

  • French: Proficiency
  • Haitian Creole: Proficiency
  • Spanish: Basic knowledge

PRESENTATIONS

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

  • Thomas, S. (2018, June). Epic Failures from Women in EdTech. International Society of Technology for Education, Illinois.
  • Thomas, S. (2018, June). Digital Equity Panel.  International Society of Technology for Education, Illinois.
  • Thomas, S. (2017, October). The Power is Yours! DigCit Summit, Monterrey, Mexico.
  • Thomas, S. (2017, July). Keynote. Super CUE, California.
  • Thomas, S. (2017, June). Opening Ignite: Teaching to Learn or Learning to Teach? International Society of Technology for Education, Texas.
  • Thomas, S. (2017, June). Moderator: Keynote Panel. Badge Summit, Texas.
  • Thomas, S. (2017, April). Poster Session: Using Technology to Facilitate Second Language Acquisition. American Educational Research Association, Texas.
  • Thomas, S. (2016, October). Connecting the Dots: EduMatch in Action. ResearchEd, Washington, DC.
  • Thomas, S. (2016, October). The Power is Yours! Digcit Summit, Twitter Headquarters, California.
  • White, N., Raleigh, J., Rogers, C., and Thomas, S. (2016, June). Panel: LMS. International Society of Technology for Education, Colorado.
  • Rogers, A., Eddington, M., and Thomas, S. (2016, June). Poster: Humans of Education. International Society of Technology for Education, Colorado.
  • Geisel, N., Dillon, J., Terrell, S., Thomas, S. (2016, June). Panel: BadgeChatK12. Badge Summit, Colorado.
  • Thomas, S. (2016, January). Protect Yourself Fool! DigcitSummitUK, Bournemouth University, United Kingdom.
  • Thomas, S. (2016, January). Five Steps to Gamify Your Classroom. Future of Education Technology Conference.
  • Thomas, S. (2015, October). Featured Speaker. DigCit Summit, CT.
  • Thomas, S. (2015, July). Keynote: C.P.R. for the Drowning Teacher. 30 Goals Conference, Online.
  • Thomas, S. (2015, June). 1in3: Five Tools for Global Collaboration. International Society of Technology for Education, Pennsylvania.
  • Thomas, S. and Deyamport, W. (2015, June). Birds of a Feather: Global Collaboration. International Society of Technology for Education, Pennsylvania.
  • Liedahl, B. and Thomas, S. (2015, June). Full STEAM Ahead: ProjectBased Learning using STEAM. International Society of Technology for Education, Pennsylvania.
  • Hurley, A., Thomas, S., and Neil, T. (2015, June). Passion + Latitude + Narrative: A Formula for Connecting Multiple (worldwide) PLNs. International Society of Technology for Education, Pennsylvania.
  • Thomas, S. (2015, March). How We are Flipping the Script. CUE Annual Conference, California.
  • Thomas, S. and Morgan, C. (2015, March). How We are Flipping the Script. T3 International Conference (Texas Instruments), Texas.
  • Coburn-Shifflett, C., Davis, R., Thomas, S., and Terrell, S. (2015, March). Digital Diversity: Minority Women in EdTech. Panel discussion at SXSWEdu, Texas.
  • Davis, R. and Thomas, S. (2015, January). Debating the Purpose of the EdTech Conference. Facilitated at Educon, Pennsylvania.
  • Thomas, S. (2015, January). How We are Flipping the Script. REALIZE 15, Canada, Online.
  • Thomas, S. (2014, December). Level Up: Five Steps to Gamify Your Classroom. Sponsored by Easybib, Online.
  • Thomas, S. and Essama, L. (2014, November). How We are Flipping the Script. American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Austin, TX.
  • Essama, L. and Thomas, S. (2014, November). Immerse Yourself in Web 2.0. American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Austin, TX.
  • Thomas, S. (2014, September). Level Up: Five Steps to Gamify Your Classroom. Gaming in Ed, Online.
  • Thomas, S. (2014, September). How We are Flipping the Script. Google in Education Online Summit.
  • Thomas, S. (2014, July). Flipping for STEAM. Connectivity PreConference.
  • Thomas, S. (2014, July). How We are Flipping the Script. Reform Symposium Online Free Conference 5.
  • Terrell, S. and Thomas, S. (2014, June). Gamification on a Shoestring. International Society of Technology for Education, Atlanta, GA.
  • Thomas, S. (2014, June). How We are Flipping the Script. Flipped Classroom Conference, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.
  • Thomas, S. (2014, May). So You've Decided to Flip...Now What? Reform Symposium Free Online Conference MiniCon.

STATE

  • Thomas, S. (2018, June). Keynote: The "I" in Team. Illinois Flipped and Blended Conference.
  • Thomas, S. (2018, June). Keynote: Google Academy. Innovative Education, Colorado.
  • Thomas, S. (2018, May). Featured Speaker: Connecting the Dots, Common Ground, MD.
  • Thomas, S. (2018, February). Featured Speaker, Illinois Computing Educators.
  • Thomas, S. (2018, February). Keynote: The "I" in Team. Midwest Education Technology Community, Missouri.
  • Thomas, S. (2017, December). Featured Speaker, Technology and Information Educational Services, Minnesota.
  • Thomas, S. (2017, October). Featured Speaker. EdTechTeam Leaders Summit, Illinois.
  • Thomas, S. (2017, May). Featured Speaker. EdTechTeam Leaders Summit, California.
  • Thomas, S. (2017, March). Featured Speaker. EdTechTeam Leaders Summit, Ohio.
  • Thomas, S. (2017, February). Featured Speaker. IntegratED, Oregon.
  • Thomas, S. (2016, September). Keynote: The Superhero in Us All. CUE Nevada.
  • Thomas, S. (2016, July). Ignite: Meet the Family. Google Apps for Education Summit, California.
  • Thomas, S. (2016, July). Featured Speaker: Using Google Hangouts on Air for Podcasting. Google Apps for Education Summit, California.
  • Thomas, S. (2016, July). Featured Speaker: Connecting the Dots with EduMatch. Google Apps for Education Summit, California.
  • Thomas, S. (2016, July). Featured Speaker: Level Up: Five Steps to Gamify Your Classroom. Google Apps for Education Summit, California.
  • Thomas, S. (2016, July). Featured Speaker: How We are Flipping the Script. Google Apps for Education Summit, California.
  • Simmons, T. and Thomas, S. (2016, March). Blending Google Hangouts on Air, YouTube, and Google Classroom Together. Google Apps for Education Summit, Maryland.
  • Thomas, S. (2015, November). Keynote: The Magic Moments in Education. Michigan State University College of Teaching and Education Annual Technology Conference.
  • Thomas, S. (2015, October). How We are Flipping the Script. Colonial Technology Conference, Delaware.
  • Thomas, S. (2015, July). Ignite: C.P.R. for the Drowning Teacher. iPadPalooza, Indiana.
  • Thomas, S. (2015, July). How We are Flipping the Script. iPadPalooza, Indiana.
  • Thomas, S. (2015, July). Five Steps to Gamify Your Classroom. iPadPalooza, Indiana.
  • Thomas, S. (2015, June). Ignite: C.P.R. for the Drowning Teacher. PV Transform, Indiana.
  • Thomas, S. (2015, June). Googly Eyed: Using GAFE to Transform Your Teaching. PV Transform, Indiana.
  • Thomas, S. (2015, June). Five Steps to Gamify Your Classroom. PV Transform, Indiana.
  • Raleigh, J., Rogers, C., Thomas, S., and White, N. (2015, June). Level Up Your Teaching in Five Easy Steps. Innovative Education Colorado.
  • Thomas, S. (2015, June). Level Up Your Teaching in Five Easy Steps. Innovative Education Colorado.
  • Thomas, S. (2015, June). Why We’re STILL Flipping over Flipped Instruction. Innovative Education Colorado.
  • Thomas, S. (2015, April). Gamification: Five Steps to Level Up Your Teaching. IntegratED, GAFE Summit, MD.
  • Thomas, S. (2015, April). Flipped Instruction. GAFE Summit, Maryland.
  • Thomas, S. (2015, April). Googly Eyed: Using GAFE to Transform Your Teaching. GAFE Summit, Wisconsin.
  • Thomas, S. (2015, April). Flipped Instruction. GAFE Summit, Wisconsin.
  • Thomas, S. (2015, February). Googly Eyed: Using GAFE to Transform Your Teaching. IntegratED, Oregon.
  • Thomas, S. (2015, February). Gamification: Five Steps to Level Up Your Teaching. IntegratED, Oregon.
  • Thomas, S. (2015, February). Flipped Instruction. IntegratED, Oregon.
  • Thomas, S. (2014, November). How We are Flipping the Script. MiGoogle, Michigan.
  • Thomas, S. and Essama, L. (2014, October). How We are Flipping the Script. Utah Dual Language Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Thomas, S. (2014, June). How We are Flipping the Script. Innovative Education Colorado.
  • Thomas, S. (2014, June). How We are Flipping the Script. iPadpalooza, Austin, TX.
  • Thomas, S. (2014, May). How We are Flipping the Script. Common Ground, MD.
  • Thomas, S. (2014, March). How We are Flipping the Script. New Jersey Association for Middle Level Education.
  • Thomas, S. (2014, January). How We are Flipping the Script. Michigan FlipTeaching Conference.
  • Thomas, S. (2013, October). How We Flipped the Script. Edscape, New Jersey.
  • Thomas, S. (2012, April). TechnologyInfused Solutions to Help Facilitate Second Language Acquisition. Maryland Society of Educational Technology.
  • Thomas, S. (2011, April). Flip Cameras and their Uses in the Classroom. Maryland Society of Educational Technology.
  • Essama, L. & Thomas, S. (2010, May). STEP in a French Immersion School. Maryland Society of Educational Technology.

REGIONAL

  • Thomas, S. (2018, January). Featured Speaker. EdTechTeam - Kitsap Custom Summit, Washington.
  • Thomas, S. (2017, November). Featured Speaker. Shift in EDU, Florida.
  • Thomas, S. (2017, February). Keynote: Designing with Passion. 5Sigma Educon, Anastasis Academy, Colorado.
  • Thomas, S. (2016, October). Connecting the Dots with EduMatch. Colonial Tech Conference, Delaware.
  • Thomas, S. (2016, June). How We are Flipping the Script. CUE Rockstar, California
  • Thomas, S. (2016, June). Level Up: Five Steps to Gamify Your Classroom. CUE Rockstar, California.
  • Thomas, S. (2016, June). EduMatch: Connecting the Dots. CUE Rockstar, California.
  • Thomas, S. (2016, February). EduMatch: Connecting the Dots. 5Sigma Conference, Colorado.
  • Thomas, S. (2015, November). Featured Speaker. Miami Device, Florida.
  • Thomas, S. (2015, October). EduMatch: Connecting the Dots. Ednado Conference, Pennsylvania.
  • Thomas, S., Liedahl, B., Essama, L., Downing, T., Smith, A., Berry, S. (2015, May). Edcamp JHFI Partie Deux Organizer.
  • Wightman, S. et al. (2015, February). Edcamp NoVa Organizer.
  • Thomas, S. (2014, November). How We are Flipping the Script. Miami Device, Florida.
  • Thomas, S. (2014, October). How We are Flipping the Script. Round Rock ISD, Texas.
  • Thomas, S. (2014, August). How We are Flipping the Script with Google. Google Apps for Education Summit, Northern VA.
  • Thomas, S. (2014, June). How We are Flipping the Script. iPadpalooza, Austin, TX.
  • Thomas, S. (2014, April). How We are Flipping the Script. New England 1:1 Tech Summit.
  • Thomas, S., Liedahl, B., Essama, L., Downing, T., Smith, A. (2014, March). Edcamp JHFI Organizer.
  • Thomas, S., Liedahl, B., Essama, L., Downing, T., Smith, A. (2014, February). Edcamp JHFI (Home Edition) Organizer.
  • Thomas, S. (2012, March). Linguistic Challenges Facing Haitian Students in American Schools. American University Student Research Conference.
  • Thomas, S. (2010, May). Challenges Faced by Haitian Youth Upon Immigrating to the United States. George Washington University – Graduate Student Consortium.
  • Thomas, S. (2010, February). Web 2.0 Tools and Their Practical Uses in the Classroom. Capital Region Society for Technology in Education.

LOCAL

  • Thomas, S. (2014, November). Googly Eyed: Using GAFE to Transform Your Teaching. Powering Up with Technology Conference. Prince Georges County Public Schools, MD.
  • Thomas, S. (2014, November). C.P.R. for the Drowning Educator. Powering Up with Technology Conference. Prince Georges County Public Schools, MD.
  • Thomas, S. (2014, November). How We are Flipping the Script. Powering Up with Technology Conference. Prince Georges County Public Schools, MD.
  • Thomas, S. (2014, January). SMARTBoard Training. Marymount University.
  • Thomas, S. (2013, November). How We Flipped the Script, Part 2. Powering Up with Technology Conference. Prince Georges County Public Schools, MD.
  • Thomas, S. (2013, November). How We Flipped the Script. Powering Up with Technology Conference. Prince Georges County Public Schools, MD.
  • Thomas, S. (2013, November). Ready for Your CloseUp? Turning Passion into Livelihood. Media Day. Prince Georges County Public Schools, MD.
  • Thomas, S. (2012, November). Google Sites in the Classroom. Powering Up with Technology Conference. Prince George’s County Public Schools, MD.
  • Ghannam, A. & Thomas, S. (2012, July). Vodcasts in the Classroom. Arlington County Schools Technology for Learning Symposium.
  • Thomas, S. (2010, November). Flip Cameras and their Uses in the Classroom. Powering Up with Technology Conference. Prince George’s County Public Schools, MD.
  • Thomas, S., & Dounda, S. (2009, November). STEP in a French Immersion School. Powering Up with Technology Conference, Prince George's County Public Schools, MD.

PUBLICATIONS

ARTICLES

  • Howard, N. and Thomas, S. (2016). Edcamps: The New Professional Development. Edutopia.
  • Thomas, S. (2016). Learning to Connect, or Connecting to Learn? CUE.

BOOKS

  • Thomas, S. (editor). EduMatch: Snapshot of Education in 2016.

RESEARCH REPORTS

  • Thomas, S. (2007). Classical Music and its Effect on the Behaviors of First Grade Students. Howard University.

DISSERTATION

  • Thomas, S. (2012). Student-Created Videos as a Language Acquisition Strategy for a Haitian Learner. George Mason University.