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“In order for students to be successful, 21st Century Learners, they need to move from just learning “facts”, to learning how to gather and evaluate information so that they can apply this knowledge and integrate it into their rapidly changing world. It is my desire to continue to help teachers and students be enthusiastic about using technology and encourage my colleagues to integrate technology into their lessons. By doing so, I am confident that we will continue to grow successful learners”
2005 Keystone Application
Once again, Kristin rocks. I love her energy, enthusiasm and brain power! She's a source of motivation for me. Thank you for all you do, Kristin!!!
“...thank you all for putting together the PAECT trip. I don't know when I've seen [my son] so excited about something! The kids did a wonderful job and their sense of ownership and mastery was beautiful to see; all the credit goes to you, the teachers, for designing such a wonderful learning experience.”
Kathryn McClellan, Parent
Thank you, Kristin! Your enthusiasm made this workshop a pleasure. Your knowledge makes Discovery Ed the premier choice for student engagement.
“I just wanted to touch base before the Summit things are due to see how I can support you with the presentation…”
Before I met Kristin Hokanson, her uncompromising spirit of collaboration preceded her. Mentoring me through my first Keystone Summit, Kristin’s expertise and patience was unprecedented. I have never seen a more generous spirit or expansive talent.
PA Keystone,Salisbury Township SD
“I can't say enough about Michael's progress and accomplishments this year and I know that you had a lot to do
with it. I hope that he continues on the terrific path that he is on with such a wonderful foundation!”
3rd Grade Parent
“...passionate about her work with technology and anxious to help teachers at all levels with the implementation of technology integration for the benefit of the UMASD students.”
Principal, Roberts Elementary
Thanks and not just from me, from Meg Ormiston, the TechForum
committee and the people who attended the panel.
Online Community Manager Discovery Education
Thanks ! This is by far the most useful professional development in the last 5 years.
“Your digital storytelling workshop was fantastic! Kristin is extremely motivated and knowledgeable. Her expertise in technology and its impact on 21st century learning is cutting edge! Just being around her is infectious--you want to learn more and try new things in your classroom!
High School Librarian
Thank you for being so patient with me. I am amazed at how much information you were able to teach us in such a short amount of time. I am continually impressed not only by your vast knowledge of technology, but by how clearly you are able to communicate your knowledge to others. I left filled with excitement and many ideas for how I can enhance our second grade curriculum this year. The possibilities are endless!"
2nd Grade Teacher
"Thanks so much for working on putting together a great presentation for the superintendents. It was a wonderful opportunity not only to showcase the work that is being done but to stop and reflect on how much is actually happening and the true meaning behind the endeavor. This project moves beyond technology as technology and really captures the power of having the right tools to build the curiosity that will drive the learning and helps us to understand how students learn and how we as educators need to guide the facilitation of that learning. Thanks for all that you are doing, and for taking the time to share together and to make it happen."
Jane Callaghan, Superintendent
Upper Merion Area SDI'm so glad you invited me to your event yesterday. It was wonderful! I told the mentors and the districts I'm with today all about it. Real 21st Century teaching and learning. Great examples to talk about Thank you so much!
Classrooms for the Future
Kristin was extremely helpful and engaging! She did a great job of meeting the needs of all learners in the room and squeezing a lot of information into a little bit of time, while still making it seem manageable! I'm more excited about this educational resource than I've been about any others in a long time!
Often we do not take the time to recognize people who have a large impact on our perception of the world. Kristin was able to help/observe my first period honors class today. Not only did she take the time to physically help, she spent time afterward discussing the lesson and really opening my mind to the direction of technology integration. Just because I'm using it with my students, does not necessarily mean I am integrating it. Her perspective was exactly what I was looking for, exactly when I needed it to happen.
Upper Merion Area HS
Thank you so much! I just wish I could spend a whole lot of time with you learning to make this a regular part of my teaching.
I wanted to say thank you for jumping in yesterday! I had people coming up to me throughout the rest of the day saying how valuable it was to have you on the panel. You gave the perfect perspective from someone who's still in a school putting theory into practice. Between Skype, Yugma and the sites you were sharing, it really was a positive way to show how simple it is and what's possible if you just dive in.
Kristin's ability to manage technology-enhanced teacher inservice is exceptional. I have presented with her at a local and state level, and have witnessed her skills at a national conference for teachers. Kristin leverages Web 2.0 technologies with data driven decision making to show teachers how to use 21st Century skills.
Chris Champion, PAECT
On behalf of the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the participants in the Classrooms for the Future Coach Boot Camp, thank you so much for your breakout sessions. The CFF coaches are very lucky to have such generous and experienced coaches to learn from. Your enthusiasm, professionalism and passion for the project was evident and we so appreciate your willingness to share your experiences.
PDE Project Director
Classrooms for Future
I’ve spent the morning reviewing your many amazing contributions to the Rebooting the News conference, & I have to offer my deepest appreciation and thanks for your work! It is just thrilling to see the discussions, presentations and processes online!
I really think it’s important to document these new ways of knowledge sharing, and I’m so grateful to you for sharing your expertise, energy and incredible talents on behalf of the Media Education Lab team. I treasure your friendship and support! Thank you so much!
Director Media Education Lab
Experienced, dynamic professional educator dedicated to preparing faculty and students to be able to communicate and work in a modern learning environment. Eager to shift education by moving from recall to more complex problem solving, doing authentic work, adding voice and choice to build student agency, and infusing technology in powerful ways. Special emphasis is given to creating and supporting inquiry driven, project based learning experiences for deeper learning.
Post Master's K-12 Principal Certificate Program
Edinboro University, Edinboro, PA: 2010
Instructional Technology Specialist Certification Program
Pennsylvania State University, World Campus Certification Program: 2007
Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Elementary Education
Cabrini College, King of Prussia, PA: 1998
Bachelor of Science: Education
Minor: Spanish Concentration: Mathematics
University of Delaware, Newark, DE: 1991
PA Administrative Principal K-12
PA Educational Specialist Instructional Technology Specialist
PA State Instructional II Elementary Education
PA State Instructional II Business, Computer and Information Technology
School Lane Charter School
Director of Curriculum and Instruction Aug 2019- present
K - 12 Instructional Coaching
Upper Merion Area School District
Upper Merion Area High School
Instructional Technology Coach: 2007-2010
K - 12 Teaching
Upper Merion Area School District
Upper Merion Area High School
Business and Computer Teacher: 2010 - 2011
Roberts Elementary School
Third Grade Teacher: 1996 – 2007
Second Grade Teacher: 1993 - 1996
Coatesville Area School District
North Brandywine MS | South Brandywine MS
ESL / Gifted Teacher: 1991 - 1992
Middle School Academic Teacher: 1992 -1993
Professional Development Independent Contractor
Media Education Lab University of Rhode Island
Team Member July 2008 - present
Inquiry Schools: January 2015-August 2019
Director of Professional Learning
Discovery Education: May 2011 - August 2019
Professional Development Specialist
November Learning: May 2014 - June 2016
EdTech Team: January 2012 - June 2016
Knovation: May 2012 - June 2015
Learning.com: September 2011 - June 2014
Keystone Summit Facilitator: Summer 2006 - Summer 2009
Instructional Design and Online Teaching Experience
PA E-Learning for Educators
Designed and facilitated e-courses through EdTech Leaders online for PA grant funded professional development programs.
Online Professional Development Workshop Facilitator
Finding the Best Educational Resources on the Web
Online Professional Development Workshop Designer Facilitating Online Courses in Pennsylvania
Convert modules of the PA Hybrid Learning Initiative
(PA HLI) classroom training to interactive, online learning
Director of Curriculum & Instruction, School Lane Charter
Administrative Internship, Candlebrook Elementary School
Administrative Internship, Upper Merion Area High School
Internship in Instructional Technology: Upper Merion Area SD
Discovery Educator Network PA Leadership Council Chair 2007
PAECT Southeast Regional Director 2007 - 2012
ISTE 2011 Regional Program Chair: Poster Sessions
ISTE 2015 Regional Program Director
Honors / Awards
2016 ISTE Making IT Happen Award
2010 PAECT Mary C Renner Achievement Award
2008 Google Certified Educator
2006 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) SigTel Online Learning Award
2005 State Level Keystone Technology Integrator
Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society Member
University of Rhode Island Media Education Lab
Team Member, Digital Learning Coach
Seton Hill University
Intro to Podcasting Fall 2008
Discovery Educator Network
International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
Pennsylvania Association for Educational Communications and Technology (PAECT)
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)
Google Certified Innovator
Hokanson, Kristin. "Conquering Copyright Confusion Is Fundamental to Digital Citizenship." Entrsekt July 2015: 10-11.
Hokanson, K., & Long, C. (2011). Blogs. In C. Lehmann & S. McLeod (Eds.), What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media (in press). Ames, IA: Jossey-Bass.
Hokanson, K. "Promoting Civic Engagement in the MySpace Age." Media Infusion. PBS Teachers, Sept. 2008.
Hokanson, K. (2006). Distance Learning “Elluminates” Third-graders. Interface, 22 (3), 1,5.
Presented in a number of state, local and national venues including the following:
Renee Hobbs, Director: Media Education Lab
University of Rhode Island
Holly Jobe, Past President
International Society for Technology in Education
Senior Strategist Policy, Planning and Practice in Education Technologies
Former Director, Bureau of Educational Technology PA Department of Education
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