Ed tech as a driver of student engagement and agency.
Educational technology has been a passion of Lucy's since her early teaching days when Oregon Trail and Where in the World is Carmen San Diego were on the vanguard of children's media. To Lucy, leveraging technology in the classroom has always been a vehicle for providing more engaging learning experiences for kids. Lucy realized early on during her explorations that ed tech was a game changer for schools and indeed, ed tech has evolved significantly since then the start of the 1990s when Lucy began her career.
In 2000, inspired by her love of tech and by the story of Chicago Public School tech coordinator, Lucy enrolled in National Louis University's Technology in Education program which allowed her to explore the world of educational technology in depth. During her graduate work, Lucy focused on exploring the role of professional development in ed tech. Lucy has since gone on to teach face-to-face and online courses for her alma mater over the years.
In 2000, Lucy started working at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools as a middle school computer science teacher. This role allowed her to grow her skills and develop an understanding of the importance of computer science education. During her time at Lab, Lucy was recognized for her work through Apple's Apple Distinguished Educator program and via Google's Certified Innovator program. In fact, Lucy was involved with a few of Google's early efforts in education from writing curriculum to serving as a lead learner for several Google Teacher Academies. As the result of her participation in these vanguard teacher communities, Lucy began presenting at conferences, and this led to her current consulting work.
Lucy has also written extensively about educational technology and shared her knowledge with other educators via her blog, conference presentations, and workshops.