Patrick Donovan

Guest Blogger

Director of Technology, Ames Community School District

Ames, Iowa

Patrick Donovan is director of technology at Ames Community School District, Ames, Iowa. Patrick has been in education since 2004 and taught secondary science before moving into the role of a technology coach. He has presented at conferences across the Midwest and has presented multiple times at ISTE. He believes that technology should not be the focus of our learning but is the tool that we can use to get to the levels of teaching and learning that we desire. Patrick is part of the Friendly Disruption podcast and is an advocate for making learning accessible for all.

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Posted Nov. 21, 2019

Here’s Why You Should Be Podcasting in the Classroom

Six years ago, my school, Ames High School went one-to-one and handed every student a laptop. This was a major…

By Patrick Donovan

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Posted Mar. 1, 2021

Inside the Decade-Long Plan to Recruit, Hire and Retain 9,000 Black Educators Across the Country

Across the entire United States, there aren’t nearly enough Black teachers inside classrooms.  According to the National Center for Education Statistics, less than 7% of…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Feb. 26, 2021

Want a National Effort to Combat COVID Learning Loss? Study Your Black History.

We know all too well Black and brown students in marginalized communities are now bearing the brunt of the pandemic’s effect on schools—with inadequate technology,…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Mar. 1, 2021

If Houston’s District Schools Keep Taking the Day Off, Students Will Never Catch Up

There have been some good reasons to close schools over the past year—in the early days of the pandemic, for example, or during major weather…

By Danielle Durbin

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