Patrick Donovan

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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 July 7, 2020

Schools Are Essential, So Let’s Reopen the Right Way This Fall

This afternoon, President Donald Trump said, “We want to get our schools open. We want to get them open, quickly, beautifully in the fall.” I…

By Zakiya Sankara-Jabar

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Posted July 6, 2020

Q&A: 12-Year-Old Amir Lumumba on Why Schools Need More Counselors and Fewer Cops

On Thursday, July 9 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. ET, brightbeam’s Director of Activism, Zakiya Sankara-Jabar will moderate a virtual town hall called #ReimagingingSchoolSafety. Special guests include:…

By Laura Waters

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Posted July 7, 2020

Parents, It’s Way Past Time to Break Up With Traditional Education and School Funding

This pandemic is an opportunity to change not only how we educate children, but how we fund that education. Right now, school and district leaders…

By Christina Laster

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