Linda N. Smentek

Retired Technology Coordinator / Facilitator / Instructor

Associate CEO of Educational Continuum,
EIS Academy Team Member Enterprise in Space, Technology in Education Consultant

   

About Myself

Involved in education for many years, I started my career as an Intermediate classroom teacher. Over the years, I have been involved in many jobs related to educational technology. During the summers, I have taught a technology component for the elementary program of a university Gifted department. For many years, I have planned and conducted parent and community continuing education computer classes.  It has been a rewarding learning experience having been a part of my former school's Quality Review and SIPPPA teams.

I have had the privilege of playing a role in the training of educators incorporating technology into their curriculum while teaching undergraduate and graduate technology courses, and have served as a Tech Advisor for the Illinois Community College PT3 grant. In addition, I have presented at CPS, Distance Learning and ICE conferences, and Northwestern Collaboratory Project Symposiums.  Awarded Illinois Technology Educator of the Year and an Associate of the Northwestern Collaboratory Project, I have been on the Administrator's Academy Conference Committee for the ICE (Illinois Computing Educators) annual conference.

In January of 2014, I retired as the technology coordinator/facilitator of Stephen K. Hayt School (Chicago Public Schools). I am currently the Associate CEO of Educational Continuum. Educational Continuum develops the iCollaboratory site for students and educators.  I recently became the Education Communications Manager at Enterprise in Space (a project of the National Science Society that will be launching an orbiter (Enterprise) and will carry 100+ student experiments developed by students from around the world). 


Awards / Recognition

* Winter, 1996 Interactive CD Student Authored Math Tutorial, $600, Oppenheimer Teacher Incentive Grant, Oppenheimer Foundation.
* Spring, 1996 Curriculum suggestions printed in the book "The Teacher's Guide to Cyberspace", Impact II - The Teachers Network.
* November, 1997 WDMS PTA Grant, $100 for Connectix Cam digital video camera for Grade 4 pod newspaper gifted program.
* January, 1998 "See the USA - The Disney Magnet Way", $200, Chicago Foundation Impact II Adaptor Grant.
* Winter, 2000 Wrote grant that allowed school to be accepted into the CPS Technology Infusion Planning Program
* May, 2000 Northwestern University Collaboratory Model Project of the Year: The Hayt Patriot Press On-line School Newspaper
* October, 2000 Accepted into the International Who's Who of Information Technology Professionals; Published January, 2002
* November, 2000-ICE Conference; March, 2001-Springfield Awarded Illinois Technology Educator of the Year, ICE & AT&T;
* June, 2001 Resolution and Recognition Ceremony re Accomplishments at the Board of Education for the City of Chicago Meeting
* March, 2002 Named Collaboratory Associate for The Collaboratory Project at Northwestern University
* Spring, 2010, Became a Member of the Board of Dirctors of the iCollaboratory Project
* February, 2014 Named an Associate with Educational Continuum as an Educational Technology Consultant
* June-December 2015 Education Communications Manager of Enterprise in Space Project


Education

* C.A.S. Educational Leadership - Type 75 Certificate - National-Louis University
* M.Ed. Computer Education - National College of Education (National-Louis University)
* A.B. - Loyola University
* Additional coursework in Technology


Professional Organizations

* Enterprise in Space (An international project of the non-profit National Space Society)
* ICE (Illinois Computing Educators)
* iCollaboratory Project
* ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education)
* NICE (Northern Illinois Computing Educators)



Skills I Bring to Technology in Education

One of the most important skills I bring to technology education is the experience of having been a successful classroom teacher. My intermediate classroom years have provided me the awareness, knowledge, expertise, and training for knowing the routines and needs of teachers and students. During those years, I encountered the different learning styles of students, which required me to discover and provide different modes for delivering the same information.

While working on my master's degree in educational technology, I worked at the university as a lab technician. I have been able to take the skills I developed troubleshooting PC and Macintosh hardware problems to the various schools in which I have worked. In addition, during those university experiences, I was fortunate to be able to assist technology instructors prepare software / projects for their colleagues and grad students. Those acquired skills allowed me to teach university staff, undergraduate / graduate, and continuing education / community technology classes. As an experienced technology educator, I am able to share these experiences and skills with my colleagues, students, and community members.

Over the years, I have been a member of various technology organizations. Many of these associations include the option to apply for educational technology related subscriptions. I have taken advantage of many professional magazines and journals that keep me current in my field. I share these with my fellow staff members. Because my membership in technology related groups, I have made many personal connections with talented and experienced educators. I am able to share these connections with other educators.

I feel my commitment to educational technology and Stephen K. Hayt School have played a major role in the outstanding and innovative reputation held by Hayt School. I enjoyed working with the administration, staff, students and community members. Working closely with the administration, and having helped developed professional relationships with my colleagues, I was able to establish and institute a cross-curricular, project-based technology program at Hayt School.

I retired from the Chicago Public Schools in January of 2014, and am currently the Associate CEO of Educational Continuum. Educational Continuum develops the iCollaboratory site for students and educators.  I recently served as the Education Communications Manager at Enterprise in Space (a project of the National Science Society that will be launching an orbiter (Enterprise) and will carry 100+ student experiments developed by students from around the world). I am now involved in the development process of the EIS (Enterprise in Space) Academy.