Jen Baker, a seasoned teacher at Frenchtown School (N.J.) for the last 10 years, has always embraced technology to enhance learning for her students and to make her classroom more engaging. Baker now has the chance to share her expertise and her enthusiasm with a broader audience in her new role as Technology Coordinator for the Hunterdon County Education Association.
Baker has always extended her class work to incorporate a technology component into it. Approximately five years ago when her third graders began to take part in traditional pen-pals programs, she had them also create videos to be sent along with their letters. When other third graders around the country were doing solo journals, Baker’s students were blogging — long before blogging was a well-known activity.
An accomplished and sought-after presenter, Baker continues to speak at the local, regional and national levels. Her presentation on “SmartBoards, I-Pads and Google Docs” has been well received at New Jersey Education Computing Cooperative (NJECC), the NJEA convention in Atlantic City and also at the International Society for Technology Education (ISTE) convention in Philadelphia in 2011. Baker has been co-presenting with fellow Frenchtown teacher Pete Moran on these and other tech topics.