Digital Human Library Board of Directors is a group of passionate and talented educators, industry professionals, and thought leaders dedicated to creating opportunities for learners to engage in connections-based learning.
Leigh Cassell loves kids. She is an adventurer, edupreneur and partner in learning with teachers and students around the world. Leigh is an educational consultant currently working as the Manager of Innovation and Learning at SPARK, and she is Founder & President of Digital Human Library. Driven by her passion to inspire in others a love of learning, Leigh’s expertise is grounded in how we integrate technologies for the purpose of building relationships, developing 21st Century Competencies, designing new literacies and preparing students to succeed as next generation learners. Leigh is an Apple Distinguished Educator, certified Google Educator, SMART Certified Interactive Teacher, Founder of Ontario Edu Students’ Twitter Chat and Co-Founder of A Kids’ Guide to Canada.
Melissa Lavoie began teaching in 2006, and was employed by the Northeastern Catholic DSB from 2007 – 2017. For the last 2.5 years, she served all schools in NCDSB as an Education Technology Special Assignment Teacher. Working alongside a network of Ed Tech Champions, the team led a Board-wide move to the G Suite for Education platform to promote collaboration and cloud computing for the academic community. She also supported innovation projects involving 360′ photography, and founded Walk With Us – a digital storytelling / photography and mapping project for Indigenous students, partnered with Google Earth Outreach. Currently, she is employed by Mushkegowuk Council as a GIS-Education Specialist and is a graduate student at UBC in the MET, Educational Technology program. Learn more about Melissa here: Twitter and/or LinkedIn
Karin Davidson-Taylor joined Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) in 2006, coming with 17 years’ experience teaching both adults and children. She has been responsible for establishing RBG as a Canadian leader in the world of interactive videoconference-based virtual field trips. She develops and delivers distance education programs to students (young and old) across Canada and around the world, reaching over 45,000 students to date. The interactive programs promote awareness of our connection to plants, the natural world and the importance of biodiversity.
Brock Baker (@wordsintobirds) is an experienced Canadian high school educator, speaker, writer, analyst, consultant and project manager. He is constantly exploring new ways to engage and encourage students, schools and communities to develop together toward qualitatively better conditions. His explorations have resulted in a range of promising projects and practices including: founding the provincial wide sharing network @ONThoughtBakery and the student educational conference #OwnYourEd, part of the provincial team for Ontario Edu Students’ Chat (@ONedSsChat) and advisory member for the Living Online Lab. Brock is also a frequent speaker and organizer at edtech conferences, sharing his expertise in eLearning, blended learning, and philosophy of educational technology.
Terry Godwaldt is a teacher at Queen Elizabeth high School and the founder/director of the Centre for Global Education (CGE). From Singapore to Seattle, Australia to Alberta, Terry helps teachers all over the world to integrate authentic , globally-minded learning experiences that empower students to see themselves as agents of change addressing the world’s most challenge questions. For his work in reshaping the classroom, Terry has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee award and the ASCD award for Innovative Teaching.
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