While students and educators were spread far and wide by the pandemic, many districts turned to Zoom to bridge to geographic gap. However, now that hybrid learning environments are becoming the norm, those same teachers are faced with a major hurdle – how can they effectively and clearly communicate with a webcam and headset while simultaneously interacting with a class of in-person students?
Enter Zoom ClassRoom, a new educational tool made for this moment. With it, educators can effectively flex between simultaneous learning environments without leaving any students behind. In this webinar, you’ll hear from one educator who has harnessed Zoom ClassRoom to meet their students where they are, regardless of where they are.
Dr. Lance Ford
Dr. Lance Ford is an educational advocate for Zoom. Lance teaches at Howe High School in Howe, Oklahoma, and is an adjunct instructor for Carl Albert State College in Poteau, Oklahoma, where he leverages a variety of tools to engage learners both live and on-demand. He has had the opportunity to present for both state and national conferences on technology integration.
Lance has been named Wal-Mart regional teacher of the year, Oklahoma Technology Administrator’s Technology Director of the Year, and the recipient of the Polaris Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2007, Lance was recognized as an Apple Distinguished Educator, was awarded the 2008 Long Term Service Award from the Oklahoma Distance Learning Association, and received the Technology Facilitator of the Year award from the National Association for Educational Communications and Technology.
Additionally, Lance received the Gold Leadership Award from the United States Distance Learning Association in the spring of 2008. He completed his PhD in Educational Administration, Curriculum and Supervision in the summer of 2009 from the University of Oklahoma. In 2014, he received recognition from the Oklahoma Higher Education Council on Information Technology.
Lance enjoys having the opportunity to work with CIO’s, technology directors, and faculty members across the nation and around the world in the process of direct integration with the curriculum. As a technology trainer, Lance has had the opportunity to train over 30K teachers from Afghanistan to Australia and Canada to Brazil in the effective implementation of video technologies into the classroom.
Although he has been teaching via synchronous remote video for over 22 years, Lance’s focus is not the technology. Instead, he is focused on impacting individual students and helping them attain their maximum potential through the personal interactions made possible with various technical tools. Students in an information age need to focus beyond the facts. They must be able to access, synthesize, and present materials to their colleagues and peers in meaningful, engaging, and interactive ways.