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About


John Spencer teachers middle school in an urban, Title One school. He has experience in multiple grade levels and multiple subjects, as well as technology and language acquisition coaching. Currently, he is teaching computers and photojournalism.

John is an award-winning author whose work has been included in Kappan Magazine and The Answer Sheet, Washington Post blog. He contributed to the technology textbook The Nature of Technology and is currently working on two education-related books. He also co-wrote the children's fantasy Wendell the World's Worst Wizard.  

As an experienced keynote speaker and workshop presenter, John shares classroom stories, offers insights into learning and readily admits that he doesn't have all the answers. As a current classroom teacher, he is still learning new things an experiencing projects that fail. His areas of expertise include critical thinking, technology, language arts and social studies.

His latest project is Write About, a social publishing platform that he is co-founder of, alongside Brad Wilson, Jon Samuelson and Robert Amrbrister. It is due out this fall!

  
JOHN SPENCER
Professor of Instructional Technology
I want to see kids embrace creativity. As a teacher, this meant murals, documentaries, STEM camps, and coding projects. As a dad, this has meant elaborate pillow forts and home-made pinball machines and the story of non-magical wizard who makes robots. It's also why I co-founded Write About. Interested in having me speak or consult on design thinking and creativity? Visit my speaking page and fill out the contact form at the bottom. I'll get back to you within 24 hours.

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