Saturday, February 28, 2015

Profile: NJ High School Principal Ahead Of Curve On Technology -- and Tweets

Name: Eric Sheninger

Profile: NJ High School Principal Ahead Of Curve On Technology -- and Tweets

Name: Eric Sheninger

Resume: New Milford High School principal since 2007, former vice principal and athletic director. Biology teacher at Watchung Hills Regional High School, 2000-2004. Speaker, blogger, and author -- including “Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigms for Changing Times.”

Why he matters: Sheninger has been an outspoken advocate for technology in teaching -- as a tool rather than an end in itself. With a variety of awards to his name, he helped launch the annual Edscape Conference at New Milford High School as a professional development program focused on innovation for his teachers in 2010, and has seen it grow to more than 400 attendees from across the region -- as well as Mexico and Canada. This year’s conference will be held October 18.

In the classroom: Under Sheninger’s leadership, New Milford is among the state’s pioneers in integrating technology into instruction, using Internet tools and social media in teaching everything from U.S. history to marine biology, his first love before becoming a teacher.

The Twitter thing: Sheninger -- better known as @NMHS_Principal to his 64,500 followers on Twitter -- expounds on and aggregates best practices for schools, both with and without technology. His rise to one of the most popular education hash tags started with an article about the different communication tools available to principals and took off from there.

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