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About Rick Stevens

"I developed edtune because I saw that the web was becoming the medium of choice for almost everything related to teaching and learning."

Rick Stevens

Life is good when you follow your heart. Teaching and communicating is Rick's passion.

Rick has 25 years of teaching and administrative experience in K-12 schools. He started as a 3rd grade classroom teacher in New York State where he also obtained his Master's Degree in Reading Education (Syracuse University).

He traveled to California and led an in-between life. He was Program Director for Center Point, a residential treatment program. He finally became a successful small businessman. He became a licensed General Contractor (but that's another story).

Eventually, he returned to teaching - first as an elementary reading specialist, then as a middle and high school English teacher. He became Chair of his high school ESL (ELD) Department. He also oversaw the district's Independent Study Program for five years. He has been a principal as well as a teacher.

He got his Administrative Services Credential from UC Berkeley. He became his district's first Educational Technology Coordinator. He has built computer labs, designed technology infrastructure, and written State approved technology plans and grants. He has conducted numerous training sessions over the years.

He has been an Educational Technology Consultant since July 2012.

Consulting for K-12 Education

Professional Development

Rick Stevens focuses on professional development in technology integration. Offerings include special courses on flipping classroom instruction, one-to-one initiatives, Edmodo in the classroom, using a variety of Apps and Wikis in the classroom, collaboration with Google Apps for Education GAFE), using PLATO Learning Environment for credit recovery, Renaissance STAR Reading Accelerated Reader, and Rosetta Stone for English Learners.

He provides in depth training in various educational subscription services. These cloud based services are becoming the new standard in content delivery: Discovery Education, Learn 360, WorldBook Online, Visual Thesaurus and BrainPop.

He also provides training in multimedia and web design using Adobe Creative Suite and related products such as Camtasia Studio.

Rick has extensive Technology Plan and Grant writing experience. "You can't get a grant if you don't have a plan." Rick has written and been awarded competitive Federal grants such as Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT). He oversaw the E-Rate for seven years. He has also written multiple State non-competitive grants to obtain funding for schools.

Institutions of Higher Learning

Rick has taught graduate education courses for John F. Kennedy University, National University and Touro University. He has taught courses in reading education, methods in second language instruction, action research, and of course, educational technology.

Using Video for the Web

People are visual learners, especially 21st century students. Rick has produced a large number of instructional videos over the years. See some of his recent video work.