Who Am I?

My name is Dan Gallagher. I hailed from the Philadelphia PA area, where I grew up w/ my parents & younger sister (also a teacher). After twelve years attending the Archdiocese of Philadelphia School System, I ventured off to Lebanon Valley College to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. I spent a small time teaching in the Philadelphia Public School System prior to arriving at Springfield Township School District. I spent the remainder of that school year working for Kelly Educational Staffing, spending much of my days at Enfield Elementary. The following year, I landed my own classroom as a fourth-grade teacher. In 2008, I made a hard decision to leave the classroom & head to the computer lab. This spurred me to earn a Master’s of Education in Instructional Technology at Arcadia University w/ a General Technology Certificate. After two years in the computer lab, I was tasked w/ being the building Instructional Technology Coach, focusing on assisting the teachers w/ incorporating technology in their classrooms, like Elmo Document Cameras and SMART Tables. I also accepted a position as an Adjunct Professor w/ Arcadia University’s Graduate Studies Program for Instructional Technology (until the University’s discontinuation of the program). Currently, I am a Teacher Resource Specialist for Technology w/ the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District in NJ. I assist teachers w/ incorporating technology into their classrooms, mainly Chromebooks, also iPads & SMART Boards.

Items I’m Proud of:
Eagle Scout – Boy Scouts of America
Chapter Distinguished Service Key – Alpha Phi Omega

  • Apple Teacher (2016)
  • BrainPOP Certified Educator
  • Breakout EDU Authorized Trainer
  • Edji Visionary
  • Edpuzzle Coach
  • Google Certified Trainer
  • Google Level 1 & 2 Educator
  • Nearpod Author & Certified Trainer
  • Participate Community Advisor
  • Screencastify Certified Master Screencaster
  • Seesaw Ambassador
  • SMART Exemplary Educator & Certified Interactive Teacher
  • Symbaloo PD Certified
  • ThingLink Certified Educator Trainer

August 2016 – Lawrence Township Public Schools’ Summer D.I.V.E. session: ‘Students as Creators’

 

More Importantly:
I am a son, brother, husband, god-father and even though I am a teacher, I am a student! I’m always learning; finding new ways of incorporating technology into the classroom to make an impact on student creativity/curiosity/discovery. Along the way, I try to share some of those techniques and ‘what not’ here on this blog, so hopefully others can learn with me.

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