Cloud computing applies real flexibility to function. I use Evernote and Dropbox in my role as an educator and for personal organization. These two tools combine to allow users to take notes on a desktop or laptop computer, iPad or smartphone then post them to viewed or downloaded by other users.
The possible uses of this kind of power are seemingly limitless. Students can get full notes from classmates and the teacher when they miss class. Collaboration is easy and effective. Collegial discussions become organic as teachers and administrators are readily able to share best practices and ideas to improve how things are done.
Any tool should improve teacher communication and allow for easier access to information for students, teachers and administrators. Cloud computing options like Evernote and Dropbox fit the bill.
Personally, I use technology in seemingly every aspect of my life. I pay my bills electronically, I do my banking online, I DVR stuff, I Skype friends and family, I use digital cable and I use a secure high-speed wireless network at home and work. I am almost genetically connected to my iPhone and all of its apps.
Five years ago my obsession would have been viewed with dubious curiosity. Today, I am in the mainstream.
In 2009, my wife and I relocated to Ft. Lauderdale. This stimulated a big change for us. We decided to drop out dependence on a “land line” in our home and switch to cell phones for communication. The change was a huge success. We got rid of the thermal fax machine, and switched to scanned PDFs and email. After a year, we began to use Facetime to talk where we could and moved into an unlimited text plan.
Learning how to best use all of these great tools, indeed, will require an investment of time, however, once in place the technology gives me much more control and freedom. I can find the best prices on items I am going to buy for the house on a Saturday afternoon. My wife and I can find maps to new restaurants and other locations on the fly. This saves me time and money.
This summer my wife and I went on a two-week vacation in France. We would not have survived without the amazing cellular network that we were able to tap into for maps, tour guides, information and communication.
Allow me to be clear. Email is not the best form of communication for all situations, nor is Facebook or texting. Voice has its best fit as well. As long as we remember this concept, we will keep all of our technology in perspective and benefit from using it.
Matthew Oswald Ozolnieks
3739 NW 35th Street, Coconut Creek, FL 33066
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Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name: Jamey
Current professional goal is to obtain a position that allows me to work with instructors in helping them better understand the tools and techniques at their disposal. In the role of Technology Integration Specialist, I look forward to working closely with instructors to find tech solutions that build greater efficiency into their courses.
I am committed to the implementation of 21st century learning tools and techniques in the classroom and reflect this interest in working collaboratively with colleagues in these pursuits. Of particular interest is the potential benefit that mobile technology promises to offer instruction across the spectrum of education.
My classroom experience spans positions in two schools: Central Florida Christian Academy (Ocoee, FL, 1998-2009), and Calvary Christian Academy (Ft. Lauderdale, FL 2009-Present). I also served as adjunct professor at Luther Rice Seminary (Orlando Extension Center, 2000). I am a seventeen-year veteran teacher with experience instructing numerous courses.
These courses include:
U.S. Govt /AP GOPO 1998-2008, 2015-Present
AP Capstone/Seminar 2016-Present
French I 1998-2008, ’09-Present
French II 1999-2009, 2010-Present
French III 2000-Present
Geography 1998-2004, ‘09
World History 1998-2004,2008
American History 1998-2004
Business Math 2005-2008
Life Management 2005-2008
Writing I 2004
Writing II 2004
Logical Thinking SS 2009
Radio Production 2009-2012
Beyond the classroom, I have served as class sponsor six years, staff mentoring coordinator, a Yamaha certified Audio-visual tech for chapel, special programs and sporting events, announcer at school sports events, student trip coordinator (Washington, D.C. 2007, NYC 2008, Paris 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013).
My wife who is a 3rd grade teacher and I are very actve in missions and enjoy sharing our experiences with our students.
I have spent time within the political arena. From 1994-1998 I served as a campaign consultant and campaign manager in numerous races across Florida. Races included local city council seats to Congressional campaigns. In 1996 I managed the State office for a presidential campaign. I also served on the District Staff of Congressman Dave Weldon (R-Melbourne, FL). In this role, I oversaw cases involving the state’s largest veteran’s community and numerous other areas of constituent services. I also served as the State Legislative Director for a large social issues group. In this capacity, I designed and implemented the state strategic plan in coordination with legislators, staff and other organizations. Legislative victories included the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 1997, the Choose Life license plate (1998), and the Woman’s Right to Know Act of 1998 among others.
Education and Training
I am a doctoral candidate (Ed.D. Curriculum and Instruction) expecting to defend my dissertation in 2018. I hold a M. Ed in Educational Technology and Online Learning (Liberty University, 2012), a Bachelor’s degree in Communications Management (Liberty, 1990) and a Bachelor’s in Religion (Liberty, 2010). I completed Armor Officer Basic Course (Ft. Knox, KY, 1991) in which organizational behavior and group motivational skills were enhanced. I currently hold a lifetime teacher certification with ACSI.
- Member of CAEP (Program reviewer)
- Member in ISTE.
- Member in the American Council for Teachers of Foreign Language (ACTFL)
- Member in the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF)
On a personal note, I am a husband of one woman (Jamey) for over 21 years.