George Lucas Educational Foundation
Mary Beth Hertz profile

Mary Beth Hertz

HS Art/Tech Teacher

I teach my students technology and art, and I am a certified technology integration specialist. I also support my colleagues with integrating tech into their classrooms and manage my school’s 1:1 Chromebook program. I am also a blogger and avid user of social media to improve my practice and stay abreast of what’s new in edtech.

Follow Me

  • twitter icon


  • Student Engagement

    Learning How to Scaffold Student Choice

    In her elective course built on project-based learning, the author learned a few things about how to help students make choices well.
  • Digital Citizenship

    How to Teach Internet Safety to Younger Elementary Students

    A lesson plan for helping students as young as kindergarten begin to understand how to be safe online.
  • Classroom Technology

    Digital Tools and Distraction in School

    We should be deliberately teaching middle and high school students how to manage their devices.
  • School Leadership

    5 Tips for Avoiding Teacher Burnout

    Edutopia blogger Mary Beth Hertz addresses teacher burnout with suggestions for both educators and administrators. Her tips include an ongoing attitude of professional development, including all stakeholders when things change, and maintaining a personal life.
  • Flipped Classroom

    The Flipped Classroom: Pro and Con

    In 2012, I attended the ISTE conference in San Diego, CA. While I was only there for about 36 hours, it was easy for me to pick up on one of the hottest topics for the three-day event. The "flipped classroom" was being discussed in social lounges, in conference sessions, on the exhibit floor, on the hashtag and even at dinner. People wanted to know what it was, what it wasn't, how it's done and why it works.
  • Education Trends

    Appreciate Teachers By Understanding What They Do

    Edutopia blogger Mary Beth Hertz suggests that the best way to celebrate teacher appreciation week is focusing on the reality of what teaching means rather than falling back on outdated assumptions or news media-induced perceptions.
  • Classroom Technology

    Doing Internet Research at the Elementary Level

    Blogger Mary Beth Hertz embeds lessons in information literacy using internet research projects.
  • Classroom Management

    Classroom Management: 3 Important Big-Picture Questions

    Before getting into the minutiae of classroom management, consider how you organize your space, what learning looks like, and how you're building relationships with families.
  • Media Literacy

    Battling Fake News in the Classroom

    See how one educator helps students develop media literacy—a critical 21st-century skill.
  • Arts Integration

    Full STEAM Ahead: Why Arts Are Essential in a STEM Education

    Educators can bring creative people into STEM fields by showing students the creativity in what they're doing and how it lets them explore their own creative interests.
  • Technology Integration

    Using E-Portfolios in the Classroom

    Edutopia blogger Mary Beth Hertz walks you through a helpful checklist to determine which e-portfolio would best suit your needs.
  • Technology Integration

    The Pros and Cons of Computer Labs

    Edutopia blogger Mary Beth Hertz considers the pros and cons of the computer lab, a classroom dedicated entirely to tech education.
  • Maker Education

    Creating Makerspaces in Schools

    Edutopia blogger Mary Beth Hertz reports from EdCamp NYC about design thinking, the maker movement and their relevance to STEM curriculum.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    Teaching Digital Citizenship in the Elementary Classroom

    Teaching digital citizenship and internet safety is a lot more meaningful when students can engage in authentic online experiences.