George Lucas Educational Foundation


Shawn McCusker has 20 years of experience as a middle and high school teacher during which time he has taught in public, private, and alternative schools. In 2006, he was recognized as a finalist for the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. Shawn is an innovator in the creation of online learning communities such as #sschat and #1to1techat, a community that conducts discussions of effective leadership and teaching practices for 1:1 educational technology programs. He is also a longtime organizer of EdCampChicago and the co-creator and organizer of EdCampSocialStudies, the first content specific Edcamp. His writing has appeared in Edudemic, Mindshift, and Free Technology for Teachers.

Shawn has presented at national and local conferences such as NCSS (the National Council for Social Studies), ICE (Illinois Computer Educators), NICE, and the ILCHE/IMSA Conference. He presented on incorporating 1:1 technology into his classroom at the iPad Summits in Boston, Chicago and San Diego, and was a Featured Speaker at both the iPad Summit Atlanta and the 2013 iPad Summit Boston. In 2015 delievered a keynote at the Iowa 1:1 Institute. Shawn continues to develop innovative tech-implementation strategies as the Social Studies Instructional Supervisor at Libertyville High School in Libertyville, IL and a Instructor and Presenter for EdTechTeacher.

Shawn earned his B.A. in history from Northern Illinois University and an M.A. in Educational Leadership from Concordia University, Chicago. You can find Shawn's blog /

Areas of Interest: 
Educational Technology,
1:1 Education,
Social Studies,
Digital Learning