Thomas D. Whitby Retired from Public Education after serving 34 years as a secondary English teacher, and an additional six years as an adjunct Professor at St Joseph's College in New York. Author of The Relevant Educator: How Connectedness Empowers Learning. He is the founder of seven educational groups on Linkedin, the largest being 12,000+ members, the Technology-Using Professors Group. He is a Co-Creator of #Edchat, an award winning education discussion group on Twitter. He hosts The weekly Edchat Radio Show on the BAM Radio Network. He created the Educator's PLN, a global Ning site, where approximately 15,000+ educators share and collaborate daily.He is the former contributing Editor for SmartBlog on Education by SmartBrief. Tom participated on The U.S. Department of Education's planning committee for Connected Educator Month in 2012 to 2014. He is an education Blogger, My Island View: Educational, Disconnected Utterances. The Qatar foundation has invited him for the pat three years to attend the WISE Conference, an International Education Conference in Doha Qatar. He has written about Social Media in Education for several national educational journals including Learning and Leading the Journal for the International Society for Technology in Education. He has presented at statewide and National Education Conferences, including several 140 Character Conferences on Social Media in Los Angeles, and New York City. @tomwhitby with over 50,000 followers.
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