Scott Meech began teaching full-time in 1995. While Scott began his teaching career in Social Studies, he quickly realized his greatest educational interest was in the transformative nature of technology. Scott was an early adopter and was regularly the test pilot for any and all new tech initiatives. Scott’s teaching quickly transformed from a traditional teacher-centered paradigm into a constructivist student-centered approach. Meech earned his masters in education in curriculum and technology in 2005 and an educational leadership certificate through Johns Hopkins University in conjunction with the International Society of Technology and Education.
Scott is a founder of several online initiatives. EdReach.us is an Education Media Network dedicated to giving educators a bigger voice. App of Approval is an app development company focused on producing the most engaging and unique apps for children and education. I Education Apps Review is a community of educators helping each other by reviewing for iOS and Android devices.
Scott has been the recipient of several awards and recognitions including Apple Distinguished Educator and Google Certified Teacher. He is a Illinois Computer Educator Conference Co-Chair and a co-chair for several Students in Technology conference sites.
While he has a myriad of interests, his favorite pastime besides spending time with his wife and three daughters is studying the impact technology is making and can make on education. He believes that education is on the brink of major change and that technology will finally fulfill its promise.
Scott Meech is the founder of App of Approval. In 2009, Scott started I Education Apps Review as a means for helping educators to discuss, share and find the best apps available for education. Throughout that experience, Scott has learned that the best apps are those that allow the user to create and to engage users with the uniqueness of mobile devices. This experience has always been dedicated to sharing, providing advice, and to improving other designers’ apps.
Scott believes that we can do better and based on that expertise, we think it is time to produce our own apps that Scott gives his stamp of approval!
Scott Meech is one of the founders of EdReach.us:
We all want one thing- to take education forward. As much as we may argue, we still want what’s best for our future thinkers and creators.
Education has never gotten the voice that it’s truly deserved- just check any online newspaper and look for the education section. Keep looking- because you won’t find it there.
To take education forward, by bringing voices together
Scott currently works as the Director of Technology in Downers Grove District #58. He has a department blog that he works on it with the district Technology Facilitator and it is focused on improving our district’s integration of technology into the learning process.
Community and collaboration is the most vital aspect for improving education. Technology is really at a point where we can make a difference as a collective body in so many ways. Sometimes we just need a spark to ignite a movement.
I started I Education Apps Review for a few reasons. IEAR.org was my attempt to start making sense out of the app revolution and how apps and mobile learning may or may not make a difference in the classroom. When I first began doing reviews, I was overwhelmed by the shear number of “bad apps” under the educational category. I still am to be honest… I found myself overly impressed early on with weak apps because they had potential. As I became more critical and poignant with my reviews, app developers began to take more notice. Several applications were improved because of this feedback. There is a lot of potential there as we all want to make a difference. I repeatedly would state, “if only we could talk with the developers to improve the effectiveness of these apps!”IEAR.org was born…
I was honored with the distinction of becoming an Apple Distinguished Educator and I attended the 2011 ADE Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. This was one of the best learning experiences that I have had the privilege of being a part of. If you love to learn and you believe that technology can play an important part in the learning process, I suggest you apply for the 2013 institute.
Find out more about Apple Distinguished Educators. I have learned so much from this community and I am honored to be a member.
In 2008, I was honored to be nominated as a Google Certified Teacher and I was privileged to attend the Chicago Academy. I am proud to be a member of this fine community as it consists of some of the best in the field of education.
The Google community is very active and it continues to teach me every day. I am very thankful for all of the connections that I have had and continue to make through this program. I highly suggest others to investigate the possibility of becoming a Google Certified Teacher.