Meet Mark Oakden
Welcome to Teach Me Awesome! I know that the name is a little bit different, and you are probably wondering, “What is Teach Me Awesome?”
In one sentence, it is an answer to the unspoken call from all of our students to have awesome instruction in their classrooms.
More specifically, this is my personal website and blog to provide teachers with tools and resources that can help make their instruction awesome through purposeful and deliberate technology integration.
I have actively used and advocated for technology as an instructional tool since the days of my student teaching in the fall of 2000. My experience includes 11 years teaching middle school and high school English, three years as a school administrator, four years as a district-level technology integration administrator, and weekends as an adjunct professor for a graduate-level teacher preparation program.
Philosophically, I believe that it is about instruction and not about the tool – after all, the tools that I was using and training on, even just four years ago, have changed, and we must anticipate that they will continue to change – and that that rate of change will even accelerate.
What does this mean? It means we, and our students, must be proficient learners, that we first have to understand strong pedagogy, and then, with a purpose anchored in that understanding, determine which (if any) tool is the most appropriate vehicle to get us to where we want to go.
With that said, on this site you will see resources for all of the technology tools that are available without discrimination & I won’t even enter into the Apple -vs- Google debate. Instead, you will find resources and ideas here for both, and everything else under the sun!
Finally, the most important aspects of my life surround my sweet wife of more than twenty years, Nicole, and my four children – ranging from 18 to four years old. I would truly be remiss if I didn’t express my gratitude to them for allowing me the time to pursue this passion of mine.