Who I am


I am a California-born educator with over 10 years of classroom teaching experience. My interests include project-based learning, technology integration, and game-based learning, all of which are approaches I explored while teaching over the past decade. 


For the first ten years of my career, I worked for the Larkspur-Corte Madera School District which lies just north of the Golden Gate in California. I eventually transitioned into a new role as a Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) specializing in both PBL and Technology Integration. 


Recently I have moved to the Twin Cities of Minnesota where I work as a Technology Integration Specialist in a private school, serving the staff and students. 



What I can do for you


As an Educational Technology presenter and trainer, I have extensive classroom experience with a wide range of devices and applications. This experience includes not only strategies for effective use with students, but also experience in the deployment, management, and training to support site-wide technology plans and adoption. I have presented nationally at multiple technology conferences for groups such as ISTE, EdTech Team, CUE and the California State University system.   



As a Google Certified technology coach, I am well experienced in helping people of all backgrounds and skill levels become familiar with the Google Apps suite. I am both a Google Certified Trainer and Educator who can help you better utilize this diverse set of apps to streamline your organization, school, or classroom. Whether you're a long-time user with lots of experience or you've just created your first Gmail account, I can help you progress on your digital journey. 



As a Common Sense Certified Ambassador, I have an extensive knowledge of all the digital citizenship materials and lessons used by Common Sense Media, a non-profit that helps schools, families, and youth make use of technology and media in a safe and responsible manner. I have used many of their resources in my own classroom and can help your school create its own digital citizenship program. 



As a National Faculty Member with the Buck Institute for Education, I have worked with teachers and school districts across the U.S. to help familiarize them with the basics of Project-Based Learning and to help them build capacity at their schools. This takes many forms, from entire school workshops to one-on-one coaching sessions with classroom teachers, but the goal of making sure that students have access to high-quality project-based learning remains the same.  


No matter the area of interest, I am ready to share best practices from my years of classroom experience with your school, your classroom, or your community. 

Get in touch // Tel: (612) 470-6498 // james.fester@gmail.com
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