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Hands-on NLU Grad Champions Technology in Education She was named president-elect of #edtech advocacy nonprofit

fc911c_c9b933b4f8c58f697916c29bd54bc1ceYou might be right if you said that NLU alum Nicole Zumpano ’10 has her hands full. She’s an adjunct faculty member and a graduate of NLU’s M.Ed. in Technology in Education (TIE) program. She’s also a technology coach for Chicago Public Schools and this year was named the president-elect of the nonprofit Illinois Computing Educators (ICE).

ICE is the Illinois affiliate of the International Society for Technology in Education, an organization that supports and promotes innovative education for all students.

Zumpano has been a member of ICE since 2005, and it’s been a very busy 11 years. She has presented at conferences, planned conferences, advocated in Springfield, Illinois, moderated webinars and held a number of leadership positions including communications chair, professional development chair, governing board member and ICE secretary.

She’s not the only TIE alum in Illinois who is promoting innovative education for all students. ICE is run and supported by an army of volunteers, and many of them are technology grads from NLU.

For Zumpano, all of the exhaustive effort that goes into presentations, conferences and webinars pays off when educators find their enthusiasm for technology’s role in education and begin to connect and grow their personal learning networks. That enthusiasm and those connections, she believes, will snowball into a stronger culture of innovation in education and improve students’ educational experience.

You can learn more about Illinois Computing Educators by visiting iceberg.org.