I believe that technology should not supplant good teaching. Instead, technology should be used to enhance it. The goal of education is to create students who are prepared to become contributing members of society. As society is increasingly becoming more and more technologically advanced, it becomes the responsibility of teachers to prepare them for the challenges they will face.

How do we accomplish this? Through digital transformation. Or in other words, by developing pedagogies for selecting and utilizing appropriate technologies to pair with pre-existing best practices to enhance instruction and improve student learning. Today’s generation of students is bombarded by a wealth of resources that often outpace the more traditional mediums associated with classrooms. If education is going to compete for students’ attention, it will have to change and acquire assets similar to its competitors.

To accomplish this, we must put the students in the center, using the center of their lives; technology.

Previous Speaking Engagements

Alford, K. (2008, October). Using the 2008 presidential election to teach across content. DeKalb County Schools, Stone Mountain, GA. September, 2008.                   

Alford, K. (2011, June). Building the 21st century classroom: a five-day pd. DeKalb County Schools, Stone Mountain, GA. June, 2011.            

Alford, K., Hale, K., Wood, B. (2014, August). Survive the zombie apocalypse: Tools that could even engage zombies. Fulton County Schools. Atlanta, GA. August, 2014

Alford, K., Knight, S. (2015, November). Mix and sway your way to a personalized learning party. Georgia Educational Technology Conference, Atlanta, GA. November, 2015.     

Alford, K. (2015, November). Adding power to your point with or without powerpoint. Georgia Educational Technology Conference, Atlanta, GA. November, 2015.         

Alford, K., Clay, D. (2016, April). Leveraging technology to build professional capacity for teaching in personalized learning environments. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Conference, Atlanta, GA. April 2016.         

Alford, K. (2016, November). Analytics is the new black: How netflix taught me to love data and the tech tools that made it happen. Georgia Educational Technology Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Alford, K., Clay, D., Newbold, A. (2016, November). Personnel-lized learning: R.e.a.l. personalized professional development. Georgia Educational Technology Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Alford, K., (2017, March). Student voice: No room for a back row. Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education, Austin, TX.


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