The list of influential people in the field of Ed Tech is long, Christine Pinto has paved her way into the field of Ed Tech by finding innovative ways to bring play and technology together for young learners. Pinto has been recognized on the top 30 EdTech’s 2021 K-12 IT Influencers list. She is a kindergarten teacher in southern California as well as an active blogger, on her blog Innovative play. On her blog Pinto shares resources and offers advice for teachers on how to integrate tech into schools for younger students. Pinto is all about empowering young learners by developing scaffolded lessons around the integrations of technology and apps within the classroom. Pinto believes in extended learning experiences through multimodal approaches to support, conversations and documentation of students’ learning. Christine works to find natural ways to integrate technology into learners’ play environments. Pinto has also become well known for the slow chat she and Jessica Travel hosted on Flipgrid.
Christine’s choice to focus on primary years was a bold one and the reason I choose to highlight her role in Ed Tech. Using tech with young students is not easy. Many young students are still learning to read and write, nevermind using and navigating an iPad or Chromebook. Christine’s work in Ed Tech is invaluable as she redefines what young students’ are capable of when using technology in the classroom. She gives teachers, parents and educators the tools and platforms to develop young students’ foundational Tech skills. Teaching students to use technology to support their learning at a young age enables them to have the skills and foundation to thrive in an ever evolving world of technology..
Here are some links to check out some of Christine Pinto’s active platforms.
Christine Pinto also uses the hashtags #GAFE4littles (Google Apps For Educating 4 littles) and #Inovatingplay
Interview with Christine Pinto: https://youtu.be/NGD1wBCIorc
Books: Christine Pinto and Alice Keller Book Google Apps for Littles:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38600930-google-apps-for-littles
Christine Pinto and Jessica Labar-Twomey Inovaiting Play: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/innovating-play/9781951600457-item.html