Kristin Ziemke celebrates innovative learning practices where thinking is at the heart of the curriculum. Author of Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K-6 Classroom and co-author of Connecting Comprehension and Technology, Kristin pairs best practice instruction with digital tools to transform learning in the classroom and beyond. A teacher and learning innovation specialist for the Big Shoulders Fund in Chicago, Kristin works with inner-city students to create classroom experiences that redefine school. A guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America and several network news programs, Kristin was named to the global team of Apple Distinguished Educators in 2013 and was selected as a featured speaker for the South by Southwest Music, Film and Interactive Festival for 2015 and 2016.
Ziemke works with organizations around to the world to empower students and teachers and has keynoted conferences including: International Literacy Association, National Council of Teachers of English, International Society of Technology in Education, reThinking Literacy, IntegratEd, EdTech Teacher, Building Learning Communities, Texas Computer Educators Association, Wisconsin Reading Association, Michigan Reading Association and more. Chicago’s Tech Innovator of the Year in 2013, Ziemke has also been awarded the prestigious Golden Apple Award for Teaching, the McCormick Tribune Award for Early Childhood Education, The Earthwatch Institute Fellowship, the Chicago Foundation for Education Award, The American Red Cross National Merit Award, the Bank of American Community Champion Award and is a National Board Certified Teacher. Kristin is an Academic All-American and was recognized for her athletic contributions at the University of Missouri as an All-Big 12 athlete.
Kristin has a variety of digital products available on the iTunes store including Digital Discourse in Mathematics: Strategies for the Young Learner, Literacy in Action: Create to Learn, Inquiry in Action: Africa, and Amplify! Digital Pedagogy for Today and Tomorrow. Interviews, articles and snapshots from Kristin’s classroom have been feature on Scholastic, ILA Today, MindShift, EdWeek, Talks with Teachers, IRA Reading Today Online, Best Practice Video Companion and Inquiry Circles in Elementary Classrooms. Ziemke has worked with school leaders and teachers in 44 states and 6 countries. Kristin seeks opportunities to transform education through technology innovation and inspires educators around the globe as a staff developer, speaker and writer. To learn more about her work follow her on Twitter @KristinZiemke.