My name is Jared Jones. I am a junior high band director in Bentonville, Arkansas and am starting my 3rd year of teaching. I have a passion for music, teaching, and technology. Where those three things intersect is when I am the happiest!
This year has opened up a few great opportunities and possibilities. First of all, I applied for and received a 21st Century Technology Grant through my school district which will give me 30 iPads (2nd Gen) and the wireless infrastructure to support them in my classroom. I was also asked to present a technology staff development during early week as well as a classroom management presentation to the staff in my building. Lastly, the president of Arkansas’s Music Educator’s Association has contacted me and requested that I present an iPad clinic at their Fall Conference in November. There is a lot going on and I am excited to embrace all these wonderful opportunities!
When I have spare time I enjoy cooking, kayaking, hiking and photography. This past summer I traveled to some of the most beautiful state parks in the United States (Yellowstone, Glacier, Mount Rushmore and the Bad Lands) where I was able to get some amazing photos.
As dynamics change I have become much more interested in technology and how it can be used in the classroom to integrate 21st Century Literacy. I thoroughly enjoyed the classes I took over the summer for this program and am looking forward to what this semester has to offer!