My name is Steve Kinney and I am the Director of Educational Technology at the Council for Economic Education. My primary focus is managing the creation and development of rich, interactive, student-driven learning experiences using the latest web technologies.
I'm a recovering New York City public school teacher. Prior to working for the Council for Economic Education, I was the lead teacher and technology coordinator at the Scholars’ Academy in Rockaway Beach, NY. Before that, I was a special education teacher in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
I planned and managed the first large-scale, one-to-one iPad pilot in New York City for just under one thousand students in the sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth grade. I taught programming, web development, and delivered special education services to students from the sixth to the twelfth grade. In addition, I wrote and developed custom web applications that solved problems for administrators and teachers alike.
I have also worked as an instructional technology specialist for New York City Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology where I worked with school leaders and teachers at 44 different schools across Brooklyn and Staten Island. This involved regularly meeting with principals and teachers, identifying the school's curricular and professional development needs, and implementing a program to leverage technology to help them meet their goals. Before that, I was a middle school special education teacher where I taught science, mathematics, and social studies.
In my copious spare time, I am a member of the EDesign Lab, a collaboration between educators, technologists, and designers to prototype and incubate real examples of what interactive digital learning can look like to improve student engagement, motivation, and success. We are working on developing an web application called QueryUs that empowers students to parse and understand large data sets and Because, an online tool that helps students collaboratively graph data and understand cause and effect relationships.
I also helped organize the Hack the Rock as part of President Obama's National Day of Civic Hacking in coordination with Rockaway Help and Mozilla where we students, programmers, and community members worked together to design solutions for problems facing the Rockaway Beach community in the wake of Hurricane Sandy (and in the event sometime similar ever happens again in the future). I also served as a judge for the New York City Department of Education Innovation Zone's Gap App Challenge to encourage educational technology innovators to develop the products that help address the achievement gap and announced the winners at a press conference with the chancellor this past June.
I have an advanced diploma in educational leadership and technology from the New York Institute of Technology, a masters degree in special education from Hunter College, and a bachelors degree with honors in sociology from Rutgers University.