My goal in life is to inspire, guide, and challenge others. I am very passionate about education, technology, travelling, and health and wellness.

Professional Life

I believe that learning is the most powerful tool for success. I have dedicated my life to improving learning opportunities for students. My career goal is to use new technologies to design effective informal and formal learning environments for students and teachers.


My research focuses on how students and teachers use social media and web 2.0 tools to connect, collaborate, and learn with one another in informal online settings.


K-12 Tech Tools Database: A database of over 2,000 open educational resources and technology tools categorized by subject, grade level, and state or Common Core standard. The site has been viewed more than 200,000 times since 2010.

Professional Learning Network e-Course: Online course that introduces K-12 teachers to various tools for ongoing learning and professional growth.

UCSB GradSpace: An online learning community designed to help new students transition to graduate school. The community has 650 students enrolled and these students have completed a combined total of 35,525 actions (e.g., clicking on links to resources, posting in discussion forums) since April 2013.

Building a Digital Reputation: Online learning module that helps students develop a professional online presence.