Make Yourself At Home

deptofedChris Aviles is a recovering high school English teacher and the current EDTech Coach for Fair Haven school district in Fair Haven, New Jersey.

Chris taught Sophomore English for ten years to mostly reluctant learners. After five years of failing to get his students to fall back in love with learning, Chris decided it was time for something different. Chris stopped whole class instruction and moved to a blended classroom model. To further engage and motivate his kids, Chris Gamified his class and introduced yearlong Alternate Reality games. Finally, Chris introduced Passion-Based Learning through The Be About It Project, a focus on communities of practice, and Bengal Buzz – a student-run news show that gave students a voice in the story of their school.

It was around this time that Chris decided to document the wins and loses of his evolving pedagogy and programs on a blog. In 2013, Teched Up Teacher was born.

In December 2015, Chris left the classroom to be an EDTech Coach. As the EDTech Coach at Fair Haven, Chris spends half his day amplifying the great things teachers are doing and working beside them to better use EDTech in the classroom.

The other half of his day is spent in the Innovation Lab. Chris’ take on the K-8 makerspace. The Innovation Lab focuses on Design Thinking, Engineering, Computer Science, Digital Arts like podcasting and video editing, and entrepreneurship. Chris hopes to make the Innovation Lab the first self-funded makerspace in the country.

Chris is passionate about the crossroads where education and technology meet because he has seen the amazing things that can happen when you tech-up teaching. When combined with great teaching, EDTech allows us to deliver a personalized, student-centered learning experience for all of our kids that (re)ignites their love for learning.

Chris would love to come to your school and put on a workshop or speak at your event. Check out his resume below and send him an e-mail!

Feel free to contact Chris if you have any questions, need some advice, or just want to say Hi!

ISTE 2016 - Emerging Leader
Center for Digital Education - Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers
CNET - Mindcraft - The Video Game That Builds Kids Brain Cells
Tech & Learning Advisor
Top 20 Influencers in Education Technology
EdSurge Contributing Writer
Teachercast - Top 10 STEM Educators
Microsoft's Educast - Minecraft In The Classroom
Scholastic - How Edcamps Are Changing The Face Of PD
Minecraft: Education Edition Video - Student Engagement
Local Press - Here Here Here
CUE -Google Teacher Academy
Asbury Park Press and this Letter to the Editor
Minecraft Education Blog
Best Foot Forward NJ - And so PARCC Begins!
Daily Genius - Minecraft In Education
Imagine Easy Blog - Three Google Docs Hacks to Boost Your Students’ Ethical Writing
iNACOL Teacher Talk - The Fresh Air Curriculum
KI Furniture - KI's Educational Furniture Transforms Learning Environment at Barnegat High School
PollEverywhere.com - A daily closure poll is better than mind reading for a superstar English teacher
Schoology - Passionate Learning Starts with the Community Not the Textbook: A Call For Informal Learning
Schoology - Don't Just Talk About It...