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SVVSD Digital Specialist Named an ‘emerging Ed Tech Leader’

April 6, 2019

Toni Hoehn’s efforts to educate students and teachers about digital privacy helped her win recognition as an emerging leader in education technology.

Hoehn, a digital curriculum support specialist in the St. Vrain Valley School District, was one of five female educators nationwide named as a “NextGen: Emerging EdTech Leader” on April 1 at the Consortium for School Networking, or CoSN, annual conference in Portland.

The EdTech Leaders Program — co-produced by EdScoop and CoSN — “recognizes up-and-comers in the K-12 education technology space who are making a difference,” according to EdScoop.

Hoehn said she and the other four recipients plan to work together over the next year, sharing ideas and talking about how to troubleshoot common issues.

“We’re all working our way in and up in the ed tech industry,” she said. “We can have that support system. It’s lifting everyone up.”

She started with the school district as a STEM coordinator at Trail Ridge Middle School. Now, she’s teaching half-time and working as a districtwide digital curriculum specialist for the other half. This summer, she moves to a full-time digital curriculum specialist.

“Each school I’ve worked at and in the tech department, St. Vrain really does cultivate the leaders,” she said. “They want teachers to be the best and take those extra opportunities and try out different roles.”

For her, teaching about data privacy has been a passion.

She said teaching students about data privacy is part of making sure students are on a level playing field when they graduate from high school.

“Training for our students to protect their own data is a huge part of that,” she said. “I want them to think of their data like money. It has value.”

While student data is protected when they’re on school district approved apps, she urges them to be careful about what they share on social media and gaming apps, such as Snapchat and Fortnite.

“I want them to be more aware of what’s shared,” she said.

She added that St. Vrain Valley is ahead of the curve, both on data privacy issues and technology overall.

“I want to look for those next trends that will keep us ahead of the curve,” she said.

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