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Thomas Petra

Thomas Petra is a Google Certified Teacher and Apps for Education Trainer with over 20 years experience in the classroom. His website, RealWorldMath.org, is a free web resource for math educators with lessons and activities for Google Earth. Thomas has presented around the world and has a Bachelors of Science and a Masters in Education. Formerly an instructor at the University of Guam, Thomas is currently serving as a Technology Integration Specialist in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
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Some of Thomas's Webinars

Presented by Thomas Petra Tuesday, August 21, 2012
10:00 - 10:30 AM EDT
Presented by Thomas Petra Tuesday, June 5, 2012
5:00 - 5:30 PM EDT
Presented by Thomas Petra Thursday, April 26, 2012
5:00 - 5:30 AM EDT

Q & A with Thomas Petra

Twitter changed my life because:

Twitter changed my life because it expanded my personal learning network exponentially. The constant stream of suggested articles and resources helps to keep me up to date with the current ideas and practices in education.

The biggest problem with K-12 education is:

The biggest problem with K-12 education is the focus on assessment.  If we were concerned about learning then the emphasis wouldn't be on assessment; it would be on providing feedback.  Assessment is judgemental and final, whereas feedback is accepting and encourages growth.

If you never had to worry about making money, what would you do?

If you never had to worry about making money, what would you do? I've been fortunate to have travelled to many locations around the Pacific.  I would love to be able to travel to urban and natural destinations around the world.

What's the best piece of advice someone ever gave you?

What's the best piece of advice someone ever gave you? An eccentric college professor once made this statement to my class: "You can't have pea soup unless you split some peas."  It seemed deranged at the time, but I've found myself using it often with my students.