Justin Reich is the director of Online Community, Practice and Research at Facing History and Ourselves, an organization devoted to combating bigotry and nurturing democracy through history education. His current research and work examines how online professional learning opportunities (both formal and informal) can support educators' efforts to develop students' historical thinking and moral reasoning skills. He is also developing research projects around family involvement in informal learning with high-poverty populations and around inventorying school-based approaches to cyberbullying and online cruelty and meanness.
Justin previously served as project manager for the Distributed Collaborative Learning Communities Project, a Hewlett Foundation funded initiative to examine how Web 2.0 tools are used in K-12 settings to develop 21st century skills. Justin's research includes both a nation-wide ethnographic study of classrooms using networked technologies as well as a large-scale quantitative study of over 200,000 wiki learning environments.
Justin is committed to translating educational research into actionable advice for teachers. He founded EdTechTeacher, a professional development consultancy that helps teachers and schools leverage emerging technologies to develop student-centered, inquiry-based learning environments. EdTechTeacher runs a series of summer workshops, and works directly with schools and districts throughout the year. He also blogs for Education Week at EdTechResearcher.
Justin is the author of Best Ideas for Teaching with Technology: A Practical Guide for Teachers by Teachers, and his academic work has been published in Educational Researcher, Social Education, Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, and other venues. His opinion writings have been published in the Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, the Providence Journal and other publications. He has been an Outstanding Educator in Residence in Singapore and an Emerging Leader for the International Society for Technology in Education.
Last updated March 22, 2013