As a former kindergarten teacher and school Director of Technology Steve Dembo is a pioneer in the field of educational social networking. Currently serving as Discovery Education’s Director of Social Media Strategy and Online Community, Dembo was among the first educators to realize the power of blogging, podcasting, Twitter, and other Web 2.0 technologies in connecting educators and creating professional learning communities.
In 2010, the National School Board Association named Dembo one of “Twenty to Watch,” a list honoring individuals finding innovative ways to use technology to increase classroom learning. His work with the Discovery Educator Network has earned a 2007 Award of Excellence from Technology and Learning magazine, a 2007 Distinguished Achievement Award for Instructional Website from the Association of Educational Publishers, a 2008 BESSIE Award for Best Professional Development Website, and the 2009 Best in Tech award for Professional Development and Resource Solutions by Scholastic Administrator magazine.
Steve Dembo is a course designer and adjunct professor for Wilkes Unversity where he serves as class instructor for the Internet Tools for Teaching course within the Instructional Media degree program. He has delivered keynote and featured presentations at dozens of conferences including ISTE, TCEA, FETC, MACUL, CUE, ICE, #140Edu and TEDxCorpusChristi.
Steve lives in Skokie, IL with his wife Jessica, and two children, Aiden and Ruby. He currently serves on the school board for Skokie-Morton Grove School District 69. On the weekends, he dresses up as a TIE Fighter Pilot and does charity work with the 501st Legion. #TrueStory