About Ms. Toll


Laurie brings 34 years of experience as a Minnesota educator to Upper Mississippi Academy. Her love of technology began in her first career as a speech-language pathologist where she taught non-verbal students how to use assistive technology as a communication tool. The tech geek in her found itself and continues to guide her work as a technology integration specialist.
Her passion is to encourage students and teachers to collaborate, create, and share their stories. Whether it’s through a clay animation video, a podcast, or a blog, she believes we all have something to contribute and powerful stories to tell. For the last 10 years, Laurie worked with a team of educators to develop one of the first STEM schools in Minnesota and in that process received a 2009 Tekne Award for Innovation in Teaching (K-12).
When Laurie is not at the skate park with her 8 year old she enjoys walking, biking, yoga and creating art in her garden.


  • Email: laurie.toll@umissacademy.org
  • Blog: http://laurietoll.blogspot.com/
  • Twitter: @tollsy
  • Skype: tollsy

Recent Presentations:

2014 TIES: Minnesota Technology Education Conferene: Coding and Digital-age Learning: Let's Get Coding at TIES!

2012 MEMO conference: BYOD in the K-6 Classroom
2012 District #279 Literacy Institute:  Supporting Literacy with Mobile Devices
2012 TIES: Minnesota Technology Education Conference: The SAMR Model of Integration and iPads
2011 TIES: Minnesota Technology Education Conference:  Creating Digital Science Stories
2011  E4 Elementary Engineering Conference: Digital Science Stories
2010 TIES Conference: Mpls, MN: The Transparent Classroom
2010 Magnet Schools of America Conference: Tampa, FL: Kicking it up a Notch: Integrating Technology in Science Education
2010 E4 Elementary Engineering Conference: Integrating Technology in Outdoor Science Education
2009 TIES: Minnesota Technology Education Conference:  Integrating Technology in Outdoor Science Education
2009 NSTA Regional Conference:  Web 1.0 to Web 2.0 in the science curriculum
2009 MSA Summer Leadership Conference: Integrating Technology in Outdoor Science Education

Awards and Recognition:

2010 Tekne Award for Innovation in Teaching
2005 TIES Teacher of Excellence Award