Upper Mississippi Academy - a fine adventure, where life-long Kindergarten is a good thing and is encouraged in every aspect of the mission, curriculum and classroom.
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.
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