About the Authors

kristie picKristie Burk, Downingtown Area School District Cyber Coordinator

Kristie Burk is in charge of all of DASD’s online and blended learning programs, including the Downingtown Cyber Academy and the Downingtown Ivy Academy.

Students in blended classes will spend two or three periods a week in a face-to-face classroom and then work the rest of the time in Schoology, our learning management system. The United States Department of Education did a meta-analysis of more than 1,000 studies of online learning. It found that students who took blended courses did statistically better than students in traditional face-to-face classes or completely online courses.

Kristie has spent over two decades working as an English teacher in traditional, blended and online classes for several high schools and universities.  She has also been a computer programmer, a technical writer and editor, and standardized test writer and grader.  When she is not spending time with her husband, three sons, and Old English Bulldog, Kristie enjoys teaching fitness classes, cooking, and reading.


jon2Jonathan Blow, Downingtown Area School District Technology Integration Coordinator

Jonathan Blow helps Downingtown teachers integrate technology into their classrooms on a daily basis. Prior to becoming the TIC, Jonathan was a 4th grade teacher at Pickering Valley Elementary School.

Outside of the Downingtown Area School District, Jonathan has served as a leader in the community.  Jonathan was responsible for creating and leading two different youth ministries in the Downingtown area.   Throughout these roles, Jonathan learned how to become a more effective leader by providing realistic goals and expectations through clear communication and guidance.  This has also shown him the importance of technology in all areas of life.


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