President, Oates Associates, Oates Associates
Coral Gables, FL
About Rita Oates
Vice President, Education Markets, ePals
President, Oates Associates
Dr. Rita Oates directed ed tech in Miami-Dade County Schools, the fourth largest school district in the USA, for more than seven years. She was education editor of the first U.S. online service with color and graphics, VIEWTRON, which launched in Miami Beach. She was chair of the Ed Tech graduate program at Barry University.
In 2010 FSTE gave her the Lifetime Ed Tech Leadership award, and she became a member of the CoSN Volunteer Hall of Fame. She has been a George Lucas Educational Foundation Faculty Associate.
She has written 12 books and more than 100 articles about ed tech, curriculum, school reform and parental involvement. She has spoken to almost one thousand PTA meetings about technology in schools, much of that under sponsorship of Microsoft. She and her husband wrote a column, Kids and Computers, for more than 7 years in the largest regional parenting magazine in the U.S.
Since 1994 she has led Oates Associates, an ed tech consulting firm that has had contracts with BBN, Scholastic, Microsoft, the US Postal Service, CELT Corp., and many educational publishers and school districts. She and members of the Oates Associates team do research, grant development, PD for teachers and leaders, write articles, help make presentations at conferences, and work with leading universities to design new teacher education programs.
At ePals, as vice president of education markets since 2007, she works with state and national education leaders and large districts to successfully implement ePals LearningSpace, a virtual workspace, and free web 2.0 tools such as ePals SchoolMail, Classroom Match, and projects in schools in the U.S. and and abroad.
Follow her on Twitter @ritaoates
At OETC13 visit with her in booth 318.