Colette Cassinelli's visionary use of information literacy and educational technology

About Me

colette2Hello World. My name is Colette Cassinelli and I am a high school Library Instructional Technology Teacher at Sunset High School in Beaverton, Oregon. I have over 25 years of teaching experiences in grades K-16. In July of 2007, I completed my Master’s of Arts in Educational Technology at Pepperdine University and I also have a Library Media Endorsement from Portland State University.

My passion is learning new things. I love to read, travel, listen to music and talk! I share my wonderful life with my husband and two sons and their families.

I am always on the lookout for great information literacy or technology integration lessons to share with my faculty during professional development workshops.

I am a Google Certified Innovator and have presented at local and national library and technology conferences including the  Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE), at the  International Society of Technology in Education conference (ISTE), EdTechTeam Google Summits, and Oregon Association of School Libraries (OASL).


During my very first blog post, titled “Seeking the Answer” I share:

One of my favorite quotes is “We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself ” (Lloyd Alexander). This blog represents my vision and quest for NOT discovering the answer – but probing the questions about the power of educational technology which hopefully will lead to newer and more fascinating questions to ponder.

I use this blog to share what I am doing in my classroom, to share new tools or projects that I am involved in or just reflect on my own learning.  This is my self-discovery and I look forward to sharing it with you and learning from you along the way.

Please drop me a line at colette (dot) cassinelli (at) gmail (dot) com or on Twitter

Updated: April 2017

Note:  This blog contains my own ideas and does not reflect any position or statement by my employer.  While I often present workshops using G Suite for Education, Canvas, Adobe, and TechSmith tools, I am not a paid consultant or employee.

6 thoughts on “About Me”

  • Hi Colette,

    Am also doing workshops at NCCE this year


    Am a prolific Google User – my daughter calls me the “Google Geek” – among other things I have been recognized by them for my 3D models and kml work. Serve and maintain it all via various Google offerings, Docs, etc – follow it with Google Analytics

    More background

    Ron Hall

  • I am trying to create lesson plans for teaching students how to use Google Docs. I am a middle school computer teacher, and I saw that you have already successfully used Google Docs with a lesson on PowerPoint presentations. Could you share that lesson with me, as well as any others you have developed for Google Docs? Thank you.

    Kurt Allen
    Computer Teacher
    Lindenhurst Middle School

  • I was reading your blog on edtech vision and I also got a link from you in my Google docs and after I read that, I thought that you would be interested in this… is a community for easily recording and sharing your PowerPoint presentations – allowing you to record yourself presenting, alongside your slides, using your webcam. It’s a handy (and very cheap) solution for all those occasions when you want to have a face-to-face meeting where you explain a presentation, but can’t be there in person due to location, time, money or whatever other reason. Research has shown that slides, voice and video is a far more effective method of communication than just emailing a PowerPoint to someone, and it also leaves no room for misinterpretation of you presentation.

    How does it work? In three easy steps…
    · You upload your document (PowerPoint, Word, PDF etc) on to our website.
    · You record yourself explaining it using your webcam. (Don’t worry, you can edit out bits you don’t like and review it as many times as you want).
    · You publish and share it with as many or as few people as you like.

    We launched out of beta a month ago and introduced a whole bunch of new and exciting features. For example, you can now watch and record presentme’s on almost any device now, and we’ve also got some free presentation training from two world-class communication coaches.

    In the Education sector, people have been putting to hugely imaginative uses.

    Here is an example of a teacher doing a presentme on World War II:

    Here’s a student practising his GCSE French oral:

    If you have any questions about, or if I can be of help in any way, please get in contact.

    All the best,


  • I saw you present at ISTE was so inspiring! I saw your Got Books presentation and am eager to use many of your ideas in my English classes (7th grade) and to pass them on to our librarian.
    Just wanted to let you know!
    Thank you so much!

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