130: Bonus Edition- Interview with Corey Knight



Corey Knight has extensive experience in the classroom with technology. After graduating from Indiana University with a degree in secondary education, he became a classroom teacher at an urban middle school in Indiana. After two years, he began working on my post graduate degree which he earned from Ball State University in Educational Technology and Curriculum.

He was immediately offered a job to be a tech coach for the district he worked at, but he kindly rejected the offer in order to stay in the classroom and continue working with students. He has a real experience with students and applying iPad technology in the classroom. While working in the classroom, he found that there was a need for teachers to learn how to apply technology in their classrooms in a meaningful way. The development of Classroom Tech Made Simple is the direct result of that need being met.

Corey continues to teach in the classroom today and enjoys working with students and teachers alike to help make the classroom a fun, challenging, and rigorous environment for learning.


  • Experience is the best teacher
  • Find your own path
  • Be flexible
  • See a teachable moment and capitalize on it
  • Make it relevant to students
  • Don’t be afraid to fail… it’s only a bad thing if you don’t learn anything from that failure
  • Celebrate small successes
  • “Every master starts as a disaster”
  • When we get complacent in education, our teaching is lacking

Referenced Blog Post

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I am a teacher trainer and coach. Working elbow to elbow with teachers and teacher leaders to ensure instructional proficiency and student achievement soar lights me up. We have a real need in our nation for strong educators to remain in the field. My blog, book, podcast, courses and instructional materials are geared towards empowering teachers (and those that lead them) to receive the support needed to grow and thrive today, tomorrow and always.