is the author of The Relevant Educator: How Connectedness Empowers Learning, and The Educator’s Guide To Creating Connections. He is @tomwhitby on Twitter with 81,000+ followers. Tom retired from public education after serving 34 years as a secondary English teacher, and spent an additional six years as an adjunct Professor at St Joseph’s College in New York. He is a co-creator of #Edchat, an award winning education discussion group on Twitter. He is an education Blogger, My Island View, a past blogger for EDUTOPIA. He hosts the weekly Edchat Radio Show on the BAM Radio Network. He created the Educator’s PLN, a global Ning site, where approximately 22,000+ educators share and collaborate daily. The Qatar foundation has invited him for the past seven years to participate in the WISE Conference, an International Education Conference in Doha Qatar. Whitby has served as a Contributing Editor while developing SmartBlog on Education by SmartBrief and has written about Social Media in Education for several national educational journals, including Learning and Leading the Journal for the International Society for Technology in Education. He has presented at statewide and National and International Education Conferences, including: ASCD, ISTE, FETC, TCEA, NYSCATE, MACUL, ICE, SIIA, and several 140 Character Conferences on Social Media in both Los Angeles, and New York City. For more information see https://innovations4education.com/about-tom. .