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Julie Drake

LACOE Coordinator III, retired
Los Angeles, CA
Julie Drake retired after twenty-five years of heading the Los Angeles County Office of Education’s Multimedia Services unit offering CalSNAP, that features a single sign-in and search of the best in educational media resources, including licensed content from CaliforniaStreaming.org and a curated collection of Open Education Resources. LACOE’s Multimedia Services is a member of the California County Education Technology Consortium (CCETC), a collaborative of California county offices that comprise the largest buying consortium in the country, which increases access to quality media resources for California schools. Specializing in professional development in the areas of multimedia and leadership, she is an avid believer in the power of engaging students with both classroom and professionally-produced visual resources. During her tenure at LACOE, Julie was a professional developer in the areas of technology integration, instructional media, and digital multimedia production in the classroom. She has worked as a curriculum writer, workshop developer, and seminar leader. Parterships with business and a variety of institutions, such as the American Film Institute’s Screen Education and a number of Los Angeles museums and nonprofits, have enhanced opportunities for the educators she serves. A classroom teacher for fifteen years, Julie was an early adopter of technology in the classroom. Her students won many awards for their video productions and writing. Ms. Drake has been a contributing editor of reviews on video technology, has served on education advisory panels for Nickeodeon, Cable in the Classroom, DigitalCurriculum, Discovery Education, and has led seminars focusing on teaching with technology around the country. Her volunteer activities include serving on the board of MetaFour Productions, a nonprofit for art and digital art for youth which she founded, mentoring several young women through the Fulfillment Fund, and serving for many years as a finals judge for the California Student Media Festival. Other efforts honoring youth include coordination of the Video in the Classroom Awards and the Digital Voice Awards.

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