Brad Flickinger has always been a geek and a maker. His fondest childhood memories are of taking things apart and programming computers. In high school, he worked at his favorite hangout – Radio Shack, where he was in geek heaven helping other people with their problems they had with electronics and early computers. After high school, Brad left for Australia on a "walkabout" and after a couple of years he must have figured things out because he came back, married his high school sweetheart, Monique, and began his career in the newspaper industry.
After 7 years as the publisher/ owner of three weekly newspapers, Brad saw the writing on the wall about the future of his newspapers and the Internet, so he sold them and escaped to Costa Rica with his young family. Brad soon became bored of surfing and decided to be a 3rd-grade teacher at a private English school.
After teaching for a while, Brad felt that he needed to get back to the States, and return to the publishing business, which by this time had started to collapse. Thus, Brad went over to the other side and managed a web design firm near Seattle.
Brad soon realized that a cubicle tech farm was not for him – he wanted back in the classroom. He left the tech business before the bubble burst in 2000 and returned to the classroom as a high school business-ed teacher. By this time, his wife Monique has started her career as a principal -- she had become one of "them." And after a few years he became one of “them” as the director of technology for his district.
But Brad couldn't stay away from the classroom, so he returned to the classroom which he calls his "dream job." Brad taught technology at Bethke Elementary in northern Colorado. His students produced the longest running and most popular student podcast on iTunes. His student-made movies have had over 230,000 online views, and in 2012, he received the Leadership Award from Edtech Digest for his blog SchoolTechnolgy.org that gets over 70,000 visitors a month. (This blog has been replaced with his Twitter feed.)
Recently, Brad developed a badges program as an alternative for traditional grades for his tech students. Over the years this program has undergone many changes, and the results have been utterly amazing. In 2016 ISTE published his book on badges called Reward Learning with Badges, it continues to be one of the top selling books.
His newest “Techttoos” tech badges for middle schools will launch soon.
Brad currently lives in Abu Dhabi, uAE with his wife and continues to spend his summers traveling the world as an edtech speaker at conferences, attending district meetings, and consulting to help schools and districts do what he does so well.
Metropolitan School of Panama, Panama City, Panama (2014 to 2018) Technology Resource Facilitator
Pudre School District, Colorado, USA (2007 to 2014) Elementary Technology teacher
Unita School District, Wyoming, USA (2005 to 2007) Director of Technology
Port Townsend School District, Washington, USA (2003 to 2005) High School Business Ed. teacher and Middle School Technology teacher
Shown below are the programs, clubs and courses that I have created.