About Me

The world is flat. Thomas Friedman told us so in the 2005 bestseller of the same title; I agree, and I am proof. From growing up in a small mid-western town of forty thousand, to currently living in New Delhi , India population fifteen million, I have come to understand first hand how one can flatten the world through both experience and technology.

– Gary Coyle’s SDSU EDTEC Department Application

I’m Gary Coyle and I am in the middle of my twenty-fifth year of teaching. I have taught everything from ninth grade US History to sixth grade in a self-contained classroom, with the bulk of my teaching being middle school social studies and reading language arts.   Currently I am the Elementary School Technology Coordinator at the American Embassy School (AES) in New Delhi, India. This is my family’s eleventh year in India. Prior to AES I have taught in both public and private schools in the US and at the Singapore American School .

Educational technology has always been the key component in my best practices of instruction. Due to my early and appropriate adoption of technology, my students have been creators rather than consumers who have taken an active role in many special projects that effectively use technology to flatten their worlds. By flattening my students’ worlds through educational technology I hopefully have broadened their horizons and helped them to realize how connected they are to the rest of the world.

– Gary Coyle’s SDSU EDTEC Department Application

When not busy with school, I enjoy maintaining an active lifestyle. Most sports, especially basketball, playing with my two sons (ages 13 and 15), reading, experimenting with technology and traveling are my passions. At last count I have been fortunate enough to have visited forty-three different countries.

As a global citizen myself, I bring many unique and varied experiences to to the table. From my varied experiences living overseas, I have come to understand first hand a tremendous diversity of people and ideas. These invaluable experiences have taught me that despite differences, people from varied backgrounds can work together.

– Gary Coyle’s SDSU Graduate School Application

I have recently completed a Masters in EDTEC as part of one of my professional development goals of increasing the amount and quality of technology that I integrate into my instruction.

Because I view myself as both a life-long learner and a citizen of the flat world, I realize pursing a Masters Degree with an emphasis in Educational Technology from San Diego State is a valuable opportunity. Since educational technology is a primary force of flattening, this program will allow me to enhance my professional skills in using instructional technology and ultimately create even better classroom experiences for my students. I look forward to the challenge.

– Gary Coyle’s SDSU EDTEC Department Application

I love teaching and working with kids. In my position as Elementary School Technology Coordinator I am still be able to teach but I also work as a peer coach to help teachers more effectively and appropriately integrate technology in their instruction. Moreover I have the opportunity to help shape some of the bigger picture pieces regarding technology use in classrooms. It is an amazing position.