William Kist has been researching classroom uses of new media across disciplines and grade levels for over 15 years.  His profiles of teachers who are broadening our conception of literacy have been included in his books, New Literacies in Action and The Socially Networked Classroom, and The Global School.  His just-published book, from ASCD, Getting Started with Blended Learning synthesizes what Bill has learned about hybrid teaching and learning.

A former middle school and high school language arts teacher, Dr. Kist has also served as a language arts and social studies curriculum coordinator, and as a consultant and trainer for school districts across the United States, specializing in technology integration and curriculum mapping.  Currently, Professor of Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum Studies at Kent State University, Bill has presented nationally and internationally with over 50 articles and book chapters to his credit.  He continues to be sought out for interviews in the press regarding new literacies, including such publications as U.S. News and World Report and Education Week.  A member of the National Book Critics Circle, Bill has reviewed books for the Cleveland Plain Dealer and remains active as a filmmaker and musician himself having earned a regional Emmy nomination for Outstanding Music Composition.  Throughout his career as an educator, Bill has remained active as a professional musician.  His original music has been compiled on his album, Movie Music.  Online, Bill can be found at www.williamkist.com, and he may be followed on Twitter @williamkist.  Bill lives outside of Akron, Ohio with his wife, Stephanie, and three children.